Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Saving Money with Cloth

When I first considered cloth diapers, I was shocked at how much they were! How could a diaper that costs 15-18 dollars really save me money in the long run? Cloth diapering does require a larger initial outlay of money than disposables. Over time though, it really does pay off.In the newborn stages, babies can go through 10 diapers (or more) a day. Just about the cheapest I was ever able to find newborn-sized diapers was 20 cents a piece. That's about 2 dollars a day, or $60 a month. Even a very economical disposable at 12 cents a piece would run $36 a month.As babies get older, they tend to need less diapers. What I noticed is that disposables cost more per diaper as the size increases. Even at a really good sale price of 15 cents a diaper, they are going to cost about $30 a month.

Some people change their children less often to save money on disposables. Yes, they hold a lot, but should they? How often would YOU want your diaper changed? This is clearly not a way to save money!At $30 (at least a month) for 30 months (assuming a potty-training age of 2 1/2), disposables cost at least $900. You can cloth diaper a baby in prefolds and covers for about $300 dollars birth-potty-training (including accessories) If you wanted to use the more expensive diapers that are most like disposables, you could still get a good one-size package for less than $500. Sized diapers cost more, as you need to buy multiple sizes. Since they are not used continually like a one size diaper, they can last through more children.

Even spending $400x 3 sizes, you'd spend $1,200 and still come out ahead.How is that?You can use your diapers for the next child! Even buying sized diapers for a greater cost, you'd still save money if you used these diapers on another child.

There are fancy charts to use to calculate how much you'll save. The simplest way to figure out how much you would save is to look at your disposable diaper cost each month. Look at the brand of diapers you would like and figure on buying 18-24. Divide that total by how much you're spending each month. It will give you an idea of how long you need to use cloth to break even. After that, it's all savings!