My Experience With Cloth Wipes

After deciding to use cloth diapers for various reasons, I decided we might as well use cloth wipes too. During my research on the subject I found that cloth wipes seemed superior to disposable wipes. I liked the idea of using only plain, warm water on my daughter’s behind most of the time, and using a gentle, non-irritating soap the rest of the time. In addition, the thought of the money we would save also appealed to me. In the last months of my pregnancy, when I was as big as a boat and unable to do much (I gained … Continue reading

How to Save Money on Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers can save you money ($20 a week on diapers), especially when you have more than one child who will use them, but there is usually a large cash outlay in the beginning to purchase all of those cloth diapers. Most parents who use cloth diapers spend around $300 for them. Here are some ways to reduce that cost. Buy Used Some people get squeamish about buying used diapers, so you will have to determine if you fit into this category before you seriously start looking for used diapers. That said, if cloth diapers are washed quickly in hot … Continue reading

Why I Hate Pull-Ups

When potty training, many parents transition from diapers straight to pull-ups (or easy-ups, no matter the brand of disposable training pants. I’m brand neutral.) believing that this is a natural way to start potty training. Well I hate the things. Here is why, in no particular order. 1. Pull-Ups are expensive Have you ever done the unit cost of a pull-up? Depending on the brand, you may be spending 50 or more per each piece. Ones with characters, wet feelings or magic pictures may cost even more. By the time that you are done potty training, you can spend a … Continue reading

The Best Prices on Disposable Diapers Today

Sales and coupons aside, there are times when we just need to pick up diapers at the store. Often, we don’t have time to do all of the coupon cutting and sale shopping that is required for getting a good deal. Or, we find ourselves with one diaper left (an emergency situation) and we would almost gladly pay any price just to have a package of them magically appear. Stocking up when we do come across sales is often difficult to do with diapers, since babies outgrown sizes unpredictably, and then there is the matter of potty training. While I’ve … Continue reading

Saving Money with a Toddler

Isn’t it amazing how little ones can cost so much. Toys, food, clothing, equipment and entertainment can all add up at the end of the year. Here are some ways to save when you have a toddler. Potty train your toddler as soon as he is ready. This can be anywhere from 18 months to 4 years old, depending on the child. Of course you don’t want to force a child to train, but many toddlers are really ready sooner than you might think. And, the sooner you train, the fewer diapers you’ll have to buy. While we are on … Continue reading

Peek into My Morning

I am always so curious for a glimpse into the lives of others. The domestic every day life of my fellow humans tends to fascinate me. I suppose that is why I read so many blogs, especially the frugal ones, of course. Sometimes I get great tips on things that I can do around my house or with my family. Other times I just have an appreciation for other ways of living. So, I thought I would share some of the things we will do today, from a frugal standpoint. This may give you a good idea of some of … Continue reading

Dipe and Wipe Baby Shower

Want a great theme baby shower for a frugal friend? Try this idea that is guaranteed to be appreciated by any soon to be parents. Today, we were out shopping at Baby’s R Us for a lock for the lazy susan in our kitchen. Our entrepreneurial 17-month old figured out a way to get it open, by using his brute toddler strength to break it! As we contemplated the choices in safety at the store, I couldn’t help but notice how many pregnant ladies there were in the store. Okay, so it is a baby store, but the point was … Continue reading

Two More Ways to Save on Diapers

Does a large chunk of your monthly grocery bill get spent on diapers? Even with coupons, diapers can add as much as $20 to your bill. Yikes. In past articles, I’ve talked about some ways to save, including using cloth diapers, buying generic disposable diapers and strategies for buying name brand diapers for less. But recently, I discovered two new ways for saving money on diapers, and I just wanted to share them with you. Have you ever noticed organic diapers in your grocery store? I certainly haven’t, and neither have most people I am guessing. The reason for my … Continue reading

Changing Tables for Less

Expecting a little one? Changing tables are almost a necessity. They make things so convenient for changing diapers, applying baby lotion after a bath, or just getting a baby dressed. But if you want to save some some on this item, you’ll want to check out this article! There a couple of ways to save money on a changing table. Of course you can buy a used changing table at a yard sale or thrift store, but there are some money saving ways to get a new changing table, too. Here is what we did, back when I was expecting … Continue reading

Frugal Living Week in Review: July 2nd Through July 8th

As usual, the Frugal Living Blog has been packed with great articles that will help you save money. We’ve had everything this week, from frugal baby care to garage sale strategies and frustrations. Perhaps you’ll get that $2,500 handbag for $60 or avoid the frugal mistakes that might make your family ill. Why not take a quick look at this review to see if there are any articles you might have missed. Happy “frugaling!” July 2nd Frugal Summer Exercise Now that the weather is nice, you can take advantage of a lot of opportunities to get fit the frugal way. … Continue reading