You can win, child: Save money on diapers and avoid leaks

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By Lauren Floyd, Honeycomb Moms

I'm just going to say it. We're pretty great. Not only are the Honeycomb moms gifting you our best tips for saving money on diapers, but we've done a pretty crafty evaluation of how popular brands hold up to the generics on leaks. 

After all, we're not talking about generic Oreos. Effectiveness matters when it comes to diapers. Who wants to make changing pee-soaked sheets part of her daily routine? Not I.

So, first we evaluated costs of disposable diapers at eight stores — Aldi's, BJ's Wholesale Club, Costco Wholesale, CVS, Sam's Club, Target, Walgreens and Walmart. I won't make you wait for it. The wholesale stores, Sam's Club specifically, fared much better and more consistently with price, meaning you can likely get a decent price even without collecting coupons and hopping on promotional deals.

Our next step in this divine diaper review was to evaluate different brands of diapers for leaks. We wanted to go a step further than just listing our own experiences, so we used reviews from the Sam's Club website to be a bit more systematic.  

Will I get more leaks with generic diapers?

Unfortunately, our snapshot revealed what you may have suspected all along. More expensive diapers yielded fewer leaks.

To get to this conclusion, we determined a leak rate for popular diaper brands that Sam's Club provides. We did it by dividing the number of people who reported leaks with diapers on the Sam's Club website by the total number of site reviewers who mentioned leaks at all, whether to say their children did or didn't experience them.

Bulk buys at Sam’s Club get you a cost of 22 cents a unit for Pampers Swaddlers, 11 cents a unit for Luvs Ultra Leakguards, 14 cents a unit for the generic brand, Member’s Mark, and 20 cents a unit for Huggies Little Snugglers.  

We found that while only 8 percent of reviewers who talked about leaks reported getting them with Pampers Swaddlers; 54 percent reported leaks with Luvs Ultra Leakguards, 46 percent reported leaks with Member’s Mark diapers and 30 percent reported leaks with Huggies Little Snugglers. 

Great, more money gets you better quality, but I'm sure you're thinking, there has to be a way around this. At least, you should be thinking that, and the good news is there is a way around it. In fact, there are five.

5 tips for skipping the leaks and saving on cost