Thrifty Questions- What is a good price for diapers?

01/08/2010 8:22 pm · 34 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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I got this question from one of my readers,  to be honest I have never priced it out per diaper…. I normally just stock up when the smaller packs are $5 or less ( normally priced around $11).  So I wanted to ask my readers to help out with this question…do any of you have a price per diaper…that you are willing to share?

I am expecting in a couple of weeks and diaper deals are going to be on my radar for a while.  I wanted to know your rock bottom price on diapers.  I also worry that I may have a baby with a sensitive bottom.  What would you do if your newborn was allergic to all the diapers / wipes in your stockpile?

I was at Target on Milwalkee and Emerald today and they had several packages of Huggies and Pampers boxed (big boxes) diapers on sale for half off.  They were marked 14.98 originally 29.99.  I used a 2.00 off coupon for the Pampers and a 3.00 off for the Huggies.  I just bought 2 boxes. They did have more packages for sale and other Targets may have the same deal.  The crazy thing was they were located over by the clothes under the displays for strollers.

I wanted to know your rock bottom price on diapers.  I know that Costco can sometimes be cheaper.  When I did the math at the store it seemed that I was getting a good deal.

1 box Huggies size 3 / 150 diapers in the box for 14.98 less the 3.00 coupon = 11.98 oop and .0798 cents per diaper.
1 box Pampers size 2 / 132 diapers in the box (plus a coupon book) for 14.98 less the 2.00 coupon = 12.98 and .0983 cents per diaper.

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Dawn
Dawn

I already left one comment, but just wanted to let everyone know that in Utah, the Kirkland brand diapers cost more than Huggies at Costco and Huggies are about .18 per diaper. Target brand up & up diapers are .16 per diaper.

Emily
Emily

I don't get how people are getting name brand diapers for $0.10. I just bought some pampers cruisers and spent $0.21 per diaper and I thought I was getting a good deal. Boy was I wrong. How are people able to get name brand diapers for so little?

Lauren from NH
Lauren from NH

Try out diapers.com You get $10 off your first order and it is free shipping on orders over $49. Orders come in 2-3 days! You can send in by mail your manufacturers coupons and accumulate credit as you refer your friends to diapers.com. I usually wait until I have accumulated $10 in credit and send in my coupons and end up with 3 months supply of diapers for my 2 little ones. They have all brands, even organic for sensitive bottoms.

Arin
Arin

For the smaller sizes-.15 cents a diaper is stock up price-I haven't been able to get under that very often. For the larger sizes-I just go with the Walmart brand and forget the coupons-because they usually have more diapers in their packages than their competitors and still under $6.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Keep your receipts and if a certain diaper doesn't work for your baby (and you've bought several packs) just return them for your money back or a different brand.

lyn
lyn

I agree with neva. With my first child he leaked thru the name brand diapers. I found that walgreens and walmart store brand was the best for him. I would pay no more than $2.50 for the walgreens brand. My other 2 worked well with any brand so it just depends what I can find on the best sale.

Nikki
Nikki

I agree with those saying under $.10 a diaper. Precouponing days I paid $.13 a diaper for Luvs at Winco so I refuse to pay more than that. Many times Huggies and Pampers with coupon were still more expensive per diaper than Luvs at Winco. Now I rarely shop at Winco, except for produce and get diapers at least once a month for under $.10 a diaper. Rite Aid definitely, Walgreens occasionally, Albertsons rarely (last week was the first time I bought diapers there in 7 months).

Stephanie
Stephanie

$2.29 a pack and got a $2 RR back, so there are deals out there but they happen less often on diapers. Also Target occasionaly has boxes on sale and if you buy two you get a gift card back. These are the best deals I have found and still been able to get name brands.

Stephanie
Stephanie

I am a Pampers fan but I buy Huggies also depending on what coupons I have. I used to buy my diapers at Sams Club but once I started couponing I realized that with coupons it was a much better deal to buy them onsale with the coupon. I usually buy them when they are less than $9.00 for a smaller pack and have a $2-$3 off coupon. The best deals are at Walgreens and CVS because I can usually use a RR or EB to pay even less. A few weeks ago when they had the $5 coupons when you spend $25, I bought some things for myself and other family members and I ended up with 3 $5 coupons which I used the following week on a Huggies deal. They were $8.99 a pack with a $2 RR back, I had a a $2.00 coupon and used the $5 coupon. I paid

jadell
jadell

if I remember correctly, Huggies Diapers are .17/diaper. I think. But, honestly, I LOVE the Walgreens diapers. They are equally as soft as Huggies and work just as well for my family. I try to find the packages for around $5 at Walgreens and stock up then. :) Just my 2 bits.

Nessa
Nessa

I had similar experiences to Neva's. We did ok with Pampers and Huggies, but we had many more leaks than when we used The Target or Walmart brand diapers. My sis-in-law buys White Cloud and she loves them.

Marci
Marci

You know, I agree with Neva, if you go generic, the Kroger (Fred Meyer) brand generics are the best (I believe that the WAGS generic diapers are made by the same company for the Kroger generic diapers). I've never had a problem and you can always find $3 coupons for them on the Kroger website. Once they go on sale you can get a steal. Once, our local QFC (Kroger affiliate) was clearancing Kroger diapers for $3.49 a pack, pair that with a $3 off coupon and you get 25+ diapers for $.50!!!! It was a GREAT deal.

Evelyn
Evelyn

The bigger size diaper, the fewer in the pack, and so the potential for them to be more expensive is there as the kids get bigger. Another motivation to potty train early! My daughter did best with store brand, so like Neva said, definitely try those out! My son does better with Pampers and Huggies (darn it!) ironically, and so with those I definitely think .09 is a FANTASTIC deal! I'd say anything under .20 is decent!

Katie
Katie

Before I started doing coupon stuff, I found that diapers.com had the best price on diapers - regular price, of course, without sales and coupons. The downside to their good price was you had to buy $60 worth to get free shipping (and I hate paying shipping!) My son was wearing Luvs at the time, because they were the cheapest per diaper and they worked. When he was an infant, I paid full price for pampers swaddlers and really liked those. (Though now I can't believe how much I paid for them!) If you go on diapers.com, they do the math for you and Luvs, size 4, work out to be about 20 cents per diaper, so I when I started couponing, that's what I based my good deals on - if I could get them for that or less. Now that I've built up a stockpile of diapers, I only get them when they're less than that, and I have a variety of Luvs, Huggies, and Pampers - whatever the deal is for. The deal you found was great! One thing I did to help me calculate deals was go on diapers.com and write down how many diapers come in each size box for each of those three brands. (I only did it for the size 4 diapers as that is what my son wears right now.) Now when I see how much the box of diapers is, I can calculate how much it is per diaper and if I should do the deal or not. Hope that helps! Good luck!

Katie
Katie

Diapers are expensive. I usually can't afford to stockpile them, because that would blow my whole grocery budget. I am not a fan of store brand diapers because of my kids eczema--they usually get rashes. But there is one glorious exception--WinCo's Cuddle-Ups. These are actually great diapers--no leakage, and no rashes. Plus as they are always $13.67 for a case (A case fo size 4 has 88 diapers), I don't worry about stockpiling. I go through about one and a half cases a month, and I just buy one when I need it. This makes them cheaper than Costco.

Katie
Katie

I have had the worst leaks with pampers and huggies were the best for me it is so weird how different brands are for each person!

heather
heather

I never buy them at more than .15 cents a diaper and stock up if I can get less than .10 a diaper. I don't have a rite aid so i can't get in on those good deals! My Sam's club used to have the cheapest store brand even when using coupons at other stores but their prices went up last year and I haven't bought them there since then.

Dawn
Dawn

I wrote a post about this a month ago on my blog: http://savingsaints.blogspot.com/2009/12/saving-on-diapers-with-coupon-links.html Never pay more than 16 cents per diaper. Because you can find them regularly priced for this. Soft Stretch diapers at Family Dollar are priced this and I was very pleased with the quality of the diaper. I have gotten Huggies diapers for .10 each or less with coupons and sales at Rite Aid and Walgreens. Also, never pay more than 2 cents per baby wipe.:)

Mickie
Mickie

You all are clearly getting much better deals than I am getting! I will blame my newness to the world of couponing... I have been using the rule of thumb- cheaper per diaper than Costco... but that is still around .22 a diaper. I need to look for better deals! As an aside- the deal at Babies R Us recently on the Earth's best diapers- they REFUSED to honor their store coupon on those clearance diapers!

Julene
Julene

I agree with Neva, the store brand diapers are much better. Weird huh! Also anything under .11 is a great deal!

Neva
Neva

I have had weird experiences with diapers ... My kids always leaked with the Premium brands - Huggies were the worst. My husband asked me to never buy them again, even with a great deal because he was so sick and tired of changing the baby's clothes and sheets. On the other hand I've had terrific luck with the store brands - Walgreen's, Fred Meyer, and Target brands have worked great for my kids. Don't be afraid to give these a try.

Marci
Marci

I agree with under .11 cents per diaper is a great deal. Stock up on those deals when they are cheaper (like the Earth's best deal at Babies R us over the new year for $1.50 a pack!!!)

Chriscia C.
Chriscia C.

I used cloth for awhile, party for monetary reasons, and also because my youngest has super sensitive skin. Since getting into the world of couponing, I have found I can do disposables just fine. The huggies Pure and Natural worked great for my little one. I generally stock up on these at Rite Aid. There have been many times where I pay less than $3 for the smaller pack. My best advice is to print out the Rite Aid Video Values Huggies coupon and get the $3 off huggies P&N. That makes an automatic $4 off the packs. Then if you go there for shopping and have other items to buy, split your transactions so you are getting about $10 worth of other stuff. Then use a $5/20 or $5/25 coupon. The way I see it is that $5 is coming off of the diapers. So in a sense, $9 off the regular $11.99. And that is not on a sale or promo week, just an everday deal that can be had.

Mommy to 3
Mommy to 3

Im a Luvs & Pampers fan, and will ONLY buy Huggies when they are on sale & I have a good coupon! A good deal to me is less than .10 a diaper! By signing up with diaper companies (Luvs & such) I occasionally will get a high $ coupon ($3+ off) & then I will get the big boxes, otherwise I find the coupons make buying the smaller packs more of a deal! OT My oldest son was allergic to off brand diapers & scented wipes, so Ive never really priced offbrand! =)

A Thrifty Mom
A Thrifty Mom

Just wanted to tell you thank you so much for your wonderful tips....I love having all the great feedback!

Lanie
Lanie

I have found name brand diapers for as little as $.11 each for a size 5(not to often though). They normally run about $.25 cents each. Diaper prices also very by size - it seams that the smaller diapers like Size 1 and 2 come in larger packs at the same price as the larger diapers like Size 5 and are the same price. I am running low on diapers so I will let you know if I find any great deals. Please do not post my name if you can - I am a teacher and my name is not very common so I prefer to stay out of the public eye for now. My name on my website is mom.

Colleen
Colleen

I generally stock up on Huggies when they are at about .5 - .9 cents and pampers cruisers at about .14. Rite Aid generally has awesome deals on Huggies every other month and Albertson's runs great deals on Pampers every 2 months or so. Good luck!

lyn
lyn

I have 3 kids and after I had my second I refused to pay more than $2.50 per jumbo pack at walgreens. I LOVE the Rite Aid deals on huggies. There have been several sales combined with in store coupons stacked w/manufacture coupons and the $5 off $20 purchase. At all these sales I will Pay $3.00 for ALL 3 jumbo packs in each transaction that I did. My now 4 month old has enough diapers for the next couple yrs until she is potty trained. I figured if I have extras they will be nice gifts for a baby shower gift. So I guess thats around .04 per diaper or less depending on the sale. I can't believe that with my first child I paid full price for every bag of diapers.

Amber
Amber

Less than $.10 / a diaper is a great price! I usually stock up as much as possible when that kind of deal comes along. Several times a year, Rite Aid has amazing diaper deals that I always take advantage of. I usually don't pay more than $.15 / diaper and try to get it under $.10. But, I have a pretty good stockpile of diapers so I can afford to be picky with sales.

Karma
Karma

Costco brand diapers run about $.18/diaper depending on the size. Anything under that or when I can get additional freebies with it, I go ahead and buy them. If I find diapers under $.10/diaper I buy as many as I can store! Huggies has good sensitive skin diapers, and Pampers has sensitive skin wipes, although both are more expensive. I think you can exchange regular diapers or wipes for the sensitive kind in a smaller package. (Huggies regular diapers size 5 has 27, pure and natural has only 21 or 23.)

Whitney
Whitney

I buy Luv's, which rarely have a coupon. It's a bit more expensive, but it's a good bargain for us. We don't use that many at a time and we've had very bad luck with the other brands. It's cheaper than doing more laundry! I want to say it's like 11 - 15 cents a diaper.

Sera @ Laughing Through the Chaos
Sera @ Laughing Through the Chaos

I don't really have a set rock bottom price for diapers, but I do sort of have a method to the madness. :) I've found that Walgreens often runs deals on their store brand diapers (which have been one of my favorites in terms of quality!), and when I compare them by price per diaper to other brands during the Walgreens sales, they're often the best deal. We've been lucky enough that our daughter hasn't had sensitivities to any brands, so I jump around with my brands a lot, depending on what's the cheapest. I've had to watch closely, though as when the size of the diaper increases, you get less diapers for the same price you were pay for way more diapers in a smaller size. I think all in all, Costco does tend to be a good deal, especially if you go with the Kirkland brand. Another thing to keep in mind is diapers.com. I just did my first order with them, got a huge box of Huggies, a baby soap and diaper cream, and got free overnight shipping for ordering $50 or more. I also got $5 for being a first-time customer and they offered a code for 10% off everything else. I know that was super long winded, but that's how I go about things. And when there's a killer sale, I stock up like crazy. Now, about your question regarding what to do with your stockpiles if your baby ends up being allergic. If Wal-Mart carries that particular brand, they should unopened packs back and either give you money or store credit. We did that in the newborn days when all we used were Pampers Swaddlers. Sending my best wishes to you for a healthy delivery and a healthy postpartum adjustment period. :)

Susan
Susan

I think the typical price for name brand is about $.25/diaper. I usually compare with that and hope to pay less than $.15. I think $.09 is a GREAT deal!!! Diapers do seem to go on sale frequently, but I rarely find a REALLY good deal.

tammy
tammy

i paid 7 cents per diaper when i was starting my diaper stock pile when i was preg in 08. Ill pay about 10 cents per diaper now if i have to run out and buy a pack. I know you didn't ask about wipes but 3 cents per wipe is the most i would spend. Hope this helps=)

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