Saturday, July 23, 2011

Diaper Wars!

If you know me, you know I am the queen of research...I will spend hours looking stuff up online in order to find a coupon code or a good deal before I go to the store. Diapers are expensive aren't they! But if you're like me and cringe at the thought of cloth diapers, they are a necessary evil and a blessing at the same time. With my first baby, I bought one of every kind/brand of diapers that Walmart sold. I ended up choosing Pampers above all others and now use them again with this second baby. I now have a 5 month old and have yet to buy any diapers since I stocked up while I was pregnant. And I won't have to buy wipes for at least a year...

So what kind of deals are available online for diapers?

Well, I tried and used a first-time user coupon code for a discount. After that, it was much cheaper to continue buying them from Walmart with the paper coupons I had for like $1.50- $3.00 off.

Then I discovered AMAZON MOMS (a section of Amazon Prime).
The online prices are unbeatable and the system is marvelous! Here are a few facts:

You get the discounted price by signing up for "Subscribe and Save" (This means you select to receive this product every X months- you pick at what interval.) Don't worry! You can CHANGE or CANCEL your order at anytime! (I always make sure there is a way out from any automatic orders before signing up)

So to compare the two, here is a short example:

I shall compare buying Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive, 156 count, Size 3 at both places:
                                        Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive Diapers Economy Pack Plus Size 3, 156 Count (Packaging May Vary)
Amazon Moms:                                      
3 months of free shipping at sign up,                    free shipping on orders of $49
1-2 day shipping                                                1-2 day shipping
(For every single order of $25 or more               (You can sign up for a loyalty program
more of baby items, you earn an                         and save $5 on every case of diapers
additional month of free shipping,                        you buy
up to 1 years worth)                                          *you can use online coupons provided
*no minimum to use free ship on                         by
next orders
Final price:
     $30.73                                                          $40.48 ($43.99 + 2.99 shipping
                                                                                       -$5 loyalty program
                                                                                       -$1.50 temporary online coupon)

(The price of diapers fluctuates...when I bought these diapers from Amazon last time they cost 27.29)
*I will mention that I have not looked up prices on any other brand of diapers on either site
The kicker for me was that you can buy all kinds of household goods through Amazon Mom!
I also signed up to have Pampers Thick Care wipes, 504 count on auto order for 6 months from now. Costs $9.79.... doesn't have that count size, but they do have it in 360 count for $16.99, Ouch! (And shipping would not be free yet again, b/c it is less than $49)

Pampers ThickCare Unscented 7X Wipes 504 Count
Oh yeah, I also signed up to have my Charmin toilet paper mailed to me every 3 months...its cheaper than buying from Walmart, costs nothing to ship with my current 8 months of free shipping I have, and I get a kick out of the mailman handing me my box of toilet paper...   :)
Procter & Gamble Products - Procter & Gamble - Charmin Ultra Strong Big Roll Bath Tissue, 176 Sheets/Roll, 4/Pack - Sold As 1 Pack - Outstanding quality, softness and strength. - Diamond weave texture. - White - Safe for sewer and septic systems. -

I'm not saying this online system is right for everyone, and some people know how to get great deals in stores...Side note, If you are one of those people, would you please email me and let me know how you do it?! I've told a couple moms about Amazon Moms and they've used it and loved it. Let me know if you check it out and find that it saves you money! And I always want to hear your tips on how to save money...
So what's your method for buying diapers? (Or any baby essentials!)

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