It’s a well-known fact that Amazon does some incredibly cool things. Many of those cool things can make you money (a topic for another post) and save you money. We’ll focus on how to save money using Amazon in this article.
I spent a lot of time deliberating joining Amazon Prime. For me, the benefits weren’t worth it. All this until we recently found a brand of diapers we trust on Amazon. The diapers are Bambo Nature. Unlike the standard run of the mill diaper, these are made as safe and effective for a baby’s bottom as disposable diapers can be. The cost of a pack of 180? $87.00, ouch! That same pack of 180 with a Prime membership and subscribing to a monthly delivery? $69.60, a bit better.
Amazon Prime costs $99/year. I save $17.40 every time we order diapers. The mathematician tells me I need to buy these 6 times to make my money back. Every parent tells me buying diapers 6 times is easy to do as well.
I started to see how I could save money using Amazon.
I contemplated Amazon Prime before this as well but found the benefits to be unappealing to me, overall. They might be beneficial to you, but here they are and why they didn’t appeal to me:
- Free Two-Day Shipping: (Like it, but buy enough ahead of time. Also group my orders together to get free shipping at their (NEW!) $49 threshold.)
- Prime Video: (Netflix is better, but yay! More shows and movies for the TV I don’t own.)
- Prime Music: (Okay, kind of cool to have a ton of music at my fingertips, but enter YouTube, Google, iTunes, etc.)
- Prime Photos (New): This includes unlimited storage of your photos. (Until you leave Prime and have to move them somewhere else.)
- Prime Early Access (New): 30 Minute early access to “lightning deals” and other events (I dislike shopping and stuff, being a minimalist.)
More Savings For Your Family: 20% off diaper subscriptions, a 15% Baby Registry completion discount… (Okay you had me on diapers)
The other benefits might be worth it for you, but they weren’t for me. So will I be leaving Amazon Prime when (IF!?) we are done with baby diapers? Probably, unless Amazon adds another benefit that I find worth staying. But don’t leave yet, there are still savings to be had!
Okay, I’m a homework doer and thinker. 20% off diapers if I subscribe and save. Did you ever go to purchase an item from Amazon and see 5% off when you subscribe and save? I saw these words and ignored them until my new diaper subscription got me thinking. And then I saw that when you subscribe to 5 or more items in a month you get 15% off all those items. Wait a minute… Do I need to find 5 fewer reasons to go to the store every month? And (probably) find a better deal on Amazon anyway, while ordering from my home. All while getting an extra 15% off. You’re killing me. It’s becoming clear now how to save money using Amazon.
THIS BENEFIT IS AVAILABLE WITHOUT PRIME AS WELL!
There are a ton of items to choose from in the subscribe and save section on Amazon, even more perks to saving money using Amazon. I know that all I have to do is pick 5 of them, at least, with any more leading to extra savings for me. I like saving money, so I searched for things I pay for now, that are a hassle to buy somewhere. Here are just a few of the items that worked for me, as examples.
1. The Bambo Nature Diapers: Diapers count towards one of the five necessary items, but don’t receive 15% off because I already got 20% off thanks to Prime.
2. Wet food for the cat: We were driving a distance to get a good brand of wet food for the cat, and for just about as much money as we will pay now. Time saved, gas saved, energy saved, money equal.
3. Seventh Generation tissues: I am particular about the paper products that we use now. Did you know that many paper products are made using bleaching agents that are harmful to people (and the environment)? I’m more concerned about people with this one, but particularly people who are using my paper products. We were driving a good distance to get some quality paper products that we deemed safer. With this Seventh Generation product, we’ll save money, time, energy, and gas. Awesome.
4. Water Wipes: A simple, chemical free baby wipe to go with those diapers. Less money, healthier babies.
5. Dry food for the cat: Again we get more for less here. Plus it shows up at my door. Awesome.
We did this with a few other regularly bought items as well.
The beautiful thing about subscribing and saving is that there is no commitment. You choose your items, tell Amazon you’d like a certain amount every (1-6) how many months, set your delivery date and payment method and BAM! It’s coming to you before you know it. Don’t need a certain item with the next delivery? Look ahead, move it back, substitute another item, whatever you please. As long as you’ve done this by the date Amazon processes your order (which they list for you) then you will save 15% and get the items you need. What a cool way to save money using Amazon!
Another tip for you. Keep a list of the items you add to subscribe and save and the prices of those items. See if those prices go up to see if they are still worth the discount. If they are not, search for a comparable alternative or decide whether you should go back to the store.
This is just another example of the awesome things Amazon brings to the table. Here you can turn regular recurring expenses into opportunities to save money using Amazon.