Lori, tell me about your kids and how you diapered them frugally:
I have 4 children and used mostly cloth for the first 2 and all disposable for the second 2.
When I used cloth, I used the old fashioned kind that needed pins. As far as disposables, I use whatever I can get on sale.
I have always liked the Walmart brand White Cloud, but they stopped making them. I think my current favorite is Luvs.
I want the cheapest diaper that I can get that does the best job. There are some super cheap brands that are worthless but I can get Luvs on sale and sometimes with a coupon.
I'm a horrible mother and don't change their diaper as often as I should! Ha, not really, but I'm certainly not the kind who changes every time they pee. Cloth diapers was certainly a money saver, but I just lost the vision for it after my first 2, plus my husband was not really into them. I figure if he is willing to spend the $ on disposables, why am I going to all the work of cloth?
I think if you have the vision for cloth diapering it is a wonderful way to save in that area. It requires a certain amount of tolerance and patience that disposables do not. I used to feel guilty about buying disposables, though that is now passed. It still does kill me to buy them (I usually send my husband!!) but I know that I am saving money in other significant ways.
How about you? Have you tried both cloth and disposable? What conclusions did you come to?