Shopping for Groceries Online
I am CONSTANTLY having conversations with friends (or acquaintances) where I mention a grocery item that I purchase online, or I mention how infrequently I go to the grocery store (and mostly for things like bananas and spinach) and my friends are really SHOCKED that I purchase a LOT of groceries from Amazon.
Apparently, many people are still not aware of Amazon’s great “Subscribe and Save” program. Using this program, you can subscribe to certain items (not all items are available for subscription) and get an additional 5% discount on the item, plus free shipping. If, in any given month, you have 5 or more “Subscribe and Save” items shipping to you, you’ll save 20% instead of the usual 5%! It can be a GREAT deal, and depending on the item, WELL below the cost of a comparable item at the grocery store.
Pros of “Subscribe and Save” –
- You can cancel your subscription any time. This means that you can order something ONCE, get the great deal on it, and then cancel your subscription if you don’t like it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this! You do need to make sure that it’s before the window closes for shipping in the following month (usually about 10 days before your order will ship), but that time frame is clearly posted on Amazon’s site under “Manage my Subscribe and Save Orders” and Amazon sends an email to you during the month to remind you that your order is approaching and letting you know your last day to make changes to it.
- You can skip a delivery at any time. Again, you must make that change prior to the shipping window closing, just like with the cancellations discussed above.
- You can choose from a range of delivery options (from once a month to once every six months) and receive the exact same discount.
Cons of “Subscribe and Save” –
- Your entire order ships at once. If you decide to subscribe to something in the middle of the month you must wait to receive it with the remainder of your “Subscribe and Save” order if you want the discount. Otherwise, you will pay Amazon’s regular price.
So, what kind of things can you order with “Subscribe and Save?” Below are the items that I currently have subscriptions to. There are many more that I’ve had subscriptions to over the past few years (I went back and looked just to see how long I’ve participated in this program, and it looks like at least 4 years!), but have cancelled for one reason or another.
Vitamins, Essential Oils, Etc.
|Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer, Peony, 0.09 Ounce Tube|
|Blue Lizard Australian Suncreen, Face SPF 30+, 5-Ounce|
|Van’s Gluten Free Cereal, Cinnamon Heaven, 11 Ounce|
|Glutino Gluten Free Pretzel Twists, 14.1-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)|
|KinniToos Chocolate Sandwich Creme, Gluten Free, 8-Ounce Packages (Pack of 6)|
|Let’s Do…Organic Organic Cornstarch, 6-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6)|
Laundry and Cleaning
|Purex Crystals Laundry Enhancer, Fresh Spring Waters, 55 Ounce|
|Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes, 70-count Tubs (Pack of 6) Packaging May Vary|
Paper and Plastic
|Ziploc Storage Bag, Gallon Value Pack, 40-Count(Pack of 3)Current price: $10.51 ($0.09 / Count) after 20% discount.|
|This one is not currently in stock.|
Again, these are just a sampling of the things that I’ve ordered from Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program. If these aren’t the types of items that interest you, just do a search on Amazon for your item and include terms “Subscribe and Save” in the search box, or shop all of Amazon’s Subscribe and Save items by clicking here.