One thing that amazes me is how quickly children grow. Our newest daughter is almost six weeks old, and she is growing much faster than our first daughter did. We’ve already retired her first set of clothes and we’ve gone from preemie diapers to size 2. That isn’t really a problem, except that we bought a few extra packages of diapers in advance so we wouldn’t have to keep going back to the store to buy more. (the cloth diapers we have are still a little large for her).
The good news is that almost all stores will exchange unopened packages of diapers for another size, even if you don’t have a receipt for the purchase. That’s a great policy as children can unexpectedly outgrow diapers in a couple days – and I’m sure more than one sleep deprived father grabbed the first package of diapers he saw at the 24-hour megamart, only to find out he bought the wrong size (duct tape to the rescue!).
What to do with extra diapers
The caveat, is that stores will only exchange full packages of diapers. If your child outgrew his or her diapers and you have a partial pack and can’t exchange them, then you still have a few good uses for them:
- Give them to friends or family who have a child, or who are expecting
- Bring them to your church (most churches have a nursery, and extra diapers are always welcome!)
- Give them to your local day care
- Donate them to a women’s center or shelter
- Use them in the garage to clean up oil spills or other messes
If you donate the diapers, it’s helpful to either leave them in the original package, or somehow label them with the size, if it isn’t printed on the outside of the diaper.
Here are a few more interesting links from around the web:
Can You Afford a Baby?. What a timely article. If you don’t have any children, then these tips can make you double check your budget before jumping in with both feet. My wife and I just had our second child, and there are a lot of associated costs which many people aren’t prepared for – even if you have already had a child!
Saving Money in the Kitchen. An excellent roundup of ways to save time and money in the kitchen.
Average Tax Deductions by Income. It’s tax season. Have you ever wondered how your deductions compare to people in a similar tax bracket as yours? Making your tax return blend in with others in a similar income bracket can help you avoid an IRS audit.
Can You Learn to Delay Gratification?. If there is one thing I could teach young people, it would be to spend less than you earn. And learning to delay gratification is the easiest way to to that.
Top Ten Reasons To Own A Roth IRA. Roth IRAs are quite possible the best investment vehicle for retirement savings because the long term tax advantages are amazing.
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