Having a newish baby in the house, plus winter weather, means I have not been out to stock up on groceries and household supplies in Dryden in quite some time. That means I shop locally, which in turn means that we’re spending a decent chunk of funds on everything from dinner food to M’s snacks to paper towel. It also means that when we run out of things like toilet paper and coffee, I’m stuck buying it at whatever price the store has it at, because I’m not gonna drive two hours on a whim these days.
I’d rather spend my time with these guys!
Having a newish baby also means that a) we run out of things like coffee and paper towels a lot more often and b) I make a lot of Amazon orders, when I can think of stuff we need that we can wait a bit for — soothers, swaddle blankets, random beauty products, whatever.
So one day I finally sat down and sorted out subscribe and save. Because I’m already making Amazon orders frequently, and I may as well automate it and save that part of my brain power for something else. There are things we are always going to need on a regular basis, so why not automate it, ensure it shows up when we need it, and get the price cut while we’re at it?
Of course now that I’ve gone through one month of automation I can think of a thousand other things I could subscribe to! I love that you can set it anywhere from once a month to once every six months, and that you can pause the subscription without consequence. Here are a few ideas for what types of items are worth subscribing to:
Toilet paper, paper towels, dishwasher pods, coffee pods, diapers/wipes, laundry detergent, hand soap, pet food/litter, garbage bags, water filters, cleaning supplies
Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash/soap, face wash/wipes, deodorant, razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, vitamins, contact solution, tampons/pads
We can’t buy fresh stuff on Amazon, but you can definitely subscribe to dry goods and pantry goods: cereal, sriracha, pasta, popcorn, nuts and seeds, tea, snacks like crackers and granola bars, coconut oil, Pop Tarts…
Now, I know that for many people the subscribe and save deals are probably not as good as buying in-store, but our grocery/household prices are so jacked up here that we’re at least breaking even, not to mention the gas savings and time savings. It’s also incredibly useful for our hectic lives these days — we get the stuff we need in a box on our doorstep without fail.
It also means that when we do go out to Dryden or elsewhere for shopping, we can just focus on what we need for the upcoming week or two, in terms of perishables. No more carloads of giant bulky items! So, I’m a subscribe and save evangelist. Give it a try!