You’ll spend $2,500 on baby diapers if you don’t watch this video. In fact, most moms say they spend $10,000 on baby expenses in the first year alone.
Before pledging celibacy (and getting me in trouble with your significant other), let me tell you how I literally saved thousands of dollars in my babies’ first years.
Here ya go — TEN specific, doable, genius ways to save actual dollars on baby costs (that you didn’t already know):
1. Shop for baby at Target, plus Amazon or Costco.
If you don’t have a Costco membership, request Costco gift cards for your baby shower to get you in the door for cheap diaper, wipes and formula.
Avoid the higher price points at supermarkets and natural food stores when purchasing baby items.
2. Start stocking up on diapers in your third trimester.
Aim to pay between $4.00-$6.00 per jumbo pack of diapers, or $0.18-$0.20 per diaper. Stock up when you see $0.12-$0.14 per diaper.
Don’t overbuy newborn through size 2 diapers. Instead, stock up on anything size 3 or larger.
3. Find coupons online, on your phone, and on Facebook.
We also recommend following Happy Baby, Johnson’s, Beech Nut, Ella’s Kitchen and Kandoo on social media for more offers.
4. Save at Target by stacking coupons.
I purchased Huggies diapers for just $0.17 per diaper by stacking a sale price with a gift card promo (get a $10 Target gift card when you buy two packs of diapers), a manufacturer coupon, a Target app coupon and a Cartwheel offer.
5. Subscribe to save on diapers.
Amazon Family members get 20% off diapers, wipes, and baby food subscriptions.
If you’re not an Amazon Family member (and you don’t want to pay after your 30-day free trial ends), sign up for a diaper or wipe subscription from Target to get 5% off, then use your REDCard for an additional 5% off.
6. Skip and splurge on the right baby gear.
Skip buying a bassinet, changing table, bathtub, bottle sterilizer, boppy and diaper genie. Splurge on Aden + Anais swaddle blankets, baby swing, jungle gym, baby carrier, pack n’ play and NoseFrida.
7. Create a baby registry — it’s NOT optional!
Make a baby registry simply for the completion discount. Target and Amazon have the highest completion discount featuring up to 15% off almost anything left on your registry.
8. Use the Amazon app to price match at Target.
Use the Amazon app to scan prices at Target. When an item is cheaper on Amazon, show customer service for an instant in-store price match.
9. Sign up for loyalty programs to get free coupons.
Sign up for brand loyalty programs for high-value coupons and samples from Huggies, Pampers, Similac, Gerber and Enfamil.
10. Find apparel discounts with Target Cartwheel app.
Use Target’s app to scan items for apparel discounts up to 40% off. Also check 6pm.com for 40-60% off name brand outerwear, coats and shoes.
Plain and simple, if you want the secrets, you gotta watch: