Cloth diaper {frugality} 101

Cloth diaper

Being cheap and crunchy doesn’t really make using disposable diapers easy. I beat myself up for not being able to spend $20 per diaper for 20 or more diapers. We lived paycheck-to-paycheck and saving any mount of money was almost impossible.

I saw this picture on Facebook and I knew that I had to make cloth diapering a reality in my home:


I found a deal on Zulilly where diapers were $9 each and I bought 4 just to see if it was something that I could even stomach. So $40 (after shipping) and I was ready to start cloth diapering for my 1 year old.

Within a week, I loved them… but the washing them every day… not so much. So I ordered another 10 diapers at $9 each from Zulilly. It was so much easier than I expected! Just flush poo, put diaper and liner in diaper pail, wash all diapers when pail is full. Boom. That easy.

When the sale on Zulilly was over, I knew I needed to find more diapers and fast; we just found out we were expecting again which meant that we’d have 2 under 2 in diapers. I shot over to my usual go-to: Amazon. I have a Prime membership and I like to squeeze as much out of that free shipping as I can (I’m pretty sure I paid for my Prime membership within a month in the free shipping it saved me).

I quickly found the usual big-brand diapers that were out of my budget and became discouraged… until I found some off-brand diapers that were 6 diapers for $30! What?! $5 a diaper!? And all good reviews!? I’ll take 2!

I was confident that they wouldn’t last any longer than a month, but it’s been almost a year and those cheap $5 diapers from Amazon have lasted better than the $9 from Zulilly! I ordered another 2 packs once our youngest was born, and I might even order one more in the coming weeks.

Bottom line here: You don’t need to spend $400+ on 20 diapers in order to cloth diaper your children!

$126 for 14 diapers from Zulilly, $15 for a diaper trashcan, $15 for a diaper trashcan bag, and $120 for 4 packs of the Amazon diapers (each pack had an on-the-go wet bag included) brings my up-front cost for cloth diapering to $276 for 38 diapers! I love my cloth diapers and I’m never going back to disposables!

Have you found a less expensive way to get cloth diapers? I’d love to hear about it!


One thought on “Cloth diaper {frugality} 101

  1. I enjoyed this post a lot. It’s important for people to know that cloth diapering doesn’t have to be expensive, something I wished I knew in my diaper years. Thanks for sharing & linking up @ Healthy Living Link Party. Hope to see you again on Wednesday partying with us. 🙂


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