I have decided that you need a PhD to figure out who has the best price on diapers. The diaper people and the retailers are smart – they package the diapers in different counts for each store so it’s harder to price-shop. The only way to REALLY figure it out is to visit each store, write it all down and do a spread sheet. Well, I have done that and I will share it with you. (Photo from early 2007 when Claire was still in diapers).
I also did this for Huggies, Similac and Enfamil. Those others will be posted in the following weeks.
My formula was to figure out the cost per diaper. I realize there are many different sizes of Pampers so I compared the price of Pampers Swaddlers in Size 2. I think we can assume that if a store “wins” in this size that their other sizes will also be competitive. I also only priced the largest package the store had – we all know that you need to buy in bulk to save money.
Now I realize that we are only talking a few cents per diaper here but this can equal hundreds of dollars per year. If you have 1 child who uses 7 diapers a day, and you can save 5 cents per diaper, then over a year you have saved $127. And if you have more than one child in diapers then the savings goes up. My last disclaimer is that all prices are subject to change, but directionally, I think you will find the rankings stay the same.
The Findings (cost per diaper for size 2 Pampers Swaddlers):
- Sam’s Club: 16 cents (Note: this was for size 1-2)
- BJs: 19 cents
- Amazon.com: 19.5 cents (Free shipping)
- Babies R Us: 20 cents (in store and online)
- Target: 20.8 cents
- Wal-Mart: 22 cents
- Harris Teeter: 27 cents*
- CVS: 27 cents
So, the warehouse clubs are the best prices and if you do not belong to Sams or BJs, then your best bet is to buy online at Amazon.com. I have done this many times and found it to be awesome. You order, it’s free shipping, and they deliver to your door, how much easier can it be?Babies R Us and Target & Wal-Mart are not too far behind. Wondering why Costco is not on the list? They do not sell Pampers.
*Now, I do have a note about Harris Teeter. The day I did my “price shopping” they had a VIC special. I logged the regular price for this list since VIC only lasts a week but their special netted out to 16.6 cents per diaper which is a GREAT price. It’s always worth walking down that aisle to check their specials. I recommend you buy a small calculator that you always keep in your purse (unless you are a math wizard), if the diapers come out to 20 cents (for size 2) or less I would pick some up.
I also have to talk about pampers.com. Hopefully by now you have signed up for their coupons and e-mail. They send great coupons that will help you save additional dollars. Even if you are not a big coupon person, they are worth it at $1.50 a pop.
[Note: After this was published a reader asked about Diapers.com, unfortunately they are not a great deal for Pampers Swaddlers, 23.6 cents per diaper for a size 1-2 (not even a full 2). They do have free shipping over $50 but you do better elsewhere]
Where do you get your diapers? Have you found diapers even cheaper than this? Please let us know where!