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Heyla!<br><br>
We need to cut roughly 400 dollars from our monthly budget. We currently use sposies and a lot of mamas have suggested switching to cloth to save money.<br><br>
How much did you save by using cloth? And what is your system?<br><br>
Thanks!<br><br><i>Laundry is once a week, 1.50 per load (25 cents/15 minutes for dryers). DD currently uses ~10 sposies a day (5 cents per sposie, closer to 2 cents when I find a good sale).</i>
 

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well my babe isnt here yet, but i got pretty much everything i'll need til potty training, except some med and lg covers (mostly prefolds-1dz preemie, 3dz infant, and 2dz premiums-, 11 one size pockets, way too many nb covers, some small covers, wet bags, wipes, etc) for around $400<br><br>
i got the prefolds as seconds from clothdiaper.com and most everything else i got used off of diaperswappers
 

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For cheapness, I would suggest prefolds, used cd's on the TP here, and some wool covers. Can you knit? I can make very inexpensive wool soakers/longies for quite cheap, plus they rarely need washed, so that saves laundry.<br><br>
You can easily spend well under $100 and get everything you need, and be able to sell them later and make back some money.
 

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sweetfeet- not a single brand I'm afraid but more a mish mash of double/triple coupons, using a store brand credit card when that gives an additional discount on our total purchase, freecycle (some people toss out opened packages of sposies if they switch brands or when their kiddo outgrowns them), local mama/child services that distribute free sposies to low income families, co-op style purchases from online bulk diaper sites, etc.<br><br>
Of course, when we can afford it we buy the nicer dipes at higher prices (roughly 20 cents each), but recently that hasn't been so much of an option for us. And things are going to get tighter in a month or two.<br><br>
I'm starting to think about EC for when I'm at home...and we're switching to cloth wipes as of now! Plus I'm going to freecycle for some cloth dipes, maybe I'll get lucky!
 

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The cheapest system by far is prefolds (great with a snappi) and covers. Like a pp said, you can get everything you need for under $100. Used dipes off the tp or diaperswappers makes the fancier dipes more affordable too. There are some one size dipes like BumGenius that are pricey up front but will last until pt. The pricier brands in general have an excellent resale value when you lo outgrows them.<br><br>
Personally I like pockets dipes right now for their ease of use, but I have some AIOs (all in ones) and some prefolds as well. We do EC and change ds very often b/c we know that he pees a LOT (heavy drinker<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ), so I probably have 30-40 diapers and I wash every other day. I could probably go every 3rd day with washing now, but my pail liner wouldn't hold a third days worth of dipes.<br><br>
I guess I can't really say how much I've saved b/c I have done cloth with all three kids, but the other benefits (environment, health) alone are worth it to me.
 

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CPFs are great...until your baby starts wiggling and wrestling you at every diaper change...then you'll probably break down and switch to pockets. We use Fuzzi Bunz exclusively. The last time we bought them was in May 2006, when we needed to switch to Large. We spent about $300 for 18. Which in the past 16 mos, comes out to $18.75/mo. However, I will be getting some of my money back when we're done with potty training and resell them since they're all still in great shape, other than the fleece thinning out some. And you have to factor that I sold we sold the Meds to get the Large so it's much less than $18/mo.<br><br>
Oh, duh, I just reread your post and saw you don't have a washing machine at home. Would you be willing to go to the laundry mat every other night to do diapers? Plus with pockets you can get detergent buildup and have to do extra washes and rinses which would be time consuming. Maybe under your circumstances it's not the best idea for you.<br><br>
In what other areas do you think you can save money? We had two cell phone and got rid of one. We also got rid of our long distance on our home phone service. DH wants to get rid of our HBO package now that Sopranos and Sex & the City is over but it would only save us like $8 so I don't want to make that sacrifice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> We got an all-terrain stroller 1 1/2 yrs ago and we use it all the time to walk instead of driving. It has a nice basket in the back so I can even fit in 2-3 canvas bags of groceries.
 

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We do a combo of pockets, prefolds and covers, and disposibles. Once I found what I liked/worked we probably spent $120 overall for used, quality Fuzzibuns, WWB covers and dyed prefolds. We still spend about $15 in sposies a month.<br><br>
Considering I haven't bought much new cloth in over a year, it breaks down to be about $30 a month total for both kinds of dipes and laundry. (Most of my covers are in resellable condition, too)<br><br>
Hope that helps!
 

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We rolled a number of higher rate cards into a home refi, but we still have fairly sizable debt remaining on two cards (paying off sloooowly, and not adding to it!) along with the house payment. We own our car so that is just insurance/gas (not that that isn't an issue, but we walk/bus as much as possible).<br><br>
We have no landline phone and a low rate/unlimited minutes style family plan for our cell phones. The computer and tv are bundled and not much. We've talked about going without but it doesn't free up much money and makes working from home impossible, so those are here to stay for now. We live in a very old house (+100 years) so there are some repairs that just have to happen but we've cut back on non-essential fixing up. We set the heat at 60 degrees in the winter and 80 in the summer, film the windows and close off rooms as necessary.<br><br>
I'm thinking we can trim a good chunk of our grocery budget though. We've gotten used to a few things that used to be "special extras" (seltzer, ovaltine, half n half, store made granola, etc) and we can cut those out. We've also gotten used to ordering pizza once a week on the "10 dollar pie night" (started right after the babe was born) and that has to stop for more than just the financial reason! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
It'll all work out. Good thing we'd already planned on a more or less zero dollar holiday season! I'm going to see what I can get (in terms of diapers) through freecycle...I'm keeping my fingers crossed. And my mom has offered to make a few dipes if I buy the material, so that might help too even if I'm just switching for a few changes a day?
 

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We started cloth diapering to save money. I used flannel recieving blankets as flats and bought some used diaper wraps online for about $5ea. I would snag all the flannel recieving blankets I could find at the thrift store and they were about 80 cents each. Then I got a snappi, and started using recycled wool. I'd grab a wool sweater from the thrift store for $4 and make two woolies from it. If you can sew, recycle old t-shirts, towels and anything 100% cotton into diapers, and sew up some recycled wool <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">: Or if you can knit or crochet you can get inexpensive wool yarn from the craft store and work up your own woolies. There's also nylon/plasticy pull on diaper covers - the gerber ones are pretty yucky, but they work if that's what you have to use. I like the Bummies Super Whisper pull ons, and they're about $6/each, but feel nicer to me. We have used mainly proraps and bummis wrap covers. Savings depends on age of baby, smaller sizes in sposies, you get more for the money... older baby you need 2-3 packs/week - so right now it would be $21/week if we used generic sposies for our almost 2yo.
 

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I don't know exactly how much we have "saved" using cloth..but I know we spent quite a few 100 dolars getting started with cloth diapers..We do not use prefolds though..Once we had a good stash, I haven't HAD to buy a diaper, however diaperswappers is very addicting and I spent alot of unnecessary $$ there, just buying cute diapers..
 

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A lot of good advice so far. I wanted to add that you can save a bit more money if you hang your diapers to dry rather than use a dryer for 25/15min. Flat diapers dry really quickly. They also don't take up much room in the washer so I will often throw in other baby clothes in the same load. Of corse I'm using my washer at home. I use the pre rince cycle to rince the diapers before I put other clothes in there. I'm not sure if the mashines you use would have a pre rince-function.<br><br>
When ds was born, we tracked how much our utility bills went up. It was less than $5/month and that included <i>all</i> our extra laundry. Ds was a puker and I often needed to change his an my clothes several times a day. So our laundry would have gone up regardless.<br><br>
In any case, We've calculated that we've spent about $600-700 on diapers, electricity, laundry soap ect. This is for 2 kids. We've used the same onesize fitted diapers for dd as we did for ds. Baced on sale prices of diapers in our area, I figure we would have spent at least $2000 on sposies so far. So that's a savings of $1300-$1400 over 5 years or a little less than $25/month.<br><br>
But, we have a washer and dryer in our home so our cost of washing is less than it would be if you pay by the load.
 

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I've used CPFs on all 4 of my squirmy, wiggly boys, so I wouldn't say that you have to break down to FB or other pockets once they get wiggly. I just made sure I had the prefold folded and everything assembled before I did the change <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I even got really got a snappi'ng whele my guys were standing up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Mine, too, Theresa. I never had issues with it, but did end up using my kissaluvs 1 when the prefolds were too small (they still fit). Those 10 dipes lasted for 2 years and were in great condition to resell.
 

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I have never used a pocket diaper (nor would I, unless they make a pocket diaper with no synthetic materials!), and I'm pregnant with my third. In fact, I bought about 6 dozen prefolds when I was pregnant with #1, and I'm still using the same 6 dozen diapers now. Prefolds ROCK!
 

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Hi wombatclay! I was in your due date club with Rowan. I'm using cloth on our new bundle. I know the cloth wipes have saved a LOT. I bought super flannel from WM for $2.57yd to make wipes. I mostly use prefolds or contoured inserts with covers. The covers don't have to be washed after just one use either. I can sometimes use them for 2-3 changes just replacing his insert. I use fitteds too that I made at home. I used flannel inners and outers with a soaker made out of old birdseye or prefold diapers I had at home. Its saved us a lot of money because I've probably only spent $30-50 on materials and I'd be spending $15-20wk if I had to buy sposies and wipes. These will last us a while too until he grows into larges.
 

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We use prefolds here and velcro covers, machine wash but hang to dry. I bought them for my first and am planning to use them on my third. The dipes have frayed a bit but are in good shape.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have never used a pocket diaper (nor would I, unless they make a pocket diaper with no synthetic materials!), and I'm pregnant with my third. In fact, I bought about 6 dozen prefolds when I was pregnant with #1, and I'm still using the same 6 dozen diapers now. Prefolds ROCK!</div>
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You ladies must have more patience than me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
I really liked old schooling it but I found it really frustrating as DS got older. Plus DH didn't like having to figure out what kind of diaper system we were doing for each diaper change (I know,how hard is it to figure it out, right?)<br>
So when DH gave me the money to get pockets I ordered them immediately!
 
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