Five Ways to Save...
by Stephanie Nelson
1. Pay bottom dollar for diapers. If you are a parent of a baby, you can save an average of $800 per child (assuming potty training kicks in by age 2 ½) just by comparing prices and buying your diapers at the lowest unit price possible. These savings approaches work with other baby supplies such as wipes, formula, and bath products.
2. Compare unit cost. Calculate the unit cost or the cost per diaper. Jumbo packages of size 3 diapers selling at the same price may appear to be the same. I saw five different name-brand varieties ranging from 31-40 diapers per package. Obviously, I’d pay the lowest price for the variety with 40 diapers.
3. Experiment with different brands. Generic may be less expensive, but do not work for all babies. Changing more often drives up the price. You may be willing to pay slightly more for ones that do not leak.
4. Focus on sales, coupons and rewards. To find the best possible bargain wait for a sale and use coupons. Find coupons online, in circulars, from friends and family, and sign up on diaper companies’ websites. If you still need more, send emails to all of the diaper companies politely requesting coupons. They want you as a customer and will likely be happy to send you some.
5. Shop wholesale clubs and online retailers. With the exception of the occasional rock-bottom diaper sale combined with coupons at a traditional retailer, non-traditonal retailers like wholesale clubs may have the lowest cost per diaper. Check Costco’s store coupon booklet and Sam’s Club’s click and pull system where you can order click on-line and pull up to receive your order. Check Amazon.com for sale prices, coupons and their Subscribe & Save service that gives an extra discount and free shipping when you set up regularly-scheduled shipments.
Stephanie Nelson is the Coupon Mom. Her web site, www.CouponMom.com, has 6 million members, and she is established as the nation’s top expert in couponing across the country. Stephanie has been on every major national television talk show and taught millions how to save money for the past 11 years. She has been called ‘”the rock star of the recession” by the Washington Post and her book, The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half, is a New York Times best seller.