When we bought a Diaper Genie this summer I was really happy with it. Until our cartridge ran out and we had to buy more bags. So I improvised...
and you know what? It worked just fine. Those little refills are $6 a thing and were only lasting us a week or two which starts to add up really fast. Over $100/year on bags??? I don't think so...
Instead I use the garbage bags we already have for our kitchen trash can. For the same price as a Diaper Genie cartridge you can buy 80 bargain brand bags or you can even spring for the expensive odor shield ones and you still get 34 bags which is equivalent to about 7-8 of the refill cartridges. Pretty good deal right?
Grab an empty diaper genie refill and thread your bag through
Then wrap it around and cinch up the drawstrings to keep it in place
Pop it back in the Diaper Genie
Put on the lid... and you're all set!
He seems fairly happy about it. Promise that's a happy squealing face not a sad one :)
On another note his Wal-Mart brand diapers seem to be doing a pretty decent job too. No more blow-outs than when we were using Huggies. So if you're trying to save a buck you may give those a shot too.
Simple idea and maybe you're already doing this anyway but thought I'd pass it along just in case :)