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How To Save On Diapers

How To Save On Diapers

This How To Save On Diapers post is sponsored by ShopHer Media.

Baby on the way? Learn How To Save On Diapers from friend has a baby on the way, so she asked me recently if I knew how to save on diapers. Pete and I don’t have kids, so I’ve never had to stockpile diapers, but I’ve often gotten them for gifts for my friends who have had babies. So I’ve gotten pretty good at knowing how to save on them.

I have a few tips to share with you. This is good for new moms, but it’s also good if you have a friend who is pregnant. You can stock up for them and have a great gift for when the baby is here.

If you have any others tips to share, be sure to leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to the post.

How To Save On Diapers

Start early.
The sooner you can start stocking up, the easier it will be. So as soon as you find out you’re pregnant, start looking at the ads to see if you find any great deals. Diapers don’t expire, so you can start grabbing them in various sizes once you get that positive pregnancy test.

Look for clearance.
When companies change packaging, stores put packs with the old packaging on clearance in order to make room for the new designs. Every time you’re in a store, just take a quick stroll down the diaper aisle. If you see any clearance packs, grab them.

Pay with “free” money.
If you use an activity tracker, Walgreens will award you Balance Rewards points for walking or running. Pair those points with Walgreens Coupons and you can save even more. Even better, if there’s a Register Rewards deal, now you can triple dip and really save.

Don’t be brand loyal.
If you don’t stick to a specific brand, you’ll be able to save more. Different brands will be on sale during different weeks, so if you vary what your baby wears, you will be able to save more.

Get samples.
Samples do take a while to get to you, but it’s worth it to request them. Have a sample sent to your parents’ house and your in-laws’ too. Every diaper you can get for free is a diaper you don’t have to pay for.

3 Ways To Save $3k (Without Clipping Coupons)

3 Ways To Save $3k (Without Clipping Coupons)

Not everyone wants to clip coupons, but everyone wants to save! Find out three ways to save without clipping coupons and save up to $3k a year easily!I’m gonna be honest: Pete and I don’t count our pennies. If we go to the store and I feel like impulse buying a chocolate bar at checkout, I don’t flip out and reprimand myself. We’re allowed a treat here and there. Why? Because we make huge sacrifices in our budget so that we can save thousands of dollars a year. And when you’re saving thousands, you can spend a dollar here and there and not feel guilty about it.

Of course, we use coupons. I never go shopping without going through  the ad and finding coupons first. But not everyone wants to sit and clip coupons. I understand that. So I put together a list of three ways to save $3,000 a year without cutting coupons. These budget saving ideas may take a little while to get used to, but once you do, you’ll never go back to your old ways.

3 Ways To Save $3k (Without Clipping Coupons)

1. Cut the cord.
Pete and I don’t have cable. In fact, neither of us have ever paid for it since we’ve moved out of our parents’ homes. We do watch TV, though, completely for free. We have a  4K UHD Smart TV in our living room and two HDTV’s upstairs (one is a Smart flat screen and one is not as smart and more boxy). All three have an antenna that we purchased. They are not one of those crazy rabbit ears antennas. The two upstairs are flat and about the same size of a piece of paper. We’re able to pick up all the basic cable channels (ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, the CW, PBS, and more) over the air and we don’t pay a penny for it. 

Plus, there are a lot of programs that you can stream online for free too, so we’re not missing anything (except a $100 a month bill!). And keep that in mind too. Most of the basic channels have an app that allow you to stream episodes after they’ve aired. Some will allow it the next day, others make you wait a week. If you don’t mind waiting, that could be a good option for you too.

Savings: $1,200 (averaging about $100 a month)

2. Skip the coffee shop.
I really love coffee. I went the majority of my life avoiding the stuff and in the last two years, it’s grown to be my hot beverage of choice. But it can get expensive. In the coffee shop, it’s about $3 for a cup of regular coffee. When I buy coffee on sale and after coupons, I usually pay $2 a bag. And one bag is 26 servings. So basically, one bag of coffee makes each cup just under 8 cents. Yes, eight little cents a cup. That’s a savings of $2.92 a cup. Now, let’s say you’re stopping by the coffee shop every workday. That’s $15 a week or $780 a year. If you make your coffee at home for eight cents, you’re only spending $20.80 during that same time. Really, it’s a no brainer.

Savings: about $760 a year

3. Cook at home.
Pete and I make nearly every meal at home. He loves to cook and I love to scour Pinterest for new recipe ideas. Making a meal at home is so much cheaper than going out to a restaurant to have it. Plus, you have control over what, exactly, you’re putting into your body. You can make sure you’re using fresh, local, or organic ingredients. You can choose healthier and lighter options too. And you can save a lot of dough if you’re making your own dough (we actually do make our own pizza dough).

Just a quick recent example. I made baked spaghetti. It cost me $8 for all the ingredients (spaghetti, sauce, garlic, onions, mozzarella cheese, and 20oz. of ground turkey). It ended up being six servings for us, so about $1.25 a serving. Let’s say we went out to dinner and ordered spaghetti. Spaghetti and meatballs at Olive Garden is $14 (I just googled the menu). For two of us, that’s $28 (and that’s guessing Olive Garden’s portions are large enough for leftovers). If you eat in instead of out once a week, and you average a savings of $20 each time, that’s $1,040 a year.

If you want ideas for recipes, we have a bunch of them posted here. Be sure to pin your favorites to Pinterest so you have the recipe handy when you’re hungry.

Savings: about $1,040 a year

Total: $3k a year

It’s worth it. If by the little changes, you know you’re saving $3,000, you won’t cringe when your kid needs a couple extra dollars for a class trip.

52 Week Savings Challenge (Free Printable)

52 Week Savings Challenge (Free Printable)

A few years ago, I put together a 52 week savings challenge free printable. It’s a printable I like to revive this time every year.

Have you tried the challenge before? It’s a pretty easy way to save a bunch of money. Here’s what you do: Print out the printable below and keep it with your budget. Putting away a few dollars each week will help you save over $1,300 in 2017. You put away $1 this week, $2 next week (week two of the year), all the way until you get to $52 during week 52. That adds up to $1,378 at the end of the year, which is a nice chunk of change to have!

Just follow the schedule for your weekly savings goals. To print the schedule, just click on the image, save it to your computer, and print. You can print it in grayscale and fast draft, so you don’t use colored ink. Look at that. Saving more money already!

52 Week Savings Challenge free printable

Drugstore Divas is filled with tons of ways to save money all year long. We’ve done posts like that since this blog started in 2009, and we will continue to do that into 2017. We are making a few changes though. I want to focus more on ways to life a frugal life rather than ways to get free toothpaste. It’s like dieting. You don’t want to diet, you want a lifestyle change. So this year, you’ll see less coupon alerts and more posts about meals you can cook at home so you’re not blowing money on take out.

I’m really excited about where 2017 is going to take Drugstore Divas, and I hope you are too!