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Diaper Quest – Where to Buy Diapers and Wipes

By: , April 8th, 2015. Posted in: Money, Parenting

A detailed cost analysis on the best places to buy diapers and wipes.

To follow up on my post about switching to disposable diapers, I did some of my own research on the best places to buy disposable diapers and wipes.  Jason and I have been purchasing LB’s (LB’s) diapers at Costco for almost two years now.  We already had a membership before he was born, so we didn’t do much price shopping in the beginning, taking for granted that the best prices would always come from buying in bulk.

At Costco, the available diaper options are limited to Huggies Snug & Dry and Costco’s Kirkland Signature Brand, which gets decent consumer reviews, but is nearly identical in price to the Huggies.  For wipes, Costco only sells Huggies Natural Care Plus and their Kirkland Signature Brand (which is surprisingly a bit more costly than the Huggies wipes).  Thus far, we’ve used strictly Huggies and we’ve been satisfied with both their performance and the prices we’ve been paying at Costco.

Now that Jason and I are flipping our life, we have begun to take a closer look at things like this.  Dissect them.  Study them.  Get to the bottom (ahem) of whether we’ve really been taking advantage of the best deals.  Through this process, I researched prices at Costco, Sams Club, Amazon, Target, and Wal-Mart.  I included the two most popular brands, Huggies and Pampers, as well as store brands.

Here are my observations:

  1. We were right about buying in bulk.  The larger the package, the lower per unit price you’ll get no matter where you shop.  If you’re shopping somewhere that only stocks small package sizes, you are likely paying way too much for your diapers and wipes.
  2. The largest package sizes are more available when shopping online.
  3. Not every store carries the same package sizes, so it makes it more difficult for consumers to compare apples to apples without in-depth analysis.  Luckily, I’ve done it for you.
  4. Pampers products are slightly more expensive than Huggies.  Because we’ve never used Pampers, I can’t attest to why.  However, after reading countless product reviews I can say that everyone has their favorite brand/style of diaper and those who love Pampers seem to feel they are better at controlling leaks and blowouts than other brands.  I’ve also seen several accounts of allergic reactions to this or that brand/style.
  5. The absolute lowest prices for name-brand diapers and wipes is with Amazon Mom Subscribe and Save, which gets you 20% off all diaper purchases and 15% off other subscriptions (as long as you subscribe to 5 items).  Even if you don’t already have an  Amazon Prime Membership, the prices on diapers and wipes alone more than make up for the cost of your annual membership.  This was one of those face-palm moments for me.  We already had a membership because we do almost all of our shopping online and like the free two-day shipping, video streaming, and other Prime benefits.  Still, somehow I completely missed the extra benefits of this great program (which come at no additional cost if you have Prime!!!)  Thankfully, I caught on before our LG (LG) was born so I could take advantage of the 15% Baby Registry Discount (another great benefit of Amazon Mom).  Seriously, if you haven’t already done this…you definitely should consider it.  Switching over our diaper and wipes purchases from Costco to Amazon for LG will save us approximately $90.00 in the first year alone.  We can also avoid the dreaded weekend run to Costco because we’re running out of diapers or wipes.
  6. A very close second in pricing, if you aren’t interested in signing up for a membership, is the Target.com Subscription program.
  7. If you’re not an online shopper and prefer to see and touch your boxes of diapers and wipes before you buy them, expect to pay as much as $300 more in the first two years of diapering.  Both Walmart and Target stores have a similar pricing structure, and one could be less than the other depending on the style and size.
  8. Always look for coupons.  Even Amazon Mom, at the great prices offered, allows you to tack on additional savings with coupons.

If you are prone to more facts and figures, you can find my super awesome price comparison here.

Happy diapering!

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2 responses to “Diaper Quest – Where to Buy Diapers and Wipes”

  1. Emilie says:

    Girl, I can’t even imagine how long you spent on this! Thanks for the breakdown. This is a great comparison for regular prices! The one thing that would be awesome is if it took into account the constant sales that Target runs on diapers including incentives with gift cards for buying diapers. While not everyone has coupons, anyone can reap the benefits the gift card promos which run often and really do offer significant savings, especially over Walmart. 🙂

    • Chris Stephens says:

      Thanks Emilie! Yes, it did take me many hours to complete. I’m glad you like it! You make some great points. You are correct that my comparison is for regular pricing only, since I felt it was the best way to compare apples to apples. Other retailers also offer regular coupons, but not the gift cards you mentioned. I’ll be sure to look into this further for my next analysis.

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