How Going Cloth Will Save Us Thousands This Year

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My family goes through a ridiculous amount of garbage.
Looking at the bin on our curb, you’d be surprised to find out we are only a family of three (and a half? Baby on the way, haha!). I credit this to the ridiculous amount of diapers, wipes, and nursing pads our one-year-old has gone through.

Nothing quite bothers me like throwing things away. Even if it’s something I know I can’t reuse, I still get a nasty feeling in the pit of my stomach when I line the garbage can with yet another trash bag.
So I did a little research.
After a quick visit to Google, I learned there are a TON of ways to cut back on garbage output…and they all save money!
I put together a handy little chart to compare prices and calculate yearly savings. (All estimates are based on my own experiences and research. They may vary depending on where you live.)

Pretty neat, huh?
Now let’s break it all down by category and figure out how and where I’m getting these numbers.

Diapers
I really wish it hadn’t taken me thirteen months to bite the bullet and start cloth diapering! It can be a little intimidating at first, but if you find the right youtube videos and blog posts, you’ll be diapering like a pro in no time.
People often complain that cloth is super expensive – and it can be.
However, if you know the right places to look and really do your research, you can start your own collection for under $60.
How?
Consignments sales are definitely the place to look. I got Logan’s first two diapers and 10 inserts all for $10. Kid’s market had a huge selection, but being unsure of whether I was actually going to stick with it I didn’t want to spend too much money on it.
A couple days later I decided that cloth diapering would definitely be for us. I ordered these Babygoal diapers and they are sooo cute! Logan is especially fond of the foxes. Babygoal is fairly inexpensive but has a ton of raving reviews.
So far they’ve held up pretty well and thank the good Lord we haven’t had any leaks!
Going cloth can be an investment but it pays itself off within weeks. You’ll also want to invest in some diaper liners, but luckily they’re super cheap and a total godsend.
The thought of having multiples in cloth diapers at a time is a little overwhelming, but the knowledge that we’ll be saving thousands a year because of it is great!

Wipes
Same with cloth diapers, you’ll want to stock up on these, especially if you have one or two littles. Luckily, Babygoal carries these as well!
You can wash them in the same load as the diapers which is a huge plus!

Feminine Products
Depending on the length and heaviness of your cycle, you could end up spending $120-$200 yearly on pads and tampons!
There are two options for cutting down on waste: cloth or a menstrual cup.
I’m gonna be honest and say I don’t really know how I feel about the cup, but I plan to buy one after baby is born! I’ll come back and update this when that time comes. 🙂
Cloth pads are also a good option, but you’ll want to find an out-of-the-way place to store them throughout the day, for obvious reasons!
Heart felt has great reviews!

Napkins/Paper towels
Sam’s and Costco are both great places to find deals on paper products, but we tend to go through them really fast and they contribute to most of our garbage output. My research led me to these, which can replace SIX MONTHS worth of paper towels. Holy moly, that is THOUSANDS.

Nursing pads
I was pleasantly surprised to find washable nursing pads at our local Walmart. We went through boxes and boxes of these when L was first born, leading to pad wrappers ALL. OVER. THE. HOUSE.
I think we went through four or five boxes at about $9.88 each.
You can get two pairs at Walmart for $4! This isn’t a particularly stunning savings deal, but I look forward to not having to deal with the massive amounts of waste that comes from the disposable.

All of this to say that cloth is inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and will save you so much money!
You’ll definitely have more laundry to do, but to save a thousand (or more!) per year, that’s a small price to pay.

What are your favorite cloth products?
Let us know in the comments below!

 

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