Amazon’s “Subscribe And Save” Program Will Save You So Much Money

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I’m a huge lover of Amazon. It’s probably the place I shop most. My bank account statements are literally lined with Amazon, Amazon, Amazon.

The Amazon Prime subscription is pretty awesome and I find myself relying on it more with every year that passes. I secretly hate trips to Target and if I know what I want to buy, why not just buy it online?

A bit of a caveat, not everything on Amazon is a worth buying. One of my most recent Amazon mistakes was buying food type items. No I haven’t tried Amazon Fresh, I think that’s a completely separate category, but I have tried buying in bulk Miss Vicky’s jalapeño chips from a 3rd party vender. I love them so much! I ended up buying like 40 in a box and tell me how they ended up with expiration dates that ended the following month? How am I supposed to eat 40 bags of jalapeño chips in a month? ??

I also made the mistake of buying 16 kinder eggs because my daughter loves them and I want to give them as a reward for doing homework. Tell me how their expiration date was for the following week? Why would I buy these from that seller again? I’m not going to give my daughter 16 Kinder Eggs in a week!

So you have to be careful with certain things because Amazon is still a place where people sell wholesale and sell leftover inventory when they can’t sell in their brick and mortar store. It’s just one caveat.

But I still opt for the Amazon “Subscribe and Save” purchases. These items are not going to expire as easily as food stuff so it makes sense for me to buy them in bulk or buy them on a regular schedule so I can get the discounts. When you do Amazon “Subscribe and Save” you can get either a 5% discount for subscribing to buy an item or you can get 15% off if you have five or more items subscribed for delivery that month.

For example, May I ordered five different household items so I was able to get the 15% discount that whole order. But in June, I had only three household items subscribed for delivery to so I was only able to get the 5% discount.

Any discount is better than no discount, but I usually try to arrange my purchases so that I can get 15% off my order every month. That means every month I’m getting five different items that I can subscribe to through Amazon. The nice thing is that you can move orders around so that you can meet your 15% discount with the five item minimum easier.

I would recommend going for items that are not going to expire easily, that you need on a regular basis and are easy to ship. Things like soap, diapers, baby wipes, shaving cream, lotion and shampoo are great examples.

So what am I ordering every month? On my subscription list are the following items:

Those are just some of the things that I like to buy from Amazon. Just know that they’re mostly household items that can fit in your closet for a few months and non-perishables. The subscribe featured items are also constantly being shipped to other people, so they’re less likely to be stale.

And of course this is all predicated on the fact that I have Amazon Prime, which I think I pay $13 a month to get free shipping on all Amazon Prime items. Totally worth it especially with the new Subscribe and Save feature. With a 5%-15% discount, these items are highly competitive with any other store pricing.

If you don’t have it already, definitely sign up for Amazon Prime, right now they’re offering a 30 day free trial for those just starting out! I would recommend giving it a try and mixing it with buying items through the Subscribe and Save program, it basically pays for itself! I hate making Target runs mainly because of how busy the store near me usually gets and how disorganized they are. Amazon is a deliver to your door type of service.

I used to worry that someone would steal my package but I honestly never had a bad experience with ordering through them. Their customer service centric policies are what make them an amazing business model. And they have no issues with refunding if you have a bad experience.

So would definitely recommend using Amazon as part of your grocery/household shopping arsenal. You can definitely work it so you’re saving on things you need and in bulk. At which point, the cost of Amazon Prime pretty much pays for itself.

Happy Shopping!

Why I Use Instacart and Love It! Best Instacart Review!

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So I took the the plunge a few months ago and used my Instacart account!  A new take on grocery delivery service, so here’s my Instacart review. It’s like Uber groceries if Uber had an app that delivered groceries.

Why I started with Instacart

I couldn’t make it to the grocery store and my husband was doing all the grocery shopping. I would never have any of the ingredients I needed when I wanted to cook so I would lose motivation to cook and order out. Believe me it costs a lot to do that regularly. I told my husband that I was going to do a food delivery company and he said “No, we don’t need to do that. I can make it to the supermarket.” Well he was always buying what HE wanted at the grocery and I was never able to meal plan and cook. I’d look through our pantry and try to cobble together a meal that I didn’t really want to make or try to substitute ingredients I was missing.

How Instacart works

You create an account where you can do online grocery shopping.  There are several different local stores you can shop from like BJs or Cosco and your local supermarket. Nearly every product you need is listed and you can select quantity. Like any delivery program, there is a increased price on the product as opposed to if you bought it in the store. I would say their profit margin is $.25 to $1.00 per item.

There is also a 5% service fee and a $3.99 delivery fee. The delivery fee does not go to the shopper or driver, you’ll need a separate tip to send to the shopper. If you sign up for Instacart Express for $99 a year, the service fee and delivery fee are waived. You still need to tip the shopper. I usually tip anywhere from 5% to 10%. You can also rate the shopper/driver.  So I signed up for the Instacart Express because I use the service almost every week and using the service at least 10x, you’ll get your money back in fees you would have otherwise paid.

I like the app, you can order from your phone as well. They also text you as process goes along. The first text tells you they’ve received your order. The next text is to tell you your shopper is shopping the order. The shopper can text you and ask questions and confirm if you want something replaced if an item is not available in store. Then you get another text when the driver is en route. And another text reminder when they’re close by. You can get a pretty good idea when your delivery is coming just from the texts alone.

Why I chose Instacart over FreshDirect.

FreshDirect is good and a lot of people order from there, including my office. It’s great you get those FreshDirect cooler bags that they leave on your front door if your not home. They offer next day and even same day  grocery delivery. But what I liked about Instacart is that the delivery is more specific to time ranges (ex.1:00pm to 2:00pm). And it I have to say it’s pretty accurate. If I’m home for a certain window of time, I can make sure the delivery happens at that time so I can personally receive them. As opposed to FreshDirect which will just leave a fresh direct cooler box if your not home. I don’t really like the idea of my groceries hanging out outside, exposed to heat, bugs, other neighbors etc.

I also like Instacart for the familiarity. They shop from a local store that I’ve already shopped from before. I like to place orders at chain wholesale stores like BJs Club or Cosco. I also order from my local supermarket chain that’s listed. I know what I usually buy from there and can order on Instacart knowing exactly what product they’re going to get. FreshDirect it’s kind of like it’s own store. All the products seem different, it’s not as familiar as having someone shop at a store I’ve shopped at before. It takes a bit of trial and error to know what’s good and what’s not. FreshDirect, I heard is fresher for produce but it’s hard to gauge how much produce your getting from the description and pictures, in my opinion.

Quality of service and product

Initially I thought it would be weird to have my food delivered. A stranger is literally coming to your home to deliver food. I’m so used to picking my own food. But I was pleasantly surprised. It’s like I picked the items myself! They were not damaged and not expired and exactly what I ordered.

On a few occasions when I’ve tipped 10%, the drivers will come in and help me load the items on my counter. Their supposed to just hand it over the threshold of your front door. I thought that was really nice, they didn’t have to do that. Tipping 5% is a little on the lower side, so I don’t expect that type of treatment if that was the tip.

As far as quality of produce, there has only been one time I was unhappy with what I bought. I had bought these Dannon yogurts that were packaged as singles. I guess the expiration was in less than 2 weeks but we didn’t eat them fast enough. With someone else shopping, they’re just going to grab the items as long as they are not expired. They won’t be able to analyze and think for you whether it’s a good buy and whether you’ll be able to eat them all before they expire.

Produce and dairy items need to be used within 3-4 days of ordering in my opinion. The packaged yogurts usually have a later expiration dates as opposed to the loose ones, so I get those. Milk and eggs are something I would buy myself. Everything else I’ve had a really great experience with.

Why you should sign up

Right now they have a promotion for a free trial of Instacart express for 14 days!  That’s how they got me. I was tired of not being able to make it to the grocery store or being able to cook what I wanted.

With Instacart you can meal plan so much better.  With online grocery delivery, planning your meals where you would have otherwise ate out will save you sooo much money if you’re able to plan your meals consistently.

It will save you so much time. I can easily spend 1-2 hours at the supermarket. Combing through aisles, dodging other carts and pondering whether I should buy something I really shouldn’t. And also the lines! Stressing because all the open cashiers have people with carts filled to the brim, so I end up waiting 15 minutes to check out. And all this can be avoided with just a delivery. In those 1-2 hours you can be doing laundry, you can be cooking dinner, or cleaning your house. For me the minimal extra cost is worth my time back.

Since I’m already a member, I’m going to offer you a $10 discount on your first order. Use this code: ACONCEPCION2611AC at checkout and $10 dollars will be deducted from your order. When you sign up you get an automatic free trial so this $10 goes directly to the cost of your food

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

 

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