Being the money-scrimping student that I am, I figured out long ago that I could probably save a lot of money on diapers if I bought in bulk.
My favourite diaper is the Tena Slip Super. It is super comfy in that it has just the right fit, is cloth-backed, and has the right amount of absorbency for an overnighter. So I’ve been on the lookout for deals on it, as well as its cousin the Tena Slip Plus. On an ordinary day I’d usually have to fork out $14.15 for a pack of 10 diapers, which corresponds to $1.41 per diaper.
There are some periods where there are discounts available on these usual TSS packs, and I’d be able to get them for about $12 per pack of 10. Still, it was much higher than a TSP diaper which clocked in at about 93c per diaper.
Then, I had the 28 pack TSS haul back in March. That one I got for $29.95, or $1.07 per diaper. I thought it was a significant price drop . But I was put off by having to lug it over to my university room without a way to conceal it. Here’s a recap on my thoughts there.
With the price being very high, I had to settle on using TSPs, which were having their own set of promotions which meant lower prices. But I kept looking out for discounted prices, and I knew that online sites had several of them. Lazada and Carousell had some great steals. Carousell in particular had several bargains, especially on case purchases.
But how on earth would I bring a case of diapers on public transport? There was no point taking a taxi all the way to my university, it’s about $30. And no way was I going to Uberpool or GrabHitch, the driver would know my identity. Nope, I had to borrow my dad’s car, on a one-off trip to school, during the holidays. And so I waited.
Months after I first saw the ad on Carousell, I arranged to deal with that seller. The ad didn’t say anything about stocks running out or stuff, and no weird questions were asked by the seller except for a small request to deal again in the future.
Quickly, I drove over to my school, dragged the box with a huge Tena logo up to my room, dumped it in a corner and ran off for my meeting. It only was later in the evening that I was able to relish my savings; I had gotten a case of 6 packs of 10 Tena Slip Supers for $50. That’s 83c per diaper!
Admittedly it’s way more expensive than an equivalent case of plastic-backed diapers like the Tena Value, but I felt like I really saved quite a bit of money. This case also had the distinction of being my largest ever haul of diapers, at 60 pieces in one go!