Here are the Ways I Save the Most Money with Amazon Subscribe & Save
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For anyone who may not have heard about this service, it’s pretty straightforward given the name — you subscribe to get monthly shipments of your desired products, and the more item subscriptions you have, the more you save. All subscriptions start with a 5% savings, but that percentage increases to 15% when you have 5 or more products in your monthly shipment. And remember this is Amazon we’re talking about, so they seriously have everything you could ever want!
What I love about this service is that it saves me a trip to the store, lets me stack coupons and other savings to get my favorite products for less, and makes managing the items in my shipment so simple. I will say though, there are definitely a few tips and tricks to make this program worth your while.
Here how I shop to maximize my savings…
Pick 2-3 necessities to order on subscription.
I love the array of products and find it so fun to test out new grocery items based on reviews. I recently ordered microwave pork rinds that we posted a deal on here at Hip2Save because I miss my popcorn given it’s not keto-friendly! 👎
Dang Coconut Chips are also one of my favorite keto snacks to order on subscription — I eat them constantly!
As many of you know, coffee is one of my great loves, so I’m constantly on the hunt for new brands of espresso beans (and coffee mugs!) to try — if I land on one I can’t live without, that will for sure become a regular purchase in my S&S.
AND with five people (and LOTS of laundry) in our household, Persil detergent is another go-to S&S purchase for me. I LOVE the smell!😍
Other great Amazon S&S products include:
- Baby products: diapers and wipes which are eligible for a 20% discount if you’re an Amazon Family member
- Household staples: trash bags, toilet paper/paper towels, cleaning & laundry products, vitamins
- Food and drinks: coffee & K-cups and snacks
- Toiletries: feminine products, hair care products, razors, contact solution
“I love S&S for all the things. 😛 Most often snacks for my daughter’s school lunch, the Gain Flings every time there’s that great deal, and usually the Planters deals are really good, too.” — Liza
“I get all of our laundry soap, dog food, cat food, and hand soap through S&S. Saves me SO much money by not going into the store for the basics and ending up buying other items I don’t need.” — Michelle
Add little items to get the 15% discount.
As you search through the thousands of eligible S&S items on Amazon, you’ll see a 5%/15% discount box showing the potential savings. Once you have five S&S items in your order, you’ll receive the 15% discount! I like to have a few large items that our family often uses mixed in with some lower cost products to maximize my savings potential.
If you’re ever in need of little things to add to your order to reach the five-item threshold, look for low-priced beauty goods, gourmet foods, household supplies, healthcare products, or treats for your pets! Some of my favorites add-ons that are on the inexpensive side…
- lip balms
- small cleaning supplies
- dog treats (and those are Yoli’s favorite, too!). 🐶
“I just got the Chapstick Duo in S&S (only to hit my 5 items) and I really like it!” — Alana
“I have at times purchased really inexpensive items that I may not totally need, but just to have a total of 5 items that I am subscribed to so that I can save an extra 15% off my entire shipment!” — Angie
Look for clippable coupons.
Just because you’re shopping on Amazon doesn’t mean you can’t use coupons! 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! If you’re not yet a member, you can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial HERE to try it out.
Keep in mind that select digital coupons are only good on the first order placed (and not every month), so be sure to check back the following month to see if the listed price is still a good deal for your S&S order.
“I buy anything and everything when there is a digital coupon and I can get it shipped to my door.” — Angie
Buy sample boxes for credits towards future orders.
Did you know that Amazon has these fun boxes full of curated samples that you can order through your Prime account? Each box includes a variety of samples along with an equal credit for a future purchase of select products in that category. They often have boxes for beauty products, skin care, grocery/beverages, and even dog food and treats!
Note that these sample boxes do change and sell out, so be sure to check this page on a regular basis to see what’s new.
Amazon will send an email on how to use your promotional credit a week after your sample box order ships, but most of the time it comes in a lot sooner than that. The best part? The credit can be used towards your Amazon S&S order as long as you have an eligible item in your cart — how sweet!
As an example, I had a credit from this Gatorade Sample Box I took advantage of previously (no longer available) and was able to use my $6.99 credit to score a HOT buy on this 12-count box of Gatorade Prime Fuel Chocolate Chip protein per bars! By combining the $6.99 credit with the 20% off coupon available AND the 15% off S&S discount, I paid just $1.90 shipped for 12 bars! 💃
Avoid items that are cheaper elsewhere.
It may be convenient to buy all your household goods on Amazon, but there are actually times that it may be more expensive when compared to purchasing those items in bulk at a big box store or warehouse club. Products like paper towels and toilet paper don’t have an expiration date, so you can often pick up these items in a large quantity for the lowest price per roll, assuming you have the space to store them. Batteries are also another item that can typically be found for less at stores like Costco and Sam’s Club.
That said, Amazon will occasionally roll out sales and digital coupons on household paper goods that are too good to pass up, such as deals on popular brands like Bounty and Cottonelle. In this case, it actually does make sense to purchase these products on Amazon.
Take advantage of deals when Amazon Prime Day rolls around.
Even though Prime Day has passed, I still can’t stop thinking about that CRAZY BabyGanics S&S deal that was offered! Lucky readers were able to get tons of FREE baby products thanks to pairing coupons with Subscribe and Save offers!
If you love ordering from Amazon, make sure to check back with us each summer when the next Amazon Prime Day rolls around — we post only the hottest offers to save you time so you don’t have to search the deals yourself. 😁 Can’t wait until next summer? Stay tuned as the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Amazon deals will be here before we know it! 🙌
Mark your calendar for your reorder date.
Another key to getting the most bang for your buck with Amazon S&S is diligently checking your order before it’s confirmed each month. Since the prices on these items change often, you’ll want to double check 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!
This is also a good time to swap out items you don’t need monthly with something else less expensive to keep your order total at five S&S products. You can also choose to skip a shipment if you need to. This will push the item back a month and also reset your entire delivery schedule based on that shipment.
For items I only need once, I always go back into my account when I receive my items and cancel my order so that I don’t accidentally get it the next month.” — Angie
What I’m loving about this program:
- It’s seriously so convenient.
It makes life easier by automating the shipment of my favorite products right to my doorstep. Plus, I’m not lugging around huge packages of dog food, detergent, or paper products throughout the store or out to my car. Gone are the days of trying to unload the car in a single trip! 🙌
- I save time and money by NOT going to the store.
Since I don’t have to use gas driving to the store, spend my time shopping, or unload the bulky items from the car, Amazon S&S makes my wallet and my schedule very happy.
- I save even MORE with coupons.
I can clip Subscribe & Save Coupons for qualifying items to save even more! They only apply for the first time an item ships as part of my Subscribe & Save order, though I’ve been diligent in moving items around in my orders to make sure I’m getting the best deal each month.
- The subscription options are really flexible.
I can change the delivery date by a few days to get something I need or want sooner! So if I’m running low on coffee and need it to arrive a week earlier, I can easily change the delivery date in my Amazon account. The same goes for cancellations — If just want to snag a deal for the low price but don’t want the subscription every month, I can cancel it right after receiving my order. It’s super easy!
Need some Amazon order inspiration?
Check out our Amazon Deals page on Hip2Save! We’re constantly posting about the lowest offers and ways to save on Amazon products!
Do you use Amazon Subscribe & Save?
Let us know your favorite products to order in your subscription and how you save the most money!