Yes, we all know that cloth diapering can save us money over disposable diapers (most of the time), but I thought we'd have a little fun and check out some of the ways you can dig in deep to save even more. Oh yes! I broke out the crayons and stick figures for this post. This is one high tech post I have in store for you. You are sure to laugh ... and hopefully not just at my horrible drawing skills.
#1 Cloth Diaper Giveaways
If you have the time to enter giveaways then they're a great way to get some free fluff (and other stuff). I've seen moms on here who enter every giveaway out there with every entry possible and they win tons of stuff! If giveaways are the way you want to go then be sure to check out my Current Giveaways. If you get done with those then check out my Super Sunday Giveaway Linky which has tons of giveaways going on all over the web. If you get done there ... and aren't too tired yet ... then check out my Great Giveaway Linky List for a list of other sites that will have their own lists of giveaways all over the web. That's enough to keep you busy for a lifetime, so you can win a couple lifetimes worth of diapers.
#2 Cloth Diaper Sales
Sales are my game. I always buy my fluff on sale ... ok, most of the time. There's always a great sale going on. The best times to find great fluffy sales are holiday weekends. I bought most of my newborn stash on Labor Day weekend. Another great one is Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). If you don't have time to wait for a holiday then try deal a day sites like Zulily or Totsy. They always have great sales on cloth diapers.
#3 Reuse Your Diapers With Each New Child
If you have more than one child then passing down your diapers is like cloth diapering each child after the first for FREE!!! You can get much more of a deal than that. Too bad Brian and I aren't hurting for a deal enough to have another baby. We're done at three. Funny story. I asked Brian to scan these images for me because the printer won't work with my laptop. He almost had a heart attack when he came to this image. He thought it was a sign that I was pregnant. Haha!
#4 Sew Your Own Cloth Diapers
Ever since I got pregnant with Lincoln I've been a sewing freak, and that includes cloth diapers. I wasn't the greatest at sewing pocket diapers, fitted diapers, and covers, but I loved sewing all my Upcycled T-Shirt Easy Winged Prefolds! They were so easy and I could use up all those shirts in our closet that weren't getting used anymore (or so I thought they weren't being used). I also loved sewing Extended Tabs on Prefolds. Another easy project if you're looking to vamp up your stash for next to nothing. If you're the crafty type keep your eyes peeled for my Simplifi Fabric giveaway in June. OMG! A double savings with a giveaway and sewing your own diapers. Bonus!
#5 Buy Used Cloth Diapers
My husband has a phobia of used cloth diapers so I didn't get to take advantage of these great savings, but I did buy one used Ragababe cloth diaper because they're so hard to get (Shhhhhhh! Don't tell Brian). There are so many great sites out there to get used diapers. Diaper Swappers, Spots Corner, Ebay, Craigslist, & Facebook. I personally like Cloth Diaper Swap on Facebook. I don't buy used diapers often, but I definitely sell a lot (another great way to save on cloth ... sell and make your $$$ back).
#6 Line Dry Your Cloth Diapers
*Bonus* - Find Other Uses For Your Cloth Diapers
I always dry my diaper covers and pocket diapers, but if you really want to save some money and the sun is shining outside then feel free to hang all your diapers and inserts outside. Not only will you save money by not using your dryer, but you'll also get the added benefits of the sun making your diapers whiter and brighter at the same time. You can hang your diapers using a clothes line, freestanding drying rack, or make up your own system. How about hanging them on the outside edges of a table umbrella? Extra bonus? Cloth diapers look so pretty hanging in the breeze that you might as well use them as party decorations.
Want more information? Check out my post on Ways To Save $$$ While Building Your Diaper Stash. This post is a part of the Real Diaper Week 2012 blog hop. If you would like to read other great posts about cloth diapering then feel free to hop around to these other great blogs. Better yet, join in on the fun and link up your own post. Cloth diapers are reusable, eco-friendly, non-toxic, economical, simple, stylish, fun, healthy, and modern. Basically they are Real Simple. Real Diapers. Read up and have fun!