Help This Reader! What Bargains Have YOU Found With Amazon Prime Pantry?

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Check out this reader question from Cristina…

I’ve seen some ‘reader tips’ posts from the Hip2Save community that are extremely helpful when it comes to making recommendations and sharing experiences.

I would like to ask about what to buy at Amazon Prime Pantry. I’m new to Amazon Prime and especially to Prime Pantry. I’ve seen that you need to obtain a certain number of items in order to get the free shipping (which I didn’t expect, since I thought all orders with Prime qualified for free shipping), and I was wondering what deals you all get from there?

Some grocery items are just over priced compared to the grocery store… what are the deals to get from here? Thanks!

What items have you found to be a good deal on Prime Pantry?

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  1. Maria

    I only shop prime pantry when I have slow shipping credits. I combine the slow shipping credits with the buy 5 get free shipping promotion. Otherwise I don’t see the value.

    • Familyof7

      I don’t see a value in Prime pantry either. I have a large family and I can get a better price per unit at my grocery store or Costco. We use Amazon prime for subscribe and save but not for Prime pantry.

    • jenn

      I do this too. Otherwise I also don’t see any value based on local stores/deals. Not even with the convenience of not leaving home. I actually like grocery shopping, as long as it is without my kids haha.

    • candace

      Agreed. I do the same thing. If I use a f5 credit with free shipping I can get the Elvira breakfast crackers $1.80/box instead of $3 but I did see there are some sales on pantry items but they’re temporary and change

    • Jennifer

      I agree…the ONLY good deals are when you combine the slow shipping credit with the free shipping promo. Even then you have to really watch the prices…they can be high!

  2. Amy

    The absolute best deals i find have always been with Pantry. I only do it when I have slow shipping credit. If you can pair that with the buy 5 get free shipping it makes for an even better deal. Coupons make for great deals. I’ve received several items for free with coupons! Another big tip is to sort by price. There are almost always some really cheap items. If you search via mobile ypu can search all pantry items low to high instead of just one category. Go to the prime pantry page via mobile site and sort by price. For example right now I see boxes of Annie’s mac and cheese for 60 cents! Some Maybelline eye shadows for under 70 cents, Combos for 63 cents, Oral B 75 count floss picks 74 cents, Pepperidge farms goldfish pretzels 94 cents etc You just have to search and wait until you have the best deals otherwise, like anything, it is expensive. Over the last few months (not current offers just examples!) I’ve found the huge bottles Garnier conditioner for 99 cents, Dr Scholls inserts for 11 cents, 24 Count internal delight individual creamers 57 cents, 6 packs of 2 oz Kettle brand chips for 1.33, Bush’s pinto beans huge 41 oz cans for 99 cents, L’Oreal moisturizer $1. I love love love Prime Pantry.

    • Amy

      Oh I’ve also found great deals of k cups too! Twinings 24 count for 1.30 something and Lipton ones for under a dollar.

      • H2S Fan

        Amy, thank you for your helpful reply. I will give it another look with your suggestions! ๐Ÿ™‚ .

      • melissa

        I don’t see the option for low to high

        • Jenn

          @Melissa – if you are on the Amazon app, shop by Department and choose Prime Pantry. Scroll all the way down and you’ll see an option to “See All Prime Pantry”, click on that and it’ll give you the option to filter or sort.

          • KetaCar

            Thank you! That was really helpful!!

        • Amy

          Via Amazon on mobile search “prime pantry” it will take you to the pantry page and just scroll down a bit. There will be an option to sort low to high. For some reason this is so much easier via mobile. Hope that helps. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • melissa

            Thank you guys!

    • Mel

      This is exactly what I do. I have found amazing deals.

  3. Heidi N

    That was a great question and I am glad to see I’m not the only one who doesn’t find real value with prime pantry. I thought maybe I was missing something!

  4. Daniela

    I usually pick the cheapest thing on the free shipping list and buy 5 of it. Last time it was aspirin, granola bars, a cleaning solution. Then I combine my slow shipping credit as well as go through the items that have high value clip to account coupons. I have found cheap clean and clear, head and shoulders, coffee pods, hair dye, etc. Combining all that plus my 5% cash back for using my Amazon credit card, it is a pretty good deal. And I don’t waste gas.

    • swishina

      Is there a way to sort the buy 5 get free shipping?

        • swishina

          I mean can you filter or sort just those free shipping deals? Or do you have to scroll through all of them?

          • PJ

            I haven’t found a way. ๐Ÿ™ Just click click click through each category row. If anyone has found a way to sort, please share!
            Maybe Amazon does it deliberately so it is more difficult to comparison shop and impossible to easily select low priced items.
            You can order 5 of the same item to qualify, though. So If I find something we use, sometimes i do that.

  5. Mo

    I’ll shop with the 5 for free shipping and the 5 off only. I’ll compare prices by checking other retailers (target app, etc.) before I commit to ordering. I’ve gotten good deals on detergent and normally snacks or health/beauty items.

  6. Beth

    The slow shipping credit everyone talking about, it that the one you pick at checkout? To use later on a different order

    • Darcie


    • Daniela

      I do my best to never select prime 2 day shipping. I accumulate a lot of credits that way.

  7. Jenn

    I’ve gotten a lot of good deals on baby stuff – not necessarily food, but the Take and Toss containers, some toys, etc. I always use the slow shipping credit and do the free shipping deal, plus look through all the coupons. Otherwise, not really worth it.

  8. Judy

    Although I pay a little more that I like to spend for some of the items I love the convenience. I have a nephew that has some disabilities and lives in a independent living community and I can’t always drive 2 hours to get to him so I use prime pantry a lot to send him items that he may need until he can’t get to the grocery store. He loves the fact that he has a package coming.

  9. Dee

    The prices change ALL THE TIME!!! Check and see how much things are going for when you want to buy or keep them in your cart without purchasing for a few days to keep an eye on if they go down. I’ve bought big containers of Maxwell House coffee for $5 before but sometimes they go for double that. I can’t make sense of it so I just check the prices before I buy.

  10. Sarah

    I use prime pantry when I travel with my family. I like to have some snacks, bottled waters, easy Mac, baby food, etc. waiting on is when we arrive at a Vrbo condo. I’ve even done it when we traveled to Disney and it was amazing having our snacks for the week at pretty reasonable prices. Surprisingly, most rental companies, as well as Disney, have been fine with preshipping a pantry order.

  11. L

    I have been fighting a cold non stop. Right now they have Alkaselter Cold and Cough the purple pills 40 count. Yes, 40 count for $3.74 a box. The regular price for 20 count isusually $5.75 or higher. And this brand is the only one that keeos my cough under control.

  12. Jen

    Yesterday I got the 4 packs of organic Gogo squeeze applesauce for .99 and 12 packs of the apple mango flavor for 2.00! I used the buy 5 items to get free shipping section for things I usually buy at the grocery anyways (snacks/condiments) and I also added on the add on stacking blocks Collin posted about.

  13. GKell

    I like to order cat litter from Amazon pantry when the prices are decent. I don’t know that they are ever really cheaper than a good sale at a brick & mortar! I can stock up and some else brings those heavy bags to my door (I do feel bad for the UPS driver!).

  14. Cristina

    Awesome, thanks everyone for the tips!

  15. Vivian

    Thank you!!! I never could figure out how to use these credits either! And thank you to those that suggested combos! Mind is blown, I love those lol. And go go squeeze!

  16. PJ

    Definitely comparison shop. A lot of the prices really are high, even with coupons/sales.

    I always pick 5 items from the “buy 5, get free shipping” page. As long as they are no more than .25 more each than what I’d pay in a store. If they are less than what I’d pay, even better. Sometimes there will even be deals like .98 Rice-A-Roni on that page.
    Check out the clearance page. (Again, don’t take it for granted the prices are good, but sometimes there are bargains to be found.)
    Watch the top banner–sometimes there will be a deal like “spend $20 on ____(a specific brand or brands usually) and save $5.” But make sure those prices are actually good.
    Take advantage of the “price per unit” (ounce, pound etc) math Amazon does for you to help with comparison shopping.
    Don’t feel compelled to fill your box to 100%. Adding random items literally costs you more. (And Amazon does have smaller boxes they will use to ship smaller Pantry items. That imaginary pantry box you see in your cart is just the largest one.)
    There is a coupon page, too. But I personally find it to be overwhelming, and many of the so-called deals there underwhelming–I count on Hip2Save to help me sort out the real “good buys.”
    You can also add stuff to your cart/box, and come back to them late, but prices change and things go out of stock, so if it’s something you really want, buy it asap. If you go back to your cart later, make sure the things you added are still in-stock at a price you want to pay for them.

  17. PJ

    One more tip- when looking at product ratings, be aware that many people rate primarily or solely on price. So a product isn’t necessarily terrible if it has a low rating. I see this so often in the Pantry.
    I might be thinking of buying a granola bar currently selling for $1.25, but all the comments are one or two stars saying how awful it is that this is priced at $15, or that the customer expected to get a whole box after paying $19.99.
    Also keep that in mind when rating products. I want to know if the bar is delicious or not. I’d also be mad if I got less than I expected and I’m annoyed by the ridiculously high prices sometimes listed, but I also see why it’s a good idea not to rate on delivery or price in the reviews.

  18. SJ

    I liked using prime pantry and prime now when we went on vacation to Disney. We had dried fruit, bread, peanut butter and jelly, chips, yogurt, string cheese, milk, oatmeal, a case of soda for my hubby, trail mix, and Apple sauce pouches delivered right to the resort. Got a notification from prime now my driver was there and picked it up before we headed to the parks the first morning. Saved a TON compared to other grocery delivery services in the area and saved time and money traveling to a store by Uber or Lyft myself to shop…highly recommend it!!

  19. Pat

    I have a question. There are so many apps out there. How do you add them to your phone when it is full and you use all of them so you can’t take any off. I only have one game, the rest are ibotta, checkout51 etc.

    • Stephanie

      It sounds like you might have an older iPhone. Here’s a page with some tips. Be sure to install the Google Photos app so it can sync all your photos to the cloud then you can delete them from your phone. Also you can connect your phone to your computer and have iTunes update it to the newest OS which usually takes up less space. Otherwise it might be time for a newer phone.

    • AnnieL.

      Have the same problem. My phone is always full…frustrating :-/ .

  20. Suzanne H

    I like it most for shipping packages to kids at college. When my nephew was in college, his mother and I would send care packages to him. We could surprise him or he could fill out a wish list of items he wanted/needed. Even if we had to pay the $5.99 shipping, it was WAY cheaper than any other delivery service we could find. His roommate loved it too since there was always enough to share. It was terrific when he went back to school each semester b/c he didn’t have to pack, load and carry any toiletries or food. We preshipped them to his dorm room. I now have a son that is moving out this weekend and already plan on sending him surprises every once in a while!

  21. SJ

    This is an awesome post. Thank you for asking the question and all the advice. I have never used it as it seemed expensive to me.

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