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I wanna say around $300ish, but I'm not even sure. Some of the stuff I have was gifts. Lotsa diaper gifts!!
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: ok, I'll admit it. I'm easily into the 4 figures. :


Before dd was born I spent 300 buck on smalls from a local homeschooling wahm, (who doesn't make dipes anymore) I knew she needed the money, so I felt I was doing a good deed too Then I bought a few off ebay.

I always felt justified and still do becuz I haven't hit the 2000-3000 that someone might spend on disposables and I never will. Even with more spending.

When dd was a few months old I joined mdc diapering forum and ooohed and aahed over dreams of diaper gardens, and quickly fell hard from hyena madness!

Now, after trying well over 50 wahms, I know what I like, and am still tweeking my stash, and am still on the hunt for more good dipes for my dd. Tho I'll probably never need another cover.... except for handknit woolie pants......and shorts......and maybe a skort..... :trollicon
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I've probably spent around $400 so far on newborn/small dipes, wipes, and supplies, and my baby still isn't due for another two months. Is that bad?

I thought I was doing pretty good with $1000 overall diaper budget (which is still less than most spend on sposies for one child). DS took to using the toilet pretty early at 28 months and weighed 24 pounds until he turned three, so I was hoping that I'd only have mediums left to buy come this winter. Even if I do need to buy larges, DH will have graduated by that time and have a job, so the budget won't be as tight.

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Even if you spent the same amount on cloth that you would have spent on disposables, say $2000, you could resell the cloth and get some of your money back. I've never heard of anyone buying a used disposable diaper... :LOL

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I have to admit that I am just starting and already have spent too much I just can't help myself when I see a good deal or want to try something new! Plus I am just starting sewing my own , hopefully that will help.
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In total, I've spent maybe $250. We're in it to save money and for the environment. Don't have much to spend on "cuteness".

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Just starting cd here.... Sequora-20mo and Little One-due Oct 1.... So far I've spent $173....this includes my cloth nursing pads/mama pads/various wipes/insers&doublers/shipping, etc. I have a few more items to get before Little One arrives and figure that will be about $125 more. So far I feel really good about it!
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I have spent somewhere between $400 and $500??? Mostly waste. Ohhhhhh if only I knew then what I know now! It doesn't even look like I have a $400 stash....
I have spent more than this but I also made some bad purchases. A bunch of dipes from the consignment shops that were worthless, and some nice turned and topstitched WAHM dipes that are already getting holes in them and are now unsellable. So like Spicey Momma my stash doesn't reflect what I have spent.

However, some dipes are already on a second baby and I have traded/swapped some and sold others. By the times we are done having kids I will have spent way less than using disposables.

I do have everything recorded somewhere - maybe I'll go add it all up.

I do want to simplify - I just can't seem to decide what to simplify to!
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I have spent about $1800 I think. That was mostly from tax return and for all three kids. I don't know the cost of disposables but I think I saved money overall anyway.
I can see what pie and others are saying. I do think it becomes a less than ideal thing when you get into the hyena thing. *BUT* I think the good in it overcomes any bad in it...Supporting WAHMs, loving our cloth so we never have a disposable on our child, feeling happy about our collection. I greatly admire and respect those that spend $200 or $300 and use just the simple system and don't dig the whole hyena scene, but I don't think that being a hyena is that bad. I have been there and after awhile I did start to feel some guilt, but most of that guilt stemmed from how little money we have. Anyway, (its too early...I'm rambling) I think hyenaness is the lesser of many evils in the world and don't really understand why people keep coming in here to try and make people feel sad. This has actually been a more respectful thread than some, but I think lots of the people who start these threads come to the diapering forum regularly to shake their heads and tsk us. That is rude. Holli, I hope you don't stop enjoying your diapers just because of bored people like that. I certainly won't change my ways.
Anyway, rambling again, but my point is...can't we all just get along??? :LOL
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For everything if I include what I have sold back and then respent on diapers it comes to $222.83 that is mediums and larges and the majority of it is prefolds or used things. I have bought a few new things to even things out.

If I count the fabric and supplies I bought to make a few diapers add in about $15 more. My wipes were pretty much free, I used washcloths I already had and cut up old flannel nightgowns and tshirts and sewed up some myself.
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Pie,

I get what you are asking but your approach is a little harsh. The CD forum is not like TAO or Activism We dont like people coming in pointing fingers and wanting us to justify our actions.

Looking at your post count I can't help but think about computer use and "excess". I mean, *why* are you asking? You want to have a philisophical conversation about over-consumption w/ mamas who are blatantly over-consuming...Why? In an effort to change us? To open our eyes so we'll stop buying dipes? To teach us a lesson? We're all pretty cruchy mamas, living NFL - I think most of us are "aware".

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My question is why is the EXCESS necessary, and how is it justifiable OUTSIDE of it being a fun habit?
Justifiable to who(m?)??? To you?

Sorry I am up to early onlittle sleep
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Ill join! i dont share my stash anymore either
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I think I have spent about 400$ total, since February. BUT I have resold some stuff and recouped maybe 150$ of that back (ok, so it went towards more dipes. Who's counting?). I'm planning on one last hoo-rah in November when I get my tuition refund, then that's IT until potty training, since he will be 2 in January. Where does the time go??
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Holli and her secret stash
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No really. Please keep sharing the stashes you all!!! I love drooling over other people;s diapers...
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UGH! I haven't read all of the recent replies, but this is ridiculous! What is with all of the recent posts criticizing and yes, JUDGING the cd'ing mamas???? Why are there suddenly mamas coming out of the woodwork wanting to know why some of us have a lot of diapers and how much we spend???

I feel like so many of us have been needing to justify our diapering decisions lately. I came here to ESCAPE the criticism of the mainstream world that doesn't understand cd'ing, but instead I see mamas who are afraid to share stash pics and talk about recent purchases for fear that they will be judged for overcomsumtion.
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Sorry to be a post-hog but 2 more things:

I don't like the assumption that we share pix to "brag". I have always shown my stash even when it was new/small. PF mamas share their stash, new mamas show their NB stashes. We share changing table pix. It is (was) about the . I am really sad to say that I don't share anymore b/c of threads like this.

And in answer to Pies ?
Yes, anything can be over-consumed.
Yes, even good things can be used in excess.
Yes, CDing is turning into the evils that consume the rest of the world.

Can this thread be moved to Activism so everyone can figure out what to do with this crisis.
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I want to see stash pics still! I like to drool over the stuff I can't afford :LOL. What I spent is so cheap because I do only use basics, I've never cloth diapered a newborn or more than one child and we just don't have the money to buy some of the things I have seen that I wanted.

If dh had a better paying job or I had a job my amount spent would be much more :LOL. I don't share my stash because it's almost all prefolds, I do share pics when I get something new sometimes.
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Okay - I've read the other replies now - AMEN, Regina!!!

And Holli, I want to see your pics and think your sub-forum idea is awesome! :LOL
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Can this thread be moved to Activism so everyone can figure out what to do with this crisis.
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Wow I kind of added mine up and I've actually spent less than I thought! :LOL well before this month I was only up to 350.00 but I bought some fitteds and nicer covers so I'm up to a total of 450.00 now

I'm not doing this for cost though, it's about a lot more than just cost

Wow... that low! I think I'm off to buy some more :
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UGH! I haven't read all of the recent replies, but this is ridiculous! What is with all of the recent posts criticizing and yes, JUDGING the cd'ing mamas???? Why are there suddenly mamas coming out of the woodwork wanting to know why some of us have a lot of diapers and how much we spend???

I feel like so many of us have been needing to justify our diapering decisions lately. I came here to ESCAPE the criticism of the mainstream world that doesn't understand cd'ing, but instead I see mamas who are afraid to share stash pics and talk about recent purchases for fear that they will be judged for overcomsumtion.

ITA!!
I can't take another thread of people questioning how we spend out money, the "environmental" impact of buying so many cloth diapers and the "commercialism & over consumtion" of buying cloth diapers (obviously, it must be all the CD commercials on TV influencing us to BUY BUY BUY!!)

Posters telling me I am "wasting my money", wasting my time on the computer, neglecting my kids by stocking Fluffymail, having a bad global impact by using textiles that cause 90% of pullution on the world & on & on & on!!!!

It's so ridiculous, I can't even find a minute to defend myself. It just puts everyone in a defensive position to try & explain their purchasing when it is no ones !*&&^&) business!!!

When you've gotten to the point of making mamas feel bad for having something completely HARMLESS that brings them a lot of happiness & is good for their baby, then you need to find a hobby for yourself & quit worrying about what we are doing.

Now I can't say anymore on the subject!
Must put on my Hallobertin tee shirt & lay out my stash in the back of my SUV for a photo!!! I will be sure to SHARE
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Wow... that low! I think I'm off to buy some more
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Must put on my Hallobertin tee shirt & lay out my stash in the back of my SUV for a photo!!! I will be sure to SHARE
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I am envisioning some ddddcs coming out of this one. :
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I think I speak for many when I say you have it wrong when you say we are trying to impress each other. It's not bragging in a materialistic way, it's sharing the excitement of a fun hobby of collecting diaper art. Buying, selling, and trading dipes, for some of us, is for the sheer pleasure of admiring talented WAHM crafts. I have never been able to make anything pretty like a gorgeously sewn or knitted baby item, so I love to ooooh and ahhh over them, and then adorn my precious child with the wares I collect. I think I'm a happier SAHM with a stash I enjoy using, so that I enjoy every diaper change
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Angelica said what I was thinking WAY better than I ever could have, so I won't even try :LOL

I've spent over $2500 total for 2 kids and I'm fine with that. I like supporting wahms, and I think it's been worth it.

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I love to see stash sharing thread and what everyone has and is getting, I am sorry if I have mad anyone upset, I was just making conversation and sometimes I say thing that dont even really aply in order to just throw it out there so I can have something to talk about.
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PLEASE share pics!! I'm new to this and enjoy drooling over other ppls beautiful things! I figure there are much worse things to be *addicted* to.... And since I can't become addicted myself (only bc of $$!) I'll just suck up the second-hand addiction! LOL!
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I think I speak for many when I say you have it wrong when you say we are trying to impress each other. It's not bragging in a materialistic way, it's sharing the excitement of a fun hobby of collecting diaper art. Buying, selling, and trading dipes, for some of us, is for the sheer pleasure of admiring talented WAHM crafts. I have never been able to make anything pretty like a gorgeously sewn or knitted baby item, so I love to ooooh and ahhh over them, and then adorn my precious child with the wares I collect. I think I'm a happier SAHM with a stash I enjoy using, so that I enjoy every diaper change.

I have to agree here!! I was thinking about his when I went to bed! I love to see what others have in their stash. I have never once thought anyone was bragging or showing off. Keep sharing your pics! I them!

Especially all your cute kids in diapers!!!
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I figured it out! The Diaper Fairy is the poster child for society's excessive consumerism and exploitation..

I mean think about it.. SHE is the one who keeps dropping in on so many mama's houses, distributing diapers and related sundries.. she's like a dealer or worse because she sometimes she even hands out things you cannot even get anymore! How can we let her get away with this? It's a horrible outcry!

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In the heat of the moment last night I said some things that werent 100% what I felt or even thought. Sorry if I upset anyone, I hope you forgive me. It was 2am I was dyeing wipes and tired beyond belief and just wanted to make conversation.

Keep posting about your stashes! I love to look at the different things available and I love even more to see them on a child so I can tell how they would fit my DS
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I figured it out! The Diaper Fairy is the poster child for society's excessive consumerism and exploitation..

I mean think about it.. SHE is the one who keeps dropping in on so many mama's houses, distributing diapers and related sundries.. she's like a dealer or worse because she sometimes she even hands out things you cannot even get anymore! How can we let her get away with this? It's a horrible outcry!

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THAT'S TOO FUNNY!

This is the diaper fairy


This is the diaper fairy behind closed doors









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