Budget Diaper Shopping
Moms are always searching for the best deals for diapers and with so many options available for purchasing this baby necessity, it can make your sleep-deprived head spin! We've taken one specific package of diapers and compared its price at five different online retailers to find the best deal for diapers online.
For equal comparison purposes, we used a box of Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers in size three as our reference diaper. There is no specific reason that we chose this diaper over others to use in our comparison, other than that it is carried regularly at all five online retailers. Sales tax for your state may apply to these prices as well.
Box size: 156 diapers
Price per diaper: 24 cents
Shipping cost: $2.99 for this particular order. However, shipping is free on orders $49 and above and diapers arrive quickly -- within two days
Discounts available: If you register with their Take Five program, you receive $10 off your first order of $49 or more (which does not apply to this order) and $5 off each case of diapers you order. And yes, you can combine those offers. At the time of press, there was an additional $3 off e-coupon for these diapers.
Final cost: $32.99 or 21 cents per diaper
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Box-size: 156 diapers
Price per diaper: 27 cents
Shipping cost: Free two-day shipping
Discounts available: At the time of press, these diapers were discounted $3.90. Plus, if you set up a subscription service for diapers on Amazon Mom so that they are automatically delivered (once a month is most common for this size of diapers), you save an extra 5 percent. Amazon Mom members save an additional 15 percent off of diaper subscriptions.
Final cost: $27.39 or 18 cents per diaper
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Box size: 204 diapers
Price per diaper: 20 cents
Shipping cost: 97 cents for their standard five to seven day shipping. Shipping is free for orders $45 and above and it is possible to expedite shipping for an additional $10.
Discounts available: None at the time of press
Final cost: $41.85 or 21 cents per diaper
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Babies "R" Us
Box size: 204 diapers
Price per diaper: 21 cents
Shipping cost: $6.50, free two-day shipping available for orders of $100 or above
Discounts available: None at the time of press, although members of the free Rewards "R" Us program who purchase nine boxes of specific brands of diapers receive their tenth box of diapers free
Final cost: $48.49 or 24 cents per diaper
Box size: 228 diapers
Price per diaper: 22 cents
Shipping cost: Free
Discounts available: At the time of press, there was an automatic $3 online coupon applied to these diapers. Costco also requires that you have a membership to shop on their website, which carries an annual fee.
Final cost: $46.99 or 21 cents per diaper
And the winner is...
Unclear! If you are willing to sign up for their subscription service and have your diapers automatically delivered on a set schedule, there's no doubt that Amazon Mom is the cheapest place from this list of online diaper retailers. However, if you don't want to commit to a subscription service, Diapers.com seems to be the next best option with quick shipping and a consistent $5 off each box of diapers you buy.
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