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Old 11-10-2017, 01:58 PM   #1
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Is there a cost analysis thread?

I see a thread on the absorbancy of different diapers and materials. Is there a thread listing the regular cost of different diapers and brands?

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Old 11-10-2017, 02:04 PM   #2
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Walmart Options:

Locking head pins 4 count $1.00, .25 ea.
Gerber Birdseye Flats 10 count $12.84, $1.28 ea.
Gerber Birdseye Prefold 10 count $13.87, $1.38 ea.
Gerber Premium Prefold 5 count $13.87, $2.77
Gerber Receiving Blankets 4 count $8.87, $2.21 ea
Mainstays Flour Sack Towels 10 count $7.88, $.78 ea.
Mainstays White Washcloths 18 count $3.92, ..27

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Old 11-10-2017, 04:31 PM   #3
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Elemental Joy by Cotton Babies

1 pocket diaper & insert $8.55 + s&h $3.05 = $11.60 ea.
6 pockets & 6 inserts $35.94 + s&h $13.63 = $49.57 $8.26 ea.

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1 set 6 pockets 6 inserts $28.75 + s&h $13.63 = $42.38 $7.06 ea.
2 sets 12 pockets 12 inserts $57.50+ s&h $15.71 = $73.21 $6.10 ea.
4 sets 24 pockets 24 inserts $115.00+s&h $16.40= $131.49 $5.47 ea.
6 sets 36 pockets 36 inserts $172.50+s&h $18.61 = $191.11 $5.30 ea.
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:58 PM   #4
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Re: Is there a cost analysis thread?

I was always running a cost analysis in my head when I was buying and using diapers, but it's tricky really - the best way is to watch for sales or good deals, and the prices don't always stay the same, and you can't count on getting the good prices again later.

However, after the newborn stage, I figured 5 diapers a day and 1 at night. Cheap or average disposables (what I would buy) run around $0.18-$0.20 per diaper, so for simplicity's sake, I figured $1/day for disposables or $365/year. Nighttime is in addition to that - I used sposies at night for a stretch, and even when I used cloth I bought separate supplies for night to be more absorbant, so I keep nights separate from days when doing cost analysis.

For a stash of 30 diapers, you can spend $12/diaper and break even the first year. You can have a smaller stash of more expensive diapers or a larger stash of cheaper diapers, or anything in between.

Then...the cost of doing laundry. I have no idea what this is. I haven't used a laundromat in ~7 yrs and I don't know how to figure at home laundry costs. But I'm sure for someone on a very tight budget who had to set laundromat, all that laundry cost would play into the diaper decisions.
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:24 PM   #5
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I found this...

Cost per load of washers -- Ask Mr. Electricity

Laundry Costs Calculator

michaelbluejay.com/electricity/laundry.html

I plugged in my information and the calculator came up with .34 to wash and .46 to dry. A total of .80 per load. 3 loads of diapers per week $10 per month or $125 per year.

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Old 11-10-2017, 09:44 PM   #6
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Also this here: https://www.moneycrashers.com/save-money-laundry-costs/

A local laundromat​ had this on their website. 2 load washer cold water $3.00, warm/hot water $3.50.

I think the dryer's were .25 per 7 minutes.

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Old 11-10-2017, 11:02 PM   #7
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Unbleached Flat Economy Package - Size 1 (6-18 lbs) or Size 2 (18-40 lbs)
3 Dozen Unbleached OsoCozy Flat Diapers with 4 Thirsties Duo Diaper Covers. Also included is a 3 pack of Snappis for $79.99+ free s&h on $49 or more. $2.88 ea.
The Duo Wrap Covers are $12.25 ea, so you could round out the last package by just added another 4 size 2 covers for $49 and you could use the same flats. Still free shipping, so you could wait about 6-9 months before ordering. The size 2 is fitting my 3.5 year old, so this collection could last 4 years of diapering for $128.99. Making it $3.58.

I kind of wish I had gone this route, I've been really pleased with the Thirsties Duo Wraps, plus the 36 flats could possibly diaper both my kids for 2 days.

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Econobum full kit with 3 OS (8-35 lbs) covers 12 prefolds + wet bag. $49.95 (says this is the sale price, but that's what I paid about 3 years ago) Free s&h, so $4.16 ea.

You could do 3 Econobum covers $11.95 ea, $35.85.
A dzn Cotton Babies Birdseye Flats for $19. Together that's $55.86 or $4.57.

On the other hand, you could do the kit and add 2 packs of Birdseye Flats. Use the thick Econobum prefolds for naps, bedtime, car rides, etc. That would be $49.95 + ($19.00 *2)= $87.95 You'd have 36 diapers at $2.44 ea. That one is a pretty good combination.

You could add the newborn covers (6-12 lbs) 3 pack for $26.94 and still use the flats, making your total $114.89. Covers 6-35 lbs.

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Flip also by Cotton Babies

Flip Covers are $14.95 - $16.95
Flip Seconds are $8.95

You could do 4 Flip Seconds Covers and 3 packs of Cotton Babies Birdseye Flats ($8.95*4)+($19.00*3)=$92.80 or $2.57 ea.

This combination doesn't cost much more than the Econobum. You get better covers, but on the other you get better prefolds + a wetbag. 🤔
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Old 11-11-2017, 01:20 AM   #10
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My Walmart doesn't carry the "rubber" pants any more. On Cotton Babies they have the Dappi Nylon Pants. 4 sizes, NB, SM, MD, XL (Lrg?). They come as a 2 pack for $5.00.

Assuming you need all sizes, but only 2 in each size, that would be $20 for covers.

Add 3 packs of Cotton Babies Birdseye Flats at $19.00*3=$57, plus nylon pants equal $77 or averages to $2.13 per diaper.

Dappi pants with Gerber items from Walmart.

Dappi pants $20 + Gerber Birdseye Flats 10 count ($12.84*3=$38.52) = $58.52/30=$1.95

Dappi pants + Gerber Birdseye Prefold 10 count ($13.87*3)=$41.62+$20=$61.62/30=$2.05 ea.

Dappi pants with Gerber Premium Prefold 5 count ($13.87*6)=$83.16+$20=$103.16/30=$3.43

Dappi Pants with Gerber Receiving Blankets 4 count ($8.87* 8 )=$70.96+$20=$90.96/32=$2.84 ea.

Dappi pants with Mainstays Flour Sack Towels 10 count and Washcloths 18 count (($7.88*3)+(3.92*2))=$31.48+$20=$51.48/30=$1.71 ea.

The Flour Sack Towels and Washcloths are definitely not a "stay dry" feeling. My little one complained at the first sign of wetness, but she seem to tolerate the receiving blanket "diapers" much better. In either case, I would not consider them a 24/7 diaper, but they definitely work for around the house when you can change diaper frequently. IMHO
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