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How to Save Money on Diapers and Other Household Items

 


Step 1)  Sign up for Amazon Mom (discount on diapers).

Step 2)  Utilize Amazon Subscribe and Save (additional discounts). 

  • I love Amazon Mom and Amazon Subscribe and Save because these two programs combine to make the perfect Just-In-Time supply chain inventory system for your household (supply chain management synergy at its finest).  
  • Amazon Mom members receive 15% off of diaper orders.  
  • Amazon’s Subscribe and Save products provide a 5% discount off of all eligible products (e.g., toothpastes, deodorants, Diaper Genie refills, etc.). 
  • For diapers, this adds up to 20% off per pack of diapers! This is huge, especially considering that the diapers are delivered to your very own front door! 
Price Discounts With Amazon Mom and Amazon Subscribe and Save

Example:  We buy “Pampers – Overnight Extra Protection Diapers Super Pack” for our toddler.  Here is the pricing summary for buying these diapers through Amazon and Wal-Mart (as of January 2013):
  • Amazon Regular Price (including delivery) =  $28.99.
  • Amazon Price With Amazon Mom Membership + Amazon Subscribe and Save (including delivery to your front door) = $23.19 (20% off Amazon Price)
  • Wal-Mart In-Store Price (Wal-Mart pricing used for price comparison purposes) = $24.94 
  • Savings = at least $1.75 Per Diaper Pack
After doing the math, you see that with Amazon Mom and Amazon Subscribe and Save, you save at least $1.75 per pack of diapers through Amazon.com, AND the diapers are delivered to your front doorstep.

Screenshot of My Amazon 
Account Diaper Order

 

Important Notes About Amazon Subscribe and Save:
  • With Amazon Subscribe and Save, you get to choose the delivery frequency of the products that you subscribe to (for example: do you need deodorant twice a month, or once a month?…you get to decide).  
  • We use Amazon Subscribe and Save for our Diaper Genie Refills (3-Pack) and it shows up at our front door every 2-months.  It’s amazing.   Our entire household uses it for deodorant  toothpaste, hair products, etc.  I have my favorite makeup face powder sent to me monthly.
  • Subscribe and Save items will also save you from the pain of actually remembering to buy these items when you’re at the store.  Running out of deodorant or diapers is never a good thing.  This helps prevent that.     

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Break a Bad Habit by Changing Your Password


Create Passwords That Help You Break a Bad Habit

Have a bad habit that you want to quit?  I read an article on Lifehacker.com that suggests an idea how helping you quit a bad habit by generating passwords that reinforce that idea.  The idea is that you reinforce an idea in your brain through repetitive typing.  Most people type in passwords for their various online and computer accounts (bank, email, computer login, etc.)  multiple times a day; so if you create a password that has a personal goal of yours built into it somehow, then this can help you to quit a bad habit by reinforcing that idea in your brain through repetitive typing.  

So, instead of making a password such as “baseball1234 or using your previous telephone number as your password (which is a terrible idea), consider making your password something that can help reinforce breaking a bad habit; the example that Lifehacker uses is “Iwillquit$smoking.”

Here are some of my ideas for passwords that I should create for myself but won’t because that would be stupid seeing as I this is a public post:  

  • “Iwill$tartworkingout”
  • “Iwillstopusingthepacknplayasalaundryhamper”
  • “I-will-stop-eating-pecan-bar$-for-dinner”
  • “I-will-stop-wearing-my-maternity-pants-to-work-because-my-child-I-am-not-pregnant-and-my-child-is-almost-2-years-old”
  • “Iwillstopwastingmoneyoncrappytupperwarecontainers”
  • “I-will-stop-blaming-my-tiredness-on-my-newborn-because-my-child-is-2-years-old-and-I-am-actually-tired-because-I-play-on-Pinterest-until-1-AM” 

Realistically, I probably won’t give up wearing my maternity pants.  I love comfy pants way too much (see My Love Letter to Yoga Pants for more on that).

“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”   – Benjamin Franklin

(uh oh)

What are your bad habits?

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This Post Inspired by: Source: http://lifehacker.com/audible-newspapers-yahoo-weather-and-yard-lights-493214717

Mommy Hack – Matching Socks and Laundry Time

 


Mommy Hack:  Standardize Your Socks and Eliminate the Pain of Sock-Matching On Laundry Day

Buy a bunch of the same exact sock type to prevent the pain of matching socks.  (I had to save up my money for a couple months, but it was worth it).  Do this for your kids as well.  I’m sure  that you’ve heard of this hack before, but I am here to personally endorse this.  Thank you, Pinterest.  If you only wear a small variety of sock types – for example, ankle socks, crew cut, black/white, etc., then get a tub for each type of sock.  I have a tub in my closet for my (a) black work socks, (b) white socks, and (c) dress shoe socks.  I never have to match my socks when doing laundry, and the only sorting that I have to do is separate the socks into the three bins.  You can find great sock-bins in the Dollar Aisle at Target.

This is the greatest thing that I have done for myself lately.  It’s changed my laundry life.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I still use my Pack N Play as my laundry bin (see the post My Pack N Play Confessions for more on that),  but this little mommy hack has helped a lot when it comes to sorting laundry for my daughter and me.

It’s your turn!
What “hack” do you use that 
makes your daily chores easier? 

Share it with us by commenting on this post!