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I have been thinking about the "diaper dance" lately. You know, that happy glee you feel when you have scored a really great diaper for a really great price, or really great diapers for really great prices...<br><br>
When is enough, really enough, even in the cloth diapering world? Sometimes, I feel shamefully <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: aware of just how many wonderful diapers Emilio has, especially when I see someone else's stash... has cloth diapering just changed the course of my natural "need" to buy? I fight the consumer urge all the time, but I freely admit, that diapering is now a hobby, not really the necessity that I once considered it to be. Even though I have resold or given away diapers that I wasn't in LOVE with, still, I fill embarrassed to admit I had had that particular diaper to begin with. I bought two really cute print covers with pink edges, because I had not seen the type before, full well knowing I do not have girls, and yet I felt compelled to have it. What is wrong with me?<br><br>
And yet, I hear tales of other womens' "rooms full of diapers" and I think, I am not so bad. I would like to hear other women's thoughts on this, and I apologize for not being more eloquent about this, but I can't word it better. TRIED. TRUST ME.
 

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I am right there with you. Diapering is a hobby for me. I get such great pleasure buying cute diapers, especially if it's a print or fabric I've been trying to get for a while. You are so not alone!
 

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I can answer that with a big YES for myself. I have credit card debt that still needs to be payed off to show for my spending problem. It used to be clothes for myself and the girls, then I was briefly ok I think, but for the past year almost it has been diapers that have fulfilled my need to spend. I am getting better though and look forward to a full recovery someday soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Life is just full of phases for me and this is one of them. I don't feel all that bad. I have supported some great businesses and had fun, but really it is getting time to move on...
 

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I struggle on and off with this. I have this inner desire to be minimalistic, but in practice it is so difficult. At one point, I got rid of a bunch of diapers and bought a bunch of prefolds. Then slowly, I started buying again (not that much really, and basically all $ I made from selling other diapers). For me, if I have regrets, its not that I spent too much money and am in debt, b/c I am not in debt and I haven't spent that much real money (mostly $ made from selling old clothes, etc. on Ebay). More so, its the frustration I feel of never being satisfied - I used to be that way about my clothes - somehow I emerged from that (my DH is ever-so-thankful). Anyway, I feel like I have a decent handle on it these days, haven't bought much of anything for months, and really haven't had the desire to, but I still feel like I have way too many diapers, but I have no desire to get rid of any. I have basically a whole stash of fitteds, prefolds, covers (wool wraps, soakers and PUL) and pockets. I just need a little of everything I guess!<br><br>
Lori
 

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I struggle with this too. I started out with CD for ecological and health reasons. With my daughter, I never used anything but prefolds and covers, and a few Bumkins AIOs. Now all of a sudden I find myself drooling over wool and spending hours researching which WAHM fitteds will hold up to my heavy wetter. It has become a sort of obsessive activity, I'm ashamed to say. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
But on the flip side, it is so fun to lurk/post on this board and I do like to support WAHMs. I would not describe myself as a materialistic person, but for some reason the quest for the perfect diapering system brings out this side of me...<br><br>
OK, sorry for the long epistle. Y'all are not alone! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grouphug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="grouphug"><br><br>
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I am this way with fabric. I love fabric and will cruise the fabric co-ops and stores, *just looking, which turns into a *a yard or two, then I wind up with a large box, gulp.
 

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actually, i think having kids has turned me into much more of a consumer. they have too much clothes, too many diapers, toon many carriers, etc., but diapers are definitely my biggest overbuying problem. i'm not in debt or anything because of it (i trade whenever possible), but still, we have more than we need and i still keep buying/trading for new fluff.
 

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I think it is the ruch of getting stuff int he mail. Ryan need NO more dipes but i just bought 2 elbees and some HH ....... it is a sickness with me i tell ya
 

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My starter system was far from perfect and this lead to a very fun and interesting journey<br><br>
...starting with minimalist cloth purchases for function and economics...a consumption phase of cloth selecting for cuteness and general enjoyment...and now I'm on to a phase of stash weeding for ease of use and convience.<br><br>
So anyway I'd say, yes I have spent more on cloth diapers for dd than I needed to but I think that it's OK because it was fun and I never spent more than I could afford.
 

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Yes! I think it is just the thrill of getting mail though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> The thrill of nice things for our children (and for us to look at) is also there.<br><br>
One time I spent too much on a diaper and felt kinda sick about it. I have a budget for the kids and I STICK to it, so it is fun. We are allowed fun and should feel no guilt if it is done in moderation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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