Money Saver

Diaper Pail Money Saver

January 28, 2015

Perhaps when you were getting your nursery ready, you added lots of things to your baby shower registry that you “needed”. All the really important stuff that babies can’t live without.

Here are some of the nursery necessities we received, all of which “we” (Meghaan) asked for and we are grateful to have.

A wipe warmer. Wet wipes are cold and if you put a cold wipe on a baby’s bottom you will make them sad. And sad babies turn into sad teenagers and we all know sad kids skip school to go smoke cigarettes and play craps behind the church and then start stealing bikes and then cars and finally they steal your own house from you and you’re homeless and camping across the street in your neighbor’s front yard while your sad kids party inside with their chain smoking, dice-rolling hoodlum friends who are sad too.

Temperature-sensitive spoons. Babies don’t like cold things. Hence a wipe warmer. But they also don’t like really hot things. So you should get some spoons to make sure the food is hot but not too hot. How would you know if it’s too cold? If there’s ice on it, it’s too cold. Cold is visible. But hot is not. So we need spoons.

A cover for your Boppy’s cover so the first cover doesn’t get dirty. But when the second cover is in the wash you’ll need a cover for the cover, so get a third cover. In fact, just buy two twin-packs and spray them with a water-repellent spray and make sure your baby does not ever spew anything and you will be fine.

A diaper pail, which is just a really specific garbage can that can only be used for diapers and uses a proprietary set of products that are expensive and hard to find and create more waste than their more generic counterparts. But it’s preferred 2-to-1 over the Diaper Genie which is probably the exact same thing but costs a dollar more and people like saving money so this Munchkin brand pail takes a slight lead in the polls, winning 66.7% of the popular vote.

To be honest, the diaper pail is pretty nice. Lela’s diapers are starting to really smell like poop, probably because she is starting to really poop. I mean, big yellow-brown mustardy poops. But if you’re like me, you look for a money saver for everything you do. Raising a family on one salary (a teacher’s salary, at that) makes saving money a necessity.

The refills for this thing cost $22 for 32 bags. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? When I found this out I wanted to get rid of the pail. But I like how it keeps the odors inside the can and it looks pretty good in the nursery, so I had to figure something out.

Here’s the diaper pail money saver I discovered a few weeks ago that I hope helps you out. This is specific to our Munchkin + Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail, but I think it would work with any other diaper pail that wants you to buy unnecessarily overpriced bags.

You can get 100 trash bags for under $10 (I got 100 for $8 at Cash and Carry). That’s a huge savings (8 cents a bag versus 68 cents for the refills). Plus, you are not throwing that blue ring in the trash everytime, which reduces the environmental impact. Yes, diapers and the plastic bags add to the landfills. But taking this plastic ring out helps in the long run. The final bonus is that you can use garbage bags for things other than diapers. Things like, garbage.

The process is easy. Just cut the old bag out of the blue ring (after you have used it once, of course).


Place the blue ring atop the pail, but do not snap it in just yet. Also, and this is important- START SMILING BECAUSE YOU ARE ABOUT TO SAVE A LOT OF MONEY.


Take a garbage bag. Any garbage bag. Seriously, use any garbage bag you have. Perhaps you have some garbage bags for your garbage. Use those. In my estimation, an 8-10 gallon bag would work best, but I’m using 13 gallon bags and although they are hard to get out of the elfkin door they put on this pail when the bag is full of diapers, they work.

Push the garbage bag through the opening and get most of it down into the pail. Oh, and DO NOT STOP SMILING BECAUSE YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO BECOMING A MILLIONAIRE.


Tuck the bag under the blue ring and snap the ring into place. Pull down on the bag to tighten it. HELLO THERE HANDSOME IS THAT A FERRARI IN YOUR POCKET OR ARE YOU JUST SAVING A TON OF MONEY BY NOT BUYING STUPID EXPENSIVE BAGS?


Now that the hard work is done, you can grab a beer and kick back. All the dangerous parts are over so drinking won’t lead to an accident. NOTE: MY LAWYER FRIENDS INSIST I TELL YOU THAT DRINKING NOW SHOULDN’T LEAD TO AN ACCIDENT. I MAKE NO PROMISES.

Take a look at what you did and think of what your life can become. You are feeling financial freedom. What a rush.


I hope you find this diaper pail money saver useful. Please share using the buttons below or in the sidebar. If you find yourself having too much extra money, please do not send it to me. Rather, use it to support a cause that means something to you.

Oh, and thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way. Seriously, our friends and family have been so generous. You know how much we appreciate your help and support. And we love everything you bought for us and our baby.



  • Reply kendra January 28, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Davey, I just laughed out loud! This was hilarious. Well done 🙂

    • Reply David January 28, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks Kendra. Let your baby-having friends know I have the ticket to financial freedom!

  • Reply Ashley Beolens January 28, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Excellent stuff to people really buy wipe warmers?

    We obviously have hardier babies in the UK!!

    • Reply David January 28, 2015 at 11:28 pm

      At least one person has purchased one because there’s one in our nursery that’s never been plugged in but makes for a convenient place to store packs of wipes. FREEZING COLD WIPES.

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  • Reply Laura Carlson January 31, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    This info will definitely be saved and shared! (P.S. I for sure laughed out loud on this one.)

    • Reply David January 31, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      Thanks Laura! I’m glad you liked it and I really appreciate you sharing

  • Reply Mother's Realm February 3, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Great post!! Brings me back to the newborn days…. And I dont want to wish my children to grow up faster but I’m ready to be spending no money on refills for my diaper pail! Congrats on your little one!!

    • Reply David February 3, 2015 at 5:44 am

      Glad you liked it! I’m also trying to live in the moment, but I’m currently wishing our girl would get over the non-stop crying/feeding/pooping phase and start interacting, sleeping, and paying her own bills 😉

  • Reply Diaper Coupons November 29, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Hmmm… Nice one! 🙂 Thanks for that.

  • Reply Glory Davis July 8, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Thank you this is very helpful and money saver!

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