Early into our parenting Josh and I wrote a blog post about the various kinds of diapers and our opinions on them. We are, of course, on a tight budget, but know that with diapers you always want to get ones that will hold in the mess! We found that Luvs diapers, while still name-brand, were cheaper than Huggies or Pampers, even after coupons, and offered a better value and fit than most store-brands. If all diapers were the same price, we’d probably choose Pampers.
Luvs diapers however, has also proved to have pretty good customer service. After we got an entire box of diapers that had faulty tabs on about 1/3 of them (they would pull completely off when trying to put them on!) we called the company and they sent us high value coupons towards our future purchases of Luvs. They also have the Leak Guard Guarantee, which we haven’t used, but I’m sure they would be great about giving you your refund.
Anyways, after Josh and I had written about our sampling of various diapers, a friend commented on that post and told me that her sister who has triplets was using Amazon Mom. I looked into and since then Josh and I fell in love! The Amazon Mom program sold diapers for the cheapest I had seen them! You signed up for automatic shipments, with free shipping, and got an extra discount for doing so, plus received free Amazon Prime Membership – meaning you could get Free 2-day shipping on millions of other products on Amazon.com. You received additional months of membership for every $25 you spent in one transaction, which is pretty much one box of diapers. It was a sweet program. We also started ordering wipes and diaper pail refills as well, saving us even more money on such things.
When we began using Amazon Mom in February of 2011 we got a 204 count box of Luvs Diapers for $24.18. That means per diaper we were spending $0.1185 per diaper, or about 12 cents a diaper. The non Amazon Mom cost was $34.54 per box. It was a savings of 30%!
But in April 2011 the price of the diapers went up to $35.23 without Amazon Mom, $24.66 with, or about $0.12088 a diaper but still 12 cents each.
Fortunately in May 2011 the price of the diapers went down to $31.71 without, and $22.20 with the Amazon Mom membership, or about $0.1088 or 11 cents a diaper. Sweet!
In June the diaper count per box went from 204 per box to 234 per box, size 3. It cost $37.99 now without, and $26.59 with Amazon Mom, or $0.1136 but still only 11 cents a diaper.
In September we bumped the girls up to a size 4 diaper (which is always more per diaper). The box had 204 diapers but still cost the same $37.99 without, and $26.59 with Amazon Mom subscribe and save option. It now cost $0.1303 or 13 cents a diaper.
However, in October the prices jumped again. This time to $39.97 a box without, and $31.98 with Amazon Mom, or $.15676 or 15 cents a diaper. If you do the math you will also see that the discount was no longer 30% off, but 20%.
But, in November, the prices dropped down to $37.99 a box without, and $30.39 with Amazon Mom, or $.14897 or 15 cents a diaper, but again, not the promised 30% off when I originally signed up.
Yesterday Amazon announced that they are making some changes to their Amazon Mom program, changes most people are not embracing. I received the following e-mail:
Dear Katelyn Fagan,
The Amazon Mom program is changing in 2012 and we want to make sure you know about it. Some of these changes affect your membership. Here’s how:
- Starting on January 24, 2012, the maximum discount available on diapers and wipes subscriptions will be 20%. This includes a 5% Subscribe & Save discount plus an additional 15% exclusively for Amazon Mom members who are earning free shipping benefits or have an active Amazon Prime membership.
- Customers who join Amazon Mom in 2012 will get three months of FREE Two-Day Shipping benefits. However, as a founding member of the Amazon Mom program, you were eligible to earn up to one year total of free shipping benefits. (Note: you have already earned the maximum amount of extensions, and your free shipping benefits will end on January 24, 2012.) Once the initial free period is over, customers can join Amazon Prime to continue to receive full access to Amazon Mom and Amazon Prime benefits.
To continue receiving the Amazon Mom diapers and wipes discount once your free shipping benefits end, you can join Amazon Prime for $79/year. As a Prime member you’ll receive:
- 20% off diapers and wipes subscriptions with Amazon Mom and Subscribe & Save.
- FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items.
- Unlimited instant streaming of thousands of videos with a wide range of content for the whole family, including Sesame Street and Phineas and Ferb.
- A Kindle book to borrow for free each month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
- Membership sharing benefits: invite up to four household members to share your shipping benefits for free.
Please note, if you cancel your Amazon Mom membership before January 24, you will lose the additional 15% Amazon Mom discount on diapers and wipes subscriptions, though you will maintain the existing base Subscribe & Save discount. You will also lose all shipping benefits associated with your Amazon Mom free period.
The Amazon Mom team
As I have just pointed out, they were already only giving me a 20% discount on diapers! I am thankful I was apparently one of the first to join the program and technically earned 39 months of Prime Member Benefits, though now I can only continue to enjoy prime shipping on items at Amazon for the rest of the month, or one year of benefits. Fortunately we have previously introduced the potty to our girls and hope to actually potty train them in the upcoming months. I am not happy to hear that I am losing my prime member benefits unless I pay $80 a year. Josh and I haven’t ordered that much off of Amazon this past year or two other than baby supplies, so to pay $80 for free shipping and some streaming movies (we don’t have a kindle so that’s out), doesn’t seem quite worth it.
If I were to compare Amazon Mom to diapers.com, the other on-line diaper seller, I would currently find a 204 count box of Luvs size 4 diapers for $42.99, with a $5 discount (but I would get an extra $10 off for being a new customer) for $37.99 a box going forward, or $.1862 or 19 cents a diaper. I do know that at times diapers.com has offered special deals, like so much cash back each purchase however. But, 19 cents a diaper or 15 cents a diaper? I’ll choose the 15.
I haven’t priced diapers at supermarkets or department stores in forever, but I bet 20% will still be the best price, so I guess I’ll stick with Amazon Mom. It’s super convenient and the box is bigger than I usually find in stores too.
What have your feelings been about all the changes going on with the Amazon Mom program? Have you ever used it? Or where do you buy your diapers?
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