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Is Amazon Subscribe & Save Worth It?

by Paige Estigarribia


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Ever been shopping on Amazon, and notice the "Subscribe & Save" price under the item you were searching for? And ever wondered what Subscribe & Save is? As a follow up to my Amazon Prime Pantry research, I wanted to take a look at the Amazon Subscribe & Save service too. Maybe Subscribe & Save is a possible way for busy folks to save time and money too?

How does Subscribe & Save work?

First let me tell you a bit about how it works. Subscribe & Save is a service open to anyone who buys from Amazon. This program gives subscribers benefits if they sign up for regular delivery for certain products. Not only are the Subscribe & Save prices for products often cheaper than typical Amazon prices, but the more products you subscribe for, the bigger percentage discount you can get on the total, up to 15%. Additionally, Amazon offers digital coupons for many of the "Subscribe & Save" products.

Here's an example: Say I wanted to purchase some fish crackers through the Subscribe & Save program. They offer a pack of 36 individual bags, with each small bag containing 2.25 ounces of crackers for $31.92. If I sign up for a regular subscription for fish crackers (and you can choose how often you want your deliveries - maybe a month? Maybe every three months?) then my cost per ounce would be $.39 per ounce, which is a little more than the grocery price per ounce. But, Amazon also gives you a 15% discount if you subscribe to 5 or more items to be delivered every month, bringing your total cost to $28.56, or $.35 per ounce. So if you wanted to subscribe to have toothpaste, laundry detergent, toilet paper, or even shampoo delivered periodically from Amazon, you could set up the subscriptions, coordinate the deliveries so that you can get a maximum discount, and skip that trip to the store.

My verdict on Subscribe & Save?

I think if you evaluate which regular products you are spending your money on, and which items you could sub out for regular delivery instead of grocery purchases, Subscribe & Save could be a great option to save both time and money. There are Subscribe & Save options for thousands of items, so I think it might be wise to first review what you regularly buy, and jot down the prices through Subscribe & Save. Then you may start tracking how often you buy these items. Every month? Every six months? Compare the prices to the grocery prices, and if Amazon is lower, consider switching to delivery. If you organize the items and the delivery months so that you can receive at least 5 deliveries in the month, you can reap the additional 15% off benefit too. And don't forget that Amazon also offers coupons for Subscribe & Save too. These coupons appear right below the item if they are available at the time you get ready to purchase.

So if you find yourself buying regularly, and you detest trips to the grocery hauling huge paper towels packages and large laundry soap dispensers, take a look at Subscribe & Save. The items are delivered right to your door. And depending on what you buy and where you shop, you just might find Amazon Subscribe & Save worth it, saving you both time and money.


Paige Estigarribia is a writer for The Dollar Stretcher who enjoys writing about food, frugal living, and money-saving tips. Visit Paige on Google+.

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