Friday, May 18, 2012

How to Increase your Stash without the Cash!

Guest Post by Julie of My Cloth Diaper Stash

The main reason that I started cloth diapering was to SAVE MONEY! Yes, I knew it would be healthier for my son, and those fluffy bums are super cute, but money was my main reason. I often hear people say that the reason they are not cloth diapering is because they "don't have the money" to "start their stash." But I am living proof that there is ways to get diapers for free, or very little money! 

Here are my top tips to Increase Your Stash Without the Cash.

Register for Cloth Diapers on your Baby Registry
Many online retailers have registries for expectant parents.  Register for what you like and then stalk the computer everyday like me, watching to see what gets bought! Cloth Diapers are not only practical but they are the gift that keeps on giving!

Enter to win Free Diapers from Online Contests and Giveaways
All over the web there are Cloth Diaper Giveaways on blogs and retailer sites! Enter as few or as many as you would like for your chance to win Free Diapers. The more you enter, the better your chances to win. (I have won 8 diapers this way)

Try Used Cloth Diapers
Most cloth diapers hold up very well over time and therefore can be used on multiple children. You can find quality used cloth diapers from sites like EbayThe Family ClosetCloth Diaper Trader, Craig's List, or The Used Diaper Company. You can snag some great deals on these sites!

Register for Rewards Programs
Many Cloth Diaper retailers provide incentives for loyalty shopping! You can take advantage of these rewards programs and get yourself free accessories or diapers. These rewards programs give you money to spend in a particular store on anything you would like!

Look for Coupon Codes
Many Cloth Diaper Retailers will periodically offer Coupon Codes for free shipping, free diapers, free samples, or a percentage off your order! Before you place any orders in any store, be sure that you have checked to see if there are any current coupon codes.

Second Sales
Many cloth diaper manufacturers will hold "seconds sales." These "second sales" offer brand name products at a deeply discounted price. The price is discounted because during inspection, some cloth diapers do not pass the inspection because an elastic may be a tad too tight, the color may not be exactly right, a snap may not close just perfect, or a label may be incorrect. All of these "seconds sale" diapers have full functionality. This is a great wave to save some cash if you don’t mind these minor imperfections.

Beg, Borrow, but Don't Steal
Another great tip is to borrow or lend diapers to a friend in need. Borrowing or swapping diapers is a great way to save money. Maybe you bought some that didn't fit your little one quite right, and a friend did the swap and see what works. Better yet, if you are in-between kiddos, share with a friend. They will be sure to return the favor once they get a stash!!

Bio: Julie is a semi-stay-at-home mom to her handsome son J.T. who is 7 months old and wife to hubby Jered who is a teacher and pastor. J.T. provided her motivation to start Cloth Diapering! Not wanting to expose his little bum to all those chemicals in disposables and not returning to work full time, she was looking for a safe and inexpensive alternative. Cloth Diapering were her answer! Julie considers herself an advocate for cloth diapers and with her blog, My ClothDiaper Stash, she hopes to share her passion and help others reap the benefits too.


Just Add Cloth said...

Yup! Starting a stash can be cheap and easy with a little effort!

Heidi said...

Thanks for the helpful info. Some great ideas!

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