Saturday, August 29, 2009

To afford Huggies...

I'm the kind of girl that grits her teeth or sighs when she sees a purse adorned with two entwined ovals... "Don't they know that's a Coach knock-off?" is going through my head.

I have the same mindset when it comes to, well, everything. Surprisingly I get it from my dad, who has never worn a knock-off of anything. Not even tennis shoes. From my mother, I inherit a penny-pinching mindset (luckily, because I'm an 18-year-old mother-to-be without a college degree or job). This blog is about using these two sets of values-- a desire for the best of the best with a need to save money-- and helping you to do the same.

My baby is due September 7th, so I'm stocking up on things I'll need right now. Basically, that means diapers. I am amazed at how expensive they are, but I want to get the Huggies, not the off-brand! What if the off-brand aren't as good? What if they give my daughter diaper rash? What if the other babies in daycare grit their teeth or sigh at her Shuggies or Snuggies or whatever? "Doesn't she know those are Huggies knock-offs?"

The first wonderful resource I found was the Huggies Rewards Program. By purchasing Huggies, or by taking polls, watching ads, etc, you can earn points, which can be used to enter drawings for more diapers. How nifty.

I would also recommend joining the Babies R Us rewards program: for every 9 boxes of diapers you buy, you get a tenth free. Plus, if you go to Toys R Us and register for baby gifts, you get a free diaper (just the one; but hey, every diaper counts) plus a $5 coupon. Yes, you can use it for diapers. Oh, and everything you register for that nobody buys you? You get %10 off of it after your due date. Or 'due date'. I wouldn't be surprised if people who aren't pregnant haven't registered before, and you'd get the savings.

And, of course, check your local newspaper for ads and coupons. I clip all the diaper coupons, and noticed that Babies R Us is doing a promotion right now: If you buy 2 boxes of Huggies, you get a $10 Toys R Us gift card to be used on your next purchase.

Using these methods, as well as coupons clipped from my local newspaper, I bought 2 boxes of diapers today. I still paid $53 for 34 days' worth of diapers, but I also got the $10 gift card. I also paid only around 19 cents per diaper, while the Consumer Report of 2001 suggests that diapers cost 25 to 45 cents each. So I guess I did all right.

I've also found a few websites from which coupons can be printed off, as well as sweepstakes websites. I'll update with those later. In the meantime, good luck not got broke on diapers.