The dollars saved from using a cloth diaper instead of disposable diapers for babies is about $35-$80 a month, $420-$1020 a year! This comes out to savings that amount to over $2000 over the lifespan of the infant. (link)
$80 a month may seem like a lot of money to some people. To others, $80 is an insignificant amount of money. The real value of a dollar is determined by everyone’s individual wealth level.
For a frugal person, $80 could possibly feed him for a couple of weeks. On the other hand, some people may spend $80 or more in a night to have dinner, drinks, and entertainment.
Personally, I think that $80 is a huge sum of money that could possibly buy me a whole week’s worth of groceries. I care A LOT about a sum of money that would able to feed me for a week if spent wisely.
Over this past weekend, I was hanging out with some friends and brought up the concept of using cloth diapers instead of the widely used disposable diapers. Neither I nor my friends have children, but the hypothetical situation of dealing with sh*t all day to save a few bucks was met with much controversy.
How Much Do You Care About $80?
It seems quite obvious to the frugal money saver that cloth diapers are a no-brainer. Why don’t more people in 1st world countries simply use a cloth diaper instead of disposable diapers? Before the invention of disposable diapers, humans seemed to be getting along just fine.
Besides the obvious reasons of not wanting to clean up your child’s mess, there are very few excuses that can justify why we should use disposable diapers over cloth diapers. Cloth diapers help the environment and been proven to reduce diaper rash.
Cloth diapers are cheap, reusable, and requires just a few minutes a day to clean. Seriously, here is the link on Amazon for cloth diapers where you can purchase a 10 pack for only $12!
Why don’t more families that are struggling to make ends meet use cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers?
The answer is obvious. No one is willing to put in the effort to clean up after their child’s mess just to save just a few dollars a day. People are unwilling to put in the effort to solve a problem if they can simply buy the solution. Instead of fixing a leaky pipe, we call the plumber. Instead of cooking food, we order food on Seamless. Instead of cleaning a piece of cloth for our baby to wear, we buy the convenient disposable counterpart.
Why can’t we learn to fix a leaky pipe by reading a book or watching a YouTube video? Why can’t we simply plan ahead and cook an affordable delicious meal at home instead of outsourcing our cooking to restaurants? Why can’t we clean and reuse cloth diapers instead of litter landfills with thousands of disposable diapers? The answer is that we can do all of these things if we put in the effort.
If you aren’t willing to deal with a little bit of metaphorical (or actual) sh*t, then you will never be able to retire early or become financially independent at a young age.
Of course, I am choosing the most dramatic lifestyle change I can think of in order to draw a point. Exiting the ‘Rat Race’ is considered a fantasy for so many workers today. My point is that this dream of ‘Financial Independence’ can be a reality if people decide to make the right changes in life. These changes in life may seem like a ‘sacrifice’, but I promise that over time any change will be as natural as breathing air.
What lifestyle changes can you make today that will start saving big money over time?
P.S. Seriously, tell me. I would love to hear how other people save money.