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How I’m saving over 60% on these 2 baby essentials

25 August 2017 | By

When baby Charles was born, I stocked up on some regular baby essentials – disposable nappies and wipes.

A couple of months later, when looking at our family budget, I realised something needed to change.

So much money was going into these 2 baby products alone… and I was sure we could do better.

We’re now saving over 60% on what we would otherwise be paying.

Here’s the cost breakdown (averaged and approximated because as your baby grows older, the cost of nappies do increase).

Assuming 6 nappies per day, we were previously buying Huggies Ultimate Nappies Infant Boy from Woolworths – 44c per nappy – $963 a year.

Now we’ve switched to using Mamia Infant Unisex Nappies from Aldi – 18c per nappy – $394 a year.

= a 60% saving on nappies.

It’s a similar case for baby wipes. Assuming 18 wipes per day, we were previously buying Huggies Baby Wipes Fragrance Free Tub – $8.00 per 100 wipes – $526 a year.

Now we’ve switched to using Little One’s Baby Wipes Unscented 480pk – $2.08 per 100 wipes – $137 a year.

= a 74% saving on wipes.

In terms of total costs, our estimated annual cost went from $1489 → $531 (a saving of almost 65%).

Too many numbers! Just tell me how!

Random change of brand? Not exactly.

There are now 3 things I keep in mind when shopping for these products (and most general grocery items as well!):

  1. Cost per unit – this is always listed in fine print underneath the main price in the shops and is a more accurate representation of how much you’re spending. It’s the baseline for comparing the price between different brands. Look for what has the lowest cost per unit rather than the lowest main ticket price.
  2. Buy in bulk – buying the mega packs is always cheaper than buying the smaller ones of the same brand. And definitely cheaper than buying the products in fancy dispensers.
  3. Specials – if possible, it’s worth waiting for the specials to come around. While you might have a default cheapest brand that you always buy, sometimes another brand can beat that price when it’s on sale for 50% off.

Of course, there are some products that are worth spending a little extra on to not compromise on quality. But for nappies and wipes, I’ve found the cheaper ones to work just fine! (I also realise that going down the cloth diapers/wipes route would be even cheaper…but personally I prefer the convenience of disposables.)

What strategies do you use to help save money on baby essentials?

Isabelle xx

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  1. I hear you about saving money on diapers without going the cloth route. I told my husband that there are LOTS of ways I’m willing to save money, but cloth diapering is NOT one of them.

  2. I try to buy diapers and wipes in bulk when I can. In a few weeks I’ll have two in diapers so it’s going to be even more important for me to save money!

  3. I tried few different brands of nappies and wipes when my baby was born, but Aldi nappies were the cheapest and the quality is great as well. Even better than some of the big names out there. So for me, it was a no-brainer, Aldi is the winner. Good choice.

  4. I love aldi! When my son was born i used huggies as they were gifted to me. Every nappy was a leak! Mainstream is not always better. I switched to aldi and havent looked back. I also wait for the specials box and bulk buy! We spend thousands on nappies and wipes and then continue to buy wipes well after theyre out of nappies. I ♥️aldi 😊

  5. We had three kids in four years – and that was a WHOLE lot of diapers all at once. It nearly bankrupted us! We did much the same thing – stopped using the name brands, because they really weren’t any better than the others! The savings is worth it!

  6. Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips for moms-to-be… 60% savings??? That is awesome and super helpful to new parents!

  7. its always good to be thrifty and at the same time you still look for a good quality item for your loved ones.

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