I convinced my husband to switch to cloth only after doing an extensive cost-benefit analysis. Since I am in school full time (as in 60+ hours a week), we live on loans supplemented by hub's part time job. A dollar spent today means a dollar plus interest we have to pay back down the road. We were out to save as much as possible by cloth diapering, but I was only willing to go so far. I stuck to the gDiaper system so we would have a disposable 'out'. I conceded to make inserts since it would be cheaper than buying them, but I opted for high quality fabrics for the most absorbency. We spent about $500 on more than enough cloth diapers to take our two babies from 2 months to potty-training.
For comparison, let me outline the cost of the items I've used in this challenge:
|6 t-shirt flats||$0|
|2 high quality home-made flats||$12|
|1 One-size wool soaker||$25|
|2 Fashionably Green Baby Extra Deep Liners||$13|
|2 upcycled fleece covers||$2|
|5 gal bucket||$3|
|Weatherstripping (to prevent back splash)||$3|
|Sneaky boy in his night-night diaper|
Y'all... do me a favor and don't tell my husband about this table.
To be completely fair, my current stash of inserts and covers is huge by comparison since I was cloth diapering two kids at once. If we assume all other things are equal and just compare the inserts, my current homemade flappers ran ~$2.14ea while the average on the flats I've been using is $1.50 -- not a huge difference per piece, but for someone on a budget, 65 cents can make or break a plan.