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August 19, 2012

Setting Up a Modern Cloth Nappy Stash on a Budget

Setting Up a Modern Cloth Nappy Stash on a Budget

This is a guest post from Tara of MUMmedia: A blog about keeping our eyes wide open to the influence of media and popular culture on childhood and parenting.

The biggest resistance to modern cloth nappies is the start-up costs. These costs range from $500 to $1500 but the good news is it that you CAN set yourself up on a budget (and don’t forget you save $1000′s longterm!).

So, how can you set up a modern cloth nappy stash on a budget?

Cloth Nappies in Australia

1. Setting Up a Modern Cloth Nappy Stash on a Budget: Research

Do some online window-shopping! Find out what’s around and what styles there are and prices. Some online stores have consultants who will come to your home and personally show you what’s available.

In a nutshell the options are:

Prefold and covers

Pros – supper cheap / quick drying / great for newborns

Cons – Take a bit more time to put on and require a cover

Fitteds and covers

Pros – fit like a disposable (no pinning) / very absorbent / cheap

Cons –  Require a cover

All-in-one nappy

Pros – Easy like a disposable just pop it on and there you go

Cons – Drying time / Price ($20 –  $40)

Pocket All in ones

Pros – Easy like a disposable / can tailor absorbancy for night use or older babies

Cons – Price / can look a bit bulky

Some nappies are sized (s, m, l,) and some are OSFM. One-size nappies can be more cost-effective especially if you have more than one child in nappies.

2. Setting Up a Modern Cloth Nappy Stash on a Budget: Make a wish list

Once you’ve decided what you want – make a wish list!

If it’s all from one store you will save on postage but you may get more for your money if you wait for sales at a few different stores.

Break up your wishlist into stores.

e.g your brand choice..

2 x Large AIO minky (blue and pink) $25 each = $50

2 x Bamboo fitteds $25 each = $50

= $100 + $6 postage = $106

Save up for each ‘lot’ on the list. Make sure they are manageable amounts like $50 – $100. Some stores have layby as an option for large amounts which can be good if there’s a sale on it. But remember, if you can’t afford it – don’t buy it! Just be patient and save up first!

Subscribe to newsletters for the stores you’re interested in so you receive alerts for any upcoming sales.  Sales come around regularly so be patient and wait and avoid paying full price!

3. Setting Up a Modern Cloth Nappy Stash on a Budget: Save up!

Easier said then done.

Figure out some ways to make some ‘extra’ cash.

  • Sell some stuff on ebay or gumtree or similiar
  • Have a garage sale
  • Put leftover coins in a money-box at the end of each day
  • Sacrifice takeaway coffee (or whatever your ‘thing’ is!) for a few weeks and put the money away

Once you have purchased your first ‘lot’ of nappies put all your ‘extra’ money that you are saving from your grocery bill into a ‘nappy fund’.  I calculated each week I spent $35 on disposables, wipes, and nappy sacks  so put this amount into a nappy fund and  used it to purchase more modern cloth nappies.

4. Setting Up a Modern Cloth Nappy Stash on a Budget: Don’t get addicted!

Once you start it’s hard to stop. The brands and designs seem endless (and oh so adorable!) and there’s always the temptation to purchase those ‘limited editions’.

Try and resist the temptation to buy more than you need! If you end up splurging and spending $3000 (even over a long period of time!) you may have helped the environment but you haven’t saved any money!

A good way to safeguard against modern cloth nappy addiction is to track your spending.  I admit, I got addicted, so I started tracking my spending and made myself stop at $1500 for 2 in nappies which was spent over a period of about 2 years.  Once I set myself I limit I knew I had to stick to it!

Modern cloth nappies will save you money in the longterm as well as benefit both the environment and your baby. Don’t be put off by the start-up costs as an MCN stash IS doable on a tight budget!

Written by Tara Force

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February 21, 2011

No More Blowouts for Your Baby Budget!

Do disposable nappies cause a ‘blow-out’ of your weekly baby budget?

Cloth nappies may seem expensive in the beginning but when you add it all up it’s a much cheaper option.

Disposable nappies are bought, used ONCE, then thrown in the bin. Then the next one is bought, used once, tossed in the bin, then the next… Each week the costs mount up, and then each new baby, the costs double, and with inflation, more than double. Modern nappies are bought ONCE, then used over and over again. They are tossed in the washing machine, which does all the cleaning for you! With each new baby, you can re-use many of your washable nappies, and get to buy new pretty things for expanding your stash too, as some ‘upgrading’ may be necessary (or wished for), depending on how many you have active in your day to day nappy stash. For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy WAHM’s about blow-outs: Nappy blow-outs and budget blow-outs.

Let’s see what they have to say: Why do modern cloth nappies mean no more budget blow-outs?

Mel of Little Para Pants:

I’ve heard the figure of $1000 per year for disposable nappies.  I know I don’t have that kind of money to just throw in a landfill.  If you can afford $25-30 every fortnight of your first pregnancy, you can have a really good stash by the time your baby’s born, and those nappies should last through two or more children.  That’s roughly $600 for around 20 nappies – even more if you buy a pack of flat terries one fortnight.  So $1000 a year for an average of 3 years, for an average of 2 kids, is $6000.  That’s ten times what you could spend on cloth nappies for both kids, and they might even last long enough for a third!

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

Budget wise – you don’t have to keep buying nappies especially if you go for one size.

Eva of Oz Baby Trends:

2c to 8c per nappy change as opposed to 33c to 68c …. I’d say it’s pretty obvious! The figures speak for themselves.<

Annette of Iish Fly:

Well if you can contain yourself, Modern Cloth Nappies can save lots of $$.  I spent a total of around $300 on Ella for materials to make her MCN’s.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

Because you can always buy them when they are on special. (Bulk Packs at Issy Bear Nappies)

Ashley of Cheeky Creations:

I hate wasting money and I don’t like buying things that I just throw away. Cloth nappies may seem expensive in the beginning but when you add it all up it’s a much cheaper option.

Carli from MiniLaLa:

No more blow-outs in budgets – I love that about cloth nappies! Not only do I not have to cringe at the thousands of dollars it might cost for disposables, but you can sell your used Modern Cloth Nappies and even get something back!

I hate wasting money and I don’t like buying things that I just throw away. Cloth nappies may seem expensive in the beginning but when you add it all up it’s a much cheaper option.

Bec from Baby Chilli:

I know how much I have spent on nappies and don’t have to worry about finding $30 in the tough times when the nappy box is running low, I always have them on hand.
Kelleigh from Miracle Baby:
As for budget blowouts, it does cost a bit to buy the nappies to begin with, but imagine how much you would spend buying all of your disposable nappies up front. A lot more! A little spent at the start means fantastic savings in the long run. Plus, immediate relief on the grocery bill!
Peggy from Fluffy Bubs:
Cloth nappies are cost effective. Even considering the cost of water and energy (washing and drying), it still ends up cheaper in the long run.
Sasha of Green Kids:
I really loved the fact that I didn’t have to add expensive nappies to my trolley every week! I used to smile as I walked past the nappy section each week, knowing that I had an extra $30 or $40 to spend on other more fun things!
– Your Nappy Doulas –

This is part of a regular series of articles that offer you an insight into the beliefs, concerns, knowledge and wisdom of mums making and selling modern cloth nappies in Australia and New Zealand.

Discover More from Your Nappy Doulas…

3 Recommended Resources about Modern Nappies here at My Green Nappy:
  1. Modern Cloth Mini Trends
  2. My Nappy Style Windows
  3. The 100 Green Promise Nappies Initiative

A comment question to You about Nappy Blow-Outs… Tell us about an awkward nappy blow-out experience you have had with your baby…

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February 18, 2011

Special Offer: Mandy Mac All-In-One (aka the MacTropic) $25 + $2 postage!

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The shipment has arrived in the country, we are just waiting for it to clear customs!!! It’s better than Christmas here at Mandy Mac.

Don’t forget we have the special pre-order price of only $25 on the MacTropic and only $2 postage.

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July 12, 2010

How Do I Find Cheaper Modern Cloth Nappies on a Single Income Budget? 3 Strategies + ONE!

How do I find modern cloth nappies on a single income budget?

– You need to find cheaper cloth nappies in Australia or New Zealand without losing out on quality?

You certainly can get designer nappies on one income. Many young families spend at least some months on one income, so you can bet others have scratched their heads over finding the best deals to get great nappies without paying full retail prices. You need to know a few tricks to find great bargains and be in the loop for passing super specials to make the most of a limited income. This brief article will let you discover 3 tips used by mums on a single income to save even more money by using cloth nappies – and they will also help you find cheaper, high quality and even brand new modern cloth nappies.

3 Strategies for cutting your costs with modern cloth nappies: (+1)

1. Pre-loved Nappies are always on special

Babies grow out of nappies – often long before they are worn to such an extent that they can be composted (as many cloth nappies CAN be composted at the end of their useful lives and will bio degrade in about 6 months). There is a big trade in pre-loved cloth nappies – mums enjoy swapping, selling, trading as ways to start in cloth, try out new brands, see if a style suits their needs and just enjoy their cloth nappy addiction. Visit My Nappy Style Window for Secondhand Nappies to explore some retailers offering secondhand nappies.

2. Clearance Sales and Seconds Bargains

Clearance sales happen all the time on the sites of modern cloth nappy retailers – they are receivign new stock, and need to make room in their spare room or warehouse; they have only a few left in a style they are discontinuing – all sorts of reasons. Keep an eye out for fabulous bargains by visiting the sites on My Nappy Style Window for Clearances! Nappy Sales… Even the professionals make mistakes – and these ‘seconds’ mean you can benefit with a new nappy for less – often any technical glitches are just cosmetic and make no difference to the function of the nappy. Visit My Nappy Style Window for ‘Seconds’ Nappies…

3. Seek Specials for Newsletter subscribers!

Join newsletters of modern cloth nappy retailers for discount codes – some offer a perpetual discount for members, emailing you a special code to enter on checkout. Others have monthly specials, specials for celebrations, events and even on a whim to clear out stock! Visit your favourite retailers or retailers stocking your favourite brands and join their announcement list, newsletter list or mums club (as they are often called slightly different things). All will (should!) have an unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email so you can opt in or out of the lists as you need to – sometimes it is nice to scale back on emails until your bank balance perks up again, or you have a new bundle on the way to buy for. Following their blogs is another way you can be privvy to a special offer, an exclusive clearance, a timely auction or a regular nappy giveaway.

– and the Plus 1?

green-promise-nappies-logoWin in the many Modern Cloth Nappy Giveaways!

Here at My Green Nappy there are two ongoing giveaways – the Green Nappy Kit and the 100 Green Promise Nappies Initiative. As a member you are entitled to enter into any of these random draws simply by completing the entry requirements.

Join Facebook Fan pages and Twitter Lists to get the ‘heads up’ on modern cloth nappy giveaways – sites will run giveaways when they reach certain numbers of fans, to celebrate the birth of a child, in observation of a celebration – you have to ne in it to win it in these cases -a s they may be for fans only – and fans that are paying attention to the status updates! Twitter lists may have special limited time offers just for followers paying attention, I have even seen some retailers offer a discount code to their twitter followers. Cloth Nappy Enthusiast Blogs are a sure source of chances to win a nappy in a giveaway – and these are often new releases or there are other exclusive aspects to these draws.

The good news is that by discovering a few tricks you can actually help the modern cloth nappy retailers move excess stock as you save money! They get to stock their next edition, range or product line and you grab a brand new nappy at a lower cost = everyone wins!

Finding cloth nappies on a single income budget will be easier with these 3 tips. As a single income family, I am always on the lookout for these creative ways to get excellent quality at reasonable prices! What if you made it a goal to buy your next cloth nappy for less? What if you decide that the next nappy in your stash will be one that you WIN?

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May 7, 2010

How Do I Find Cheaper Modern Cloth Nappies? 3 Simple Tips…

How do I find cheaper modern cloth nappies?

– You need to find some cloth nappies that are cheaper than the recommended retail price?

Perhaps you are on a tight budget or want to ease into cloth nappies economically. This brief article will help you to get started in finding different sources for your cloth nappies. Yes, there are many ways for you to save money using modern cloth – or, I should say, even MORE money using modern cloth. Potentially, you can save thousands of dollars. This of course depends on what sort of nappies you use, how often, how many babies wear them and now – what you bought them for in the first place!

OK, Let’s look at 3 strategies to find brand new modern cloth nappies for less:

1. Seek out Super Sales on Seconds!

Find new nappies going cheaper for a variety of reasons – out-of-line stitching, wrong label, wrong colour… Every manufacturer will have some sort of an outlet for their seconds nappies – it may be on an auction site, on their main site, at local markets, simply by asking! Visit My Nappy Style Windows to browse the section listing retailers in Australia and New Zealand who have a section or shop for selling their ‘Seconds’ nappies. Do be sure to look at the fine print – as they are seconds, they may not be returnable, and are sold ‘as is’, though often the manufacturing fault is hardly noticeable and does not effect the function of the nappy. You will be told what the flaw is when considering the nappy.

2. Keep Your Eye Out for Fleeting Clearance Sales…

Retailers may have a new stocking coming in, or a few nappies from an old range or style that they want to ‘clear out’ to make way for the new arrivals. You can grab a fast and perhaps very discounted bargain! My Nappy Style Windows has a section specifically listing Modern Cloth Nappy Retailers with a ‘Clearance Sales’ section. You will need to keep an eye on them, so perhaps join their announcement list to be notified when these super specials are up for grabs.

3. Do Some Savvy Searching at Second Hand Marketplaces.

Yes – secondhand auctions and sales sites list new nappies as well – those that were the wrong size or colour, excess in a stash – all sorts of reasons – and you can grab them at reduced prices in the secondharnd market. Remember – they ARE moving to their second home, so be sure you know what they nappy sells for new, and negotiate or cap your bids accordingly. Used Nappies has a category for heavily discounted new nappies, with at least 30% off the retail price. This site lists the Recommended Retail Price (RRP) – it is ALWAYS smart to know what the nappy is going for new, so that you can spot a bargain, or negotiate on the price knowledgeably.

Finding modern cloth nappies cheaper will be a breeze following these 3 helpful tips. You’ll be able to get a killer stash for much less with a little clever hunting around and clicking with your mouse. Sometimes, every little bit helps, and that is a common time when we have little ones in the nappy stage. ENJOY hunting for the best bargains you can find, and feel proud when you do! Other articles on My Green Nappy will have other tips for finding nappies at the best prices, and have a look through the other resources and see what you can find.

Your Frugal Challenge:

What if you picked a style or brand of nappy you want to get, then spend the next week tracking down cheaper sources for that nappy? Set a price and seek it out!

The Mission of My Green Nappy is to encourage and help every parent down under to have at least ONE ‘green’ nappy in their baby’s wardrobe, knowing that whenever the baby wears it, one less disposable nappy will be heading off to landfill…

3 More relevant resources at My Green Nappy:

1. Modern Cloth Nappies on a Budget: 3 Cost Cutting Strategies…

2. Where you can look for quality secondhand cloth nappies.

3.You can save by purchasing though My Nappy Style Window for Bulk Packs or Value Bundles of Modern Cloth Nappies.

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