A thing or two about diapers…a little math, and a LOT of savings!

7 Jul

So I’ve made the switch and have started using cloth diapers. I only have a handful so far so I’m not using them 100% of the time yet, but I plan to when I have bought enough to do so.

For those of you know really know me, you know I don’t do math, or at least I don’t like to. (and most days I don’t do it well either, ha!) Well, I’ve crunched a few numbers and here’s what I came up with. Keep in mind these are all averages and sometimes I averaged up (like on the #of diapers we use a day, to account for the unexpected poopy blow out and those sorts of fun adventures…)

Our little guy currently uses between 7 and 9 diapers a day(ish). We have been using Pampers and have been paying around 0.26 per diaper. I’m now using an average of 2-3 disposable diapers a day, one of which is for the night, until I have enough cloth diapers. I have bought 7 cloth diapers and along with accessories have spent about $110 so far. (including free & clear detergent, diaper liners, diaper wipes spray.) I’m going to guess and say that I plan on spending about $300 on all things diaper related, once I get a few more diapers, a wet bag, and a few other misc. items that I don’t necessarily need but would be nice to have.

Ok, now back to me not being great at math… Here goes, if we were spending ~0.26 per diaper (which comes out to $2.34/day at 9 diapers/day). – in a year we’d spend almost $900.00 (and closer to $1300.00 in 1.5 yrs!) not to mention all the garbage we’ll be making with all those disposables.  So, by spending an initial $300ish on cloth diapers, we’ll save about, oh I dunno, around $900.  I don’t know about you but not spending $900 on diapers sounds pretty fabulous to me! =)

Cloth diapering really hasn’t been that hard, and considering I’ve only been doing it a few weeks I think that says something. (Meaning even a person with no experience can do it!)  If you’re interested in cloth diapering, feel free to pass along the questions, I’m no expert but I’ve found a handful of really good cloth diapering websites & blogs that I would be glad to provide you with! Also, check me out on twitter as I’ve been tweeting lots of giveaways for cloth diapers! (I think I’ve entered 80 billion giveaways, but have yet to win one!) Maybe you’ll have better luck than me!

A few diaper resources:

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

Kellys Closet (make sure to sign up for their newsletter so you receive all the good coupons!)

And you can find all cloth diaper brands on FB so you can recieve info/ask questions that way too!

17 Responses to “A thing or two about diapers…a little math, and a LOT of savings!”

  1. Tia Bach July 7, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    I never used cloth diapers with my three kids, but wow… I like math, so when you put it like that. Good luck with your new adventure.

  2. 4mykiddos July 7, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    We’ve used cloth but I never did the math, what a savings! I’m a new follower via blog hop. I also found you on twitter 🙂

  3. Lisa Ferguson July 7, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    I’ve been using cloth diapers since my little one was about 5 weeks old, and she’s now almost 8 months. I’ve spent roughly $400 and have 33 diapers, plus many hemp inserts. Hemp is pure cloth diaper magic…so is my diaper sprayer! I love cloth diapering and have converted a few of my friends, as well. Good luck on your cloth venture!

    • The Penny Wise Chick July 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

      =) Thanks for stopping by! Yay for cloth diapering. I had no idea I would love it so much with the adorable colors/patterns and saving $$ too.

  4. Jzabela July 7, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    i always meant to put my babies in cloth diapers, i did the research but never followed through and i’m kicking myself in the butt for it! my second is on her way out of diapers..but i always praise those who go the cloth route..and to see the savings is pretty amazing 🙂

    • The Penny Wise Chick July 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

      I know how you feel! I was so intimidated when I started doing research that I just gave up. I really didn’t know where to start or what to buy at first! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Jenny B July 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    My sister is thinking about using cloth diapers so I’m sure this will help her. I am following you from a hop and would love if you could follow me back @ http://bookreviewsbyjenny.blogspot.com/
    I also do reviews for booksneeze :o)

    • The Penny Wise Chick July 7, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

      I hope she enjoys it! I’ve had a lot of fun using cloth diapers so far. Thanks for stopping by – I’m now following you back. And isn’t booksneeze great? I’m enjoying it so far!

  6. Erin July 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Your blog is so fancy Lisa!

    I’m just happy to be done with diapers!
    However I do think that cloth diapered tushies are super cute 🙂

    One other thing to factor in though is the cost of extra laundry. I read an article once that indicated that cloth and disposables came out pretty close to even when you add in the cost of detergent and electricity for running the extra loads.

    • The Penny Wise Chick July 8, 2011 at 7:43 am #

      lol. Thanks Erin. =) Hope you guys are doing well and enjoying the summer!

    • Lisa Ferguson July 16, 2011 at 8:19 am #

      That’s not true, Erin. I cloth diaper, and my water bill has gone up about $10/month. I can’t say I’ve seen a spike in my electricity bill, but we live in central Florida and run our AC all day, every day anyway. I’ve spent about $400 on diapers and supplies, and if you factor in a $10/month increase in water bills over a roughly 3-year diapering period, it’s still only an additional $360. For less than $1,000 I’m diapering my child compared to disposables, which can cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $2,500 for your child’s diapering lifetime. Plus, each disposable diaper can take hundreds of years to decompose. I use a completely biodegradeable detergent that doesn’t harm the enviroment…and I pay less than 15 cents/load for that detergent. Far, far cheaper to use cloth.

  7. Liz July 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    I started using cloth a few weeks ago. I use them exclusively now, and I love it!!! It is such a great feeling to be saving the $$$, not having a chemical-filled diaper next to my baby’s bottom, and to not have as much trash every day. Good luck!!!

  8. Marsha Seiberling July 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    My youngest will be 15 this year, but I used a lot of cloth diapers in my day. I’m not sure that my 25 yr old has used cloth on any of her 5 children!
    I like this post and hope you will link it up with my Frugal Friday linky over on my blog.

  9. Becky July 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Amazing! The math is really compelling, and I always do feel guilty about all the trash we’re creating. I wish I could Jax to stop using diapers so at least we can stop doing those! Thanks for linking up your inspiring story at Rub Some Dirt On It!

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