As a new mom, in addition to not buying things that we don’t need in preparation for baby’s first year, I am always wanting to optimize the ‘essentials’ (e.g. diapers) to get as much value as possible. Stockpiling non-perishables is one of my guilty-hoarding pleasures.
Given that the average baby goes through over 3000 diapers in the first year alone, it makes sense to stockpile when you can.
Initially I was hoping to try cloth diapers (because that is the ultimate way to save money on diapers) but my husband said no. I am happy that we made this decision given the sheer volume of diapers we were going through in the newborn months!
For the first month, we used the free Huggies Newborn we got initially thanks to the No Baby Unhugged Program, and then switched to Pampers Swaddlers.
In addition to using the Flipp app and Checkout 51 to see if diapers are on sale, here’s how to save money on diapers.
Here’s the ultimate guide to diaper hack to save money on disposable diapers in Canada:
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Know your Diaper Lingo:
First you have to know your diaper lingo. The key to finding the best price is the find out the cost per diaper. How many cents is it per diaper? Be cognizant that the larger the diaper is, the more it will cost (which makes sense because there’s more material).
cost per diaper
To calculate the cost per diaper metric, you just dividend the price by the number of diapers in the package.
Here are my cost per diaper prices for 2017 in Canada:
- “Meh, that’s ok” price: $0.17-$0.23/diaper
- Great price: $0.14-$0.17/diaper
- Stockpile it price: $0.12-$0.14/diaper
If you are able to get the cost per diaper to under $0.17/diaper you know you’ve struck diaper gold (and I’m not referring to the mustard seed coloured poop from your baby!).
know how many diapers you need
I found this guide on how many diapers you will need on Pinterest, it’s great! This allows you to stock pile the diapers. I was always anxious how many boxes I would need, I didn’t want to have huge excess. Of course, this is just a guide and your baby may differ depending on his or her size and growth.
sign up for pampers rewards
When you sign up for Pampers Rewards you can collect their points towards freebies, like Shutterfly photos or even toys.
Also you can print out a $2 off coupon under “Offers” and a SmartSource coupon will print out.
P&G Everyday also has Pampers coupons.
buy in bulk
Typically the best way to save on diapers is to buy in bulk. However, sometimes you can save money on smaller packages if you have lots of coupons. It all goes back to calculating the cost per diaper.
The bulk size is the “Economy Pack” and it is what you want to go for. The sizing varies depending on the diapers, for example,
- Pampers Swaddlers Size 1 economy pack is 216 diapers
- Size 2 is 186 diapers
- Size 3 is 162 diapers
- Size 4 is 144 diapers
Now that you know your disposable diaper lingo, here are the Canadian retailers that offer the best prices:
- With Amazon.ca, for Pampers Swaddlers size 2 (186 count) it is $37.28 for an economy pack
- When you sign up for subscription service on top of Amazon Prime and save an additional 20%.
- This brings cost down to $29.82
- There is an automatic $2-$3 coupon you can apply by checking the box online (they clip the coupon for you)
- If applicable, then you take the Checkout 51 App and save an additional $2 (if there is a coupon available for that week, but it can only be applied on your packing slip when you receive it)
- Just be cognizant of cancelling the Amazon Prime/ Family account before the 30 day trial is up
- MAKE SURE you cancel the Subscribe and Save once you receive your box of diapers
So through Amazon it is $0.149/diaper without the Checkout 51 coupon before taxes ($27.82/186).
With the Checkout 51 Coupon it is $0.138/diaper before taxes ($25.82/186)
Here is what the economy diaper boxes look like with the sizes and links to Amazon.ca to order them if you want:
the great canadian superstore
Superstore has the best ‘regular price’ for diapers (I would know because my sister in law is the queen of knowing where to get the best diapers!).
- Pampers Swaddlers Size 2 are $33.72 at The Great Canadian Superstore
- If you add a coupon for $2 off you can decrease that to $31.72 and then if you have a Checkout 51 offer $2 coupon that goes down to $29.72.
At a baseline price it is $0.21/diaper. With $2 off coupon it is $0.17/diaper, and with $4 off total (coupon stacking through Checkout 51), it goes down to $0.159/diaper.
If you have PC Points Rewards card or the PC Financial MasterCard you can also save money. They sometimes give you 2000 points if you buy diapers which gives you $2 off for your next grocery purchase, bringing the price down even more.
The Pampers Swaddlers size 2 Super Economy pack at the online health and beauty store Well.ca is $38.99.
- However, if you sign up for a new account with Well.ca you can get $10 off your first purchase of anything over $40, making that economy pack $28.99.
- However keep in mind you will need $35 and up minimum for free shipping.
- You can use this Well.ca coupon code: genymoney (referral link) if you’re interested in saving $10 on your diaper purchase.
- This option is a good ‘one time’ savings for diapers but the regular price is quite expensive in my opinion.
At Well.ca cost per diaper would be $0.156/diaper before tax ($28.99/186) with the $10 off coupon code.
Shoppers Drug Mart
I haven’t been able to find the Economy size at Shoppers Drug Mart but they do have the smaller packages if you are in a pinch. The great thing about Shoppers Drug Mart is that they have the 20x the Points Events and the Shoppers Optimum Program, so you can use your points to buy free diapers.
Since Shoppers is owned by Loblaws now, if you sign up for their emails or download the Optimum app, you get offers you can ‘load to the card’ for extra points that aren’t advertised in their flyers.
There you have it, the ultimate guide to saving money on disposable diapers!
Readers, do you have any tips on how to save money on disposable diapers in Canada?