Cloth diapers run you $18 to $20 dollars new, and it’s pretty rare to find them on sale for more than 15% off at retail stores. That doesn’t mean you can’t cut the cost of cloth diapers by more than that, though. Far from it. Here are some ways to save big:
Watch for limited-time only deals.
Watch for vouchers to stores that sell cloth diapers (Ecomom or Abe’s market for example) at sites like Groupon and Living Social. You can save up to 50%.
Flash sale sites like Zulily.com and The Mini Social.com occasionally run cloth diaper sales for brands like Fuzzibunz and Kushies. Be sure to factor the cost of shipping into the equation to ensure that you’re getting the deal you think you are.
Consider gently used diapers.
Parent-to-parent swapping and selling sites like Spot’s Corner at Hyena Cart, Re-Diaper, Diaper Swappers, the Diaper Pin forums, Baby Center’s Cloth Diaper Swap group and even Craigslist and ebay (if you get lucky). Diaper Swappers and Spot’s Corner are reader faves. Expect to pay about $10 to $13 per diaper. That’s 35% to 45% off the cost of new diapers.
Look for sellers with plenty of good feedback and listings with photos. There should also be a description of any stains, pilling, damage or wear to the diaper. I’m sure it goes without saying, but wash and strip the diapers before using.
Scout clearance sections for gently used, closeout and seconds (irregular diapers).
Cloth diaper retailers often sell their “seconds” or slightly irregular diapers as well as gently used diapers that have been part of their trial program (and thus used very few times). Some diapers may only be a dollar or two off, but look for reductions of 25% or more. Note: sales are usually final, so order carefully.
The list below links to clearance sections at the various retailers. If you don’t see any offerings there right now, try following the site on Twitter or Facebook or sign up for emails to find out when the clearance sections are restocked.
- Thirsties Outlet
- Green Mountain Diapers. Various brands.
- Dapa Diapers. Various brands
- Kelly’s Closet clearance. Various brands
- Cotton Babies clearance. Various brands.
- Jillian’s Drawers. Various brands.
- Diaper Junction.Various brands.
- Swaddlebees and Blueberry
- Nicki’s Diapers
And finally, if they’re in good shape when you’ve finished with them, you can resell your cloth diapers to recoup part of the cost.
What are your best tips for saving on cloth diapers?
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