With a fresh new year just around the corner, you might have started thinking about your new year goals. If saving money is on the list, switching from disposable to reusable nappies will be a huge support for this goal. Cloth nappies can save parents over $1200 during their child’s time in nappies – more if the nappies are used on multiple children – which is not an insignificant amount and can really help to kick-start any financial goals you’re working towards.
One of the best ways to ensure you’ll stick with a financial goal is to envision what you’ll do with the savings.
$1200 in savings will look different for everyone, but it might translate to a family holiday, 6 months worth of fuel, several months of groceries, a substantial chunk off your mortgage or music and swimming lessons for your kids.
So, just as you would with any other financial goal, figure out what you’ll do with those “nappy savings”, write it down and keep it above your washing machine or at the change table to remind you of why you’re putting in that 10 minutes a day to wash and reuse nappies rather than throwing them away.
Obviously, starting with a full stash from the beginning will save you more in the long run, but if you can’t quite manage a full stash to start, just invest in half a dozen nappies and start there. After a few weeks of keeping aside the money you would have otherwise spent on disposables, you can invest in a few more cloth nappies, and keep going until you’re able to commit to full time reusable nappy use.
The great thing about starting cloth nappies in summer is that you can definitely get by on a few less as they’ll dry so quickly.
What are you waiting for? Kick-start your new year financial goals with a cloth nappy journey that has so many benefits beyond just the bank balance.
When uncertain economic times hit, the family budget often needs to be rejigged and if you've got babies in the house, one thing that can help is to make the switch to reusables.