Get the Most Bang for Your Buck with Amazon’s Subscribe & Save Program
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Oh, how I ❤️ Amazon!
If you’re new to Amazon, it’s important to know the basics of the Subscribe & Save program so you can get the best bang for your buck.
If you’re an avid Amazon shopper, you likely have used Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program to save BIG on things like household, and personal care items, pet food, groceries, and/or diapers. I mean who doesn’t love the convenience of having products you need automatically delivered to your door each month!? BUT, have you ever wondered if you’re getting the most out of their subscription program?
1. How does Amazon Subscribe & Save work?
With Subscribe & Save, you can quickly set up regularly scheduled deliveries (from monthly to every six months) on thousands of eligible products, AND you can even set different items to different schedules! Also, you can unlock extra savings on select subscriptions by clipping coupons or subscribing to five or more products in one month to one address on your monthly delivery day.
The best part, in my opinion, is that there’s NO commitment once you subscribe (even if it’s just for one month!) and you can cancel or skip your deliveries at ANY time by visiting your account!
2. What are the advantages of Subscribe & Save?
- Always Lower Prices.
Subscribe & Save prices are always 5% lower than the prices of the one-time purchase options. However, when you subscribe to five or more items each month, you’ll save more!
- Stack the Savings.
You can save an extra 15% (or 20% for diapers) instead of 5% off all items in your subscription whenever you add five or more eligible items to your monthly subscriptions.
- Save MORE with Coupons.
In addition to the savings mentioned above, you can also clip Subscribe & Save Coupons for qualifying items to save even more! Keep in mind that these coupons often apply to the first time an item ships as part of your Subscribe & Save order.
- No Contracts or Agreements!
You can cancel your subscriptions easily in your Amazon account without being penalized. That means if you’re just wanting to snag a deal for the low price but don’t want the subscription, you can cancel it right after you receive your order.
- Free 2-day Shipping.
Even if you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you’ll score free shipping on your Subscribe & Save orders – including qualifying Add-On items that have the subscribe option.
Make life easier by automating the shipment of items your household needs with a flexible delivery date. You can always update your delivery schedule if you find you’re receiving too many or too few shipments for your personal use.
- Flexible Delivery.
You can also change your delivery date by a few days to get something you need or want sooner! So if you’re running low on dog food and need your dog food to arrive a week earlier, you can easily change the delivery date in your Amazon account.
3. How does the pricing of subscriptions work?
“In advance of each delivery, we will send you a reminder email showing the item price and any applicable discount for your upcoming delivery. The price of the item may decrease or increase from delivery to delivery, depending on the Amazon.com price of the item at the time we process your order.”
The tricky part about Amazon Subscribe & Save is that the prices change often. Just because you subscribe to Tide Pods for a crazy low price the first month doesn’t mean your subsequent deliveries for the following months will be the same price. If the price changes, you’ll be charged that price.
Whenever you subscribe to an item the first time, that’s the price you will pay. So if you click the subscribe button and your order says $10, you’ll be charged $10 for that order.
BUT, if the price changes for a delivery from the first time you confirmed your order, you will be charged the higher/lower price unless you cancel beforehand! So if you paid $10 for a subscription the first month but then by your next delivery, the price has jumped to $20, you’ll be charged $20 for that month’s subscription. That means it’s really important to keep an eye on the prices for your orders!
4. Getting the most bang for your buck…
- Add five or more subscriptions each month.
The best way to save 15% off your Subscribe & Save purchases is to schedule at least five items for regular delivery.
- Clip available coupons to save more.
Be sure to look for products where you can clip Subscribe & Save Coupons to save even more!
- Watch the prices.
The tricky part about Subscribe & Save is that prices on these items change often. Be sure to log into your Subscribe & Save account each month to make sure you’re not paying more for a particular item than you should. Amazon will send you an email a few days before your scheduled delivery with a list of current prices, so watch for that email!
- It’s OK to skip shipments.
If you’re not running low on an item when it’s scheduled to deliver, be sure to hit the “skip” button. This will push the item back a month and also reset your entire delivery schedule based on that shipment.
- Set your delivery to every 6 months.
If you only want to purchase a deal one time because it’s on sale for a great price, set your delivery schedule to every 6 months. That way if you accidentally forget to cancel the following month, you’ll have a little wiggle room and won’t be charged right away.
- Watch for Prime Exclusive deals.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can often score exclusive Subscribe & Save deals/coupons only for Prime members to get even more out your membership! But, if you’re not yet a member, you can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial HERE to try it out.
5. Some of the best deals with Subscribe & Save:
- Cleaning & Laundry Products
- Feminine Products
- Haircare Products
- Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
- Contact Solution
What items do YOU subscribe to on Amazon?
Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off running long distance, bargain shopping, warm weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.