So you’ve been suckered into the cloth diapering world. Congratulations, and say good bye to your money. But wait! Before you have a small heart attack at the cost of a single all-in-one name brand diaper, you might want to ask the question: Will I be buying my cloth diapers new, or used?
While you may assume you’ll be buying your cloth diapers new—after all, especially if this is your first child, you’re probably buying or being gifted mostly new baby items—there is actually a very large secondhand cloth diaper market (hint – the For Sale or Trade Forum here on DiaperSwappers is the best place to start!), if you know where to look. Used diapers can sound kind of icky at first, but let’s look at the pros and cons of each.
You have your last child potty training now and it’s time to get rid of those cloth diapers. Don’t just throw them out! That would defeat the purpose of those eco friendly diapers. Besides they can have so many other uses.
Pass Them On
If you know you are done having children and now all your children are potty trained perhaps it’s time to pass those diapers on to someone who will need them. Perhaps you know an expecting mother or someone who is being eaten alive trying to keep up with the cost of disposable diapers. Or perhaps you have noticed your little one has a friend with sensitive skin and could use cloth diapers. Whoever you choose to pass those clothies on to it will help save them a great deal of money.
That’s what our For Sale or Trade Forum is for! Sell your cloth diapers and other child rearing supplies. You’ll make some money and the buyer gets a great deal buying used. It’s a win-win for everyone involved!
Budget. *shudder* We love to hate them…
YOU TOO can stop the cycle and budget your finances. You don’t have to pay off cards… you can do it just to help you get less stressed when bill time comes. Message me if you choose YNAB, or join us in the family>thrifty>dave Ramsey forum. We are there every day… SEE YOU THERE!
We recently tried to purchase a home.
We got pretty far into the process. We got right to the part where they say “sign here” on the purchase agreement. And that was when my husband and I looked at each other and realized that to get this house, we would be doing the following:
- Giving our whole emergency fund in a down payment, which still wasn’t 3.5%
- Add monthly payments to the builder to get to 3.5% over the course of the next few months, effectively cutting us off from refunding the emergency fund.
- We would literally more than DOUBLE our mortgage payment.
And so we walked away. We cried. We drank. We put our 3 year old to bed, and then cried and drank some more.
And then we wondered: WHAT THE HECK ARE WE DOING? WHY AREN’T WE SAVING?????
So yesterday Mommy started the Mommy Budget. We are using the You Need a Budget software (you can google it), but are using it to follow the Dave Ramsey budgeting plan (you can read about that, too). The two philosophies work just as well as the other. YNAB focuses first on wealth building, while Dave focuses first on debt relief.
I have always hated disposable menstrual products.
I have battled eczema my whole life. My arms and legs are literally scarred from the irritation and give me a mottled snake appearance (though snakes are far cuter with their little shiny, beady eyes). When I hit puberty, I was terrified to discover that disposable menstrual products irritated my skin too. Thankfully, I never broke out in a proper rash like my arms and legs do, but the irritation combined with heavy, irregular periods due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome made me want to murder my uterus whenever I had my menstrual cycle.
One afternoon in college, while I was sitting in my dorm room procrastinating a paper, I came across a random forum post that briefly mentioned cloth menstrual pads. Uh, what? Ew. So “ew” I had to Google it (you know how that is). As I studied pictures of pads, the questions that came to mind were answered almost immediately. Is cloth comfortable? Of course it is, it’s not itchy, crinkly paper. No added scents to irritate. Oh, but the snaps on this brand were metal—but nickel free, hmm (I’m definitely allergic to nickel).
By the way, this is why I hate and NEVER use the term “mama cloth.” Anyone can use cloth menstrual pads—not just moms! I don’t know where the term started but “cloth pads” is just as short and more descriptive. As a teenager I totally would have felt uncool and gross using the term “mama cloth” since it sounds like some old lady product I’d totally die before admitting to using, like ever, totally.
There are a thousand brands of cloth pads out there. The most “commercial” ones I know of are Lunapads—made by the same folks who sell the Keeper and Moon Cup menstrual cups—and Party in my Pants Pads, which are often in little health boutiques. Just like cloth diapers, there are a million options in cloth menstrual pads. There’s a “pocket” type where you have inserts just like pocket diapers, except pad shaped, all in ones, even a few that have snap-in liners. You can choose from cotton, bamboo, hemp, velour, flannel, plastic snaps, metal snaps…the list goes on. For my first cloth pad I went with an all-in-one style liner, because I didn’t want to mess with different inserts and liners were cheaper than full pads, because they have less absorbency.
They look just like disposables, except they’re cloth. I much prefer snaps to that sticky backing on disposables that’s either too sticky or not sticky enough, never just right!
Perhaps you want to cloth diaper, but you are on a very strict budget. Perhaps you had cloth diapers but your dryer exploded and burned them all and you can’t afford to replace them all right now. Perhaps you have just started researching cloth diapers but the hardcore cloth diapering fanatics who spend $80 on one diaper cover or stay up all night waiting for a chance to bid on a hyena or something totally scare you off. You are in luck. You do not have to buy a single cloth diaper, ever, if you want, but you can still cloth diaper anyway.
Your kitchen drawer: an untapped source of potential cloth diapers. Even more so when you ignore the popsicle stick on the ground.
“You are one of those crazy fanatics scaring me off,” you might be thinking right now and I cannot, in full conscience, deny the “crazy” part, but I am serious. Our distant ancestors would think we were speaking in tongues if we ever uttered the words “bumGenius” or “Fuzzibunz” in their presence. There was no such thing as an all-in-one or fitted. When I was visiting my grandmother last summer, she came outside while I was hanging a bunch of diapers on a drying line and said, “Oh! Everything is so modern. We did not have this newfangled diaper when I was growing up.” Naturally, I thought that she was referring to my pocket diapers, but to my surprise she leaned over and picked up a prefold! So clearly, before the advent of disposables and modern cloth diaper designs, people managed to diaper their kids with what they had on hand. That means we still can as well.
I totally get why some people suspend cloth diapering their kids while traveling. Our closest family, geographically, is a 4-hour drive away, so when we visit them I always have an extra bag full of cloth diapers, covers, extra wetbags, wipes, etc. It’s not a huge deal since it’s only a 4 hour drive and we know we have access to a washing machine, etc, while there, but it is still one more bag to pack and worry about. I can’t blame anyone who says “screw it” and picks up a pack of disposables so they don’t have to deal with cloth on top of all the usual traveling stress.
Who wants to think about cloth diapers when you have this view to look at? Oh, that’s right, me.
However, I have a tendency to never do anything the “easy” way so we do cloth full time, all the time, no matter what. Reasons include:
This happened to me.
My 1 year old was all registered for summer swim lessons. Like a good mother, for days I enthusiastically told her all about swimming and water and that it would be great fun. She toddled around chanting “Sim sim!” and was super happy even though I’m sure she still wasn’t entirely aware of what “sim sim!” was. As we got ready to leave on the first day of lessons, I tossed towels and a snack in a tote bag, reached for the swimsuit and swim diaper–
Huh. I forgot to buy a swim diaper. Most stores sell disposable swim diapers, but there’s plenty of reusable ones on the market as well. But what IS a swim diaper, exactly?
Have you ever noticed that the pretty disposable diaper on the picture looks NOTHING like the faded, wrinkled print in the package?
“Normal” diapers, disposable and cloth, have one function: Catch all that lovely pee and poop from your kid so you’re not stepping all over it on the floor. This means that they are created to be fairly absorbent. This is a good thing—unless your child is going into the water. A regular diaper will immediately become waterlogged upon hitting the pool or lake and either drag your child down by the butt, or sag, unfasten, and fall right off.
Posted 03-24-2011 at 08:42 AM by Rasha
Being a parent is expensive. With little ones to care for, along with the rest of the family, everyday expenses quickly add up, especially groceries. That’s why saving money where you can is important so there’s money to put towards other needs such as new cloth diapers or a college education. Here are 5 easy ways to spend less on groceries.
1 – Coupons
I know, coupons seem like such a hassle. Who wants to clip coupons from the newspaper anyway? You don’t have to! Simply go to Coupons.com and select the coupons you’d like to have, then print them on your home printer. No unwanted coupons cluttering up your space, easy cutting and organizing, and mere moments of time spent searching for coupons you’ll actually use. Easy, quick, and convenient. Now you see how a busy mom can realistically use coupons to save money.
2 – Grocery Sales
Checking store sale circulars and in-store price reductions can easily save you lots of money, especially if you base your menu around the sale items rather than the other way around. You can be super frugal and buy only sale items then create a menu, or more realistically, select your preferences among the lower priced items. Either way your total bill will instantly be less. Furthermore, if you combine sale prices with coupons you will see big savings at the register.
3 – Stock Up
When you find a great deal on a product that has a decent shelf life (examples: canned food, toilet paper, toothbrushes, cereal) then you should stock up. Just be sure to not buy more than you can use by the expiration date.
4- Watch Price Per Ounce
We’ve been conditioned to believe that buying in bulk is always the better deal. Not necessarily true. Sometimes it is, other times it isn’t. Fortunately, there’s a very easy way to compare “price per ounce.” For most products it is listed right on the shelf price tag.
5- Swap Grocery Babysitting
The little ones are wonderful, but they can be very distracting while grocery shopping. Find a fellow mommy that you can swap babysitting with for grocery shopping so you can focus on making the most of your grocery budget without the kiddos in tow. Your friend will enjoy this too when you return the favor.