Parents say tax-free diaper proposal could make a huge difference in their families


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    CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - - One in three families struggle to buy diapers for their babies.

    Hannah’s Treasure Chest in Centerville distributes more than 25,000 a year.

    Sarah Williams, the nonprofit’s executive director, said a new bill to end taxes for baby diapers and feminine products could help a lot of families in our area. Many parents agree.

    Ryan Alexander is a father of two, his youngest is 9 months old.

    "We buy a couple of packs at a time, but I mean It's like 25 bucks or whatever for a box,” said Alexander.

    He knows the diaper dilemma well.

    "It's not cheap," Alexander said.

    They are also not covered by government assistance programs like WIC.

    "It's one of those things where it's not seen as a basic need, when in fact it truly is,” said Williams.

    She said if diapers were tax-free that could help a family’s household budget significantly.

    "When you have multiple kids in a budget you times that buy however many kids it really can make a financial impact,” Williams said.

    We checked a national retailer's diaper aisle and found a name brand box of 172 diapers costs $42.99.

    If a baby averages ten diapers a day, you would need about two boxes a month.

    Add in Montgomery County's combined sales tax of 7.5-percent, then multiply that over a year and you are looking at

    spending about $1,109.10 each year.

    Getting rid of the tax in this case would save parents around $77.38 every year.

    "It just helps the budget, there's so many other things we have to buy, so anything helps I guess,” said Alexander.

    Williams said that could help pay for utilities or even stretch the grocery budget.

    But there are some ways parents can save in the diaper department right now.

    Amazon Mom, Diapers.com and Target offer discounts when you subscribe for items like diapers.

    Coupon clipping can also save you some dollars, and do not be afraid to try store brands. They are a lot cheaper and can work just as good as the name brands.

    However, some mommy websites suggest the best way to save money on diapering is cloth diapers. They do require more work but can save about $60 to $80 a week.

    If you would like to help Hannah’s Treasure Chest you can donate diapers at 124 Westpark Road.

    They are open Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    You can also drop them off in their overnight drop box.

    They do accept open packages, but they do ask that you put them in a box or bag.

    Reminder this bill would also impact feminine hygiene products.

    Right now personal hygiene products are sales tax free in Ohio, but tampons and other feminine hygiene products are not.

    Representative Antani said this tax repeal is all about equality.

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