My point is, we don't have the luxury of extra funds or a two income household to cloth diaper with the big name brand diapers like Bumgenius or Fuzzibunz. Atleast not to have those new. So here is my advice on cloth diapering on a budget.
In terms of money it's probably the cheapest to do prefolds & covers. However that type of diapering isn't my style. Pockets are really more convenient for me.
How to buy cheap without reducing quality:
- Buy on a FSOT forum such as www.diaperswappers.com. You can buy gently used cloth diapers for cheaper. Most of my experience with this has been great. Just make sure to ask questions about the condition of the PUL fabric, Elastic, Snaps/Velcro & overall function and ask to see pictures before committing to buy.
- Buying the "china diapers" as people refer to them. Honestly, they work just as good or better than some of the name brand diapers I've tried. While it's a cheaper price per diaper I have found that the quality is the furthest from cheaper.
- Seconds - this refers to a diaper that is sold at discount due to a cosmetic issue but will function perfectly. Cosmetic issues could be that they got slightly dirty, the stitching isn't perfect stuff like that. I have bought tons of seconds and cannot figure out what was wrong with them they look and work perfectly.
- Sunbaby Diapers :: Approx. $6/diaper :: www.sunbabydiapers.com :: Ebay Link
- Nubunz Diapers Seconds:: Approx. $3/diaper :: www.nubunz.com
- DiaperSwappers.com FSOT :: www.diaperswappers.com :: you will need to register!
- Child resale shops :: I know that once upon a child does not sell used diapers but some other independent stores do like Everything For Kids in Kentucky.
- Cottonbabies.com Seconds :: www.cottonbabies.com
- DapaDiapers.com $5 deal of the month :: www.dappadiapers.com
- Green Mountain Diaper Seconds :: www.greenmountaindiapers.com
- TinyTush.com Clearance :: www.tinytush.com
- ClothDiaperClearance.com :: www.clothdiaperclearance.com
I have a total of $63 one-sized pocket diapers and I spent no more than $6/ diaper. In most cases I only spent $3....
Also for inserts - if you are going to use microfiber (your cheapest option) then buy several packs of the microfiber towels in the auto section of walmart. They are 8-12pk for $3-5. Just tri fold them and stuff them in the pockets - simple as that!!