Anyone who has children knows how expensive diapers can be. If you
have a child in diapers until they are two, and assuming you can get
diapers for $0.20 each, and you use an average of 4 a day, you will have
spent $584 on only diapers for that one child! That doesn't even
include wipes, diaper cream, etc. And, chances are you will use more
than 4 diapers a day when they are little, or for the times when you
change their diaper and they poop less than ten minutes later, and they
may not be ready to potty train right when they are two. The kicker? I
only found 3 scenarios where you can get diapers for 0.20 or less per
diaper. Based on my research, the average price per diaper is $0.25,
meaning the average person will spend $730 on diapers for one child. And that is if you buy big boxes, not the small packages.
If you are buying the store brand now, for about $0.28 per diaper, you can save $120 or more a year by switching to a diaper that costs $0.20 or less...So, where do you find the cheapest diaper? Keep reading, I'll tell you what I found out:
So, I performed an experiment and did some research to find out what is the best deal on diapers. First, the research: (note
this is based on size 5 diapers, but results are comparable to other
sizes. Prices may vary. Typically, the smaller the diaper, the cheaper
I thought it would make a lot more
sense to buy diapers in bulk. For the most part, this is true. Small
packages cost a lot more per diaper than large packages. However, if you
can find a good deal and have good coupons, it may be cheaper to get
the smaller packages. In my experience, even with coupons, the name
brand are more expensive than the store brand.
am not a coupon pro, I just looked at the price comparison for the big
boxes. I looked at Amazon, diapers.com, Wal-mart, and Costco to see what
was the best deal. Here's what I found:
Not a great deal at all. Unless you can find a great promotion for free
shipping and money off of your order, I wouldn't buy diapers from here.
The best price (which means the biggest box) for Pampers is $0.26 a
diaper, and Huggies is $0.29 a diaper.
- Costco: You can get Huggies for $0.28 each. Kirkland, their
store brand, is slightly higher ($0.29), unless you buy two boxes at a
time. I don't know if the 2-case deal is only online, or if it is a
limited time offer, but those diapers are $0.23 each.
- Amazon.com: If you combine your Amazon mom discount with the subscribe and save discount, you can get an awesome deal on Huggies. ($0.19 each), and an even better deal on Luvs ($0.16).
I'm not sure what the intricacies of the subscribe and save deal is,
but you have to set up a periodic payment/delivery. If you don't have
the Amazon mom discount, or the subscriber discount, the prices are
still cheaper than diapers.com, but only by $0.02.
- Wal-mart: If you buy the box of 72 of the Parent's choice diapers, they end up being $0.20 each. Not a bad deal
So, in summary, the BEST deal is Amazon.com's Luvs diapers for $0.16, with the Amazon Mom discount and the Subscribe and Save discount.
The research assumes that all diaper are equal quality. I put this
theory to the test with my experiment. I tried four different brands,
Pampers, Huggies, Mom's choice (found at Safeway), and Parent's Choice
(Walmart). I was going to get Luvs, but couldn't find them at Safeway,
and was a little too anxious to do the experiment. Then, I used 1/4 c
increments of water to determine at what point the diapers leaked. So,
this experiment doesn't look at the ability of the diapers to retain the
'real stuff', the odor control, or the ability to keep the baby's bum
dry. However, after using all 4 brands on my son, I haven't found there
to be a significant difference in the 4 brands. I do think that Huggies
and Pampers were constructed with more care, but not enough to warrant
spending $200 a year more on diapers.
wasn't compelling evidence that the name brands are better. While they
have a cool picture on the front, and they aren't quite as bulky, they
still didn't do the job they were intended to do (retain fluid without
leaking). The winner was the Safeway brand: It retained 4 cups of water! Huggies came in second with 3.5 cups, and Pampers and Parent's Choice were tied at 2.5 cups.
Here is the breakdown:
- Mom's Choice ($0.25, $16.99 for a box of 70): 4 cups
- Huggies ($0.29, $19.99 for a box of 70): 3.5 cups
- Tie at 2.5 cups for the following: Pampers ($0.29, $19.99 for box of 70) and Parent's Choice ($0.20, $13.97 for a box of 70)
Just buy the cheapest diaper.
though I wasn't able to do the experiment on Luvs brand, the fact that
Pampers was tied for last place AND that a store brand came in first
place is compelling evidence that name brand doesn't really make a big
difference. Amazon's deal on Luvs is the best, but Wal-mart brand is not