11 Tips to Score the Best Diaper Deals + Freebies!
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Find out how to score the best diaper deals for your baby.
Oh, how we love those diaper deals!
Babies use 7,000 disposable diapers (on average) before they’re potty trained, so we’re sharing the best diaper deals to get you started on the right foot.
Here are our best tips so you can score the best diaper deals throughout parenthood:
1. Use a diaper calculator to know exactly how many diapers you need.
You can estimate your baby’s diaper usage with handy tools like a Diaper Calculator. You’ll be able to view roughly how many of each size you’ll need within the first year so you can stock up accordingly. This tool also helps you avoid ending up with too many of one size before they outgrow them.
All babies are different so these numbers will vary, but you’ll get a rough idea of how many diapers you’ll need regardless.
The price per diaper will vary based on the size and usually, the smaller the size, the cheaper the diapers.
However, on average, aim to stay below 15¢ per diaper to know you’re getting the best price. Have your calculator handy to figure out the per diaper cost before making a purchase or view the per count price when ordering online.
2. Shop the drugstores and discount stores for the best diaper coupons.
It’s often better to skip the grocery stores and head where the deals are! Many drugstores often have sales that can be combined with coupons, along with the potential to earn rewards, like Register Rewards at Walgreens or ExtraCare Bucks at CVS through their loyalty programs. Sign up for these rewards and keep an eye out for future sales!
“Walgreens and CVS often run deals on the jumbo packs as well that will score those packs for more than 50% off when you combine coupons with cashback offers and rewards. At the very least, you can save by buying other items your family needs like toothpaste and then using the rewards from those purchases to make your out-of-pocket cost on these diapers much less than you’d pay elsewhere.” – Stacy, Hip sidekick and mom of 5
3. Stack coupons and get gift cards whenever they’re available to get the best diaper deals.
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for digital coupons, gift card offers, Ibotta cashback offers, Target Circle offers, and diaper rebates to help you save even more! On occasion, you’ll find Target runs gift card deals that can be stacked with digital coupons and cashback offers to score name-brand diapers, like Pampers, for a fraction of the price.
Here’s how my Hip sidekick frequently saves at Kroger:
“Huggies is a solid brand that you can also find deals on frequently. My favorite deals for them are at Kroger. Every quarter or so, Kroger does a $10 off $40 baby aisle sale and diapers and wipes are included. You can use this sale to grab their store brand, Comfort Diapers (another solid store brand), for a great price. BUT, you’re usually better off going for the name brands and stacking coupons and cashback offers. Often, Huggies or Pampers run a Catalina deal at the same time so you’ll not only get $10 off your order but you’ll get $5 or more to spend on your next purchase.” – Stacy, Hip sidekick and mom of 5
“Kroger is a great place to get diapers too. They have multiple sales along with Catalina rewards for diapers and baby products. You can also double dip by the diaper company having a deal and Kroger having a deal and you can use coupons and Ibotta also to get more savings.” – Patricia, Hip reader
4. Buy diapers at ALDI where you’ll get the most bang for your buck according to seasoned moms.
If you have an ALDI nearby, you can score fantastic deals on their highly rated store brand diapers and no coupons are needed! Because of their shorter hours, fewer product options, streamlined checkout, and exclusive brands, ALDI is able to offer baby items for significantly less than nearly every competitor.
“ALDI diapers perform extremely well even as overnight diapers. They are very affordable even at the shelf price. If you want a great diaper at a no-fuss price, these are always my recommendation. They are still the main staple in my home.” – Stacy, Hip sidekick and mom of 5
5. Bigger is not always better.
You might be thinking that warehouse stores would always be the sweet spot for diaper savings, right? Well…only sometimes. Buying in bulk can save you a lot of money whenever you’re buying warehouse store brands, shopping the monthly Instant Savings deals, or are able to find unadvertised diaper deals.
However, the game changes when you factor in high-value diaper coupons (especially with no size limit!), store sales, gift card promotions (hello Target!), or even everyday low prices. Instead of using one coupon on a larger box of diapers unless they’re on clearance, reduce the size and use three coupons to purchase three smaller packages!
These sites often offer the best printable diaper coupons:
6. Get your diapers right to your door and save 20% with Amazon Family.
Having your supply of diapers delivered right to your doorstep is a godsend for busy, new parents.
Amazon Family gives Prime members a whopping 20% OFF of diapers, baby food, and more whenever you use Subscribe & Save. Plus, it’s free with your Prime Membership. Just keep in mind you’ll need to subscribe to five or more products arriving on the same recurring delivery day to the same address.
Plus, you can often stack the savings with exclusive diaper digital coupons that are also available on Amazon.
7. Save your receipts and return unused diaper sizes for larger ones when you need them.
Be sure to hang on to your receipts! If you end up with an extra pack of unopened diapers in sizes your child has outgrown, see if you can swap them for a bigger size at the store with your receipt. If not, try selling new, unopened packages on sites like Facebook Marketplace or a local mom’s group so you don’t lose out on the investment.
As a tip, avoid stocking up on larger sizes (like sizes 5 and 6) until you know the rate at which your little one is growing. You could even end up potty training before using all your diapers, this would make the extras a waste of money unless you’re able to sell, gift, or return them.
Hip Tip: Speaking of potty training, here’s how I potty trained my 3 toddlers in just one week.
8. Build an army of diaper shoppers.
Enlist the help of family and friends to purchase discounted diapers if you find a hot deal with a maximum limit. If they’ve had kiddos of their own, they’ll understand how crucial diaper savings can be! Sending them the deal scenarios you find on Hip2Save is an easy way to give them step-by-step instructions on how to redeem the deal for you to later reimburse them.
You could also have people keep an eye out for coupons rather than buy the actual diapers as this Hip reader did for her babies:
“I am VERY appreciative my dad would ask ALL of his neighbors for their coupons. Since they love him they would always save the diaper coupons for me and it saved us tons of money when we had two in diapers.” – Jan, Hip reader
9. Look for FREE diapers!
While diaper freebies aren’t a way to diaper your baby indefinitely, there are no diaper deals sweeter than the ones you didn’t have to pay for!
During your pregnancy is the perfect time to start stocking up on freebies since many companies offer them in welcome packages which can sometimes be valued at over $100! Plus, they’re simple to score when you do effortless tasks like starting a baby registry.
10. Get outside and simply ditch the diapers altogether.
You may find your little one enjoys being the way they came into this world…naked. Whether they’re constantly ripping their diaper off or are just more comfortable in their own skin, this could be a simple solution to help cut down on diaper usage.
Depending on your outdoor living space, the weather, and your love for embracing nature, this could be a great summer alternative while they’re still little. 😊 Of course, everyone’s comfort level is different and this won’t cut out diapers entirely, but over time it couldn’t definitely save you some money.
Fun Fact: Did you know numerous studies show being barefoot outside makes you happier and healthier? 😍 All the more reason to ditch the diapers!
11. Consider cloth diapers since they’re reusable and can be used for multiple babies.
While not for everyone, cloth diapering is a wonderful way to save money on diapers. They will be more upfront until you build up your stash, but in the long haul, they’ll more than pay for themselves. Plus, if you plan to have more than one child, they can be reused for multiple children, meaning you’ll never have to buy diapers again!
Here’s what some of our Hip readers said about their cloth diapering experience:
“My engineer husband ran a cost analysis on cloth diapering. He found that after 10 months of cloth diapering, they pay for themselves. We’re now pregnant with baby #4, so the cloth diapers have been a huge blessing for us. I highly recommend them, especially if you plan on having more than 1 child. And a huge thanks to Hip2Save! I can stock up on disposables when this momma gets tired!” – Jess
“Cloth diaper family here too! We’re on baby 3 and they’re as good as new and all 3 kids have used to same 24 diapers we bought over 5 years ago.” – Jervine