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March 20th, 2015 at 04:15 pm

Has anyone here ever used Amazon's "Subscribe and Save" service? Any comments or advice?

I've decided to give it a try. With Amazon Mom (come on, Jeff Bezos -- dads buy diapers, too!) , I can get 20% off of diapers if I subscribe. And with 5 or more items coming a month, I can save 15% on the rest.

I've always resisted in the past for two reasons: (1) by the time I'm on Amazon to buy something it means I need it ASAP and don't want to wait for my subscription delivery day and (2) I have a hard time estimating how long an item will last before needing to be replaced. But it seems like it's pretty easy to see what's in your upcoming order and adjust if necessary. And I feel like I might be better able to plan ahead this way.

So far I am only subscribed to things I would buy on Amazon anyway -- diapers, wipes, shampoo, etc. I will check the price of other household items and personal care items at Target next time I'm there, to see if they would be comparable or cheaper with the 15% discount. It would be nice to have these things just show up at my door instead of schlepping them home along with two small children.

6 Responses to “Subscribe and Save?”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I've used it in the past when the rules were different. I'll be curious to see how it works for you. Delivery is nice!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I used it when I was taking a daily probiotic. I could decline a delivery in advance if I already had enough on hand. I eventually canceled because I stopped taking the med, but I thought it was a good service.

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    i liked it, too, though I no longer use it. Pausing an order or asking for an extra at an unscheduled time was easy. Another benefit in my case was that the supplier did not raise prices over the years on his subscribed customers the way he did with single purchase customers.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I use it for my pea protein powder I use in my daily breakfast smoothies. It's a great program/service.

  5. frugalredhead Says:

    Absolutely, I love it! I used for diapers and wipes when I was buying those things. Right now I really only use it for my K cups and occasionally batteries. I had put batteries on the subscription (I have 4 and 7 year old boys and we go through a lot of batteries!) but then when I don't need them, I just skip the next delivery. It is very easy to do. Right now I'm looking for more things that I can add to get to 5 subscriptions a month so I can get the extra 15% off, bu my problem is that with buying store brand and couponing, most things on Amazon cost more than I would pay in the store. I'll have to check out things like shampoo and body wash, as I do buy name brand on those things.

  6. chloe Says:

    Thanks for the info, folks! I priced out a bunch of things at Target yesterday, and they are definitely cheaper on Amazon with the 15% discount. I know the cheapest option would be to wait for sales at Target and stock up then, but I don't really have the time or energy for that at the moment. So I will try this for now. The first order is supposed to come this week; I'll let you know how it goes!

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