Thursday, September 3, 2009

Save 15% on diapers with a 'subscription' from Amazon

When I sat down and calculated how much money I spend a month on diapers, I wondered if having my son poop onto a pile of $1's might be a cheaper alternative. In a previous post about the monthly expenses associated with a newborn, I estimated that disposable diapers set you back about $100 per month; approximately 390 diapers a month at $.25 a piece.

While it's something for which I budgeted, it just seems expensive to me for perfoming a basic bodily function. Kids do use fewer diapers as they get older, but guess what. Diapers get more expensive per piece as they increase in size. My son is built like a defensive tackle and, at less than 2 years old, is in size 7 Pampers Cruisers which average about $.45 a piece.

This size diaper isn't widely sold in our area so I started looking for an online source, which is when I chanced upon Amazon's fantastic offering. I looked around but couldn't find a deal that was even close.

First off, shipping is free on diapers from Amazon, which goes a long way towards not buying them in a store. If we don't have to lug around big boxes, all the better.

Second, Amazon offers a "subscription" service on certain items that will send you that product at a regular interval of your choice. The best part is, you save 15% on on those items to which you subscribe; diapers included.

Free shipping + Saving 15% = No brainer

Personally I like this concept because I don't have to worry about forgetting something at the store. I just know they're going to show up. You can cancel or change (increase or decrease) the subscription at any point, so there's very little risk.

The subscription isn't available on all diaper offerings, but as you mouse-over the various sizes and quantites, you'll see a message stating which are available for the subscription savings. The subscription option is available for Pampers Swaddlers and the larger Pampers Cruisers offering. I only wish I had found this sooner, but am glad I know about this in time for baby #2.


  1. I’m going to be a dad for the first time and I to am a bit freaked out about how much a month dippers cost, So I’ve been thinking about using washable “reusable” dippers for a round the house and disposable ones for when we are out and about, it can cut 70% of the costs down and I’ve been reading that its better for the baby to.

  2. Good find! Our little one is only about 4 months old, so the price per diaper is still on the low end, but we'll definitely consider it. Also, have you checked out Costco? They sell diapers in bulk (280 in a box I think), priced well below average. Haven't tried them yet as we're still working our way through all the diapers that people gave us at our showers, but that's another options I was thinking about.

  3. Congrats on being a new dad, Dan Paddon!

  4. cost now has its own brand of diapers. new born size is 29.99 for 213 diapers for a cost of .13 each.

  5. We had never purchased in Amazon yet. And, honestly, I cant believe I could really save up to 15%?... Wow! I should try it.

  6. You could save an additional 15% (for a total of 30%) when you also sign up for Amazon mom (its free).

  7. Hi! We've been using bumGenius cloth diapers and they are awesome. We're saving a ton of money, throwing out less trash (but of course doing more laundry), and the diapers so far have been working better than I had expected. No leaks let and we've been using them for a month. Plus they've been washing clean on the first try too. I have a friend who used her set for her first child, and is now using the same set for the second one, so it seems like a good investment - a couple hundred dollars up front for maybe 20 diapers plus the diaper sprayer (a must). I think it all cost $400. We also bought some cloth waterproof laundry bags (for home and travel) which you throw right in with the diapers, eliminating the need to touch the dirty diapers after you've thrown them in the bag. And of course you need to buy laundry detergent, but you do that anyway. Sorry for the super long post, but I was just so pleasantly surprised by these diapers that I need to share. :)

  8. Free shipping + saving 15% is great. @Josh G. I agree with you, my friend signed up for Amazon mom and she saved additional 15 %.

    Thanks Bill for sharing your valuable information.