Amazon Family Will Still Save You 20% on Diapers, but There’s a New Catch

Ezra Avila, 1, reaches for a box of diapers in an Amazon box on August 11, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Fla
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Amazon can be a lifesaver. You can find some pretty great deals and have the things you need or want shipped right to your doorstep.

When you’re a new parent trying to keep the house in order, as well as feed, bathe and change a baby, that kind of convenience is even more amazing. It’s the savings, however, that really rock.

Previously, parents who subscribed to Prime and purchased their baby’s diapers on Amazon could save a whopping 20% simply by making it a monthly subscription.

For instance, a 216-count box of Pampers brand diapers goes for $40.84. If you can save 20% on that box of uber-essential baby items, you’ll save $8.17 each month. That’s $98 each year.

Sadly, the honeymoon is over. Amazon has changed its subscription policies, and it could hit parents hard in the bank account.

Buy, Buy (and Buy More) Baby

Amazon’s new policy still allows parents to get the 20% discount with Amazon Prime, but they’ll have to buy more stuff for their precious little ball of joy. Here’s what Amazon Family says:

“Amazon Prime members unlock 20% savings on diapers and baby food subscriptions when receiving 5 or more products in a given month to a single address, compliments of Amazon Family. Amazon Family also provides special offers and age-based recommendations to Prime members with young children.”

So instead of simply getting 20% off your diaper subscription, you need to pick up a subscription to four more items. Let’s see, baby food, wipes, rash cream and laundry detergent?

It’s up to you to decide if the new rule will save you bundles on all the things you need, or if it will just mean buying more stuff than you really need.

Want to save even more money on diapers? Here are nine ways you can get diapers for free.

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.