How to Cloth Diaper Frugally

Cloth Diaper Frugally

Frugal.

My way of life. Budgets and pinching pennies! But I wouldn’t live life any other way!

This is the main reason I began my cloth diapering journey…  so here is a little backstory on me:
When I started using cloth, it was to save money.
Sure we could have bought disposables and just done without other things but at the time, but I wanted to stay home with my daughter.
I was a stay at home mom and we lived off a small income and I was no longer working part time here and there.
We had everything we needed. And of course, like any parent, when it came to our child we would have done without for her to have!
BUT WHY NOT SAVE MONEY?!?!

So let’s talk about How to Cloth Diaper Frugally.

Discount cloth diapers? Yep, you heard me right! I am all about some sales or even buying used cloth diapers. Some people are completely grossed out by used cloth diapers. Me? No. It’s baby poop and pee and then they’re washed. I can even give them a bleach wash as soon as they become mine! And the whole reason I began using cloth was to save money. So therefore, I wanted to save money building my stash.

Rewards Programs

Diaper Junction
They have a stash cash program to where you can earn points for every dollar you spend!
They sell used cloth and new cloth.

The Green Nursery (TGN)
They offer Baby Bucks Rewards where you can give referrals and earn when you buy!
They offer cloth diapers, toys, baby essentials, and gear.

Kelly’s Closet
They sell all things for baby and mom while offering a Diaper Dollar Reward Program.
They offer new and used cloth diapers.
Click here to visit Kelly’s Closet

discount cloth from the Manufacture

Used Diapers

** FACEBOOK GROUPS have always been my go to!
Like I said, I can bleach them. I have no issues buying a used diaper to save money because #ImCheap.
**Check EBAY too!
**Check consignment and thrift stores! I’ve always got a lot from there cheap!

Inserts

NEED CHEAP INSERTS?

Well based on personal experience don’t waste your money buying Gerber prefolds. Go to the kitchen section at Walmart or Target and buy a pack of flour sack towels. 5 towels for $6 and boy do they absorb!!
You can even cut up on T-shirts and create inserts! Just make sure it’s 100% cotton.

wipes

NEED BABY WIPES?

Go buy a pack of baby wash cloths from the dollar store or if you had a ton like I did from a baby shower, use them!
You can even buy a yard of cotton flannel from a fabric store and cut into wipes (I highly recommend sergering the edges because cotton flannel will fray and you’ll have a mess in the dryer and no wipes left)
You can easily wet with water and use and then wash with your diapers!

Laundry

DON’T HAVE A DRYER?

Use a clothes line!! It’s better for the TPU & PUL that you hang dry anyways.
You can tie a rope up or buy a folding rack like this one on amazon. You can get clothes pins from the dollar store and while you’re there, you may need a diaper pail.

NEED A DIAPER PAIL?

A trash can! Yes. A designated trash can for cloth diapers only! You can get a small one or a large one but I highly recommend a lid (for obvious reasons)! So if you don’t find one there, go to a bigger store and find a cheap one with a lid.
But go ahead and grab a dollar store bucket an to sit next to the changing table for easy transport of poop diapers that need to be rinsed and to transport them back to the pail!

NO MONEY FOR A DIAPER SPRAYER?
No big deal!!!
Get a pack of spatulas and a cup to sit them in for the bathroom. These will be designated bathroom spatulas for cleaning poop!
Dunk and swish sounds disgusting but with the help of a cheap spatula, you can scrape it off right in the toilet!
You can even DIY your diaper sprayer but NOTE that your plumbing is a major factor if you can even have a diaper sprayer.
( I couldn’t have a diaper sprayer without sinking a ton of money into fixing the old plumbing to our toilet so I did the spatula!)

Laundry detergent.
Although, wouldn’t it be great if the dollar store carried a huge thing of mainstream cloth diaper safe detergent?
You can always sign up for  Amazon Prime ($3 for a trial) and do their subscribe and save program. Most months the have coupons to stack with your order and after 5 items you get 15% off! Or you can search for online printable coupons for you cloth diaper laundry detergent and compare sales ads to get it CHEAP! The choice is your’s but you’ll definitely need laundry detergent to clean those babies right up!

You can download my cloth diaper shopping list here to take to the store the next time you go. just sign up below for a printable shopping list.

One thought on “How to Cloth Diaper Frugally

  1. Remember, the less often you have to wash your diapers and covers, the longer they will last. If you choose to diaper with a smaller stash, plan on replacing your diapers every 6-9 months. Don’t expect one-size diapers (or sized diapers!) to last 2 years if you only have 10-15 in rotation!

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