ITA with Jenn, it's an interesting thread, and even more interesting to read about the backgrounds of some of the mamas we KNOW for a fact have huge expensive stashes... like Jenn and Mich! :LOL (all totally in fun ok)
I have a reasonable-sized stash (about 55+ dipes & prefolds not including covers etc.) with a number of hyena brands, and I fund my habit completely through my own income. DH and I both work outside of home, and we need both incomes because his takes care of the house and car loans, we both chip in to groceries, and I take care of all DS' needs from my paycheck.
We are not close to rich (but I recognise that's all relative anyway); I would describe us as solidly middle-class. I've a marketing job with multinational company that pays me a decent salary and before Owen came along it allowed me to indulge in nice clothes and shoes etc. (although I have never been into expensive designer brands so while I loved shopping it stayed reasonable). We have credit cards as a convenience only and never roll over payments.
Since Owen, like Angelica (butterflymom the former careerwoman) I've lost a lot of interest in shopping for myself except for necessities (and anyway, after the better part of a year in PG clothes by the time I got back to work most of my old stuff felt new again!) so I rationalise my diaper addiction by telling myself I'm still spending less than I used to on clothes and shoes. And for a fact I have less time to shop now - I spend all my spare time with Owen, and he HATES sitting in a stroller watching me shop, so online shopping is all there is these days. And, the pleasure of a hyena dipe lasts a lot longer than a new suit or pair of shoes; you get to pull it out to use a lot more often too.
Also before Owen came along we used to go for a nice holiday once a year, but since DH doesn't want to travel far or long with him at this age, we now only do short trips nearby.
Finally, I don't really spend a lot on clothes or shoes for Owen - I get a fair number of pieces as gifts, and because we don't really go out a lot (on weekends we like to chill out at home, at the pool or in the park) he doesn't get much opportunity to get dressed in cute duds anyway.
So all in all, diapering is the only indulgence I am spending on lately, that's my excuse! DH has never cared what I spend my own money on, but I'm sure he thinks it's weird that I'm constantly trawling through diaper sites and on this forum talking diapering... though he's never said a word!!!
Oh man, this was long, sorry for rambling... I'm sure I could've said all this in much fewer words :LOL