The Diaper War – Target vs Costco

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With the exception of last year, we’ve been buying diapers every year for the past 9+ years. Thanks to a little too much fun at Disneyland, we’re going to be buying diapers for two or three more years.

Back in 2000, we shopped around and concluded Costco had the least expensive diapers. Nine years later, things have changed (like my growing waistline). Last month, I did a price comparison of diapers and baby wipes sold at Target and Costco (sold under the Kirkland brand). For you frugal moms and dads out there, here is my comparison:

Target baby wipes are 35% less expensive

Baby Wipe Quantity Cost Cost per Wipe
Costco 704 $15.49 2.2¢
Target 704 $11.49 1.6¢

Target size one diapers are 6% less expensive

Diaper Quantity Cost Cost per Diaper
Costco Size 1-2 216 $29.99 13.9¢
Target Size 1 48 $6.29 13.1¢

Target size two diapers are 24% less expensive

Diaper Quantity Cost Cost per Diaper
Costco Size 1-2 216 $29.99 13.9¢
Target Size 2 56 $6.29 11.2¢

Target size three diapers are 32% less expensive

Diaper Quantity Cost Cost per Diaper
Costco Size 3 208 $39.59 19.0¢
Target Size 3 96 $13.89 14.5¢

Target size four diapers are 26% less expensive

Diaper Quantity Cost Cost per Diaper
Costco Size 4 186 $39.59 21.3¢
Target Size 4 82 $13.89 16.9¢

Target size five diapers are 19% less expensive

Diaper Quantity Cost Cost per Diaper
Costco Size 5 168 $39.59 23.6¢
Target Size 5 70 $13.89 19.8¢

Target size six diapers are 27% less expensive

Diaper Quantity Cost Cost per Diaper
Costco Size 6 135 $39.59 29.3¢
Target Size 6 60 $13.89 23.2¢
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19 thoughts on “The Diaper War – Target vs Costco

  1. Ironically, I found many things at our Costco more expensive than other stores. Sam’s Club is actually cheaper here on most things than Costco. Go figure.

    Did I mention how grateful I am not to buying diapers and wet wipes anymore?

    Hugs,
    Holly

    Read Holly Schwendiman´s recent blog post..Mom I Did It!!

  2. Not that I could add anthing to this since mine have been out of diapers for the last fifteen years. However, I have seen the comparisons with other items between Target and Costco and many time Target wins out. Nice charts BTW…

    Read Mike´s recent blog post..Vacation…

  3. I still like costco because I just looove buying the huge box of diapers and wipes and not worrying about it for long time. I even buy the Kirkland brand. Works great.

    did you know you can buy their light bulbs there and return them when they’ve burned out??? they’re nice light bulbs are guaranteed. I tried it. No receipt. Got a new low energy lightbulb. Wow! Never have to buy them again! seriously.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Hospital Visit Gone From Worse To Better =-.

  4. Great price analysis. I’ll have to give Target’s wipes a try. I am interested to know if you’ve ever looked into the differences in the absorbancy of the various brands of diapers. I have found several brands of diapers that are cheaper than the name brands and they seem to hold in leaks equally well. However, I’m convinced that not all of them feel the same against my baby’s skin. Some seem to be better able to pull the moisture further into the diaper. She really seems to sleep better in the premium diapers (and for a tired mom, that’s worth paying more for, at least at night). Some brands of diapers and wipes even give her diaper rash. For example, I’ll never ever use Parent’s Choice wipes again.

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