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Here’s How I Effortlessly Saved $68.19 This Month With Amazon Subscribe and Save

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I’ve been a raving fan of Amazon Subscribe and Save ever since my 9-year-old was born.

I fondly remember the day I realized that I could get diapers delivered to my door every month for less than it cost to go get them myself. This discovery ushered in a whole new way of shopping for me, and Subscribe and Save has been a complete game-changer for us ever since!


Pampers diapers in Amazon box

Usually, you have to spend money to save time (like ordering takeout) or spend time to save money (like clipping coupons).

So if you’re having a hard time believing that you can automate your shopping to save both time and money, I totally get it. I was doubtful at first, too, but my family has been Subscribing and Saving every month since the diaper days, and we’ve never looked back!


First, here’s how I maximize my savings with Amazon Subscribe and Save:


  • To get the best deals, I buy some items in bulk. Sure, I might not need 2,000 Q-tips this month, but I will happily find the space to store them to get a great deal! Plus, it will be years before I need to think about buying Q-tips again. What a load off my mind! 😅

  • If I see a great price on something, I might subscribe to get the deal even if I only need it once. After the item ships, I go into my account and cancel that subscription right away, so I don’t accidentally order it again.

  • Amazon sends me a reminder email before each shipment, and I always check my order before it ships out. I look for price changes and skip any shipments that I don’t want or need that month.

  • Amazon offers a 5% discount on any item ordered through its Subscribe and Save program. That discount jumps to 15% when you order 5 subscriptions at a time! I always make sure to order at least 5 Subscribe and Save items every month to get that 15% discount.

  • I joined Amazon Prime. Prime members often receive special offers for exclusive coupons and other Subscribe and Save deals.

  • Not a Prime member? No worries – every Subscribe and Save order ships FREE!

Here’s how I saved $68.19 on just the 8 items I ordered last month.

Here are the items I received in my last Amazon Subscribe and Save shipment. There was no stacking the deck here! These are the things I actually got last month, long before I knew I’d have the chance to brag about it here! 😂

I saved over 57% versus what I would have spent on these items in-store! I suspect that some months I save even more money, especially when I have a lot of household or personal items in my order.

If you’re looking to add some of these products to your next Subscribe and Save order, keep in mind that prices are constantly fluctuating on Amazon, so you might not be able to get the exact same deals that I got. Here’s what I bought:


Goldfish 30 count box

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Snack Packs, 30 ct. – $8.48 ($1.50 savings)

We go through a lot of snacks at our house, and this Goldfish assortment of snack packs is always a favorite. This 30-count box is $9.98 at Walmart, so I saved $1.50 by getting it through Subscribe and Save.


Lemon Luna bars next to Amazon box

Lemon Luna Bars, 15 ct. – $9.85 ($7.82 savings)

It would have cost me $16.14 to get 15 of these at Walmart, and my store is often out of this flavor. Amazon has always had my favorite flavor, and I get them for only 66¢ a bar!


Epic venison bar

Epic Venison Bars, 12 ct. – $19.71 ($7.26 savings)

Have you tried these Epic meat bars? They’re a delicious snack for the low-carber or the carnivore in your life. It would have cost me $26.97 to buy 12 of them at Target, where they are regularly $8.99 per 4 count box.


Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Shampoo Duo Pack  – $7.82 ($1.66 savings)

At $4.74 a bottle, it would have cost me $9.48 to buy two bottles of my favorite dry shampoo at Walmart.


3 bottles of basis face wash

Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash, 3 ct. – $12.01 ($5.96 savings)

This facial cleanser goes for $5.99 a bottle at Target, so it would have cost me $17.97 to get 3 bottles there. I love that I get 3 bottles at a time, too – one for the shower, one for the bathroom sink, and one for my travel bag.


Q-Tips

Q-tips Cotton Swabs (500 ct.), 4 pack – $11.12 ($1.96 savings)

Yep, that’s a whole lot of Q-tips, but they don’t take up much space, and I can’t resist the savings. At $3.27 per package at Walmart, it would have cost me $13.08 to buy this many Q-tips there.


Amazon basics AA batteries

Amazon Basics AA Batteries, 48 ct. – $11.87 ($20.61 savings)

I always feel like I’m getting away with something when my Amazon Basics batteries arrive. It would have cost me $32.48 to buy this many Duracell AA batteries at Walmart, so even if they only last half as long as Duracell (which has definitely not been my experience) this would still be a great deal.


Amazon Basics AAA Batteries, 36 ct. – $8.48 ($21.42 savings)

That’s right – more batteries! I LOVE Amazon’s batteries, and it would have cost me $29.90 to buy this many Duracell AAA batteries at Walmart. I will NEVER do that again!


dog eating dog food

Other categories to consider:

Pet Supplies

Despite heavy pressure from my children, we still don’t have a pet. I do know a lot of other families who use this Amazon Subscribe and Save category for great deals on pet food and other pet necessities, though.


Baby Care

Our babies are in elementary school now, so you won’t see any baby items in our Subscribe and Save shipment! We did rely heavily on this category for diapers and wipes during the pre-potty era, though.

It was this category that originally kindled my love for Amazon Subscribe and Save, because being a new parent completely zapped me of any desire to run to the store. Prime members also get 20% off their subscriptions on diapers, baby food, and more!


Household

I wasn’t scheduled to receive any household items this month, but I really clean up when I order from this category! I regularly save on items like trash bags, laundry detergent, and dishwasher pods.


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Comments 22

  1. Meg

    Once I place an order, the price can’t change before it’s shipped right??! I’ve never gonna back to make sure I’m charged the original price I checkout with.

    • PL

      There have been a few times it changed for me. It doesn’t happen often though but I always check!

    • Alissa

      Price is locked for first delivery when you place the order. It is subject to change for future deliveries. I spend around $100 each month on S&S items and never had an issue with pricing. I also review mine monthly, delete most older ordered products and start fresh with new deals. HTH!

      • Misty D

        I always permanently delete my subscription after it ships. That way you always know what you’re paying and usually can use coupons for something that you’ve ordered multiple times!

    • Melissa

      You definitely want to check the email they send monthly before your monthly shipment ships. Almost all of my items increase in price after the first order.

  2. Mary

    I save a lot by avoiding S&S! Yes, there are great deals, but too often I was stocking up on “wants” not “needs.” I only buy the basics now, and only if they’re significantly cheaper than I can get locally. Otherwise, it’s a rabbit hole! 🙂

    • J

      You do have to exercise self control.

      • Jennifer

        What’s that? 😂😂😂

    • Suzanne H

      Same. Also, I was noticing a lot of price shifting. I see that several people said the price for the first shipment is locked in? Is that a new policy because I had major problems with this and gave up S&S because of this?

      • R

        No, that’s always been the policy for the first shipment. Keep your confirmation emails for comparison – if your price changes, contact CS.

  3. Vee

    I find that dog food is more expensive on amazon. The brand I buy is $20 per bag more. So I’ll buy off of other websites with free delivery in order to save money. My fur baby likes to eat. Lol

  4. Kim

    I spoke with Amazon about the pricing when, for some reason, my items were sent back. I just wanted them to resend the same exact items, but there was going to be a price change. What I was told was that you get the price of the item the day they ship it to you, but if you have the 5 items, you will get the 15% off. I had no idea this was happening. Here I was grabbing all of the subscribe and save postings because the prices were amazing, but in the end I was getting the price the day of shipping! I don’t know about the “locked in” pricing on the first order because when they send you the reminder the prices are conveniently not listed. All this to say that I no longer subscribe due to this mysterious price changing:( Sad, because it was super convenient and seemed to be such great deals.

  5. Katie

    I still haven’t fully figured out what’s going on with the subscribe and save price changes. They definitely do give me the price I locked in at for the first time I signed up..so it’s not price the day of, but after the first month you have to watch it. I really wish they made the prices clearer, it’s confusing in their favor!

  6. Katie

    Does anyone have an opinion on Amazon batteries? I buy them because they are so cheap but recently saw some reviews saying they don’t last long (you get what you pay for). Any thoughts?

  7. Kim

    I agree. If I only have 4 items I need I will add a super cheap 5th one so my subscription discount jumps from 5% to 15%. Easy peasy.

  8. Ramandeep Bains

    I am confused by S&S. I have 10 active subscriptions from 2 days ago, but when I add anything now, it only takes off 5% for S&S. Does anyone know why I am not getting 15%?

    • jaksmom8

      You get the bigger discount if you have 5 items being delivered in the same month and to the same address. I have over 40 active subscriptions right now but they aren’t all delivered in the same month, I may have 10 items for July, 15 for Aug. etc. I get S&S every month and love it! But I do go through and cancel most things that I bought that were on sale or with coupons after they’ve been delivered because you won’t get the lower price the next time. Hope that helps.

  9. Ramandeep Bains

    That makes sense now that I look closer and see Amazon is giving me August delivery dates for what I am adding. Is there any way to change it to July before placing the order? I know how to change delivery dates after orders are placed, but how do I choose July instead of the automatic August that Amazon keeps showing?

    • Misty D

      You can select your monthly delivery date, but it might be too late if your July subscriptions have already processed. I get my subscriptions on the 24th of every month, but I have to finalize my subscriptions by the 15th. Hope that helps.

  10. Ramandeep Bains

    Oh ok. That seems to be the problem then. My deliveries are also for the 24th, so I should have had my subscriptions done by the 15th for them to qualify. Thank you!

    • Misty D

      Amazon sends me an email reminder around the 12 or 13th of every month. Tip- I found it very helpful creating an Amazon folder in my email. I put all of my subscriptions payment emails/receipts Amazon sends. Then delete them after shipping. It is more work, but I always have a reference for what I signed up for. Sometimes it’ll be a month before something ships. I can’t remember the price I agreed to 🙂

  11. Tina

    I stopped using subscribe and save after they started changing the price (on the first shipment!) right before it ships. That’s shady business! M

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