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How To Save Money with Amazon Subscribe & Save

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Almost every month a box from Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program arrives at our house, and I estimate I save about 25% off of store prices with this program. If you aren’t familiar with how to use it to save time and money, here are all of the basics!

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Subscribe & Save is a program available to  Amazon Prime Members that allows you to have items that you use regularly delivered (for free!) at a set interval to your home. Here are the two best things about the program:

Flexibility: You choose your delivery frequency (anywhere from monthly to every 6 months), you choose your delivery date, and you can cancel items at any time, even after only one delivery.

Savings: If you have five or more items in your order, then you get an additional 15% off of Amazon’s low prices. You can save even more by “clipping” some of the many digital coupons available on Amazon for S&S items.

After coupons and a 15% discount, your final price will range from competitive to how-are-they-staying-in-business cheap! Plus it is delivered to your door for free, saving you time and gas money.

Finding Subscribe & Save Items

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First, here is how I go about finding items that have a Subscribe & Save option. You can use this link go to the Subscribe & Save home page.

Or to get there yourself, head to the Amazon homepage and mouse over Departments (right under the Amazon logo). A menu will drop down, and from that, mouse over Beauty, Health and Food. Then click on the Subscribe & Save link. From there you can search just for products that have a Subscribe & Save option.

Adding Items to Your Order

Next, here is an example of how to add an item to a delivery and use a coupon:

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First, click the button “Clip Coupon & Save” below the price. If there is a coupon available it will show up here. You will be able to see your coupon savings when you review your subscription in the next step.

Then select Subscribe & Save (as opposed to a one-time delivery) and click the button to review the subscription. You will save 5% on subscriptions until you reach the 5 item minimum for the delivery. Once you have 5 items in your delivery, the price shown will automatically reflect your 15% savings.

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Here is what you will see when you review your subscription. This shows my Coupon Savings (25% off) and Subscribe & Save discount (15% for me) for a total price of $4.38 for this Gevalia Signature Blend K-cup 12 pack. At $0.37 per K-cup this price is well below what you’ll pay for this item on sale at big box stores such as Walmart and Target.

As I mentioned, you can always change your mind and cancel a subscription at any time, even before it ships. You can review and change your subscriptions at any time by visiting the Subscribe & Save page in your account. To get to it from the Amazon homepage, mouse over Your Account and click on Your Subscribe & Save Items from the drop down menu (or use this link).

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From here you will be able to review all of your upcoming subscriptions. Amazon also send an email reminder to review your subscriptions about 5-7 days before they ship.

Adding an item to your monthly order basically just locks in the current price. You can always cancel it later (up until a day before your order ships), you can never get the low price back after it changes! For that reason, I grab items whenever I see a low price and often times cancel the subscription later if I have changed my mind or found a better price.

What to Order Through Subscribe & Save

Now I’ll share what items I often order through Subscribe & Save. All prices are subject to change at any time and include the 15% discount and any available coupons. Maybe some of them are things you haven’t thought to look for on Amazon before!

#1 Household Supplies

I strongly dislike lugging giant packs of toilet paper or paper towels through a store, out to my car, then into my house. I enjoy it immensely when they show up on my doorstep for the same price as I’d pay in-store or cheaper! I also order our trash bags, tissues, kitchen sponges and more with S&S. Here are some of my favorite items:

Kleenex 8 pack

Kleenex Ultra Soft Tissues, White, 120ct, Pack of 8 – $9.01

Cottonelle toilet tissue

Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Care Toilet Paper, Double Roll Economy Plus Pack, 32 Count – $13.57

forceflex trash bags

Glad ForceFlex OdorShield Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags, Fresh Clean, 13 Gallon, 68 Count – $10.49

scotch brite sponges

Scotch-Brite Multi-Purpose Scrub Sponge 521, 1-Count (Pack of 12) – $6.79

#2 Drinks & Snacks

We get our coffee, tea, and snacks almost entirely through S&S at this point. The prices and selection can’t be beat. I’ve also ordered gifts for family and friends for this category (I like to give consumable gifts!) I just get the item once then cancel my subscription if it was a gift.

Box of San Francisco Bay One Cup Single Serve Coffee

San Francisco Bay OneCup, Breakfast Blend, 80 Single Serve Coffees – $24.65


Larabar Gluten Free Fruit & Nut Food Bar, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, 16 – 1.6 Ounce Bars – $11.69

Can of Maxwell House Ground Coffee

Maxwell House Ground Coffee, Original Roast, 11.5 Ounce– $2.56

can of Planters whole cashews

Planters Deluxe Whole Cashew, 18.25 Ounce – $5.25

bag of Terra real vegetable chips

TERRA Original, Sea Salt, 1 Ounce (Pack of 24) – $12.82

#3 Baby Supplies

I have always bought diapers and wipes through Amazon and I can’t get over how expensive they are in-store! If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can join Amazon Mom and get 20% off all diaper subscriptions. Here are a few things from the Baby & Child Care store I have bought regularly:

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 Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes Refill, 624 Count – $10.46

box of pampers diapers

Pampers Swaddlers Diapers Size 4 Economy Pack Plus 144 Count – $38.13

Packs of Elements Baby Wipes

Amazon Elements Baby Wipes, Sensitive, Flip-Top, 80 Count (Pack of 6) – $9.34

#4 Beauty & Personal Care

I have bought all of the following through S&S: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, face lotion, body lotion, sunscreen, mascara, eye shadow, body wash, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and probably other things I’m forgetting. I often grab products when they are super cheap due to coupons and my S&S discount.

Pantene Pro V Shampoo

Pantene Pro-V Shampoo, Ultimate 10 with BB Creme, 12.6 Ounce – $2.76

maybelline mascara

Maybelline New York Great Lash Big Washable Mascara, Brownish Black 132, 0.34 Fluid Ounce – $3.22

irish spring body wash

Irish Spring Gear Body Wash, Exfoliating, 15 Fl. Ounce – $2.33

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Lotion

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Lotion With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15, 2.5 fl. Oz. – $11.44

I’m sure there are many more items I could add, but you get the picture. You can save your family lots of time at the store and lots of money using Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program. Do you Subscribe & Save? If not, is there something holding you back from giving it a try? Please leave a comment below!

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Jenny @ Dishwasher Required

Sunday 26th of July 2015

This is so AWESOME! I've put a bunch of stuff in my basket. I'm doing my weekly shopping trip today and have made a list of the things I buy on a regular basis so I can jot down the prices to compare. The Cottonelle and the sponges are definitely a great deal! The kids use Tom's toothpaste and the SNS price is definitely better. I'm so excited!


Sunday 26th of July 2015

I'm so glad it was helpful to you! I look forward to our shipment each month full of good stuff!

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