Over the last year, we’ve seen our family’s expenses rising. Milk is nearly $4 a gallon. Cheese is crazy expensive. Even my farmer’s market has raised prices on fruits and vegetables. And we don’t even have to talk about gas prices, right?
So, let’s talk about how much we can spend on diapers. A newborn can go through as many as 12 diapers per day… if you do the math on the cost of disposable diapers at Amazon.com, it works out to around .17 – .25 per diaper or as much as $3 per day or $90 per month. In theory, that $90 per month could buy groceries or put gas in my car!
At least for the moment (we have a little surprise on the way in February), our family is beyond the newborn stage. Our youngest son, Oscar, is three now and potty training. We have him in regular underwear during the day (my theory is that wet pants are a better potty-training method) and he wears bumGenius One-Size Cloth Diapers at night (with two inserts). I just did the math and realized that I am saving so much money! If I buy Pull-Ups at Amazon.com, I’ll be spending $18.99 for 40 diapers. That is .47 each! At the rate we’re changing pants around here, I’d be spending as much as $40 – $60 a month.
$35 is enough to get Andrew (my first grader) a Super Soaker Water Gun for Christmas. By using reusable potty training products for one month, I’ve already been able to buy my son one cool new toy to put under the tree this year!
Oscar found one of these Balancing Monkey in the Cotton Babies warehouse a few weeks ago and was sure that he wanted it, right then please mom. He doesn’t know it yet, but he’ll reap the reward of mom’s cheapness too when he finds his monkeys under the Christmas tree!
The very idea that the world economy is going to mess up Christmas this year has me tingling to the bottom of my toes with ideas for helping our family save money. I might be a cheap mom, but I’m not a Scrooge! My kids (and yours too) should be able to have a good Christmas this year.
So as we go through the next couple of weeks, watch for more posts from me along these lines. This is a big issue for many families right now and, as parents, we can help other families be better prepared for the holiday season. If you have ideas too, share in the comments!