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Old 01-26-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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How much have you spent on cloth diapers?

I know a lot of people start doing cloth diapers to save money (I did!) but then the addiction sets in and you have. to. try. everything! How much have to spent on your stash?

ETA: Do you include accessories in your total?
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:38 PM   #2
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Oh, I don't even want to think about it. Over 2 years, probably $2k-2500 easy. At least I've managed to sell off most of it, but I bought everything new.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:39 PM   #3
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Oh, I don't even want to think about it. Over 2 years, probably $2k-2500 easy. At least I've managed to sell off most of it, but I bought everything new.
Did you get sucked into the have to try everything like I did?
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Oh gosh, I wouldn't know. I haven't bought anything since last summer though.
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Did you get sucked into the have to try everything like I did?
Not exactly, but I did try several different brands/styles, esp. in NB size. I sold all my NB and size smalls for over $400, so that must've been a big investment new. Then I did size 2, OS, mediums, larges, AIOs, fitteds, AI2s, night time diaps, pockets and a few prefolds. I have sold off most of my stash to buy trainers, on which I have spent $300 already. So, my estimate could be high, but I know it must be a lot, close to $2k anyway. This is my last baby and 1st to CD, so I wanted to experience the full range of choices.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:41 PM   #6
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To the best of my records we have spent $1500. I didn't keep track of how much I sold stuff for so my estimate based on what I have sold is about $300. I have kept some for #2 as well. Thing like med and infant prefolds, swim diaps, one set of BG for night time I have to reuse (i am refreshing as we speak!). And other inserts and what not.

I didn't have the addiction you speak of, but we did do velcro that I wasn't repairing so I had to replace velcro covers about yearly (grovia ug). My son daytime PL at 2.5 years. We have been struggling big time finding a nighttime trainer for him that works and that has really cost us alot lately (a couple hundred of that honestly, ug). Oh I also prefer to buy new. I have mostly bought FSOT when people are selling stuff they didn't end up using

Our stash primarily has been:
- newborn: KL0, thirties duo covers with inserts
- sm: gDiapers cloth inserts & prefolds with the covers above
- med: gDiapers & GroVia & prefolds with bummis
- Lg: GroVia & bummis covers with prefolds
- nightime: BG 3.0/4.0 with mf and Jb hemp
- boy boy trainers: ??
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:41 PM   #7
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Re: How much have you spent on cloth diapers?

Probably about $650 and those lasted through all three kids. I stuck with what worked, and I saved tons of money. If I get blessed with a fourth child I have a list of new things I'd like to try, so I plan to spend a bit more this time.
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Spent so far a bit under $500.00 not to bad but sad as this is my last child but I am keeping them in great condition hoping
my daughter will use them on her next baby if not i will sell. So I'm sure I will get something back for them. But I don't really care about the money part just happy to have no rashes.
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Re: How much have you spent on cloth diapers?

There is absolutely no way for me to know. When I first started out - 22 years ago - it was chump change. With the next baby it grew a little. The next child was all prefolds & aristocrats, still pretty minimal. THEN, I found the internet & diaper forums. And 10 years agoI had my 4th child. And she had El Bees & Swaddlebees & Fuzbaby & BizzyB's and on & on. (I know there are many of you who have NO CLUE what some of these diapers are! LOL), the next baby I didn't go quite as crazy, but still spent a load. My 6th baby didn't have fancy diapers, but had some sweet wool. And now I am spending crazy amounts on diapers again.

The other day I tried to tell my dh straight faced that I cloth diapered to save $. I am not good at "lying" in general, so my straight face had him seriously confused. he was all - no... you do it to keep chemicals off of the babies. right. no?!? How are you saving money?!? really???!!!

LOL. I actually convinced him I had saved us $! LOL!

(and for the record - I feel really,really stupid for the amount I have spent on diapers & wool. Its stupid & I was falling into it again. I'm selling all but my basic diapers & stopping myself from going insane on wool. It truly is $ down the drain. Even if you have $ to burn, what is the point? People go hungry in our world while I waste $ on fancy poop catchers! sigh....)
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There is absolutely no way for me to know. When I first started out - 22 years ago - it was chump change. With the next baby it grew a little. The next child was all prefolds & aristocrats, still pretty minimal. THEN, I found the internet & diaper forums. And 10 years agoI had my 4th child. And she had El Bees & Swaddlebees & Fuzbaby & BizzyB's and on & on. (I know there are many of you who have NO CLUE what some of these diapers are! LOL), the next baby I didn't go quite as crazy, but still spent a load. My 6th baby didn't have fancy diapers, but had some sweet wool. And now I am spending crazy amounts on diapers again.

The other day I tried to tell my dh straight faced that I cloth diapered to save $. I am not good at "lying" in general, so my straight face had him seriously confused. he was all - no... you do it to keep chemicals off of the babies. right. no?!? How are you saving money?!? really???!!!

LOL. I actually convinced him I had saved us $! LOL!

(and for the record - I feel really,really stupid for the amount I have spent on diapers & wool. Its stupid & I was falling into it again. I'm selling all but my basic diapers & stopping myself from going insane on wool. It truly is $ down the drain. Even if you have $ to burn, what is the point? People go hungry in our world while I waste $ on fancy poop catchers! sigh....)
This is very much like me. I figure I probably saved with my 1st and 2nd who are almost 9 and almost 7. My 3rd I probably spent about the same maybe a little more than high end disposables because we got into Goodmamas and a major wool obsession, but was able to recoup most that money because stuff sold really well back then. #4 (now PLed) had a stash that paid for itself after selling everything except about $300 from birth to potty, but that was mostly flats, prefolds and Flips with a few BGEs. I went overboard trying to solve #5's skin problems in cloth and have wasted probably around 400 out of pocket (not including gifted items) yet he has spent at least 6 months mostly in disposables because of his eczema. He is 17mo so we probably broke even compared to disposables after washing costs for his first year when we actually CDed full time. My numbers are AFTER selling so total purchases for 5 kids before that I don't want to think of.

I totally agree about the last part! It really is such a strange addiction and honestly I don't know much I feel comfortable hanging out here these days when it seems throwing away money on huge big stashes is pretty much considered normal. I remember people buying nice fluff back in the day but I don't remember such a strong trend towards most people having excessive stashes. I think the group dynamic has really sucked a lot of mamas in that really truly need to be saving money not collecting. JMHO.

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