The Best Ways to Save Money on Diapers

Amy Finley
Woman changing newborn baby's diaper

Babies use a lot of diapers in the first year and beyond. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy ways to save big on this baby essential if you know how.

Use Coupons

You can find coupons for most of the big diaper brands (like Pampers and Huggies) in many places.

Paper Coupons

Sunday coupon inserts almost always have diaper coupons, so subscribe to the Sunday paper or look into a coupon service where you can obtain the insert coupons for a small cost. Clip and print coupons online from places like Coupons.com (just check the Baby/Toddler category if you are just looking for diaper coupons) or CouponMom.com.

Digital Coupons

Check the app or website where you plan to shop for digital coupons. Family Dollar, for example, often features digital diaper coupons on their app. Target (Cartwheel app), Walgreens, Kroger, Meijer, Giant Eagle, and other stores have online coupons or digital apps, so it's worth checking wherever you shop.

Visit Diaper Brand Websites and Sign Up for Emails

Another easy way to get coupons to help you save is to check the website of your favorite diaper brands. They often have coupons for diapers (and wipes) that you can print, and if you sign up for their emails or newsletters, you're likely to get exclusive coupons in your inbox.

Use Rewards Programs to Save on Diapers

Sign up for cashback programs like Ibotta, Saving Star, or Checkout 51. Just sign up, browse, and select cash back offers for diapers, then automatically get the offer when you shop. Also look for register rewards or points offers - CVS, for example, may have a deal going that offers Extra Bucks on a certain diaper brand. Some brands, such as Huggies, also have specific rewards programs where you can earn points you can redeem for things like merchandise and gift cards.

Look for Sales and Stock Up

Sales for diapers happen year round. Since there's no specific time when diapers tend to go on sale, watch for sales on your preferred diaper brands and stock up when there is a good sale going on. You can also try different brands based on what's on sale. Unless your little one has very sensitive skin, he or she may be fine with different brands.

Stack the Savings

One of the best ways to save on diapers is to use the methods listed above (coupons, sales, and cash back/rewards offers) in conjunction. Most retailers will allow you to use all three of these saving strategies at the same time.

Buy in Bulk

Whether you are just buying the larger packages of diapers at Walmart or you buy the true bulk sizes at a warehouse club like Costco, when you buy diapers in bulk you'll usually end up paying a lower cost per diaper.

Compare Price per Unit

While it can often save money to buy in bulk, it isn't always the case. Make sure to check the price per unit to make sure you are actually getting the best deal before you buy.

Save When Shopping for Diapers Online

Enjoy the convenience of shopping for diapers online and save money too.

Amazon Family

Sign up for Amazon Family to get up to 20 percent off diapers and other baby essentials. In order to be eligible for the program, you'll need to be a prime member (you can sign up for a 30-day free trial and then pay a monthly or yearly membership fee) and utilize the Subscribe and Save program. Subscribe for five or more items in a month, and you'll be rewarded with 20 percent off your diaper purchases and 15 percent off all other items in your order. You can cancel or change your subscriptions at any time.

Other Ways to Save on Amazon

You can also save at Amazon by using their digital coupons (go to the Coupons page and click Baby & Childcare to filter results), watching for sale prices on diapers and getting diapers through Prime Pantry (which sometimes offers special diaper prices exclusive for the Pantry program). Get free shipping with $25 or more. You can also use digital coupons and sales with Amazon Family.

More Diaper Subscription Services

Beyond Amazon, there are other places, like IncrediBundles ($30 discount when you get a diapers and wipes subscription), Target (15 percent discount when you use your REDcard), and The Honest Company (save over 20 percent) that offer diaper subscriptions. These may save money over costs of individual packs.

Shop Online With Cash Back Websites

When you shop for your diapers online through cash back websites like Ebates and RetailMeNot, you can earn a percentage of your purchase back in cash. You'll also often see the latest sales or any online coupons for specific stores at these sites too.

Consider Using Cloth

While many people use disposables, using cloth diapers can cut down on the expensive cost of constantly buying diapers. You can cut costs even more by making your own cloth diapers. You'll still need to factor in costs for detergent and water.

Follow Savings Bloggers for Latest Deals

Many top coupon and savings bloggers post weekly deals on diapers. Check sites like The Krazy Coupon Lady, Living Rich With Coupons, or Passion for Savings to see the best diaper deals of the week from multiple places.

Be Cautious With Generic Brands

While there are some great generic brands, others will actually end up being more costly because they may not be as absorbent or are more prone to blow outs, causing you to use more diapers. When testing a generic brand, buy a small package first to make sure it will work; if you like them, buy larger packs in the future.

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The Best Ways to Save Money on Diapers