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As soon as I found out I was pregnant with my last baby, I started on a mission to stock up on diapers. Knowing all that I do about coupons and sales, I decided that I was going to spend my pregnancy building my diaper stockpile so we could at least have enough for the first year of this baby’s life. Target was my go-to store of choice. It’s the easiest store for me to shop with coupons because you can combine a manufacturer coupon, cartwheel and store deal in the same transaction, maximizing your savings potential and not to mention the Red Card savings. Whatever store you choose to shop at, make sure you know their coupon policy before your shopping trip to avoid any unexpected complications.
Several family members told me I was crazy for starting my stock pile so early in my pregnancy, but I didn't care. The money I was saving was all that mattered to me at that point. Plus it gave me something to do to keep from going crazy.
January came and the little princess was born. Check out my diaper wall, this was after we had already used about 2 or 3 cases and doesn't include all the boxes of pull ups that I also bought each time I did a coupon haul.
`Well fast forward a few months, there was a huge discussion in one of my mommy groups on Facebook about cloth diapers. One of the moms who has 3 kids around the same ages as mine posted that she was going to give cloth diapering a try. I figured if she could do it then so can I, so I decided to give it a try. I did however have to justify to my husband why this huge pile of disposable diapers was not "enough" and how going the cloth route was going to save us more money than all the coupons I had used in the past.
I had Amazon gift cards saved up from different sites that I use (See here for all the sites I use to earn gift cards). I also had some rewards points from a credit card so I figured this was the best way to go since I didn't have to spend any actual money from our bank account. There are so many different options, that I still don't understand, but I finally decided to get a 6 pack of Alvababy pocket diapers that came with 12 microfiber inserts. The price was comparable to the retail cost of a case of disposable diapers, so it wasn't a drastic difference there. I figured this was a good starting point to at least see if we would like it.
To my surprise, cloth diapers were a lot easier than I thought it would be. Definitely not what I imagined it would be like. To be honest, every time I thought about it I imagined my mom washing the old-school cloth diapers that was closed with the huge safety pins and the big plastic pant type things to keep it all together. I never imagined all the pretty patterns and fancy closures. I'm so glad that I decided to give it a try.
My little princess is now 7 months old and we do a combination of cloth and disposable diapers right now, well because it's what works for us right now. I would ultimately like to go exclusively cloth, but we will see how that goes in the next few months and in the mean time I still enjoy the thrill of shopping with coupons for the disposables while slowly adding to the cloth collection.
What are your favorite diapering ways? Do you use cloth, disposable, combination? Let me know in the comments.