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I have posted a few times so far, and I feel silly for not introducing myself earlier! My ds is 7.5 months old and we have been cding since he was about 2 months old. I am only using pf so far.<br><br>
Okay, so since one of the main reasons we cd is to save money (I am a sahm & would like to stay home for a while), the pf work great. BUT, since I've been on this board, I have looked at other dipes and am seriously wanting to buy more! Not pf, but the cute stuff! So much for being practical and frugal! All we own are pf and white covers--seriously. But I'm starting to look around....<br><br>
So my question is this: how do you afford it? Really. Dh and I have almost zero debt and plan to keep it that way. Do you have a diaper budget? And if so, how much do you spend--monthly, annually? And what would you say is the best diaper investment you've made? Taking into account quality, durability, practicality (unisex), cost, and any other factors you consider relevent.
 

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well I know a lot of people on here dont do it for cost, but there are a lot who do.<br><br>
Personally I dont do it for cost because I could use disposible for lots cheaper(because I can get them wholesale or for free). But I do try to keep it to a minimal.<br><br>
I bought prefolds in a co-op and found some flats at a yardsale and some more gerber prefolds at a yardsale, then i bought 3 Happy heiny's for like $15 total and used them and then on my birthday i got some money to blow and used it on more happy heinys and a few odd diapers, and then when i wanted to try something new I sold some of the ones I had and used that money for new ones. Every time I want to try a new diaper I sell something I have. Like I just sold a CD set and a spanish learning video on ebay to get up some money.<br><br>
If you invest in some good diapers when you have the extra money and then use them and take good care of them, then they will have a higher resale value and you can use that money for new ones.<br><br>
hope that helps some.
 

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I bought a sampler pack to start me off. Mostly because I was overwhelmed with choices and had no idea what was what. After that initial investment I basically have been able to keep my spending to what I would be spending on sposies each month. I keep telling myself that once I have a good stash going, I'll stop but I'm not sure if I will be able to. lol I'm pretty good though. I think I'm about even now with what I would've spent on sposies (I skipped 2 months purchasing dipes to make up for the initial sampler).<br><br>
Personally my very favorites in my stash are my fuzzibunz and my Lucy's Hope Chest (I have her fitteds and her AIO's). In fact, these are the only two that I actually made a second purchase of. I think these two brands are pretty economical.<br><br>
My purchasing regrets.........<br>
Kissaluvs didn't work out for very long. I know they are a favorite of a lot of people but just don't fit right for us. The first couple of weeks, I liked the fitted but ds grew and now the rise is too short. I also got an AIO from a relatively unknown WAHM that I only put on ds once. It has a real thick plastic rubbery material for the outside. Much too hot and thick for us here in So. Calif. Got some covers that I don't use anymore either, I took up knitting soakers so don't use the covers much. I need to get these on the trading post so I can justify buying some more diapers! lol<br><br>
Have you thought of putting stuff up on Ebay to give you some diaper fund? I know a lot of people who do that. I keep meaning to but just haven't gotten around to it.
 

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I started off being frugal and buying Wonderoos because they seemed easy and one sized. Then I came on here and got sucked into all the hipe with all these cute WAHM dipes and started selling and buying. At first I wanted all pockets, then decided I wanted fitteds and had a great hyena stash, then I decided I wanted pockets again (all this was before he was even born). Once I tried different things on him it became clear that I just want an absorbant diaper that won't fall apart and will have a good resale value when I'm done. For me that was the MEOS. I really wish I had just invested in these in the first place. I really have not spent that much on diapers, maybe $600. If I did'nt like something I sold it and used that money to buy new ones, what has cost me a small fortune is postage to send all these dipes to new homes. I love the thought of cute dipes, but reality has set in for me and what I really like is durability and the confidence that I won't get a leak. Dh and I don't use credit, so it's coming down to the crunch and I really can't take anymore from our budget to put into dipes. So, my biggest advice is to try a couple of different things but don't fall into the "cute" trap. If you want cute then invest where the cute factor can be seen, like the cover. I have one 7th heavenbaby wool cover with an airplane on the butt, the rest are ME airflow. If I want cute I will find a cute cover and let him run around naked.
 

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yeah or sometimes you can score cheap wool soakers!!! I got 2 off the TP barely used and dyed one myself with 2 $0.70 kool aid packs, cost my $21.70 for 2 soakers that will last him a while
 

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Make your own or beg a sewing family member to do it for you! I can't think of the number of people who say "I learned to sew when I made my first Cuddlebuns fitteds" etc. I've seen lots of uuuuugly but functional first diaper attempts that are but the first in line of some really nice work 7 or 8 diapers later.<br><br>
A decent see-if-you-like-sewing sewing machine can be had used for (don't shoot me sewing purists!) under $150 or even $100 and Walmart dollar fabric tables combined with other fabric bargains could get you a decent stash for under $200 or $250 including the cost of the machine... which you can then use to sew adorable matching clothes... which leads to your next question, "How do you all afford your fabric addictions?" :LOL
 

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Welcome!!!<br><br>
I tend to buy in spurts. I try not to ever spend more than $60 in a month, since that's what I would spend if I were using sposies. Most months, I don't buy any dipes, though. I also try to sell what I don't like or don't use much if I buy something new. I think I'm just a wannabe hyena, because I drool over cute dipes far more often than I actually buy them. DS is 10 months old, and so far I've used mostly prefolds.<br>
I have a feeling I might go nuts and buy a ton of cute fitteds for the summer. If I do so, I'll just make that my clothes and diaper budget for the summer. My mom buys DS so many cute clothes, I swear I've only bought him 10 outfits in the past 10 months. I plan to have him wear fitteds with no covers this summer, so I'll just get some solid color t-shirts to match the dipes I get (if I actually go ahead and buy as many as I dream of buying).<br>
I think you can definitely get cute stuff for a good price. Tye-dye prefolds are one cute and relatively inexpensive option. If you hang out on the Trading Post, you can get some good deals on new or used dipes.
 

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I've blown out big time in the past few months. I found something I liked alot early on - Happy Heinys and I stuck with those for months and months and months, almost a year in fact. Then I started just venturing into hyenadom because I needed some hemp and wool for night time and before I knew it I'd blown $400. Of what I've bought, I've only really liked our First Class Baby stuff and my Lucy's Hope Chest stuff.<br><br>
I've bought other things I liked but they've not been terrific. I was really disappointed in some things - I dont know why but I dont think about WAHM work as being home sewing and sometimes I expect factory perfection. I've looked at things and thought I could have sewn this myself, why on earth did I pay $25 for it?<br><br>
Now I've just spent almost $200 on PUL, some hemp, some patterns and other notions. I wasted a bit of PUL getting it right but have since made 7 absolutely gorgeous covers to go with the Lucy's Hope Chest hemp contours I have. This is it for me, Im not going to buy any more unless she outgrows this stuff, which she probably wont. I've got leftover PUL, I can always make a few new covers if they wear out or just for variety.<br><br>
I always told myself I had to diaper this baby one way or another so I dont really care if I spend as much as I would on sposies, but I wont spend more.<br><br>
To pay for it, I either ebay or once or twice, I've just put our clothing spending money for the month into diapers. She's part of the family and has to have her needs met too. Nobody said I couldnt have fun doing it.<br><br>
I wholeheartedly agree that if you want to keep to a budget, spend up on your covers and stick with your prefolds either snappied or trifolded. I started out with just bumkins and prorap covers, and now I've found quite a few WAHM's make gorgeous wraps.<br><br>
I've sold everything I've not liked without aproblem.
 

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After I made the initial investment and as dd started to grow out of stuff I sold things which funded my paypal account.<br>
Now its just kind of a rotation of buying and selling (ebay and tp) with my paypal to be able to keep trying new, cute stuff.
 

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You have a useful stash so the hard part is over.<br><br>
Give yourself a diaper budget just the same you would with clothing or a hobby. I like to buy one diaper per month. It is a little treat for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
As for unisex and so on, buy what you want for your special purchases. All your white diapers and covers are unisex so now treat each child so something unique of their own. I was doing the unisex thing for a while and found I just didnt enjoy them as much. I have two kids in diapers- a girl and a boy. They pretty much wear whatever is clean so Wesley has been known to run around in a pink diaper (perfect since it matches his favorite necklace <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> ) But I love the fact that when I go out, espeically in the summer, he is wearing an adorable BOY diaper and she is wearing a cute GIRL diaper with a t-shirt.
 

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Here is my suggestion. If you are happy with your pfs try a few covers. When it comes to covers you only need a few unlike diapers where you need 2 dozen.<br>
I experimented but ended up coming back to my pfs anyway!<br><br>
If you use sposies for convience like when you are out it would be worth it to try a few AIOs though.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> welcome!<br><br>
To keep costs down I buy used off the tp, occassionaly off ebay but I've learned my lesson to stick to well know brands off ebay. And if I try something and it doesn't work for us I resell it so I can buy something that does work. Since I only have girls in diapers I buy whatever I feel like, I don't only buy girlish things and I don't always avoid boyish. I have mostly prefolds with a few fitteds and pockets for outings and nightime.<br><br>
Maybe set yourself a limit? I refuse to pay more than $15 -$20 for a diaper, I know that means I'll never try certain brands and that I mostly have to buy used to get to that point but I can't afford to go crazy and that stops me in my tracks many times if I just remind myself a cheaper diaper might not be a pretty but if it works as well then I don't need that one kwim?
 

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Thanks for all your suggestions! It's good to hear what others do. I don't see myself selling stuff on ebay to feed a diaper habit. It's not like I would HAVE to do that--I do have my own savings account. There is just other stuff I like--want to buy a treadmill, scrapbooking supplies, saving for a digital camera, etc. Plus we're buying a house, so I am sure there will be things I'll want to get for that. I like the one diaper a month idea and the $20 limit per dipe. That way dh would know what to expect AND it would give me some fun!<br><br>
Thanks again for the ideas! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I go in spending cycles -- like lately I have been out of control but I am now back on the wagon and not buying anything (on day two! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ). I will spend a ton then not buy anything for months so it seems to even out.<br><br>
I dont really have a budget but if you figure you would be spending $12 a week on sposies but you want save over that, then cut it in half and say $6 a week is $24 a month you can spend on cute stuff. For that you can get some pretty cute things (not the crazy Hyena stuff) like a fitted and cover. Or you can save for 2 months and get a wool soaker. Or even more if you buy off the TP or ebay. Some people sell new or very gently used stuff that is GREAT. This way you are still cutting what you would be spending in half and if you take really good care of the things you love you can save them for another baby which cuts the cost in half again!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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hi!! Welcome mama!! I have to say that I have a diaper allowance--I allow myself to buy diapers!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> No, really...I save a bit here and there, go without buying things I DO NOT need, like food and water--->sorry, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> I just save like I said, and make little diaper goals for myself. Like if I wanna try a certain diaper, but I don't have enough, then I save change and loose dollars until I can buy it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Also, don't hang onto something that isn't working for you. If a diaper is not fitting well, I sell it, and recoup most if not all the cost. This usually results in Paypal funds for me<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Also, I try my very best to not spend big bucks on diapers, esp. if they just fit a certain range. Now, a Pocket that fits for a long time is a different story<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> But, cloth should be fun, and I always think...Staying within your means, means that you won't get frustrated and mean, when you can't get that mean and cool looking Hyena diaper-:LOL
 

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I think the most economical thing I bought was my fuzzi bunz. I've been using some for almost a year.<br>
If you want to try wool, go to Ebay or try some at EarthyBaby. You can usually find them less then 20 dollars each.<br>
IMO I think you're about to enter "The addicted world of diapers" LOL
 
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