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Great Grocery Deals! 11/10/13

Great Grocery Deals

Saturday evening I was working on my monthly order with Azure Standard. If you have a route in your area, and you like to purchase “whole food” or “real food” type items, you really should check them out. I think you have to create an account in order to see their prices, but they really do have great grocery deals. They brought a route to my area of the country early last year, and I’ve been so glad that they did! They’re opening up more routes all the time, so if there isn’t one near you, contact the company and tell them you’re interested. Maybe they’ll bring one your direction soon!

When I’m shopping with Azure, I like to comparison shop with Amazon and with Vitacost. While Azure has GREAT prices, I do sometimes find lower prices at one of these other places, so I usually check to see.  I already order quite a few grocery-type things from Amazon, but recently I discovered a couple of new items that are great deals and I wanted to share!

Great Grocery Deal: Almond Butter

Barney Almond Butter Great Deal on Groceries

Did you know there’s an almond butter shortage? Until recently, the absolutely best deal on almond butter was at Trader Joe’s, but as a result of the shortage, even Trader Joe’s is struggling to keep it on the shelves. Prices for almond butter have really gone up everywhere and it can be difficult to find at all.  I noticed about a week ago that Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program carries a brand called Barney Butter. It’s a roasted almond butter, not a raw butter, but we like to keep roasted around to make sandwiches, especially when we need to take lunch somewhere that’s not peanut-friendly (we don’t have peanut allergies ourselves). There are three scenarios for ordering from Amazon:

  1. Just order it once: The 3-pack of Barney Butter Almond Butter is regularly $26.97, or $8.99 for a 16 oz jar, which isn’t too bad these days for almond butter.
  2. Order the 3-pack via the Subscribe and Save Program: You’ll get a 5% discount for subscribing (set your delivery increment at anywhere from 1 to 6 months and cancel at anytime), which brings the price down to $25.62, or $8.54 for a 16 oz jar.
  3. Order the 3-pack via the Subscribe and Save Program, along with 4 other items: When you have 5 items shipping to you in a single month in Amazon’s subscribe and save program, you get an extra 20% discount on all of the items that you order. That brings the price down to $21.58, or $7.19 for a 16 oz jar, and that’s a GREAT deal!

Nut Thins Amazon Subscribe and SaveGreat Grocery Deal: Nut Thins

A friend who also has celiac introduced us to these gluten free crackers. They’re delicious, but like most gluten free things, can be kind of pricey at the grocery store. This evening, I was trying to see if I could find a better deal at Azure, Amazon, or Vitacost and discovered that these are also part of Amazon’s Subscribe and Save Program.  Again, that means there are three scenarios for ordering from Amazon:

  1. Just order in once: The 12-pack of crackers is regularly $26.51, or $2.21 per box. That’s actually not a bad price compared to the grocery store
  2. Order the 12-pack via the Subscribe and Save Program: You’ll get a 5% discount for subscribing (set your delivery increment at anywhere from 1 to 6 months and cancel at anytime), which brings the price down to $25.18, or $2.10 per box.
  3. Order the 12-pack via the Subscribe and Save Program, along with 4 other items: When you have 5 items shipping to you in a single month in Amazon’s subscribe and save program, you get an extra 20% discount on all of the items that you order. That brings the price down to $21.21, or $1.77 per box, and that’s a GREAT deal!

I love Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program! I order from them pretty much every month, so it’s usually not difficult for me to find 5 items to order from them in total.  You can see some of the other items that I order from them here. I especially love that you can order something as small as this and it still counts toward your five items and your 20% discount!

What about you? Found any great deals on groceries lately? If so, please share!

Photo of grocery carts source: Code Poet, Creative Commons License

Shopping for Groceries Online

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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.

 Snacks
41KMeoNEmmL._SL500_SL85_ Enjoy Life not nuts! Mountain Mambo Nut Free Trail Mix, Gluten, Dairy & Nut Free, 6-Ounce Pouch (Pack of 6)
Current price: $15.46 ($0.43 / oz) after 20% discount.
51x3m7hEDJL._SL500_SL85_ KIND Healthy Grains Granola Bars, Variety Pack, 5 Count (Pack of 3) 
Flavor Name: Variety Pack 
Current price: $11.92 ($0.64 / oz) after 20% discount.
51JqnPrZW7L._SL500_SL85_ Plum Kids Organic Fruit and Veggie Mashups, Beetbox Berry, 4-Count (Pack of 6)
Flavor Name: Fruit and Veggie: Beetbox Berry
Current price: $19.15 ($0.80 / count) after 20% discount.
31yr-nDT7ML._SL500_SL85_ Plum Kids Organic Fruit Mashups, Mixed Berry, 4-Count (Pack of 6)
Flavor Name: Fruit: Mixed Berry
Current price: $19.15 ($0.80 / count) after 20% discount.
51yfzVJcIfL._SL500_SL85_ Plum Kids Organic Fruit Mashups, Tropical, 4-Count (Pack of 6)
Flavor Name: Fruit: Tropical 
Current price: $19.15 ($0.80 / count) after 20% discount.
51EcYkS8oFL._SL500_SL85_ Brothers-ALL-Natural Variety Pack Crisps (Fuji Apple, Asian Pear, Strawberry/Banana), Single Serve Bags, (pack of 24)
Flavor Name: Variety Pack, Size Name: 24-Count Bags 
Current price: $20.41 ($0.85 / count) after 20% discount.
 Vitamins, Essential Oils, Etc.
41sHWRnvycL._SL500_SL85_ NOW Foods Lavender Oil, 2 ounceCurrent price: $11.22 ($5.61 / oz) after 20% discount.
51Iaoy-K-yL._SL500_SL85_ Garden of Life Vitamin Code Perfect Family Multi 120 CNT CAPCurrent price: $20.04 ($0.17 / capsule) after 20% discount.
41k-eJX6R5L._SL500_SL85_ Thera Tears Nutrition, 1200mg Omega-3 Supplement Capsules, 90-CountCurrent price: $8.79 ($0.10 / count) after 20% discount.
417i+KT+BwL._SL500_SL85_ Amazing Grass Kidz SuperFood Powder, Outrageous Chocolate Flavor, 60 Servings, 360-Gram Current price: $22.59 ($1.78 / oz) after 20% discount.
 Beauty
31W8yPBH-ML._SL500_SL85_ Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer, Peony, 0.09 Ounce Tube 

Current price: $2.79 after 20% discount.

41eFTDpvcxL._SL500_SL85_ Blue Lizard Australian Suncreen, Face SPF 30+, 5-Ounce 

Current price: $11.70 after 20% discount.

 Gluten Free
51S5CUr59AL._SL500_SL85_ Van’s Gluten Free Cereal, Cinnamon Heaven, 11 Ounce 

Current price: $4.87 ($0.44 / oz) after 20% discount.

51ne15ctQhL._SL500_SL85_ Glutino Gluten Free Pretzel Twists, 14.1-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12) 

Current price: $61.49 ($0.36 / oz) after 20% discount.

5136cgFQ7KL._SL500_SL85_ KinniToos Chocolate Sandwich Creme, Gluten Free, 8-Ounce Packages (Pack of 6) 

Current price: $20.06 ($0.42 / oz) after 20% discount.

 Baking
51At5dOMeuL._SL500_SL85_ Let’s Do…Organic Organic Cornstarch, 6-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 6) 

Current price: $13.97 ($0.39 / oz) after 20% discount.

Laundry and Cleaning
41OV-fT5LiL._SL500_SL85_ Purex Crystals Laundry Enhancer, Fresh Spring Waters, 55 Ounce 

Current price: $7.17 ($0.13 / oz) after 20% discount.

41qBUYlCUCL._SL500_SL85_ Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes, 70-count Tubs (Pack of 6) Packaging May Vary 

Current price: $24.58 ($0.06 / Count) after 20% discount.

 Paper and Plastic
516625VPmlL._SL500_SL85_ Ziploc Storage Bag, Gallon Value Pack, 40-Count(Pack of 3)Current price: $10.51 ($0.09 / Count) after 20% discount.
51bd7zLz4kL._SL500_SL85_ This one is not currently in stock. 

Last time I ordered:Charmin Sensitive Toilet Paper 6 Giant Rolls (Pack of 8)Price was $43.98 after 20% discount

 Pet Products

41JaFDQopPL._SL500_SL85_ Tidy Cats 4 Count Breeze Litter Pad Refill (Pack of 10) 

Current price: $35.99 after 20% discount.

51ndiOmQ5pL._SL500_SL85_ Tidy Cats Breeze Litter Pellet Refill, 3.5-Pound Packages (Pack of 6) 

Current price: $43.15 after 20% discount.

41C51ws-iRL._SL500_SL85_ Wellness Complete Health Chicken Recipe, 30-Pound 

Current price: $40.79 after 20% discount.

41gpYdDf8pL._SL500_SL85_ Merrick Before Grain #1 Chicken Dry Cat Food, 11.1 Pound Bag 

Current price: $19.19 after 20% discount.

51YxPjvecwL._SL500_SL85_ Aqueon 06417 Filter Cartridge, Small, 6-Pack 

Current price: $8.87 after 20% discount.

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.