Amazon deals and subscriptions
Maybe you know this already, and maybe you don't. If you have at least 5 items scheduled for regular delivery by Amazon, you can save 20% off the posted price.
There are a lot of strings attached: you must be an Amazon Mom member (it's fast and free), a Prime member (if not, you can still get a 15% discount), the items must be available for subscription, you must have 5 scheduled for the same delivery date. Oh, and you need to find at least 5 items you really want, at competitive prices.
This wasn't easy for me because I don't buy a lot of expensive health foods or name brand home supplies. I shop cheap. I don't do a lot of coupons and stackable deals, but I start with the cheapest brand and work my way up until we find the least expensive brand that satisfies us. This goes for edibles, personal products, paper products and nearly anything else consumable. There are a lot of items I buy rarely or never: cold cereal, bread, coconut oil, organic/gluten-free/sugar-free anything. Amazon may have great deals on these items and they might be items you use in your house, but it doesn't help me much.
Unfortunately, Amazon tends to carry a lot of higher priced national brands, but after years of just disposable diapers, I finally did it. I found my Amazon subscription groove.
Here's what I currently have active subscriptions for:
- Suave Naturals Shampoo, Tropical Coconut - 22.5oz. - We use Suave anyway, and the discounted price is cheaper than the store.
- Maybelline New York Define-A-Line Eyeliner, Ebony Black, 0.01 Ounce - I admit it. I'm addicted to the soft crayon-type eyeliner that twists up instead of depending on an old-fashioned pencil sharpener. This is much less than I pay at the store.
- L'Oreal Paris Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara, Blackest Black, 0.34-Fluid Ounce - Lots of reasonably priced name brand mascara choices here.
- Bob's Red Mill Chia Seeds, 16-Ounce Bags (Pack of 4) - Forget what I said about health food. I love chia seeds, and this is the best price I've found. I may have to give them up soon, but they're on my list at the moment.
- Jarrow Formulas Whey Protein, Natural, 2 Pound - Perry and I are lifting weights, so I'm looking for ways to increase our protein intake. This is mainly for him since I don't want to bulk up, but I indulge a little too. This brand is not the cheapest source of dietary protein, but gram for gram it is one of the cheapest sources of instant protein powder.
- Jarrow Formulas Whey Protein, French Vanilla, 2 Pound - Same as above but flavored and sweetened. I chose this brand because it's inexpensive and it's one of the few that has a very modest amount of real sugar instead of too much artificial sweetener.
- Scott 1000 Bath Tissue, 1000 Sheet Rolls (20 Rolls) - Automatic toilet paper on my doorstep cheaper than I can buy it locally. I love it.
- Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers, Size 3, Economy Plus Pack, 222 Count - Automatic diapers. More love.
- Luvs With Ultra Leakguards Size 6 Diapers 120 Count - Automatic big diapers for my bedwetters. One box is exactly enough for 2 children for 2 months.
- Huggies Simply Clean Fragrance Free Baby Wipes Refill, 600 Count - I love the wipes at Costco, but recently realized these are cheaper. Haven't tried them yet, but I'm not a choosy wiper.
- Always Xtra Protection Unscented Daily Liners, Regular, 100 Count - Always has always been my favorite brand. It's true.
- Always Ultra Thin with Flexi-Wings, 36-Count (Pack of 2) - Being perpetually pregnant has its benefits. For one thing, I can't remember the last time I needed these. But I have 4 teen daughters in the house.
- Lipton Iced Tea, 48Count Gallon SizeTea Bags - Perfect for making kombucha tea, one gallon at a time.
- Rainbow Light Just Once Prenatal One Multivitamin, 150 tablets - Recommended by my midwife in lieu of more expensive brands. These actually cost me a lot more than the advertised price because I pay one of my children 25 cents every morning to remind to actually take my vitamins.
- Gillette Mach3 Men's Razor Blade Refills 12 Count - Another guilty pleasure. My name is Kim, and I'm addicted to expensive razors. In all seriousness, expensive razors can be quite a bargain. I can get a bad shave and constant razor burn from a 49 cent razor that needs to be replaced weekly, or I can get smooth, happy legs from a blad that lasts 3-6 months for $1.87.
Most of these items are on a 2, 4 or 6 month schedule, but I try to stagger them so that I'm getting 5 of something every month so I get the 20% discount on everything, every time. And remember, there's no future obligation. You can sign up, get a single delivery, and easily cancel.
Want to find your Amazon subscription groove? Go to Amazon's Subscribe & Save store and look around for products you already buy.
At Amazon's regular prices, most of these items are priced about the same as the local grocery store or just a little higher. If you allow for gas and your own time, they could still be considered solid deals. With a 20% discount, I get really happy. Do you know how nice it is to have 20 rolls of Scottissue show up at my door every month, even though I forgot again to put it on my shopping list?
Do you use Amazon Subscriptions? What good deals do you subscribe to?