I went to visit a friend last week, who had a baby just a few weeks after our son was born. We get together periodically to bond over our mom stories, and always have a good time. Right after my friend changed her daughter’s diaper (while the baby was still on the changing table) we heard the unmistakable sounds of baby poop. Sure enough, the diaper that had been on for all of about four seconds was rapidly filling up and ready to come off. We laughed at the timing, and my friend got out another diaper and changed her daughter. And it struck me that I have one more reason to be glad I use cloth diapers. I wash diapers every two days. I have enough diapers to last a little longer than that, but every two days keeps me on a good schedule and keeps the diaper pail from overflowing. I do a load of diapers every other day, but it doesn’t matter how many diapers are in the load. If there are a few extra, so be it – I spend the same amount of money and time to wash 20 diapers as I do to wash 22. But if we were using disposable diapers, we’d have to pay for every single diaper, and a diaper that is only on the baby for five seconds costs as much as one that the baby wears for two hours. I’m glad that I don’t ever have to think about the cost of a diaper (or be bummed about having to toss a diaper that only got worn for a minute or two).
Changing the subject away from poopy diapers, here’s what’s new in the Frugal Blog Network:
Almost Frugal shares some random financial things about herself.
Frugal Zeitgeist writes about talking to your parents about money.
Tight Fisted Miser discusses the possibility of getting rid of his car.
Not Made Of Money reminds us of the financial steps we need to take before the end of the year.
The Frugal Duchess shares some good news for parents: no cost colleges.
Have a wonderful frugal week!