Sunday, May 10, 2009

How To Save Money in Today's Economy...

Lets face it. No one enjoys tacking $20.00 onto their grocery bill every week. No one likes using something once and throwing it away. No one likes how bad your garage smells the day before trash pick up... etc. Here are the facts I've compiled on how much money you can save. 
With ever so rising diaper costs, and ever so diminishing budgets... I have a solution for you!


Disposable (or paper) diapers run between $0.18 to $0.21 per diaper.
A baby uses on average 10 diapers per day.
A baby is in diapers on average for 2.5 years.
A family will spend on average $50.00 per 2.5 years on accessories. (wipes, creams, trash bags)

Doing the Math:

Per Day:
$0.18 x 10 = $1.80 (per day in cheap diapers)
$0.21 x 10 = $2.10 (per day in "pampers" or "huggies" diapers)

Per Year:
$1.80 x 365 = $657.00 (one year in cheap diapers)
$2.10 x 365 = $766.50 (one year in "pampers" or "huggies" diapers)

For 2.5 Years:
$657.00 x 2.5 = $1,642.50 (2.5 years in cheap diapers)
$766.50 x 2.5 = $1,916.25 (2.5 years in "pampers" or "huggies" diapers)

Grand totals: (with accessories)
$1,642.50 + $50.00 = $1,692.50
$1,916.25 + $50.00 = $1,966.25

Average cost of disposable diapers, for 2.5 years (one child) is : $1,829.38
these are items that you use once, and throw away. 


A baby needs about 18-24 cloth diapers, on average. 
Most cloth diapers fit babies from 7-35 pounds. This means that you buy diapers ONCE.

Cloth diapers are designed to work for over 5 years. This means that they can be used on multiple children.

A family will spend about $50.00 on accessories over 2.5 years. (wet bag, pail liner, creams, diaper sprayer)

Yes, you use water to wash out the diapers. Water, unlike landfills is a recyclable source. Water is used to wash diapers, and then recycled back into the earth. Once a disposable is thrown into a landfill, it sits there for 500 years. 
A family will spend on average a total of $50.00 over 2.5 years on washing diapers.

Doing the Math:

Buying Diapers Once:
18 Bum Genius Diapers (most popular): $308.10
24 Bum Genius Diapers (most popular): $406.80

Cost of water usage, over 2.5 years: approximately $50.00

Average amount of accessories, over 2.5 years: $50.00

$408.10 (18 diapers)
$506.80 (24 diapers)

average cost of using cloth diapers, over 2.5 years (possibly multiple children) is $457.45

ladies and gentleman... if you choose to switch, you'll save money.
Bottom line... in this economy, who couldn't use extra money?

average savings: $1,371.93

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