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The Cost of Diapers 2010 – January Update

One of the reasons I started to get into couponing was because of the cost of diapers and wipes.  I would go to Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target, Babies R Us and compare the prices and figure which store would give me the best deal and then I discovered the ‘coupon‘.  Coupons as you may or may not already know hold the key to finding some great deals.  In the last year thanks to the CVS and Rite Aid I’ve lowered my cost to diapers to about $300 a year.

This is an estimate so this year I plan on costing out how much I spend on diapers and soon training pants. My little girl isn’t a little girl anymore.  She wears size 6 and is a “big” girl!  Size 6 diapers cost a lot more than the 1 and 2 sizes and are hard to find on sale.  In some cases, I get excited about some of the deals only to find out that they don’t carry size 5 or 6.  Today, we bought her “potty” and will slowly introduce her to it.  She is 18 months old going on 19 months and thinks the “potty” is really neat.  I hope that continues!

If you find a good diaper deal or training pant deal PLEASE let me know.  Thanks!

How much have I spent on diapers in 2010?

Date Location Brand Size Number of Diapers/Training pants Regular Price Cost Cost per Diaper
01/02/10 Walmart Pampers 6 60 19.92 includes tax
19.92 $0.30
01/01/10 Big Lots Big Lots 5 too small
19 3.33 3.33 $0.18
01/10/10 CVS CVS Brand 6 40 13.99 2.49 $0.06
01/7/10 Alice.com Luvs 6 23 6.92 6.09 $0.26
Total


142 44.16 31.83 $0.20

Img Source:  Justin Newitter

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Safeway Shopping Trip 11/21/2009 Saved 60%!!

safewayLogoWow!  I’m impressed. This trip took me about an hour.  I was new to the store so I had to learn the aisles.

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I also asked the store manager a couple questions before I began shopping.

1.  For safeway coupons that state to use you need to have a $20 “purchase” does that mean I have to purchase $20 before I can use the coupons?  YES

2. If I purchase just the items that qualify for the Safeway coupons and they equal over $20 does that qualify?   NO

3.  Can I use the $5 Home for Holidays immediately on another transaction?  YES

Home for the Holiday Promotion

4 Bisquick 10.00 ($.60 off coupons, 4 doubled, plus $.60  e-coupons Shortcuts.com)
2 BC Frosting 3.00 ($.50 off coupons, 2 doubled, plus $.50 e-coupons Shortcuts.com)
4 BC Cookie Mix 6.00 ($.40 off coupons 4 doubled, plus $.40 e-coupons Shortcuts.com)
1 Nestle Toll House Chips 2.00 (1.00 off Safeway catalina found in cart!)
2 Hefty Foam Plates 3.00 ($1.50/2 off coupon)
2 ICBINB Light Tubs $3.98 ($1.00/2 off coupon)

Before coupons $27.98 after coupons $12.98 so after the $5 catalina = $7.98 for the above!
(They were out of the $1.99 ICBINB sticks.  Bummer!  I bought the ICBINB tubs to get me over $25 and then I realized I found that $1.00 off Nestle Toll House chips and $1.00 for chips is pretty good! The best part is I got the white chips!  Yummy!)

Besides the Home for the Holiday promotion I got a couple other things.  Check out these deals!

2 Gallon Milks $6.78  (Not the best price but I needed milk and it doesn’t make sense to drive farther for cheap milk.)

1 dozen eggs $1.79

1 celery $1.50

3 A&W Rootbeer = $.99 (Special ended 11/21/09)

1 Rapid Rise Fleshmans yeast $1.50 ($.40 off coupon, 1 double)  Got back a $.50 Catalina!  After coupons and catalina = $0.20!!

1 Huggies Overnights $9.99 (Safeway coupon $7.99 after spending $20 min. purchase, $2.00 mailer Huggies  coupon for overnights, $2.00 e-coupons Shortcuts.com, $1.50 Safeway coupons.com e-coupons) After coupons = $2.49!!

After all said and done!

OOP= $28.58  + $5 cat and a $.50 cat

Total Savings value 60% $41.24

Thanks to MoneyWiseMoms!

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Safeway Possibly Cheap Diapers 11/15-11/21

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Quick update!  I did this deal and used the e-coupons on Shortcuts and safeway.com (coupons.com) and only bought 1 pack of overnights.  It came out to $2.95! Look out for these coupons in the future.

I’m a newbie to shopping at Safeway.  Now, I’m not sure how this works so this is a suggestion.

Today, I learned that Safeway has a coupon in their 11/15 insert for $7.99 Huggies or Pampers Jumbo pack diapers (without the coupon they are $9.99) and the limit is 4.  It states on the coupon that you have to spend at least $20 to use “all” of the coupons on the page.

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From what I’ve learned at Safeway you can load manufacture coupons on to your Safeway card PLUS you can use a paper manufacture coupon, and with the Safeway coupon this can be a great deal!  This is called “stacking” coupons.

Frugal in Virginia mentions some Cell Fire coupons that you can load onto your Safeway card.  There is a 2/$3 Huggies coupon available!

Plus, there are some $1, $2 and even $3 Huggies coupons (for specific types of Huggies so check the coupons).

My guess is if you can use the $3 Huggies Naturals and the Cell Fire coupon you can get 3 packs of Huggies for about $11.97 that is $3.99 a pack!  Wow! Since I need size 6 diapers and usually Naturals only come in size 5, I would use the $1 or $2 coupons so that would make it $18.97 or $6.32 a pack.  Still not bad!

Any thoughts or suggestions?  I’m tempted to get some.

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Diapers deals – RiteAid, Diapers.com and more

I’m running low on my stockpile of diapers.  Big thanks to Rite Aid for the great diaper deals recently.  I’ve either spent very little or earned a profit.  I think so far I’ve spent under $300 for diapers this year alone. I’ll have to it add up. It might even be less than that since most of the time I get them at CVS or Rite Aid.

Rite Aid

This week Rite Aid has a great deal on diapers.  If you are like me and immediately submitted for your GOS (Gift of Savings) promotion at Rite Aid you should have your $20 certificate.  This week Rite Aid has Huggies for $9.99 and a $3 Rite Aid Rebate use a $1.50 or $1.00 coupon in Sunday paper (10/25) then it will be $5.49 or $5.99 for one pack.  Go ahead and get a couple packs and use a $5/$25 or $5/$25 and get even more diapers!

Here is a suggestion:

Buy 3 Huggies Diapers for $9.99
3 -$1.00 Huggies coupon 10/25 SS
SubTotal = $26.97
-$5/$25
Total = $21.97
-$20 GOS certificate
OOP = $1.97

Get back $3 Rite Aid Rebate  and 3 packs towards (buy 5 get 6 free coupon) and 3 packs towards $.75 per pack for caregivers rebates

I’m sure there will be other diaper deals in the future at Rite Aid since the GOS doesn’t expire until later  but this one looks good right now.

Diapers.com

If you are like me and can’t get to Rite Aid this week or you don’t mind spending a little bit more on diapers.  Here is another great deal.   As long as you are a new customer to diapers.com this will work really well.

1.  Place your order through Ebates to receive an extra 1% off.  If you aren’t signed up for Ebates, you can do so here, and receive a $5 bonus just for signing up.
2. Search for diapers.com and add your items (any combination of $49+) to your cart.  Check for coupons to check off! The subtotal is before coupons! Woohoo!
3. Proceed to check out. If you’re a new member, you’ll have to register.
4. Enter the coupon code Search10 to get $10 off.
5. If you originally added $49 or more to your cart (before the code), your order should qualify for free shipping.
6. Place your order, but remember to send away for your rebate!
7. Go here and print out the form to receive a rebate of $14.97 rather than a magazine subscription.

Here is what I did:
Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers Extra Large Case size: Size 5 $39.99 – $1.50 coupon = $38.49
Huggies Pure & Natural Diapers – Jumbo Pack size: Size 5 $9.99 – $3.00 coupon = $6.99
Item Subtotal $49.98
Free Shipping
Promotional Discount $10.00
(Promotion Search10)
Total: $35.48
After the Rebate $14.97
Total = $21.48 for over 100+ diapers

I also got premium shipping which means I should get it Wednesday!
Thanks to Frugal in Virginia for info about this!

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Rite Aid Deals 9/20-9/26 – Great Diaper deal!

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People wonder why I love coupons.  This is a great example as to why I love coupons!  When there is a way to buy the things I need for my family and get them cheap, free or profit, it is so worth it.

Earlier I mentioned I was looking for diapers deals and then last week I discovered that I got the Rite Aid coupon from the July rebates!  FREE diaper coupon up to $11.49 value.  I was super excited and thought of a good deal at Rite Aid last week, however, after a little bit more reading I discovered, thanks to HotCouponWorld.com, the fact that the diapers will be on sale and a rebate will occur when buying 3 packages it was worth to wait! Use the Rite coupons $5/$20 or $5/$25 and you will make this deal a MONEYMAKER!  Yes, a profit!

If you don’t have the FREE diaper coupon up to $11.49, not to worry.  This is still a good deal.  Per my quick calculations this will be a $3 Profit!

Always check my calculations and confirm you have all of the necessary coupons.  Check out the RiteAid coupon policy and take it with you, if necessary.  It seems most stores are aware that you can combine or “stack” a RiteAid coupon with a manufacture coupon and use 1 internet coupon per “purchase” or “item”.

For the RiteAid Ad Click HERE.

These are my suggestions:

Here is how I could get the diapers and then some for a $14 MM! Check my math to be sure. What do you think?
Transaction #1
1 Huggies jumbo
1 Huggies jumbo
Total: $22
– $5/$20 RA q from AdPerks website
– $11 free diapers voucher
– $1.50/1 Huggies any home mailer (my mailer doesn’t have a $3/1)
– $1/1 Huggies RA q that came with KC gift card
– $2/1 Huggies RA q from AdPerks website
OOP: $1.50 plus tax (use GC!)

Transaction #2 (Not in any order and might need to do in separate trips per YMMV) Moneymaker!
1 Huggies Pure & Natural jumbo
1 Proantinox $6.99
1 Clean and clear skin care products $4.50
Total: $22.49
– $5/$20 RA q from AdPerks website
– $3/1 Huggies pure & natural any home mailer
-$3/1 Proantionx RA video coupon
-$3/1 Clean & Clear RA video values coupon
-$2/1 Clean & Clear printable manufacturer coupon
OOP: $6.49 plus tax (use GC!)
Get back $10 SCR for 3 Huggies, $5 gc for GOS, $6.99 SCR for Proantiox
TOTAL: $14 Moneymaker!

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CVS Deals 9/6 – 9/12

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Not a lot of deals this coming week.  I just added a couple more deals.

There is a $4/$20 and other coupons sent via email.  Always scan your card BEFORE you shop!

3 Day Sale

Aussie shampoo / conditioner 13.5 oz or styler 6-14 oz $2.99 Get $2 EB Limit 3

ALL Neutrogena Cosmetics BOGO
-$1.00 Neutrogena Eye/Lip Cosmetics,  7/26 RP (expires 9/6)
-$2.00 Neutrogena Face Cosmetics, any 7/26 RP (expires 9/6)
-$3.00 Any Neutrogena Cosmetic Product August All You

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All week

LifeLock DVD starter Kit $2.99 Get $2.99 eb Limit 1

Schick Slim Triple ST3 disposable razors for delicate skin 8 ct $6.99 Get $4 eb Limit 1
-$3 Schick Disposable Razor SS 8/16/09
-$1 Schick Disposable Razor SS 8/23/09

Revlon, Nailene or Fing’rs artificial nails (psa $3.89, excludes glue) Get $3 eb Limit 1

Covergirl Clean Liquid foundation or pressed powder $4.99 Get $2 ECB Limit 1
CoverGirl one face product Free wyb Foundation P&G 8/30/09
-$1.00 CoverGirl coupon from P&G 8/30/09
*Deal Scenario: Buy a foundation and one other face product. Use Free coupon and $1.00 coupon. Makes it $1.99 for 2 items.   Thanks to MadameDeals

Neutrogena Wave or Acne Products Spend $15 Get $5 ECB Limit 1
-$3.00 Neutragena wave coupon HERE Thanks to MadameDeals

Thanks to Laura from FrugalFriendsBlog she learned this deal:

I noticed a post on Southern Savers in which Jenny listed that CVS will have Huggies Jumbo packs on sale for $8.97 from 9/6-9/12. No ECB’s available, but if you received a recent CVS email of $4/$20 coupon (good thru 9/7) you could do the following deal: 2 Huggies Jumbo packs @ $8.97 = $17.94 and then buy a filler item $2.06 or over (like the Lifelock DVD for $2.99, that has an ECB of $2.99), then use your $4/$20 coupon and 2 Huggies coupons ($2), that brings your total down to $12.93. Subtract the $2.99 ECB you get back, the total is more like $9.94, or about $5 per Jumbo pack. Not the best price ever, but it is about 50% off the sale price.

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I’m Looking for Diaper Deals!

Anybody aware of some really good diaper deals?   I thought I would ask just in case someone might know of something.  My stockpile is starting to go down fast and its time to restock.  I was wondering if CVS, Rite Aid or others might have some good deals coming up in the next week or two.

Some of my favorite sites for checking on diaper deals:

Babycheapskate

TheThriftymama.com

IheartRiteAid

IheartCVS

Hotcouponworld – diapers search

Leave me a comment of any deals you found!  I think I might be buying some diapers at Aldi or Walmart this coming week.

Thanks to Laura from FrugalFriendsBlog she learned this deal:

I noticed a post on Southern Savers in which Jenny listed that CVS will have Huggies Jumbo packs on sale for $8.97 from 9/6-9/12. No ECB’s available, but if you received a recent CVS email of $4/$20 coupon (good thru 9/7) you could do the following deal: 2 Huggies Jumbo packs @ $8.97 = $17.94 and then buy a filler item $2.06 or over (like the Lifelock DVD for $2.99, that has an ECB of $2.99), then use your $4/$20 coupon and 2 Huggies coupons ($2), that brings your total down to $12.93. Subtract the $2.99 ECB you get back, the total is more like $9.94, or about $5 per Jumbo pack. Not the best price ever, but it is about 50% off the sale price.

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Rite Aid Shopping Trips – 7/12-7/18

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I successfully did the Rite Aid Huggies Diaper deal this week!  Now, you can do the rebates 1 or unless otherwise stated.  I’ve included some other options that could have worked as well, a note for the future. (Note: I had already bought a pack earlier in May that qualified for the 6 pack of Huggies diapers.  That purchase I made a $0.1 PROFIT.)

I’ve also updated the Rite Aid Coupon Policy.  The manager at my favorite Rite Aid explained to me that you can use more than 1 Internet Coupon per transaction, in other words, 1 Internet Coupon per purchase, just like regular manufacturer coupons.  Woohoo!

On the Swim Diapers they quality for The Caregivers Marketplace rebate which is $.75 a pack!  You have to make 5 purchases of any of the caregivers rebates in order to get a check but since I’m buying so many packs of jumbo and now swim diapers I’m sure going to submit a rebate.  Check it out!

Transaction #1

4 Little Swimmers Diapers $6.99

-4 $1.50 from Coupons.com (see side of blog)

-$5/$25 coupon

SubTotal $16.96 + tax 1.40

Total OOP= $18.36

Transaction 2

2 Mega Huggies Pack $14.99

-$5/$25 coupon

-2 $1.50 coupons from Huggies mailer

SubTotal $21.98 + tax $1.50

Total OOP= $23.48

Total for Diapers = $41.84

Will Receive: $25 Rite Aid gift card for Kimberly-Clark deal (SCR #61)
$2.00 Huggies SCR (#53)
Voucher for a free pack of Huggies diapers (up to $11.49) SCR#800  (Note: I had already bought a pack earlier in May that qualified for this and made a $0.1 PROFIT.) I’m considering the pack of free diapers will be valued at $11.49 and not including in total cost.

Total Cost=$14.84 for 4 Swim Diaper packs and 2 Mega Packs!!!!  + 1 Free Pack of Jumbo diapers

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A couple other options would have been:

Transaction 1

2 Mega Huggies Pack $14.99

-$5/$25 coupon

-2 $1.50 coupons from Huggies mailer

SubTotal $21.98 + tax $1.50

Total OOP= $23.48

Transaction 2

2 Mega Huggies Pack $14.99

-$5/$25 coupon

-2 $1.50 coupons from Huggies mailer

SubTotal $21.98 + tax $1.50

Total OOP= $23.48

Total = $46.96

Would Receive: $25 Rite Aid gift card for Kimberly-Clark deal (SCR #61)
$2.00 Huggies SCR (#53)
Voucher for a free pack of Huggies diapers (up to $11.49) SCR#800  (Note: I had already bought a pack earlier in May that qualified for this and made a $0.1 PROFIT.) I’m considering the pack of free diapers will be valued at $11.49 and not including in total cost.

Total Cost = $19.49 for 4 Huggies Mega Packs!!! + 1 Free Pack of Jumbo diapers

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How to Make a Swim Diaper?

I’ve been thinking about for the last month.  Can I make a swim diaper for my daughter?  I love to sew but haven’t had much time recently.  Now, that I have a project on my mind I have to find some time to do it.  But, first I need a pattern.  After searching and searching online I finally found a pattern.

Thanks to Kayla’s Cloth Kits there is a .pdf file that you can download and plus her website has a video you can watch here!