Frugal Friday

It’s no secret that I have a semi-large family.  4 kids and one due in about a month.  So I’m always looking for a way to save a buck or two and to not be wasteful in general.  I thought it would be fun to start what I like to call “Frugal Friday.”  I’m sure most of it will focus on those of us with kids, but there are also some great ways to save for those without big families.  Here is the first installment of Frugal Friday…

Five kids.  That’s a whole lot of diapers over the years.  However, when I was pregnant with kid #2, I discovered the world of cloth diapers.  I didn’t even know they still existed!  And the only image I had of cloth diapers was prefolds with those huge diaper pins.  No thanks!  After a bit of research, I saw how much the world of cloth had changed over the years.

There is now a huge selection of different styles, colors and many other things.  I settled on a brand called Bumgenius and haven’t looked back.  I’m sure there are other great brands out there, but we’ve never had a problem with Bumgenius.  As a matter of fact, I’m still using the diapers I bought almost six years ago (not on the same kid obviously).  I have added to my stash so that I have enough to wash every other day, even when I have two babies in diapers.  I’ve easily replaced the elastic when it went out on the diapers.  I’ve converted the worn hook and loop closure to snaps to give the diapers a little more life.  (They now sell the diapers with snaps as well as hook and loop.)  And I even cut up old flannel sheets to use as reusable wipes that I wash along with the diapers.  Finally, I make my own diaper spray to use with the wipes using Diaper Lotion Potion by Kissaluvs.  The concentrate lasts a loooong time.  Bonus: we hardly ever have diaper rash problems!

According to this site, the average cost of generic disposable diapers is around $1800 from birth to potty training.  That’s not including wipes and diaper rash cream.  For the 4.9999 kids that I have, that would have cost me around $9000 over the past 7 years.  I’ve spent around $500 (24ish diapers that include newborn and regular size inserts; diaper spray, etc) on all my cloth diapering needs (not including laundry detergent).

Total money saved: $8500!  Woohoo! Not to mention lots of disposable diapers kept out of landfills!

What are some ways you save on diapering?

4 thoughts on “Frugal Friday

  1. My husband was doing construction work on an apartment out of state, and the tenant happened to win a radio contest. He sent my husband home with FOUR GARBAGE BAGS full of size 1 diapers. And that’s how we’ve saved money on our diapering needs!

      1. Organic diapers will cost you a bit more, but there are still some very eiconmcoal options. The least expensive organic diapers are . You can pair them up with waterproof diaper covers or . You can make your own wool diaper covers from recycled wool sweaters if you really want to save money.

    1. I have never heard of Bum Genius reusables but many copmanies sell these kinds of AIO nappies. Do a search on-line and you can see the differences between AIOs, AI2s, fitted and pocket nappies. Companies offer different or similar nappy systems, advantages and materials. Note some AIOs also need waterproof covers which adds to the overall expense. I have used Pea Pods small pocket nappies (they come in S,M,L) and prefer Oz Nappies and Soft Bots one-size design pocket nappies with absorbent bamboo and micofiber inserts. They are created to be used from newborn until the child is toilet trained (~3-15kg). It is a good idea to give a few different brands of modern cloth nappies (MCNs) a go before deciding to buy larger packs. When you are considering buying multiple sizes of a particular brand, this does raise the overall cost, but some caregivers like this option. The number of nappies you have detemines how often yo uhave to wash. You could have 20 of one kind and order other types as well. The 20 pack could mean you only wash every second day.

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