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So far we've CD'd for 2 years for less than $250. We haven't had the money to buy much cool stuff (most of the PFs, my wet bag and 1 FB are new, the rest is used or homemade) so going <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hyena.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hyena"> hasn't been an option but I lust after all the pretty dipes! Well, long story short, I'm getting a BIG pay raise soon and I'll have the money. My first instinct is to start scouring the TP and auction sites for an Ice Star (so pretty!) but we're trying to get ahead and establish some savings so we can TTC someday soon.<br><br>
So (If anyone managed to get through all that blah blah) can anyone share strategies for adding a few nice things to the stash without becoming a ravening <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hyena.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hyena"> and wrecking the budget? (That way I can get knocked up soon and THEN I can turn into one of those crazed heyenas with a web page to show off all thier cool dipes and a Paypal account that sees more trading than the NYSE. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> )<br><br>
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if you just want to add a few things for cheap do it on the TP.... if you want to buy nothing then just don't click links <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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set aside a fixed amount for splurges. and when that is gone, that's it.<br>
also, this may seem ridiculous, but when i feel the urge to shop for diapers, i do. just shop that is, not buy. i even go so far as to visit different wahm sites and fill up my cart with all kinds of neat stuff, diapers in all colors and sizes, covers, soap, toys, you name it. and then instead of checking out and paying, i close the window and walk away.<br>
i don't need any more diapers. we have plenty and they work fine, but it's still hard to resist all the cute stuff being made. i just look at those $50 covers and think "huh. pretty, but that's X days worth of meals or 2 tanks of gas or even, gasp, clothes FOR ME!" and that quells it.
 

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To be honest, I LOVE LOVE LOVE <span style="font-size:xx-small;">did is say</span> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> looking at all the pretty/darling dipes and covers, BUT (and that's a bigun) we long established our priorities to get OUT of debt NOT farther into it. Any kind of diaper, fabric, cover what have you must be fixed into or adjusted to our budget and we must only be able to pay cash for it or we just don't need it. So basically, once bills are paid (and that means extra to the cc's), food is bought, gas tanks are full, then what is left over is carefully used just in case something happens, but if I want some fabric for some pants or a dress for the kids I can swing it most times with out the sweat. Then what i don't "blow" then goes toward savings (along with the alloted amount already going in there counted as a bill). We are almost out of cc debt due to self control and knowing that I don't NEED that diaper, but it sure is cute<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">, but I don't need it. I can get by on my 26 or so diapers, and that is fine by me. I like not living paycheck to paycheck or above my means or doing the "keeping up with the joneses" thing...there is just no way on a military income we can do that. I may not have it fancy, but I'm happy not stressing on how to pay for THINGS we really don't need. Set your priorities and stick to them, it's kind of like a lifestyle thing...you choose not to live frivolous, so you don't. Just like a diet though, once in a while, a splurge within reason won't hurt~so don't feel the guilt because JUST like a diet with guilt comes binging. Enjoy your raise, but enjoy getting out of debt even more, nothing says tension relief than paying OFF a debt.<br><br>
I wish you all the luck and CONGRATS on your raise!
 

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I agree with the others. Saving money was never my reason for choosing to use cloth, so in the beginning I just set aside $10 a week or whatever sposies would have cost me and spent it on cloth. Then when I had enough diapers, I just used money from selling stuff that didn't work for us and using it to buy other stuff. We've been cd'ing for a couple years now and I think I'm just past the must try one of this one of that phase for the most part. I know three great dipes that fit DD well, 2 wool covers, and a trim nylon cover that are also a great fit/function for her. I tend to just stick with those, since it gets old spending money on things that don't work. When DD moves up a size I'll branch out again, but until then I'm sticking with tried and true. I find that cuts down on the hyena-ness a bit. Though I must say I was REALLY tempted to buy an appliqued Bizzy B Hive wool cover yesterday. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I managed to resist though since I haven't tried the BBH wool and I do know of two types of cover that work on DD. Wow, I'm rambling now. Congrats on your raise!! Hope you have an easy time striking the right balance of getting a few things you love without going overboard. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Congratulations on your raise! I cloth diapered cheaply for the first three and a half years, then went hyena here and bought some expensive stuff- which I have since sold without losing much money. If you were to buy the Ice Star, you could resell it and so that isn't a big risk.<br><br>
Now I am very selective but budget in for some nice stuff. I have my favorites- things that are quality and I stick to those. I bought a Freshies cover because I know I like her stuff. And I got a beautiful wool cover a mom here sewed for me. A few select quality things that are within your budget make cd-ing fun and you don't feel deprived yet don't go crazy for stuff you don't really need. That's my strategy, anyway...<br><br>
I enjoy seeing other people's beautiful stuff but don't feel the urge to buy unless it is from the few that I know I'll get something really special from.
 

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I would suggest setting aside a certain amount and then when it's gone only allow yourself to buy more if you sell something else. I've done that for the most part, except kept some smaller diapers for another baby (I hope someday!) and so I had to have "new" money to buy more mediums/larges since ds is almost as big as dd. :LOL<br><br>
I've gone overboard <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: and the thrill isn't worth it IMO. I've been buying lots of covers lately and now will have to weed out a few to sell to make up for overspending. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Be happy with what you have. Practice simplicity as a life philosopy. As Budda said, the biggest misery in life comes from desiring what you don't have. It can blind you to the blessings you *do* have.<br><br>
Think of what else you could by with that $30 that you might have spent on a diaper (like food).<br><br>
Keep in mind that all those cute diapers are not visible to anyone anyway, under your child's diaper covers and clothes.<br><br>
Think of the good night's sleep you are getting by not stalking the SOS website.<br><br>
Imagine that adorable custom diaper with poop stains all over it. lol!<br><br>
Set a limit on how many diapers you need, and if you want a new one you have to sell some old ones first to pay for the new one.<br><br>
Good luck! :)<br><br>
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kinda following the pp.... think of what will go in the diaper. Its not like a true accessory like a purse, etc. your child will poop in it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> THATS what helps me keep things simple as cute as some of the covers, dipes are.
 

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One thing that always quells my admiration of these sought-after dipes is the fact that they are bulky--the trimness of a cpf & cover or a FB keep me calm.<br><br>
A reasonable way to enjoy the cuteness of the WAHM world might be to buy some cute cloth wipes! I have a lovely stash of custom wipes from <a href="http:" target="_blank">www.happytushies.com,</a> and while they seem pricey at $1.25 apiece, that is much cheaper than any dipe, no?<br><br>
If you do get a dipe or cover, buy a gender-neutral print/color, so you can tell yourself it cost half as much since you'll use it on two babes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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For me it's easy, because DS is an odd fit for diapers, so the only AIO's I ever buy are Luke's Drawers, because I know they fit. And I'm scared of wool. I guess I'm just not cut out to be a hyena.
 
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