Making It In Diapers Without Amazon

We were big fans of the Amazon Mom program when it first came out.  When it first debuted, you got 30% off diapers and free shipping, plus a year of Prime benefits.

It was pure awesome.

I kind of figured that it might be too good to be true, and sure enough, it was.  They cut the discount from 30% to 20%, then they rolled out the kicker: To get that, you had to pay $79 in Amazon Prime membership.  If you didn’t subscribe to Prime, you got a measly 5%.

We went back and forth on whether to subscribe or not.  It was really nice getting anything we ordered in two days, and the diaper discounts were nice.

In the end, we decided against the membership.  At first, there was a withdrawal period.  Instead of just having diapers show up at our door, we had to go get them.  Instead of having anything we need in two days, we had to either wait for it (and sometimes scramble to hit the $25 minimum on Free Super Saver shipping) or go get it ourselves.

In the end, though, we’ve managed just fine.

My wife always seems to find diaper deals at either Target or Meijer, where they’ll have an in-store coupon that they will allow you to combine with a manufacturers coupon, plus sometimes they’ll do a deal where if you buy a couple of packs, you get a gift card that you can use on your next order.  We might be paying slightly more for diapers than we would have with Amazon, but when you factor the additional $79 that Amazon would have wanted, I think we’re at least breaking even.

It also helps that our little boy is potty trained which as cut his diaper consumption down quite a bit (he still gets a diaper during nap and overnight).

And, if buying stuff got a little less convenient, well that’s OK too.  It probably saves us money on buying stuff that we might not otherwise buy.

It was a nervous couple of weeks when Amazon first announced that they were effectively curbing the Amazon Mom program for us, but after we settled in, we realized that we are doing just fine.

At some point, Prime might be worth it if we look for the streaming movies and TV shows it gets you, but with summer coming up, camping trips planned, and a 10-month old that looks ready to walk within the next few weeks, well let’s just say that we have plenty to keep us entertained!

Any parents out there affected by the Amazon Mom changes earlier this year?  How did you handle it and what changes has it meant for you?

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8 thoughts on “Making It In Diapers Without Amazon

  1. It’s great that you were able to crunch numbers and realize that the new version of the program might not be worth it. So many people see a “deal” and sign up without a second though… because it’s a DEAL.. so it must be good, right?

    • Oh, when I saw that you were ‘required’ to buy a Prime membership the first thing I did was crunch numbers. Truthfully, it was close to being worth it, and if we used the streaming video, we definitely would have made up the difference, but that would have cost us money, and honestly, it was really just kind of insulting, so feelings play a big part in our decision.

  2. I’ve been buying diapers for the past 8 years. As soon as one kid was ready to get out of them we had another baby and started the whole process over again. Now that my youngest is 2 1/2 the end is in sight and I can finally imagine a diaper free household!

    • That’ll be a relief. It’d be interesting had you tracked the average diaper cost as well as other things like the number of diapers you get, the quality of diapers. Though some would say a diaper is a diaper, I’m sure a lot has changed throughout those eight years.

  3. Thanks for your 2 posts on this, I just had my Amazon Mom account canceled (explained below) and went Googling for some shared grief over the 2012 policy.

    We were in love with Amazon Mom to get Seventh Generation diapers for our first son, and like you we were grandfathered in when they made the 2011 changes and kept the 30%. I had multiple Amazon accounts for one reason or another, so when I got the notice in January, I signed up for Amazon Mom on my other account and it got me another few months of savings.

    Last week our 2nd son was born, and I just received a letter for Amazon essentially saying I’m violating their policy of “one per household” and they’re going to cancel my Amazon Mom membership. I quickly put in another order for 5 cases to stock up a bit and give us time to find an alternative.

    Any recommendations for getting cheap(er) Seventh Generation diapers? Most of the larger-brand companies can be found at Costco or BJs for close-to-Amazon prices, but not 7gen. Since they’re more expensive in general, it would only take me 6.5 months’ worth of diapers to justify the extra $79, but like you I’m so dissatisfied with how Amazon handled this that I’d rather not reward them for it. It’s sad when such an amazing company with great customer service takes a fall like this. The beginning of the end, my friend.

    • I checked and from there was able to learn that Kids.Woot.Com has had them as their deal-of-the-day approximately once per month for the last few months. You might get lucky and be able to order some from there if that were to continue. From what people said on Slickdeals, it is generally around the same pricing as what you could get from Amazon. seems to have them, so do the stores carry them? Not sure how the prices stack up.

      Be aware that is owned by Amazon, so if you’re avoiding Amazon, avoid too.

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