In the years I've been lurking AB/DL forums, I always see the question regarding ordering diapers online come up. I remember the days of buying Depends at the nearest 24/7 grocery store late at night when I figured I was least likely to bump into anybody I know, and still having to muster up the courage to actually get through the store and hand them to the cashier. I'm glad those days are over.
Buying diapers online opens you to a whole new world. I want you all to be able to enjoy the great brands you can only really get by ordering online, so I figured I'd take the time and write this post on how I do it.
Note: If you don't have a cell phone or a car this may not work for you.
The two important things when buying online are your payment method and intercepting the package and getting it into your room where you can hide the diapers.
For anyone who either doesn't have a debit/credit card or whose transactions are viewable by your parents or spouse, head to Wal-Mart or somewhere with pre-paid Visa and Mastercard gift cards. You can purchase one of these cards with cash, and they contain a number just like a debit or credit card. You can use the card number to pay for the diapers. Just make sure it's Visa or Mastercard.
For shipping, it is important to note the shipping service that the site you're ordering diapers from uses (FedEx, UPS, etc.)
Make sure to find the option to use a different Shipping Address than the Billing Address that you have to provide with your payment. The next step is to use Google or whatever search engine you choose to find the nearest FedEx or UPS (or other carrier) center near you that will hold packages. To make sure, call them and ask if they Hold for Pickup. If not, look for another nearby location that does. Make sure it's the same carrier that the site uses to ship.
Once you have a location and have entered your payment info on the site, the Shipping Address should be the address of the FedEx/UPS/etc. center that you know allows Hold for Pickup.
The last important step is to find the "Special Instructions" or similar option, and instruct them to "Hold for Pickup at location and call <your cell phone number>". If you don't have a private cell phone (or any phone) then this won't work.
*Important Note: Make sure you select discreet shipping!
Now you're ready to order! Once you order and the package arrives, just go pick it up.
Now for the final challenge; you still have to get the package home and into your room. If you went and picked the package up in your own car, you can just leave it in the trunk until late at night or when the coast is clear and bring it inside. If you don't have a car or can't leave a mysterious box in a shared car you may have to find another way to pick it up and smuggle it inside, but it still beats worrying about the delivery guy's schedule.
TL;DR - Get a prepaid card (if necessary) and ship to a FedEx or UPS location using "Hold for Pickup". Then smuggle the package inside when the opportunity arises.