A lot of people decide to cloth diaper for different reasons, but my biggest reason was for the moolah. I wanted to save money. So in my effort to pinch pennies, I found a few tips to get cloth diapers for very little money. So in this series, I will share some of my tips and open up the comments section here for some people to share theirs!
The #1 way I was able to save the most money on my diapers was by using Swagbucks because I would get diapers for FREE. If you are just about to get pregnant, or just are, you are at the best advantage here because you have lots of time to save up. Basicaly, Swagbucks is a program that allows you to earn some “bucks” every time you search the internet. You can trade in your bucks for gift cards to some cloth diaper stores, or I even use the bucks for Amazon. I was getting a free cloth diaper every other week when I did this.
UPDATE: Some people (myself included) have had issues with the Swagbucks toolbar. Don’t download it, it’s annoying and one reader even believes she may have gotten a virus. You can still just search using Swagbucks.com. Also, the rate for bucks earned has slowed since my pre-blogger days, so it might take you a little longer. But I make up that difference by using coupons. 10 bucks per coupon adds up! And I only coupon for 30 minutes a week, read how HERE.
Here are some tips for using Swagbucks:
* If you refer friends, then for every buck they earn, you earn one (until they reach 1000 Swagbucks). I posted on Facebook saying that I am trying to earn enough to help diaper my baby. People were eager to sign up–it’s a no cost way for them to treat you!
* I have found that you are most likely to get bucks in the morning, and then again in the evening. You normally don’t get them within the same hour or so.
* If you keep searching about 20 times, chances are you won’t win some bucks, so try again later.
* You can actually print COUPONS from Swagbucks and for every one that you use at the grocery store, you get a few Swagbucks
* When you redeem the bucks, you pick which gift card you want. There are some cloth diaper companies on there. One word of caution. Many companies may have rules where you can only use one gift card per purchase. I just want you to know that before redeeming the card. You may just be getting $5 off a diaper, or something like that. Amazon does allow you to stack yours, so you can get a free diaper. Just one thing to consider is if you are wanting to support a WAHM business, then this method isn’t really helping them unless you are spending some money (that is why they do the $5, because they need to support their families too!). But perhaps you return the favor to them by remembering who you bought from (since some businesses sell through Amazon) and if you ever need to buy something last minute, you can buy from them. Or maybe you refer them to a friend.
* You can also buy accessories on Amazon using Swagbucks. That’s where I got a diaper sprayer and many, many wipes (LOVE my Thirsties Fab wipes).
Before you sign up, you may want to put some feelers out and ask some friends if they have it, so you can use their referral link and give them a few bucks. If you don’t know of anyone, you are free to use mine, and thanks in advance!
Estimated Cost: Free Diaper once every 3 weeks
Do it for a year: get a full stash for FREE
Do it for 9 months: get 13 diapers for FREE
Do it for 6 months: get 8 diapers for FREE
Do it for 3 months: get 4 diapers for FREE
Those are some great deals!
Other Posts in this Series
How to Find the Best Deals on Cloth Diapers
Buying and Selling Used Diapers
Using Prefolds and Flats
Compare Diaper Deals in One Place
The Hidden Costs of Cloth Diapering and Disposable Diapering
Best Website for Selling/Buying Cloth Diapers
Buying Diapers on Deal Sites