According to Consumer Reports an average family that uses disposable diapers will spend $1,600 – $2,500 to diaper one child. Knowing that many of us spend so much money on diapers, I went to work figuring out who had the lowest everyday price on various brands of diapers. I was surprised by the results and I bet you will be too.
I compared prices on the retailer’s generic brand, Pampers, and Huggies at six retailers including Target, Costco, Walgreens, Amazon.com, Diapers.com and Cub Foods (a SuperValu-owned grocery chain in Minneapolis)*. For ease of comparing, I looked at regular prices without considering sales or coupons. I also assumed, for the websites, that you would buy enough quantity to qualify for free shipping.
*Prices were gathered from physical Target, Costco, Walgreens and Cub Foods stores. Links throughout this article to those retailers are solely for reference purposes.
Which Generic Diaper is Cheapest?
First, let’s take a look at generic diapers. Amazon doesn’t carry generics so they were excluded from this comparison.
|Cheapest store||2nd Cheapest|
|Size 1||Target||Cub Foods|
|Size 3||Target||Cub Foods|
|Size 4||Target||Cub Foods|
|Size 5||Target||Cub Foods|
Surprising finds about generic diapers
— It is a shocker to me that Walgreens had the lowest price for newborn-sized diapers; I expected them to be the most expensive across the board. Granted, Walgreens and Target are the only stores to carry newborn-sized generics, but Walgreens was a penny cheaper per diaper.
— I also found it surprising that Costco didn’t compete better overall. In fact, once you get into the larger sizes like 3, 4 and 5, Costco’s generics are $0.04 per diaper more than Target’s.
Who Sells Huggies Diapers Cheapest?
|Size||Cheapest Store||2nd Cheapest|
About Buying Diapers on Amazon
Amazon has strong pricing on Pampers diapers. The prices included in this comparison account for the automatic 15% savings you get as an Amazon Mom member. Amazon Mom is a free program that provides discounts, free shipping and other benefits.
You can save even more if you opt for Subscribe & Save through Amazon; when you select this option at purchase you receive an additional 15% off and authorize Amazon to send you future shipments at a specified interval, like every 2 or 3 months.
Subscribe & Save is advertised as no obligation, which means you can cancel your request for future orders at any time. In fact, as soon as your order ships you can log into your Amazon account, manage Subscribe & Save and ensure you won’t receive future shipments.
About Buying Diapers at Target
Target beat Cotsco for 5 out of 6 sizes of Huggies diapers without even factoring in coupons or other diaper-related promotions and discounts. Target is more generous with their diaper discounts than Costco, which means the warehouse club falls further behind in the savings.
Target stores accept manufacturer’s coupons, which often exist for diapers, plus we can often find Target-issued diapers coupons that can be used at the same time, on the same product as a manufacturer’s coupon. Plus, Target frequently runs a sale where you receive a $5 or $10 Target gift card when you buy 2 big boxes of Huggies.
Every week we put together a Target shopping list that highlights any diaper sales to help you stretch your family’s budget.
If you don’t use coupons, but buy Huggies, then you can order diapers from Target.com for the same prices I found in-store.
Who Has the Best Price on Pampers?
|Size 4||Amazon||Cub Foods|
Costco doesn’t carry Pampers diapers, so they were excluded from this category.
About Buying Diapers at Diapers.com
Yes, Amazon dominates Pampers pricing with Diapers.com coming in 2 or 3 cents per diaper more expensive in 5 out of 6 sizes. However, with some additional discounts available at Diapers.com, they may actually come out ahead for some of you.
Manufacturer’s coupons should be mailed to us at the address below before you place your order. Once we receive them, they’ll be applied to your Diapers.com account (please allow 7-10 business days for processing) and automatically applied towards future eligible purchases of the specific product listed on the coupon, before the expiration date.
You can send manufacturer’s coupons to:
P.O. Box 483
Jersey City , NJ 07303
Please be sure to include your (1) NAME, (2) EMAIL ADDRESS and (3) BILLING STREET ADDRESS with your coupons to expedite handling.
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Certainly using coupons for name brand diapers like Huggies and Pampers would lower your out-of-pocket cost.
Plus, first-time customers to Diapers.com can get 20% off diapers for the first three months with the code D20AFF
What About Sales and Coupons?
All of this information is great about diapers, but better yet is to buy diapers on sale, with coupons and when you earn a store credit/loyalty program reward for the purchase. Shopping that way can get you diapers for half price or less. The problem is that those amazing sales don’t happen every week and when you need diapers, well, you need diapers.
When you are running low on diapers the good news is that ordering online is often less expensive than running to the store, plus much more convenient.
Your turn: What other money-saving ideas do you have for disposable diaper users? (Yes, we know that cloth diapers could be cheaper, but apart from that, how else can we save?)
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