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!):
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?