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When I first started down this path of living well and spending less, I was an avid coupon-user.  The thrill of getting food and household goods for next to nothing was incredibly exciting, and I couldn’t wait to shop the sales each week.  Thursday mornings were always spent hopping from one grocery store to the next, and Sunday afternoons were reserved for making the rounds at Walgreens and CVS.  I took great pride in my bountiful stockpile, and filled our guest room closet with my own mini-Walmart.

But as much as I love coupons, I eventually had to face the reality that spending two days a week going from store to store was probably not the best use of my time, no matter how good the deals were. I decided to limit my grocery shopping trips to just one store and stopped shopping the drugstores completely.

Instead I now order most of our household necessities—the same items I used to buy at the drugstore—through Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program combined with savings from Amazon Mom.  There are a few hoops that you have to jump through to get the best deals, but the amount of time and money I save makes it worth the effort.  The prices aren’t always quite as good as shopping the drugstore deals, but they are better than Sam’s Club or Costco, and for me the convenience makes up for the slight loss in savings.

Here is what you need to do to get the best deals: 

  1. Sign up for Amazon Mom.  You do not have to be a mom to qualify—you can also be a dad, aunt, uncle, or grandparent.  This program used to be free for everyone but now costs $99 per year if you are not already have Amazon Prime.  Once you join Amazon Mom you will get all the benefits of Prime as well, such as free 2 day shipping, free Prime video streaming, and access to the Kindle lending library.  (Side note: I have personally been a faithful Prime member for almost 10 years now, ever since the program started, and I absolutely love it.  However, whether or not it is a good fit for your family will really depend on how much you typically purchase online.) UPDATE: Amazon has simplified their program somewhat so that Amazon Mom is no longer essential to benefit from the Subscribe & Save savings UNLESS you are buying diapers.  This makes things even easier!
  2. Order FIVE items through the Subscribe & Save program that are all on the same delivery schedule.  You can choose from delivery once a month up to once every six months.  For most things I choose six months.   Shipping is free on Subscribe & Save items.  Once you have subscribed to five items you will save an additional 15% off your entire order, often off of already significantly discounted items.
  3. (Optional) Cancel your subscription after your shipment arrives if you do not wish to receive it again.  Canceling a subscription is super easy—just go to the “manage subscriptions” page in your Amazon account.  You can always re-subscribe later!

Here are 12 of the best Subscribe & Save deals I have found (prices are after combined Subscribe & Save and Amazon Mom discounts):

  • Angel Soft Toilet Paper Double Rolls, 48 Count ($18.69):  In all my years of couponing I have never been able to get toilet paper for free, but I do consider it a “rock bottom price” anytime I can get a double roll for less than $0.50 a roll.  This Angel Soft toilet paper is only $0.39 a roll, and there is also a $1.00 coupon you can clip which will make it just $0.36 a roll for your first shipment.
  • Sparkle Paper Towels Giant Rolls, 24 Count ($20.39):  At just $0.85 per giant roll, this is another item you can get at a stock-up price.  Like the Angel Soft, there is also a $1.00 coupon available for your first shipment which makes it only $0.75 per roll.
  • Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Toilet Paper Double Rolls, 32 Count ($16.14):  While at $0.50 per roll, this is not quite as good of a price as the Angel Soft, I have to admit that I personally prefer the Cottonelle brand just a little better.  Luckily there is a $2.00 coupon that will bring your first shipment down to $12.87, or just $0.44 a roll.
  • Finish Powerball Dishwasher Tabs, 60 Count ($8.49):  My super picky engineer husband is hooked on these Finish tabs which get our dishes cleaner than every other detergent we’ve tried.  They are also super convenient!  At $0.14 a tab they are also a steal, and there is also a 15% off coupon that will make your first order just $7.21, or $0.12 a tab!
  • Maxell AA Alkaline Batteries, 48 Count ($11.95):  There is nothing more annoying than not having batteries on hand when you need them!  These Maxell batteries have fantastic reviews and at right around $0.25 apiece, are almost half the cost of the name brands.Save BIG on Household Goods | Save Money on Household Items | Budgetting Hacks | Money Saving Tips
  • Tide Pods Detergent, 77 Count ($16.34):  Another favorite of my husband, these Tide pods work wonders on dirty clothes.  At just $0.21 per load, they are also cheaper than either the Tide liquid or the pods price at Sam’s Club.  There is also a $2.00 off coupon that brings the price down even more, to just $0.18 per load!
  • Swiffer Wet Jet Pads, 20 Count ($10.17):  I’ll admit it, I love the convenience of my Swiffer Wet Jet and I don’t think I could bear to ever go back to an old-fashioned mop, even if it means paying for refills.  At $0.51 per pad, (almost $0.10 less per pad than Sam’s Club), it is a price I’ll gladly pay.  There is also a $0.50 off coupon you can clip to bring the price down even more.
  • Tampax Pearl Active Tampons, 18 count ($3.37): Let’s face it….when you need these, you really need them, regardless of how much they cost.  Better to stock up and have some on hand!  The regular price at the grocery store or drugstore for this price brand of tampons is about $8.79 for 36, or approximately $0.24 apiece.  At Sam’s Club you can get a 96 count box for $13.88 which makes them just $0.14 apiece, significantly cheaper.  The Subscribe & Save price is $0.18 apiece, but there is a $1.00 off coupon you can clip which makes your first shipment just $2.37 for 18, or $0.13 apiece.  Plus, at just $2.37, this is a great add-on item to include in your order to make sure you get your five item discount!
  • Huggies Simply Clean Wipes, 648 count ($10.17):  We may be finally out of the diaper stage, but we do still keep baby wipes on hand for all sorts of quick freshening tasks.  At just under $0.02 apiece, these Natural Care wipes are cheaper than Sam’s Club, and the $2.00 off coupon for your first order makes them an even better deal, at just over a penny apiece.
  • Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers (As low as $0.15 apiece):  Diaper prices vary based on which size you are buying (size 1 is cheaper per piece than size 5, etc.) and whether or not you buy in bulk, but the general rule is that anytime you can pay $0.15 apiece or less for size 1 of the name brand diapers it is time to stock up.  These same diapers are almost double the price at Sam’s Club, and triple the price at your local grocery store or drugstore.  Even better?  There is a $1.00 off coupon to use on your first order.
  • Luvs Diapers (As low as $0.10 apiece):  You will be hard pressed to find cheaper diapers anywhere, especially since these also have a $1.00 off coupon to use on your first order.
  • Kind Bars, Assorted Flavors (As low as $0.95 apiece):  I absolutely love Kind bars and try to keep them on hand all the time as a quick & easy breakfast option, or a healthy snack (especially when traveling!)  However, they can be pricey!  The best price I have found by far is through Subscribe and Save, especially when paired with an additional 15% off coupon!

Other great options for Subscribe and Save might include gluten free foods, pet supplies, coconut oil, or other household goods.  Just be sure to pay attention to the per-unit prices, as not every item is automatically a good deal!  I used to order my Keuring K-cups and Pull-Ups through Subscribe & Save but I can now get both of those items cheaper at Sam’s Club.  A good way to compare is to check the online prices at Sam’s Club or Target to get an idea of what you might pay elsewhere.

Remember that in order to get the prices listed here, you need to subscribe to FIVE items for delivery in the same month (and, if you are ordering diapers, you must also sign up for Amazon Mom.)  If you don’t want to continue receiving that particular item, be sure to cancel your subscription after your shipment arrives.

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Please also remember that while the prices listed here are significantly cheaper than what you will find at Sam’s Club or Target, you can probably still get better prices through extreme couponing.  If you are interested in learning how to use coupons, check out my Beginner’s Guide to Coupons, which is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to learning how to extreme coupon.

Finally, please note that the Amazon prices listed here are subject to change!

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How do you save on household goods?  Are you an Amazon Prime member?  What things do you order through Subscribe and Save?

34 Comments

  1. March 14 at 09:38AM

    Thanks for the tips! My husband and I have toyed around with the idea of Amazon’s subscribe and save program, but we’ve never used it for anything other than diapers. Thanks for giving us some tips. We’re going to check these out.

  2. March 14 at 10:27AM

    Thank you for sharing. Always wonderful tips. I’ve found we save a lot of money by purchasing household items at…none other than Staples. Here’s a couple articles I wrote on how I do it. 🙂
    How to Get Items You Use Everyday for Free at Staples
    http://www.sarahtitus.com/how-to-get-items-you-use-everyday-for-free-at-staples/
    Here was their last sale to show you it in action:
    http://www.sarahtitus.com/paper-products-on-sale-staples-good-through-sunday/

  3. tishaira Bennett
    March 14 at 11:26AM

    I love these ideas. I currently use amazon prime, and it is amazing. I did however, just get an email this week that the membership is going up to $99 a year. Thanks for the tips.

  4. Lindsay
    March 14 at 12:21PM

    If you are a student with a .edu email address you can get prime for $39/year (going up to $49). Thanks for the tips on subscribe-and-save!

    • March 19 at 04:28PM

      Ohh, Lindsay I didn’t know this – thank you for the info!

  5. Kellye A
    March 14 at 12:55PM

    Coincidentally enough, I was crunching all the numbers for Amazon Mom last night! Dog food will be one of our 5 monthly items, and Subscribe & Save will save us $10 a month on that alone!! It totally pays for the membership! Finding the other 5 items wasn’t as easy, but I think I’ll be staggering some items that come every couple months to ensure 5 things are delivered every month.

    The convenience of not having to make the trip to the other side of town to Petsmart once a month is HUGE for me!!!

  6. Summer Allen
    March 14 at 11:44PM

    Just an FYI, I read today that amazon prime jumped to $99 per year! Whomp, whomp, whomp!!

    • Anonymous
      October 6 at 06:55PM

      The subscribe and save discount is also dropping to 15% effective November 11. 🙁 I subscribe for everything from diapers, Vicks refills, Zyrtec, etc., but I’m not sure that it’ll be worth it after paying $99 for the membership and only getting a 15% discount.

  7. rebekah
    March 15 at 07:16AM

    I have to admit that I love the convenience of having it on my doorstep as much as the savings!

  8. Doris sparks
    March 15 at 11:29AM

    I want to be a member please

  9. March 15 at 03:10PM

    Thank you for this! I didn’t know that this existed and I already have a Prime membership. I was really thinking my family should be doing this and then you listed gluten-free foods and now we will for sure be doing this!

  10. March 17 at 06:05AM

    thank you for this! I am alsways looking for ways to save!

  11. March 18 at 10:43AM

    Thanks for explaining this Ruth! I have seen the subscribe and save option when I ordered some items before on Amazon, but didn’t think about how it could add up. I also didn’t know about the additional savings from signing up for Amazon mom and for ordering 5 items on the same schedule. I just ordered 7 items and a few had Amazon coupons available as well, so my first order is going to have extra savings. Plus the coupons are so easy to use on their site, no clipping or codes required, just an extra click.
    The Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes I love have become difficult to find at Publix and Target, but I got a pack of 6 for only $18.91 (about 4 1/2 cents per wipe) with the coupon and the subscribe and save savings! The same quantity is over $30 at Target.

    • Ruth Soukup
      March 18 at 02:39PM

      Awesome! So glad it was helpful for you! 🙂

    • July 5 at 03:37PM

      If you’re buying a lot of natural products (like Seventh Gen.) check Vitacost, too!

  12. March 19 at 05:03PM

    We have Amazon Prime and now use Subscribe and Save for diapers, our Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, deodorant, Finish powerball, All free & clear pods, and added a specialty cooking item Belgian pearl sugar for making fancy Liege waffles and instead of subscribing to Cable or Netflix we watch some shows through Amazon Prime and others with Google Chromecast.

  13. Gina
    March 19 at 07:09PM

    If you regularly use GF products, especially baking, you save a lot buying a case (usually 4-6 packages or boxes) than shopping at Whole Foods or similar stores. Their prices on Bob’s Red Mill are fantastic, you just need room to store he extra until you use it. I just haven’t had good luck with pasta, in shipping it gets broken up.

    • Kristina
      December 29 at 10:26AM

      Gina,
      I just ordered a 6 pack of GF pasta and it came with not very much damage. Maybe they have restructured their packing procedures?

    • June 17 at 11:05PM

      Try brow rice pasta. It’s sturdy & is the best gf pasta I’ve tried. I like the Tinkyada brand.

  14. Katie Nelson
    March 19 at 10:16PM

    I LOVE SUBSCRIBE & SAVE. I love not having to lug diapers, wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, & laundry detergent from the store when I have two kids with me. I also subscribe to shampoo, conditioner, mac & cheese, mints, dog food, contact solution, swiffer pad refills, air freshener plug-ins, body wash, dry pasta & juice boxes. Even if its not quite the absolute cheapest price, the convenience of it coming to my house on a regular basis is totally worth it to me. We do a ton of Christmas and Birthday present shopping on Amazon, so I feel like the prime membership is worth it.

  15. March 19 at 11:52PM

    We’ve had a prime membership for a couple of years, but I had no idea about this program! I signed up right after reading this post, and am so glad I don’t have to worry about paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, pads, etc anymore! Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. March 22 at 12:17PM

    I LOVE this.

    I ordered 2 months of diapers, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, laundry soap, and dish detergent and it was about $168 for two months!

    I spend over $200 a month on the same things in store. I saved about $230 on everything!

  17. Lori
    July 20 at 09:00PM

    I don’t know if this will work along side of Amazon mom, but I do know that if you’d like to donate to your favorite charity, you can type in smile.amazon.com-and a portion of your sales will go to a charity that you select, so not only are you saving BUT you’re doing some good as well. It’s worth checking out! 🙂

  18. December 23 at 10:41PM

    This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something that helped me.
    Cheers!

  19. pam
    January 13 at 08:22AM

    How could I justify a hundred a year to not really save a lot? Costco? Sams all charge fees too. I can not see that as savings

    • Anonymous
      February 16 at 07:08PM

      It’s an amazing deal if you do a lot of online shopping. In addition to the subscription savings, you also get unlimited free music streaming, Amazon tv (equivalent to Netflix) free two day shipping and on a ton of things free same day shipping. To my family we’ve probably saved a few grand on shipping alone. But I have four small children all of which have autism. So shopping on line is a god send. Especially that it’s delivered to my front door!!!

  20. Cara
    June 13 at 09:25PM

    You don’t have to have prime to use subscribe and save. I have been using subscribe and save for everything in the article plus their prices on some Burts Bees prices are much better than most places.

  21. Anonymous
    February 18 at 02:27AM

    Dollar General also offers auto ship without the $99/year fee. the prices may be somewhat higher but you don’t have to pay the yearly fee to participate.

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