Amazon Diaper Deals: How to Get the Best Price on Diapers and Wipes

diaper dealsAmazon is continuing to offer plenty of diaper deals that are far better than most weekly drugstore diaper deals. Plus, there’s the added bonus of free two-day shipping delivering the diapers right to your door! Here are some tips for how to get the best diaper bargains from Amazon:

:: Sign up for Amazon Mom. This will give you an additional 30% off diapers and wipes when you Subscribe & Save. You’ll also get a free trial to Amazon Prime (a $79 value) that will be extended if you buy enough. That means you’ll get free 2-day shipping with no minimum purchase.

:: Look for the Amazon coupons that are applicable to the diaper deals and wipes bargains. Right now there’s a Pampers coupon to save $1. You’ll need to log into Amazon,  go to the Amazon coupon page and refresh until you see the diaper coupons your looking for.

:: Use coupons from parenting magazines if you can find them. Recently, both Parents Magazine and Parenting the Early Years have had excellent diaper coupons to save 20% on one box of diapers from Amazon. That can be combined with the 30% Amazon Mom savings for a fabulous diaper deal!

:: Pay attention to current diaper deals. Prices on Amazon fluctuate according to some formula that we don’t have access to. That means that prices can be low, but then double within minutes. If you see a diaper or wipes deal that appeals to you, don’t hesitate. If the price drops you can email Amazon’s customer service for a price adjustment within 30 days of your purchase, so you have some “insurance” against price drops.

If you combine all those techniques you’re setting yourself up for one great diaper deal! Now I’ll start rounding up the best diaper deals for you to take advantage of!

DIY: How to Make Your Own gDiapers Inserts

baby dealsI know many of you love your gDiapers. I think they’re pretty adorable and a great “starter” way to move toward cloth diapering! However, I hear you when you say that the inserts can be pretty expensive. Kate from SeeKateSew put together an awesome tutorial on how to make your own gDiapers inserts. Not only are her inserts adorable, they’re very easy to make and they’ll save you a lot of money over time!.

Although I love the finished look a serger offers, I’m 99.99% sure you could just sew these around the edges instead of serging them if you don’t have a serger at your disposal. If I’m wrong, someone correct me!

baby deals

How to Make Homemade Baby Wipes : A Step-by-Step Recipe for Reusable Diaper Wipes

Learning how to make baby wipes with paper towels is easy, but did you know that making your own reusable diaper wipes takes just a few more steps? I’m all about helping you save money on baby stuff, and cloth diaper wipes can save lots of money over the long run! They can be as basic or as fancy as you want them to be. Really, there’s not even sewing required! Here’s how to do it:

  1. Round up some old washcloths, buy a 10-pack at Target for under $5, or use pinking shears (those jagged-edge scissors) to cut out washcloth-sized squares from towels, flannel shirts, t-shirts, or any other absorbent fabric you can find. You can definitely finish your homemade squares off with a sewing machine if you like, but they won’t fray if you use those jagged-edge scissors. Keep in mind that the texture of a washcloth or towel will more effectively clean baby’s bottom, but other material may be softer.
  2. Combine the following solution in a pitcher (this makes it easy to pour in the next steps):
    1. 2 cups water
    2. 2 tablespoons olive oil or baby oil
    3. 1-3 tablespoons of baby shampoo
    4. 2-5 drops of essential oil (optional, for scent)
  3. Whisk all ingredients together until emulsified.
  4. Stack your cloths in a big Ziploc bag.
  5. Pour the solution over the cloths, seal the bag and turn it over a few times until all the cloths have absorbed  some of the solution.
  6. Keep the bag on your changing table and pull out as needed.

It’s best to keep an extra Ziploc bag near where you change the baby to hold the soiled wipes.You also could use a covered garbage can or diaper pail if you have one.

When you’re ready to wash them, you can experiment with what gets them cleanest in your washing machine. Some people insist that hot water is the only way to get it all clean, but others say your laundry detergent will cut the oil in the solution and a little bleach will kill any worrisome bacteria (no hot water needed).

Do you use your own baby wipes? Do you like them? What works for you?

Moms: Earn $150 Writing About a Financial Change or Journey


Like Freebies4Mom, I recently signed up to receive Daily Worth’s personal financial newsletter for women. Today I was so surprised and excited to see this opportunity:

“If you have been planning to embark on a major financial change, this could be the moment you’ve been waiting for. Daily Worth will pay you $50 per post, for up to three posts [/articles] that chronicle your financial progress in the coming months.”

As moms or moms-to-be, I think we all have a ton of knowledge to share about financial change! Money is so emotional, and there are so many monetary changes that happen to new families once baby is on the way! If you’re chosen, you’ll also benefit from one-on-one advice from Daily Worth tailored to your personal financial situation!

Daily Worth will select their new writers next week, so sign up for their newsletter and apply to write for them today!  Good luck!

Mint.com: Free Online Budgeting Software


I’m really good at saving money, but I’m very bad at budgeting and tracking our spending as a family. I’ve been researching free online budgeting tools that are safe, effective and user-friendly, and I keep hearing about Mint.com. I’ve heard so many great things about Mint, I’m jumping in to give it a try today!

Your turn: Do you use Mint.com or another online budgeting tool?

How to Throw Big Birthday Parties on Small Budget

baby deals(photo credit: Jessica.Diamond)

The following is a guest post from my sister, Molly. As usual, Molly remains my frugal inspiration and showers me with helpful ideas to save money every day. This post is especially noteworthy for me, since my babies are turning 1 and two in the coming weeks, and I’m busy planning a party for them!

We have a large family; with 4 kids of our own, cousins and friends, I’ve both thrown and observed many birthday parties over the years!   I have found many ideas to keep me in budget.
::Party Location:: Have the party at home.  It can be inside, outside in a backyard, or even in a decorated garage!  Public parks can be a great possible place to have a party, too. Look for one with grills for public use, swingsets and a playground for the kids. If there’s a little built-in entertainment, you won’t need to plan as many games and activities for the kids!   A sledding party or skating party at a municipal ice rink is a great idea and usually does not cost anything at city parks.
::Plan Plan Plan:: I shop all year.  I pick up  party favors and invitations when I see them on clearance throughout the year. I even found a stack of kids birthday party invites at a sidewalk sale a few summers ago for 10 cents per package. I bought them all (hey, with 4 kids we’ll get around to using all of them!) and now my little ones can pick the ones they like best for their own party. I get paper plates, napkins and silverware for free or nearly free after coupons and stash them away.  I also snag toys and games when I see them on clearance and keep them in the gift closet so my kids always have a present when they get invited to a birthday party. Post-holiday sales are a great way to find party supplies and gifts on the cheap.  You can almost always find plain red napkins and plates on closeout after Valetine’s Day. They’re a festive color and will go with multiple themes, so why not pick them up and store them for the party? I store everything in one spot so I know what to buy when the party is getting close.
::Mind Your Menu::  Food is expensive! Thoughtfully pick the food you’re going to serve and stick with it.  Don’t get caught up in special dietary needs of one or two people when you’re trying to feed 30! Usually a simple turkey sandwich or cheese and crackers will be enough to satisfy those who absolutely can’t eat what you’re serving. Everyone else can be flexible! Remember that you need to do what is right for your budget.  hot dogs, sloppy joes and  taco’s are all great choices.  Also, skip the alcohol!  Have a punch bowl or lemonade for everyone instead of alcohol  and sodas.  If you really want, to serve soda go with 2 liter instead of cans.  A simple , frugal menu can be achieved for a variety of themes!  If your child wants a pizza party try “take and bake” or Little Caesars, check your local coupons for the best deal. Or skip the meal altogether and have a cake and ice-cream party!  My kids really only eat the desert anyway! bar One party we attended had a Build-Your-Own-Sundae dessert bar: a bucket of vanilla ice cream with all different types of toppings – it was a blast.  This year we made our own ice cream cake and it was a hit.  I found the recipe online and it was simple.  If you are in doubt about trying to make your own cake make one before the party to try it out.  Cupcakes are a great idea, no one has to cut cake and they turn out cute!
::Think About Invites:: Invitations can be handmade or printed out on your computer; there are lots of templates online. .  Sometimes we use a photo of the “Birthday Boy/Girl” and print up information and glue it to the back of the photo.
::Don’t Forget the Dollar Store::  The Dollar Tree in my area has great party supplies.  Solid color or white plates matched with more expensive character and theme napkins.  Michaels is another  great place to pick up items with that40% off weekly coupon!  They carry birthday cake supplies, decorations and lots of other party supplies.
::Go Easy on Games::  Usually, the most basic games are the most fun! Every year we make a homemade piñata for one of my kids.  It is super easy and super fun for kids!  The “filliing” can be simple – candy bars, Dollar Store toys, Fruit snacks, surprise gift bags, etc. It’s way more about breaking open the pinata than what’s inside! Egg races, 3-legged races, and scavenger hunts are other easy and entertaining games.
::Don’t Ditch your Decorations:: Lots of commercial decorations can be reused from year to year.  My kids also enjoy art projects, so they love making homemade banners and posters for the Birthday boy or girl! One of my kids favorite things is to blow up balloons (bought at the dollar store) and tie them on our mail box and railing outside. It’s so easy, traditional, and all of the kids love doing it. The littlest ones love going to the window and seeing their work!
–Remember the Birthday party is all about the celebration, not what you serve or the amount of money you spend!  remember to HAVE FUN!
Your Turn: What ideas do you have for throwing a fun party on a budget?
We have a larger family so over the years I have had many Birthday parties and attended a lot of Birthday parties.  I have found many ideas to keep me in budget.
–Party Location!  Have the party at home.  It can be inside, outside in a backyard, or even in a decorated garage!  Public parks can be a great place to have a party.  Sometimes they have grills and a playground.  A sledding party or skating party is a great idea and usually does not cost anything at local parks.
–Plan Plan Plan – I shop all year.  I pick up napkins, plates, plastic silverware, party favors, invitations on clearance.  I also pick up kids gifts cheap and keep them in a box in the closet so my kids always have a gift if they get invited to a Birthday party.  After holiday sales are a great way to pick up party supplies or gifts.  After Valentines day pick up the red napkins that are 75% off!  I store everything in one spot so I know what to buy when the party is getting close.
–A one size fits all food.  Food is expensive!  Pick the food and stick with it.  I know you may have people coming that are on special diets but you need to do what is right for your budget.  Hot Dogs, sloppy Joes, taco’s are all great choices.  Skip the alcohol!  Have a punch bowl or lemonade for everyone instead of soft drinks.  If you are going to serve soda pop go with 2 liter instead of cans.  We have had all different types of parties.  If your child wants a pizza party try “take and bake” or Little Caesars, check your local coupons for the best deal.  If you want to keep your costs low have a cake and ice-cream party!  My kids really only eat the desert anyway. One party we attended had a build your own sundae dessert – Vanilla ice cream with all different types of toppings – it was a blast.  This year we made our own ice cream cake and it was a hit.  I found the recipe online and it was simple.  If you are in doubt about trying to make your own cake make one before the party to try it out.  Cupcakes are a great idea, no one has to cut cake and they turn out cute!
–Invitations can be handmade or printed out on your computer there are lots of sites to print them.  Sometimes we use a photo of the “Birthday Boy/Girl” and print up information and glue it to the back of the photo.  Use your imagination and search the internet for ideas.
–Shop the dollar store first!  The Dollar Days Store in my area has great party supplies.  Solid color or white plates matched with more expensive ”Character” napkins.  Michaels is a great place to pick up items with that weekly coupon!  They carry birthday cake supplies, and other party supplies.
–Games for kids.  Every year for one of my kids we make a homemade piñata.  It is super easy and super fun for kids!  The prizes can be simple – Candy bars, Dollar Store toys, Fruit snacks, surprise gift bags, use your imagination.  Family Fun magazine has a ton of ideas for Birthday parties!  They have a great website too.
–Decorations can be homemade or reused year to year.  My kids enjoy making homemade banners and posters for the Birthday boy/girl.  One of my kids favorite things is to blow up balloons (bought at the dollar store) and tie them on our mail box and railing outside.  It is a Birthday tradition.  Use the comics to wrap those gifts!  Kids love it!
–Remember the Birthday party is all about the celebration!  remember to HAVE FUN!