Back in the day on this blog when I had way more time than I had money, I hit those drugstore deals so hard. I drove across town to other drugstores so I could maximize my savings. I had a stack of coupons and a plan of attack. It was awesome. I still remember the thrill of getting so many toiletries for free or almost free. It really was worth it for us while we were digging out of debt and aggressively saving money before our son was born.
That’s so not where I’m at right now. I have more money, but waaaay less time. I like to get a deal wherever I can, but time really is at a premium.
Lately, I’ve been thinking again about a Costco membership or something similar. My reasoning: I could save some money by buying in bulk, and I could go shopping less often. Save time and money, right?
But these days I just plain don’t like going shopping. It’s not the easiest trip with two little kids in the winter, and when I’m trying to mind them, it’s harder for me to bargain-hunt. And, if I do have some time to myself, I can think of other things I’d rather do than go to the grocery.
Costco membership isn’t free, of course, and then there’s that whole 30-minute one-way drive, plus untold time in the store.
We’ve been loving our Green BEAN grocery delivery and plan to continue that. It offers a variety of grocery items — excellent produce, meats, dairy and some bulk dry goods. But it doesn’t have everything I need.
I need to supplement somewhere else, so I thought I’d take another look at my tried-and-true Amazon.
Amazon’s subscription program has changed some. Your subscribe & save items now arrive on one day per month, rather than a delivery on the 5th, and another on the 12th, and so on. It keeps Amazon’s costs down that way.
Also, if you subscribe to 1-4 items for delivery in a given month, you’ll receive 5% off. But, subscribe to 5+ items to be delivered in a given month, and you’ll get 15% off everything. Note that certain s&s products within the Amazon Mom realm (namely diapers and wipes) can receive 20% off if you also have Prime and join Amazon Mom.
For more info on the Subscribe & Save program*, visit this page on Amazon
I subscribed to a few products that we’re always running out of:
- toilet paper (I’m thrilled to have two kids who are potty-trained, but wow do we go through a lot of TP these days!). $17.77 with discount and clipped e-coupon, for 3 packs of 6 mega rolls
- contact lens solution (at the moment this product is sold out, but I subscribed and with discount it’s $11.88 for those 2 bottles) $13.98 for the same at Walmart.com
- dishwasher detergent ($11.79/85 ct) ($13.87 at Walmart.com) ($17.99/100 at Costco, so the Amazon is cheaper per unit)
- toothpaste for the kids ($2.97 with discount) ($5.13 at Walmart.com)
- Pull-Ups for night time ($31.15 with 20% discount and $2 off ecoupon. This is $0.34 each) Compared to Walmart.com’s best price of $0.42 each.
- calcium supplement ($14.68) The cheapest I could find elsewhere for this size was $18.71 with free shipping
- dishwashing liquid ($12.15/6 25 oz. bottles with $3 off coupon and discount for the lavender and floral scent) $17.82 for the same quantity at Walmart.com
Some of these items I won’t receive (or need) each month. Some I’ll only need every 5-6 months, and I can set my subscription to that for each item. Next month, I’ll add a few other items such as shampoo, body wash, mouth wash, razors…I don’t even know yet. My thinking is, perhaps I can stagger what we need so we’re always stocked, yet always getting that sweet 15% discount.
I can add grocery items as well.
Browse various subscribe & save categories, including grocery, beauty, health & household, pets, etc.
I used prices at Walmart.com to compare since it was easy to find identical items. With Walmart, shipping is free with certain orders over $45. But, it’s Walmart. Pfft.
I’m optimistic that if I do this right, I can indeed save a lot of time and maybe some money, too. We’re fortunate that we have some storage shelves in our garage for surplus items not ready to be stored inside.
How about you? Do you use the Subscribe & Save program? Which types of items?
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