Use Amazon Subscribe & Save to Save Money on Items You Buy Regularly

Yesterday, I was ordering some diapers on Amazon.com for our younger daughter (we usually buy diapers at Costco, but we earned some free money in the summer that has to be used to buy this particular 7th Generation brand baby diapers from Amazon) and noticed something new to me:

Amazon Subscribe & Save

At the bottom of the screen, there’s a text box with this message: Save an extra 15% with Subscribe & Save. I don’t buy a lot of stuff at Amazon and most of my purchases are electronics which I don’t need to buy on a regular basis, so I don’t know when this program began, but from what it says, it seems to be a very good amount of savings.

Basically with this Subscribe & Save program, you will

  • automatically receive a new shipment of the item in intervals you select – every one, two, three, or six months;
  • get a discount on our everyday price;
  • get free shipping on every Subscribe & Save shipment;
  • pay for each order only when the item is shipped;
  • have the option to cancel at any time.

For items like diapers or other household items such as laundry supplies that we usually a lot and need to buy very often, 15% discount is very good. For the diapers I am buying, the price reduced to $36.54 a box from $42.99 after the 15% discount.

Amazon Subscribe & Save 15%

Of course, I won’t use Amazon just because of the 15% discount. If, after some comparisons, it turns out Amazon has the best price, then using Subscribe & Save won’t be a bad option to save money on items that we buy regularly.

Have you used this program already? If so, what’s your experience?

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10 Responses to “Use Amazon Subscribe & Save to Save Money on Items You Buy Regularly”

  1. Matt |  Dec 04, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    My experience with Amazon S&S program has been very favorable. I have compared the prices to Costco and not only is it usually cheaper after the 15% discount….but the standard shipping is always free (No need to make sure you have at least $25 worth of stuff). I have used the S&S program to save money over Costco on diapers (Every month), granola bars (every six months), and dried fruit packages (every 6 months), and razor cartridges.

    Additionally, there have been things that I usd the program for just to get the discount and shipping….and then immediately cancelled after the first shipment (Or I just keep using the “delay the next shipment” option).

    Unless I was planning a trip to Costco in the coming week anyway, it is usually faster to order it through Amazon’s S&S program than it is to wait until the next time I go….or make a special trip to Costco.

  2. Penelope Pince |  Dec 04, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    I use Amazon’s Subscribe and Save for regular orders of Spenda (no calorie sweetener) and have been very happy. We save a lot from what we would pay at our local supermarket ($6 per bag instead of $10) and it’s convenient because it’s automatically shipped to our door every 2 months.

    In fact, I wrote a post on my blog about this program just last month, if you don’t mind my sharing:
    Save on Groceries and Household Supplies with Amazon’s Subscribe & Save Program

  3. Rev |  Dec 04, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    I use Amazon S&S for cereal. I get a shipment once a month. I also get a variety of other supplies at less frequent intervals. Its also nice with Amazon Prime which is 79$ per year for unlimited 2 day shipping. If you shop there a lot it more than pays for itself.

  4. jwoolman |  Dec 09, 2008 at 1:28 am

    I use it for cases of toilet tissue and paper towels, and some medicinal items. Works well and I can ask for immediate shipment if I’m running out early or can skip a shipment. Amazon prices generally check out as cheapest for me.