So maybe the big ad in the coupon section of the paper this weekend caught your eye. You know, the one for BabiesRUs where if you buy 2 value boxes of Pampers diapers, you get a $20 gift card. (Good Saturday, March 20th ONLY). Sounds like a good deal right? Well, some simple research and math can tell you whether this is truly a great deal or not.
Value boxes of Pampers are $40.99 - so if you buy 2 you are starting at $81.98
Well, they are giving you a $20 gift card, so to make yourself feel better, I'll subtract that from our total. You are now looking at $61.98.
Ok, and if you get the newspaper or know someone that does, hopefully you can scrounge up 2 $2 off Pampers cruisers coupons - that brings us to $57.98
Well, you can also go over here and print off 2 coupons for $5 off any Pampers value box (I'm not sure if they will take 2 of these or any of these at all because of the gift card promo, but let's just say best case scenario they will): that brings us to $47.98 for 2 value boxes!
Now, let's break that down:
Cruisers size 3 (160 per box) = $0.15 per diaper
Cruisers size 4 (140 per box) = $0.17 per diaper
Cruisers size 5 (124 per box) = $0.19 per diaper
(Now, if they don't take the 2 $5 coupons - your cost will look like this instead:
size 3 = $0.18 per diaper
size 4 = $0.21 per diaper
size 5 = $0.23 per diaper
*Ok, so now the truth comes out - first time I did the math I messed up so this looked like a horrible deal, but now it isn't looking so bad. Here's my general rule of diapers: (from the who cares dept.):
- I will not spend more than $0.20 per diaper (unless we are stranded somewhere diaperless or some other desperate situation)
- I generally get diapers for around $0.15 per diaper (this is buying the smallest packs - or Jumbo as they call them) - your $2 coupon goes a lot further on a $8.99 pkg of diapers than a $20 pkg!
- Sometimes I can find deals where I get diapers for less than $0.10 per diaper - this is when I stock up like a mad woman!!
Another thing: Next week CVS is going to have a deal on Pampers diapers where if you buy a jumbo pack for $8.97 you will get $3 in Extra Care Bucks (to use towards a future CVS purchase - maybe more diapers?) - and if you add in your $2 coupon from the paper - it is like you are getting them for $3.97 - that equals out to around $0.13 per diaper (more/less depending on size)
So here's my take on the BabiesRUs diaper deal:
If you are going to be out and about - might as well stop by. I have a feeling that it is going to be mad chaos like black Friday shopping - so if you are like me, you may not think it's worth fighting for. The prices seem to be pretty good for Pampers, so if you are a "brand snob" (heard the term somewhere else and thought it was funny) - but if you are a Pampers only fan - it might be a good deal for you. I get whatever is cheap, so the crowds aren't really worth it for me - plus, I like to space out my spending on diapers to a $4-5 trip every few weeks rather than drop $50 at one store - that's just me and my budgeting though. Also, if you are needing to desperately stock up - might be worth it since you have to be willing to shop around for diaper deals. Anyways, just putting it all out there for you to make your decision!