10 March 2011

Amazon Subscribe & Save: What do you order? Talk amongst yourselves.

In the homemade snack organizer hack, I mentioned that I order my go-to snacks through Amazon's Subscribe & Save program. (I use Subscribe & Save for fruit leather because my kids have it in their lunches or as a snack almost every day.) This program sets up a regular shipment at whatever frequency and amount I want and gives me a discount on top of it all. I save money over buying the items individually at the grocery store, and I don't have to remember to restock the pantry.

Amazon: Subscribe & Save

Subscribe & Save is fantastic for all sorts of regularly-consumed items. Diapers and wipes comes to mind right away, but I'm sure there are others. In the comments, Lindsay had this to say:

I am a HUGE fan of Subscribe & Save as well. SOOOO helps me out. I'd love to see a post sharing the actual products people buy from Amazon with this program.

So, I ask: if you're a Subscribe & Save user, what do you order?

Related: Amazon Mom gets you cheap diapers and 3 months of Amazon Prime

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We use it for K cups for our keurig coffee maker.

Toothpaste, diapers & Pull-ups, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels...

I love not having to haul big stuff from the store anymore!

Can't wait to see what other people buy. In addition to heavy/bulky stuff like tp, laundry detergent and pull-ups, I get stuff that I really like but can't reliably find in stores: my favorite dish soap, the husband's preferred deodorant, etc.

So far I'm using it for diapers, wipes, and diaper genie refills. I'm still trying to figure out how often I need to have these items shipped. Right now I have a whole case of diapers and I'm afraid my son will outgrow them before I use them! I skipped the last shipment of wipes because we still had a ton. I need to figure out how fast we go through laundry soap and stuff, and check the price against the in-store price. I'll check back later for more ideas!

I use it for diapers, wipes, Earth's Best formula, Seventh Gen dish soap, and the refill water filters for our fridge. I've also used it to order single cases of baby food and then canceled after one shipment.

This is awesome! Thanks for setting this up. Ok, since I asked it's only fair to share mine. Please don't laugh at me - I hate to grocery shop. hee. :)

I get: Toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, garbage bags, Ziplock bags, Annie's spaghetti O's, Kashi Granola bars, deodorant, shampoos/body washes, squeezable fruit pouches, baby formula, diapers, Cheerios, Gerber Graduates, baby wipes, dishwasher detergent, Mrs. Meyer's cleaning sprays, and Kandoo flushable wipes. Geez, I feel like I owe my postman a big tip now.

We have problems receiving shipments through USPS, but UPS is ok. Can anybody tell me what shipping method is used?

I use it for diapers, wipes and underjams. With the discount, I'm getting all Pampers name-brand products at better prices than the generic at my closest store. PLUS, we don't have a vehicle, so I don't have to get those heavy boxes home every month.

The only stuff we get is stuff I can't get elsewhere - I don't find that the S&S saves me ANYTHING. Is there some sort of secret handshake deal I need to know about to realize a savings? I find everything for a LOT less at Target, Walmart, sometimes the supermarket......

I use it for my daughter's vitamins.

Bren,

Are you signed up to be an "Amazon Mom". That's how you save 30% rather than just 15%. Here's more info: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=mom_QL_FAQ?ie=UTF8&docId=1000535321&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=left-1&pf_rd_r=1BSPV769R231KDSJVT7M&pf_rd_t=9401&pf_rd_p=1274569502&pf_rd_i=amazon-mom-edit-info

I wouldn't say it saves me a ton of money, but most things do end up cheaper. I like it mostly because I don't have to worry about lugging the items home or remembering to buy them all the time.

Just signed up last night for coconut oil (at half the price of the local health food store) and replacement toothbrush heads.

They ship everything UPS 2-day. Sign up for Amazon Mom and all the shiping is free.

Diapers, wipes, Earth's Best organic formula, and GDiaper disposable refills.

Luvs diapers with Amazon Mom and Subscribe & Save are cheaper than Target brand at my local store, and Huggies Overnights are cheaper for me too.

I probably wouldn't do the subscription with the diapers, but my daughter is in the largest size and likely to be for at least a year, so I don't have to worry too much about changing sizes and such.

Target brand wipes are still cheaper for me.

I like not having to lug home the diapers too. I always used to have a hard time fitting everything in my cart.

I just checked out Amazon prices for a few items I buy at Costco (Annie's Bunny Snacks and Stretch Island Fruit Leather) and they are both WAY cheaper at Costco. I love the idea of the snack buying at Amazon, but I think I get more flexibility and bang for my buck by shopping at Trader Joe's and Costco for these types of things. (cereals, too) Also, we're almost potty trained, and are moving out of the diaper mode. (Thank god.) I did buy a case of laundry detergent from Amazon the other day and it was SO nice to have it delivered, and not have to schlep. Will definitely be peeking around the house to find other items we might subscribe to. How do I figure out how much TP we need? Do they ship cat litter?

I use subscribe & save for specialty items I can't find at my local grocery store or Target. I tend to not buy too many food products from Costco because I just don't eat enough of them to justify getting hundreds at a time. That said, I currently have Puffs with Vicks delivered (these are AMAZING and hit and miss to find) and Fruit Leathers delivered.

I get Horizon Organic milk boxes and GoGo Squeeze Apple sauce pouches. Both of them work out to be much cheaper than in the stores and I don't have to go out to get them! I am looking into getting pull-ups and some other snack foods that we use.

Diapers, wipes, cereal (they have a brown rice cereal with DHA and probiotics that I can't get locally).

Diapers, laundry detergent, dish detergent, razor blades. Have looked at some other stuff, but haven't found much else that fits the right price/convenience balance for it, especially compared to some things we can get at Costco and similar places.

Paper towels and toilet paper -- it's cheaper than Costco. We used to get diapers and wipes too.

This is great -- it's so important to do the math on bulk purchases AND to decide where your personal tolerance falls. I'm willing to pay a little more NOT to have to go to Costco! But I enjoy doing a little research to get good deals on stuff.

For me, money is often less valuable than time spent doing crap I hate.

So true, Asha! At least for me. And if you get the Amazon coupon codes from the various parenting magazines, you can do really well. I got my son's nighttime Pampers for $8 and there were 108 in the box. Awhile back, I got a huge box of Luvs for $10 with S&S and coupon codes. I don't do it every month but when I can stack coupons, I take advantage.

Wow...what a cool idea! I'm definitely going to have to tell my wife about this. Thanks!!

How do you figure our how much TP to get?

Diapers, wipes, k-cups, PG Tips tea, Torani vanilla syrup to go with my k-cups, GoGo Squeeze applesauce packets, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, Breathe Right strips.

Most, if not all items, I get for better prices than buying locally (we don't have a Costco in range), plus the convenience of having them delivered instead of having to take my 3 and 1 year olds to the store with me. I find shopping with kids incurs an extra cost in either buying things they ask for, or just making mistakes because I'm distracted.

A few are things I have trouble finding nearby. We got hooked on the applesauce, then Whole Foods near me stopped carrying them and Trader Joe's is frequently out of stock.

You guess, then modify the interval as needed. If you go to Manage You Subscriptions in your account, you can send an extra shipment at any time. You also get notified before something ships, so you can cancel it if you don't need it.

I only order diapers on subscribe and save and it's been awesome. They are cheaper than at the store (even when I had a coupon) and I don't have to drag 2 kids to the store to get a giant box of diapers.

But we order a few other things on amazon - the kids use a lotion that I can't ever find. It's a couple bucks more to order it on amazon, but so worth not having to check every CVS, Rite-Aid, Target etc. to find it. I order their Born Free sippy spouts too. I think they might actually be cheaper on amazon, but again, worth the effort to not have to go to Babies R Us.

I haven't ordered any food or toiletries, but I'm going to check the prices on a few things now that y'all have mentioned it :)

Diapers and wipes! Been doing it for months now and it's so much better than finding coupons and sales - not only are we saving more (and this is on Pampers products, mind you, where it's not hard to find them on sale or with a coupon), but having them arrive at my door consistently makes life so much easier. And it's super easy to request a shipment earlier than your original subscription when you need to - we've had to do this on the wipes when we were running low. There was no penalty, they just sent the extra shipment earlier. I'm going to have to check on things like snacks now - I'd never thought of using this service for that.

Another factor - using Amazon s&s keeps me out of Target. That's a HUGE savings, as Target and impulse purchases are best buds.

I've found good s&s prices on nutiva coconut oil, maple syrup, various diapers, oxo-brite, and country save detergent.

My Keurig coffee K-cups just shipped today. Although I've got so say, I'm a little irked that the price went up a few dollars and I wasn't notified of that fact. It's hard to find a deal on those things. Now I have to do the math and determine again if it's still a good deal.

Wow, I had no idea Keurig K-cups were such a popular item.

I actually broke down and signed up for Amazon Mom last night, and put in my first order for pull-ups through Subscribe & Save, based on the recommendations here.

I'm carefully going through some of our more consistent nonperishable purchases to see what we can save on and what we can't (TP: check! Peanut butter: No go!) but this looks like a really nice option, especially for those of us who don't have a Costco or Trader Joe's within 100 miles.

I use it for my diapers and wipes. I do find it less expensive as I buy Nature BabyCare and not only is it less expensive, it isn't easy to find anywhere else.

For those trying to compute how often you need a product delivered (tp, for example), remember you can set up a subscription for just 1 time and cancel it after delivery with no penalty. Alternatively, you can set it up for rare delivery (like every 6 months), and then force an early delivery when you run low. (There is a button on your subscription page that does this). This makes delivery more on-demand than a timed thing.

Coconut oil, Clif fruit ropes, Annie's Mac and Cheese, Pirate Booty, Mojo bars, koala krisp. Mostly stuff that is hit and miss at the grocery store and that my kids eat a LOT.

It doesn't *really* matter if you order too much in the TP department. You can adjust your orders. Or skip a shipment. Or whatever you need to do. It's not written in stone.

They do, but I find it's not at a savings.

diapers, pull ups, wipes, clean & go wipes & ms meyers laundry soap. with the 30% off it is reasonably priced and NO tax - here tax is almost 10% and not having to think about it is awesome. I need to check out TP and paper towels and laundry detergent too. I am addicted to amazon!

I use it for my baby's seventh-generation diapers. I signed up for amazon mom, so that automatically gives me 30% off. It's great.

I love finding new things to get using S&S. We get diapers, coffee K-cups, protein powder, protein bars (for dad), lactose pills (for mom), and, lately, Dentyne Pure gum (Costco dared to stop carrying it!).

Mark the package with the date when you open it (4 pack, 8 pack, whatever) and note when you complete it. It will give you a sense how long that many rolls of that type of TP will last you. If compulsive like me, mark the inner tube of each roll when put into service, when it was finished and then take an average.

Just be sure to recognize, every brand is a different size roll...

We bought diapers via Amazon mom (and kept getting extra months of free Prime!) but now our girls are out of diapers (which is better news) I bought my favorite soap and just picked up some tampons with a $2 online coupon. I try to just keep my eyes pealed for deals on products/brands I'd buy anyway.

Wantnot.net is my go-to website every day -- Mir finds and reports some great deals including S&S deals!

Personally, I would guesstimate the TP calculation at about 1 to 1.5 rolls per person per week. Or at least, that's about what we go through. But I also look after my (potty-trained) nephew on weekdays.
I've got 6 people in my household (me+hubby+4kids), and I buy a 12 pack every almost two weeks. I would bulk it, but at HEB (and even Walmart), the cheapest brand that my husband will tolerate is still cheaper than Costco.

Amazon varies between FedEx and UPS 2-day service for subscribe and save. I have had problems twice with FedEx and discussed this with Amazon, but Amazon insists that to keep their costs down, they will ship with whichever is more convenient to Amazon at the time of shipping. I have gotten around this some because FedEx does not do 2 day home delivery (at least in my area) on Mondays, so I schedule subscribe and save orders for Thursdays which forces the use of UPS which does deliver 2-day packages on Mondays.

I just received an email from Amazon stating that I earned 12 months — the maximum amount — of FREE Two-Day Shipping from Amazon Mom. All good things must come to an end, eventually. :(

Almost everything I buy that I have a name brand preference for & can predict volume easily: Diapers, Wipes, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Dish Detergent, Shampoo, Toothpaste...

Checkout http://amazongrocerysteals.blogspot.com/ to find the best daily deals!

MABESWIFE posted a comment regarding using coupon codes. I was wondering if you could elaborate on this (where do you find the codes, etc).

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