Skeptics Be Gone! Thirsties Saves You Money (giveaway)

March 6, 2013

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Thirsties is well known as a rock in the cloth diaper industry.

True to their values and steadfast in their mission, customers can trust the Thirsties brand.

The mission of Thirsties, Inc. is to make it easy and affordable for every family to choose cloth while simultaneously investing in our local economy and sustainable business practices.

We are committed to building our business in a sustainable manner by focusing on the health of our babies and the environment. Only the best USA-sourced components are chosen for our products in order to reduce our carbon footprint, to help support domestic textile mills and our local economy, and to ensure that Thirsties diapers will last wash after wash. We are committed to creating only the highest quality products and dedicated to providing exceptional design and unparalleled performance while saving you money.

Over the last several months, Thirsties has gone beyond making products and spent time and effort revamping their website with the thirstieslogoconsumer in mind.

New additions to the website (aside from a visual makeover) include:

Cloth Diaper Savings Calculator.  Not sure how many cloth diapers you need?  There are 2 options with the Thirsties Cloth Diaper Savings Calculator

  1. Choose a package (Economical, Convenient, Absorbent).  Then see a breakdown of the quantity and costs of each component all compared to the cost of disposable diapers.
  2. Input a custom quantity into each product box.  Values automatically calculate as you customize.

Wipes are also included in your calculations!  All to often we fail to figure in how much we spend on those convenient packages of disposable wipes.

Years ago when I began cloth diapering the figures thrown out seemed so fabricated to me.  Perhaps I was just a bit skeptical.  But, now with the excessive amount of data available at our fingertips it’s hard to argue with the savings shown with even the most conservative numbers.

I am happy to see that Thirsties provides footnotes and graphs with their calculator.  All of this information combined is exactly what the biggest skeptics (often number crunching dads!) need to be convinced of the savings.

I had fun playing with the calculator and creating my own stash.  Here is the savings and graph for 24 hemp prefolds, 14 covers (4 xs, 4s, 4m), 10 Duo AIOs, 10 doublers and 20 wipes:

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If Thirsties products are all you ever used you would not be scraping the bottom of the barrel.  Even at a low price you can still get cute, absorbent, convenient diapers PLUS they’re Made In the USA!

Thirsties has also added a Cloth Diaper 101 section, Product Catalog and Brand Video to their website.  The CD101 and catalog are available for PDF download if you prefer offline perusing.

If you’ve ever wanted to see some behind the scenes footage of a big cloth diaper company watch this cute video!  I enjoyed seeing the big fabric machines and real (and very happy!) employees sewing, packing boxes and answering calls.  The Merrill Family loves what they do and it shows.

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To celebrate the launch of these fabulous new features Thirsties has allowed me to customize a giveaway just for you! I went the economical route and will be giving away 4 Duo Hemp Prefolds and 1 Duo Wrap.

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About Autumn Beck

Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ. She began cloth diapering in 2005 and has experienced many joys and trials throughout the years. Autumn enjoys writing but would choose camping with her family any day!

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436 Responses to “Skeptics Be Gone! Thirsties Saves You Money (giveaway)”

  1. Laurie Says:

    I want to try the duo wrapper. I wish I would have known the difference between this item and the regular cover when I first started diapering.

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  2. Kerry Says:

    Thirsties are a wonderful product. Their covers are one of our favorites and the AIO’s were lifesavers in the early stages of cd’ing. Can’t wait to show the calculator to my non cd friends! What a savings and so much better for the Earth!

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  3. LCT Says:

    saving money is definitely a benefit.

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  4. Elizabeth Walker Says:

    Just starting cloth diapering. Doing it as I will have 2 babies in diapers again! I’ve had 2 in diapers before, but had been doing disposables only at that point. It was so expensive that I didn’t want to do it again! Not sure if we’d really use the calculator as I’ve already done the research and convinced my husband to get on board with cd our 2 youngest! Only thing he’s still iffy about is cleaning the poopy diapers!

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  5. Courtney Says:

    I have several thirsties covers…they are great!!!

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  6. Mackenzie Griffis Says:

    I’m cloth diapering baby number 2. It was more of an investment up front, but now it is really paying off. I’m so glad I cloth diaper!

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  7. Amanda Selenke Says:

    I did convince my cousin to switch to cloth, and she is so glad she did, not just because it saves money!

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  8. Mandy Ferguson Says:

    We started CDing to save money and the calculator helped us see how much we could save!

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  9. Amanda Alvarado Says:

    We started CDing to save money but then fell in love with the cuteness!

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  10. Kelly Curtis Says:

    We definitely started cloth diapering for saving money…that is how I talked the hubby into doing it. But now I am addicted to all the cute diapers! lol. I think the calculator can definitely help someone that I know to switch to cloth.

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  11. Eunice Says:

    definitely to save $$.. I think this may convince some of my friends to give it a go..

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  12. Leanne Says:

    We love cloth diapering primarily because of the savings! HOWEVER the fact that our babys butt doesn’t have harsh chemicals next to it is a major plus, and how cute are cloth diapes! Love them. We plan on CD-ing all our future babies as well!

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  13. April Walraven Says:

    I cloth diaper for a lot of reasons, saving money being one of them. I think the calculator could help get some people on board… sometimes really seeing the numbers puts things in perspective.

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  14. Samantha Says:

    We definitely did cloth to save money and have saved a ton when we paired it with cloth wipes!

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  15. ek Says:

    Love the calculator!

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  16. Ellen Says:

    We cloth diaper our twins to save money! And we love them!

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  17. Brooke Says:

    Love my thirsties covers. I started CDing when my first was 3 mths old, mostly for health and financial reasons. Then I got sucked in to the cuteness, and the money saving aspect went out the window. Oops.

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  18. jessica long Says:

    Yes I am indeed cloth diapering to save money. Though that was not my first reason, my first reason was the environmental impact and reality that every poo my first child took is still at the land fill preserved in the diaper genie plastic. I am going to cloth diaper starting with baby 2 in September and so far I have almost an entire stash of mixed matched made and freecycles for free

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  19. cassie m Says:

    saving money in the long run helps! I think using the calculator would convince alot of people who have a hard time spending the money at once

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  20. Heidi Says:

    As soon as I discovered cloth diapers when I was pregnant I couldn’t even imagine using disposables. They have always grossed me out. From the chemical smell to that disturbing saggy appearance they get when they need to be changed. Ick. Discovering the cost savings ended up being such a huge bonus on our tight budget. I’ve been helping out a soon-to-be mama with my cloth diaper experiences and this calculator is great at illustrating the cost savings.

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  21. Sheri Conant Says:

    I’ve cloth diapered on and off for 16 years. The calculator is a great idea!

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  22. Natalie Says:

    we’ve definitely noticed a huge savings! So glad we chose to cloth diaper!

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  23. Crystal Says:

    I’m a prefolds and covers mom so thirsties are perfect for me. The price is nice and I love the inner gusset (makes life easier)

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  24. Deanne A. Says:

    We are cloth diapering to save money. Buying disposables is just too expensive, even with the store brands (which smell gross and give baby a rash anyway). The Calculator might be useful in convincing someone to switch to cloth if money was a real factor for them, but I know some people are just too grossed out by cloth to consider it.

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  25. Lana Says:

    We CD because of the money mostly… secondly to save the environmental impact… and thirdly because they are so cute!

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  26. Sara Says:

    We cloth diapering to save money, as well as for the environmental impact. I wish that I could convince others, maybe the calculator would help.

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  27. Suzanne Says:

    We are cloth diapering for health reasons, all the chemicals in disposable diapers freak me out! But knowing that cloth diapering is cheaper was a selling point! I think the calculator would help convince some of the people we know to make the switch.

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  28. Melissa Rau Says:

    Saving money was the reason I looked into CDs. Baby 4 will be here in a couple of weeks, and we’re looking for ways to trim the budget where we can. Now I’m absolutely sold on cloth diapers and I wish I had looked into it with my older girls. My family thinks I’m nuts, but I think they’ll come around.

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  29. Nicole Sparks Says:

    Saving money is the main reason I wanted to cloth diaper.

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  30. Sarah Says:

    Looking forward to cding baby #1

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  31. Rachel Says:

    Awesome. I love cloth diapering to save money and prevent blowouts.

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  32. Tonya Peters Says:

    Yep, we’ve cloth diapered to save money but also because it just makes sense. Why use disposables when there are so many great options out there for reusable diapers.

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  33. Faith Says:

    I started for both the cost and stewardship reasons. Cute diapers were a motivator as well though. ;)

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  34. Bonita Says:

    I started using them for the environmental reasons but am now using them for the cost. I don’t really know many people who would honestly be switched by it but it never hurts!

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  35. Jessica Says:

    I’m so excited to start cloth diapering my daughter in July. I’ve already started my stash and can’t wait to get more types of diapers. Thanks to you Autumn for this blog!!! So much information. It’s fabulous!

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  36. Jodie A Says:

    The cost savings is the main reason we are choosing to CD. It’s what convinced my husband to consider it and the reason why he is on board. The simple charts that displayed in graph form the savings of cloth vs disposables is what I used to show him the difference. To save even more money, I’ve made the majority of our stash!

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  37. Jennifer Says:

    Great article, thanks for the info! Love seeing the savings on that calculator!

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  38. Suzanne Says:

    My biggest reason is the environment and then money is a close second.

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  39. Gratia Cash Says:

    OOOH we want thirsties wraps for a baby boy due in August :)

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  40. Melissa Says:

    I love using cloth. I’m so glad I was told all about it before I have birth to my daughter. She is our first and I look forward to her time in cloth and her future siblings as well. Such a money saver and so much better for the environment. Not to mention… Adorable!

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  41. Jeni Rodrigues Says:

    The environment is the biggest reason for me. But since I’m unemployed of course cost savings is a huge factor. I’ve used thirties since my LO was a newborn. And I can say that they are the most reliable out of my small stash of 10 covers. I also love that they keep it domestic.

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  42. Bridgett P Says:

    Money is the main reason we started cloth diapering, and it was not a hard sell at all to convince either my husband or myself we would save tons of money. It seems obvious- if you only have to buy something once, instead of 24 times, you’re going to save some serious cash. Believe me, I can coupon and find deals on disposables, but it is much easier with cloth diapers.

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  43. Julie B Says:

    Saving money is definitely a factor in us using cloth. Especially for my husband, who is less eco-conscious than me. Pointing out how much dough we would save made the scale tip in my favor when i was lobbying for cloth.

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  44. Georgia B Says:

    We are switching to CD to save money, we also have a daycare provider that supports it which makes a huge difference!

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  45. Gina Hilton Says:

    Saving money was a big part of convincing my husband to use cloth in the beginning, but I just love the softness and being chemical free. I think the calculator would definitely be beneficial to helping someone choose cloth diapers over disposables.
    I LOVE the Thirsties that we own. Thirsties sized covers are the best that I own.

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  46. Jenna Says:

    I’m CDing to save money and since my husband and I both have sensitive skin (he has psoriasis) we anticipate the little guy will, too. May as well go ahead and nip that one in the bud!

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  47. Hannah Whiteside Says:

    I can’t say started using cloth because of wanting to save as my main reason. But it was a reason. I think cost is a big reason ppl do cloth. But I think the hesitant part comes from thinking they’ll be more work than disposables.

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  48. Maggie Says:

    yes and just because it is better for the enviroment…I am honestly not sure, it is mroe the laundry that scares friends…

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  49. Heather B Says:

    I’m still looking for the kind of cloth diapers I want to buy. I’d love to win these!

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  50. Laci Says:

    Cloth is a great money saver, UNLESS you go crazy buying lots of cute prints! :)

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  51. Vanessa Says:

    Yes, we cloth diaper to save money, but that’s not the only reason. I hate making so much trash. It’s just SO much. I spend money every week just to throw it in the garbage. Also, my second baby has bad reaction to baby wipes and some (disposable) diapers. Cloth diapering is just the best option for us.

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  52. Charity Says:

    I decided to cloth diaper because of cost initially, but I love all of the different kinds of diapers and all the adorable prints.

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  53. Crystal Says:

    I am choosing cloth for my second child, due in August, because of the benefits to my wallet, my baby, and our planet. I can’t wait to begin cloth diapering!

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  54. Meg Says:

    The cost savings is one of the many reasons I look forward to starting. If it would be more expensive then disposables the choice would be harder, but I still think I would try!

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  55. Janet Says:

    I haven’t committed to cloth diapering yet. I believe in the cost savings, but the upfront cost and the time commitment is what has scared me off in the past. I’d love to win some Thirsties for baby #7!

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  56. elly Says:

    I started cloth diapering to save money, now i just do it cuz they are so cute! I think the calculater could convience a lot of people!

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  57. Kelli Darter Says:

    I started cloth diapering to save money. But unfortunately, this isn’t enough to convince most of the Moms I know. Most can’t get past the “ick” factor or the convenience of buy and toss.

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  58. Laura Says:

    I am definitely cloth diapering to save money! That is my number one reason. :)

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  59. Jen Says:

    Yes to both! only the skeptics who choose to live in denial are the ones who won’t even look at the savings to see that they are there. It’s not exact, but it gives a great idea.

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  60. Renae M Says:

    Yes I cloth partly to save money. I think the calculator would help someone I know understand why I do it but I’m affraid they would still think it’s too much work.

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  61. Gretchen Says:

    I was considering getting some thirsties covers for the prefolds someone from my church made me. Glad to know you recommend them.

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  62. Dana Says:

    Yes, cost was definitely a factor for us and I know the calculator will be helpful to those considering cloth.

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  63. Kerrigan Says:

    Cute video!

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  64. Jessica Donnelly Says:

    Yes, that was one of the reasons we CD’d. The second was because of sensitive tushies. Wouldn’t change my decision for the world. And, while skeptical at first, my husband has been won over by both price and how easy they are to use! I will definitely be posting the link to let friends who are interested check it out. Thanks!

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  65. Liz Says:

    My sister and a few of my friends cloth diaper and I was skeptical at first but a friend gave me a few to try out and after a few days it has already saved us so many diapers! I would LOVE to win and get my own stash started!

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  66. Elizabeth Says:

    I think cloth diapering is a much economical advantage on diapers. I can’ wait until I have my baby!

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  67. lauren Says:

    we LOVE thirsties, especially their hemp products! haven’t found anything better!

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  68. Melissa Says:

    We CD both to save the moola & to help reduce our contributions to the local landfill. We have to pay for any trash that won’t fit in a pretty measly sized bin– there’s no way that we would have made all those newborn diapers fit without having to slog to the store to buy trash tags! Besides that, during two walloping snowstorms it was fantastic to just have to run downstairs to start some laundry when diapers were running low & the roads impassable. New benefits to CDing pop up every day!!

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  69. Joanna L Says:

    Savings and cute factor. Plus I LOVE sewing cloth diapers. YEs, I think the calculater is a great idea. I spent quite a while searching the internet to find out that info

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  70. SuzanneD Says:

    The money saving factor was a huge part of our decision to cloth diaper. And now I absolutely love it and am trying to get friends to do the same :)

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  71. Hilary Says:

    I love our Thirsties prefolds and duo wraps. It’s the only combo that has worked for my heavy wetter stomach sleeper son. Wonder if we can tell you which size if we win?

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  72. lace Says:

    I cloth for the savings and the cuteness! I can’t believe how much you can save and I think the calculator is wonderful for showing others just how much you can save.

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  73. Aylin Says:

    I would love to try these! I am new to CD’ing and my husband is a skeptic but I am going to show him this calculator as well.

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  74. Laura Says:

    I’m about to give birth to my second child any day now. Don’t have any hemp in my stash, so would love to try some! and I can always use another cover…I love Thirsties covers!

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  75. Faith Halverson Says:

    I initially used cloth diapers to save money, but now I use them for so many other reasons as well. I do think the calculator would help convince someone to cloth diaper when they see the savings.

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  76. aliesha Says:

    Has saved us a ton!

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  77. Jamie O'Hare Says:

    When I started cloth 4 years ago, I loved the fit and colors of Thirsties. My third child got plenty of use out of the XS and S sizes, but the M aplix wore out on a cover each month. I wish I had known about snapping Flips then, but they were new then. I spent over $100 on Thristies covers, and most didn’t last through one child.

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  78. MicheleC Says:

    I definitely chose to cloth diaper to save money, among several other reasons, and I would never go back (despite people continually telling me to use sposies for convenience at night and at other times). I’m not sure even the comparison charts would convince some people I know to CD. I have a coworker whose daughter is 6 months older than my son, and I tried to convince her many times (even showed her some really cute Rumparooz I had delivered to the office around Cmas!), but she was adamant that she was sticking to disposables. I respect her choices, but I wish she would have given CDs more of a chance.

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  79. aliesha Says:

    Has saved us a ton.

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  80. Katie Says:

    We cloth diaper to save money- I think this calculator would help convince others as well. .

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  81. Jessica Says:

    Cloth diapering to help save the planet. Money savings is an additional bonus and I definitely know people who would be swayed by the calculator!

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  82. Bethany McKinley Says:

    Yes, I cloth diaper to save money (among other reasons), and I do think the calculator would be helpful in convincing others to get on board!

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  83. Erica Says:

    yes we cloth diaper (most of the time) and the money saving aspect was a big motivator so I’m sure it would help convince others!

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  84. Kristee Says:

    I love our thirsties!

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  85. Jane BB Says:

    Definitely doing it to save money, though sometimes it is hard to resist certain super cute, super expensive dipes ;), and would definitely share the calculator with friends considering CDing!

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  86. Sarah Jane Says:

    I cloth diaper to save money.

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  87. Lea Shelton Says:

    My prefold covers are about giving out… and I’d be jazzed to add some hemp to our stash! Count us in, thanks!

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  88. Ginger M. Says:

    I started to CD because we were having terrible rashes in disposables, but the cost savings have been great! I do think the calculator is a great tool, even if it’s still tough to convince people about the benefits of cloth.

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  89. Ashley H Says:

    Yes, definitely diapering to save money – and I don’t know, I guess I’ll have to see.

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  90. Katie L Says:

    It might convince some people but I think the hold up for many in using cloth is they think it is hard.

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  91. Jackie Says:

    Love Thirsties! Wonderful CD!

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  92. Lindsay Says:

    Please, please, please!

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  93. Susan Says:

    Yes and I plan to use it to show family and friends.

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  94. Breanna Says:

    I’ve never used Thirsties and am just trying prefolds and covers for the first time. We’ve always used pockets. Would love to have more variety in our stash.

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  95. Heather Says:

    I think the calculator’s a great tool to use for convincing skeptics!

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  96. janet benthin Says:

    My daughter has twins and is saving so much money using cloth…and thirsties are one of her favs. The calculator would show snyone how much you save

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  97. Jenni L Says:

    I definitely save money with my cloth diapers! I think total I have spent 300 dollars on diapers for my 20 month old, and there is a new one coming along, so the savings will go even further!

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  98. Dinika Says:

    Yes to save money! But it’s hard not to get sucked into the cute convenience of other more expensive diapers. Thirsties are the only newborn diaper system that is fool proof and never leaked!
    Yes calculator would be nice to share with friends considering. And for me to remind myself why I shouldn’t just pick up a pack of disposables!

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  99. Candy H Says:

    Yes. I cloth diaper to save money being a one income family. I think the cloth diaper calculator could persuade some, but they’d have to be open minded about it.

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  100. Lauren Simms Says:

    We cloth diaper part time and the calculator definitely shows hubby the savings!

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