Amazon has made some changes to their Subscribe & Save Program that could potentially save you a lot of money. But there are pros and cons to weigh, so I thought it was worth dedicating a post to discussing the new Subscribe & Save.
What is Subscribe & Save?
If an item is eligible for Subscribe & Save, there will be a box just under the price that tells you the Subscribe & Save price, and over to the right, there will be an option to order through Subscribe & Save:
Subscribe & Save gives you a discount of 5%, plus FREE shipping with no minimum. The “subscribe” part of it means that the item will be automatically shipped to you again. You can select an interval of anywhere between 1 to 6 months. However, you are not locked into anything, and you can cancel your subscription or delay the next shipment at any time on the Your Subscribe & Save Items page.
Recently, Amazon revamped Subscribe & Save to consolidate Subscribe & Save orders into one shipment per month. They also increased the Subscribe & Save discount to 15% if you have 5 or more Subscribe & Save orders in your monthly shipment (except diapers and wipes). While this doesn’t help if you need something right away, it’s a fantastic way to save on everyday items that you might need but can’t easily get for less in The Drugstore Game or by being an extreme couponer at the grocery store.
For example, my March shipment included Gillette Mach3 Razor Cartridges, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads, and Philips Sonicare for Kids Replacement Brush Heads. The Mach3 is my husband’s favorite razor and less than $2 per cartridge is a lower price than I can find in-store, plus a good price for a new razor these days is $1.99 so it’s cheaper to buy these cartridges – whereas a few years ago, it made more sense to buy new razors because they were free at the drugstores. As for the other items, I was out of magic erasers, which I love to use, and I couldn’t even find the kids Sonicare brushes at Target. Add in a couple more subscriptions for things we use, and I got things I need at a great price, all delivered to my door. (And I paid for them with FREE gift cards that I earned though Swagbucks!)
When to Buy Through Subscribe & Save
Every shopper should have a stock-up price list, so that you know when something is a great buy. If you shop regularly and pay attention to sales, you tend to know what you regularly find on sale at your stock-up price, and what’s rare to get super cheap.
I find that Amazon is a great place for those items that don’t fit into either of those categories, but which you buy regularly. The razor cartridges from my March order are a perfect example, since I rarely, if ever, find them at the same price at a brick and mortar store.
Amazon is also a great source for hard-to-find, and consequently more expensive, items. A perfect example is fair trade cocoa powder, which I can only find at Whole Foods, and for a much higher price.
And of course, there are the irregular bargain buys that pop up fairly often. For instance, we often see a stock-up price on toilet paper – there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason as to when the deal is available, but if it’s there, then it makes a great addition to your monthly Subscribe & Save shipment.
In sum, shop wisely and let Amazon Subscribe & Save save you money and time.
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