How Amazon's Subscribe & Save Can Save You Major Cash

How Amazon's Subscribe & Save Can Save You Major Cash

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Caroline Biggs
Mar 9, 2017

As if we needed another reason to hit up Amazon.com—Prime, Pantry, and Dash Buttons, anyone? The Subscribe & Save function is the mega marketplace's solution to a digital grocery list, except instead of writing down (or remembering) everything you need to buy before your next trip to the store, you sign up for items you know you'll need - and use regularly - ahead of time, like toilet paper or coffee pods, for instance.

Not only will subscribing to certain items beforehand spare you the trouble of reordering them in the future, Amazon offers extra savings on eligible subscriptions so you can save some serious cash, too. Read on for a full breakdown on the benefits and figure out if you can save money on the stuff you're already shopping for.

What is Subscribe & Save?

Subscribe & Save is designed to help you save time and money. So let's say you buy the same brand of laundry detergent every month, logging in to Amazon to re-order as soon as the last bottle has run out (which usually happens every other month). With Subscribe & Save, instead of waiting to reorder that detergent once you've run out, you can "subscribe" to that product and have it delivered to you at whatever frequency you'd like and—here's the important part—at a discount off the regular Amazon price (up to 15%). Essentially, you're setting up regularly scheduled deliveries of your necessities ahead of time, and saving money on each one.

Start by perusing the thousands of eligible products in the Subscribe & Save store to get an idea of what things you can actually save on. Once you've picked out what products you want, select a delivery frequency—monthly to every six months—and boom: You've finalized your "subscription." In signature Amazon form, you'll receive a reminder email once each item has shipped (and won't be charged for it until then either).

Since there's virtually no commitment involved, you can skip months, alter quantities, or flat out cancel subscriptions whenever you feel like. Plus you're guaranteed to get a reminder email before each scheduled delivery, so you always have time to make changes to you order before getting charged.

How to Save the Big Bucks:

The little savings will certainly add up the more you're able to replace your regular spending with discounted subscriptions, but there's another feature to the Subscribe & Save program that I love: If you receive 5 subscriptions in one month to one address, you'll unlock extra savings — up to 15% (sometimes more) on each individual product's price. It's like buying in bulk, but without having to come up with the extra storage space!

Why it's worth it:

Aside from the whole "saving money on the stuff you'd be buying anyway" thing, you'll never have to worry about running out of toothpaste, dish soap, diapers, granola bars, or dog food ever again. Okay there's still a chance you'll run out, but thanks to Subscribe & Save's user friendliness, you can easily adjust your delivery frequencies to fit your changing needs.

Do you use this service? What's on your list?

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