A lot of parents share Amazon Mom (totally discriminatory/sexist, but that’s not the point) as a source for diaper deals. Amazon boasts that its prices are 20% cheaper than in-store diaper purchases. Right now, people are sharing Amazon’s $25 gift card bonus as an opportunity to get “free diapers” (it’s not, BTW, if you like diapers that actually work). But, will signing up for Amazon Prime (necessary to be a member of Amazon Mom) really save you money in the long run?
The short answer: no.
Here’s the problem: signing up for Amazon Prime is expensive. $79/year. Although it’s tempting to sign up for the 20% off diapers, in order for the “discount” to pay off, you need to spend $395/year on diapers to break even with Amazon Prime & 20% off. You cannot use coupons for Amazon, and, frankly, if you’re spending $25/month on a package of diapers, that’s only $300/year, making Amazon Prime + Amazon Mom a total rip off.
Many parents sign up for the three month free trial of Amazon Prime, and say, “I’ll cancel it before it expires.” Ok, sure. If you do this and take advantage of the lower priced diapers, then, yes, theoretically buying diapers from Amazon can save you money. However, let’s be honest: you have an infant, and you can’t even remember where you put your keys down. You’re not going to remember to cancel a subscription three months later. So, don’t put yourself in that position. Also, if you’re forgetting to cancel subscriptions, you’re probably also forgetting to purchase diapers online. An automated system is not ideal, because babies grow quickly and may need a different size sooner than anticipated. Also, your baby might not be using as many diapers, meaning you need smaller packages.
Another point thing: if you forget to order diapers before you run out, you’ll end up having to purchase diapers at the store anyway. Because, honestly, you’re not going to let your baby be naked until a shipment arrives. Have you heard of a shitsplosion? Yeah, you don’t want that to happen diaperless.
So, how do you save money on diapers, anyway? I’ll be posting an article on this later. Stay tuned.