I’m potty-training. Well, I am not in training, but I am attempting to train my two-year old. He’s not quite two, and I know that’s a bit young, but he was interested in process, and I am, well, interested in saving the cash. Anyone who has had, or has a toddler knows that the biggest expense is diapers, and anyone who has ever weighed whether to go with disposable or cloth knows that diapers comprise nearly 2% of the TOTAL waste in the U.S, and as much as we hope, they don’t degrade for decades – if ever. We went with disposable because I was working at the time, and day-cares don’t look too kindly at the cloth-clad bottom. So what are we doing now? I let him go pantless. Really. It’s pretty cold still, so I keep his socks and shirt on him, but nothing else. It was a bit rough at first, but nothing a towel couldn’t take care of. Now, he’s up to stopping mid-play and running to the potty. He even knows to go when he has to, well, you know. It’s been great; he’s learning independence, I don’t have to change him, and we aren’t going through the pampers so quickly. It’s heaven. Most of the time. We still have a mess every now and then, but a little mess here is worth the diaper mountain I’m no longer building in my local landfill,and the mountain of cash I am building in my wallet.