One in three moms has struggled to pay for diapers, according to a new study.

Umm…. #motherfail

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‘It made me feel ashamed’: Poor moms’ anguish over diaper costs

July 29, 2013 at 12:02 AM ET

** FILE ** In a file photo a shopper and her child look at diapers at a Little Rock, Ark., Wal-Mart Super Center store Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2004. Kimbe...

One in three moms has struggled to pay for diapers, according to a new study. Eight percent say they’ve tried to make them last longer by leaving a wet diaper on their child or trying to clean and reuse it.

As a single working mom with no college education, Jessica Aragon was once so desperate for diapers she considered stealing them. Back then, she remembers, she barely had enough money to cover childcare and rent at the end of the month, let alone pay for baby wipes and diapers for her 1-year-old.

“For other needs, like food, you could go to a food bank,” Aragon, now 33, says. “But there was no help for things like diapers. I had to borrow money and…

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4 Responses to One in three moms has struggled to pay for diapers, according to a new study.

  1. desertrose says:

    Thanks for the link , cool site 🙂

    While it is true that cloth diapers are a cheaper alternative because they can be washed and re-used. How many women actually consider them? Some because they have never been exposed to the use of cloth diapers and others because they consider them unhygienic.
    I myself used cloth diapers but only at home . If I was to go somewhere with the baby I would use disposable diapers. Back then all we had were those nasty rubber pants to keep the wet diaper in check.
    That being said , however, one must also take into consideration the initial expense. If one has no cloth diapers then one must purchase the diapers and all the accessories necessary to be able to utilize them properly. If a mother is too poor to spend $20.00 on a package of disposable diapers then one can assume they would not have the money for an initial purchase of the alternative.

    Just my two cents .

    Thank you for the re-blog 🙂

    • DragonDon says:

      This comes down to the more root of the problem really. Education. Just about every critical thing we NEED to know in this world is simply NOT taught in schools. Things like taxes, voting, buy a car, buy a house…everyone, and I mean everyone learns by trial and error. So, if said mothers knew about managing their finances, they would have been able to make better informed decisions.

  2. desertrose says:

    While I agree that many things that should be taught have gone by the wayside and are no longer even considered necessary. I can safely say that no amount of education in the world will help when the rug is pulled out from under you and you find yourself in a situation where you cannot make ends meet due to a sudden shortfall of income. While budgeting oneself and saving for a rainy day are both optimal habits one should definitely develop. The reality of being poor does not take into account the latter of these habits. As the former is required to simply survive there is nothing left to save or put aside. That being the case then in a financial crisis where people lose their jobs and are forced to ….say ….. work for minimum wage. There were no savings to begin with because everything went to paying bills and keeping food on the table. So then how do you get from just getting by to putting money away when you have two minimum wage jobs that pay you barely enough to pay your bills?

    It is possible that in the long run making sacrifices one can overcome and come out slightly ahead. However in the short term, the squeeze will be quite substantial. I have lived it so I am well aware of what it is like to be a single mom with three jobs and struggling to get by. Having the knowledge to harvest rainwater to purify for drinking and cooking washing or bathing because the water could not be paid. Or chopping an storing wood to cook outdoors when the light bill could not be paid. Making your own bread for pennies as opposed to spending a couple of bucks for a store bought loaf of bread. Eventually they will all add up to help in the long run as one adjusts. However, getting there is a whole other matter. The struggle is very real and very frightening. Anyone who says otherwise has neither been there nor do they have an insight as to what it is truly like to live through it.

    Judging or standing back and lecturing as to what one should or should not do is easy.Living through it and giving real life examples to help get one there is a whole other matter. Even having the real life experience unless one has a stroke of luck and happens gains a benefactor who will help buffer the rough spots until one is caught up, things are going to get hairy. It is just a fact of life. 🙂

    • DragonDon says:

      Indeed. My comment was more about the system than it was for any specific situation. I find that it is times like those when you have to do ‘the unexpected’ to get better results. While we have owned a house, as the economy was going (still going?) through it’s collapsing death throws, we were finding less and less ways ot be able afford the place. So, before the bank forcibly took it from us, we sold it and moved to South Korea where my wife teaches english and I build websites. Seriously but back on our expenses (even made a bit on the sale of the house) and now we have been doing well to get ourselves back ‘up’ again.

      Few people would consider doing this but such a drastic change has made all the difference. Sadly, most would not consider such things and will list many reasons why they can’t but that starts to fall into the ‘definition of insanity’ (i.e. doing the same thing and expecting different results). Sometimes people will have to ‘tough it out’ because they either are unwilling to make sacrifices to better their situation.

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