I started placing Amazon Subscribe and Save orders last summer, and I’ve been saving money on staple items ever since! It’s also saved me so much convenience and hassle not carrying heavy / bulky items into the house because I get them delivered straight to the door. It may seem a little tedious to set up at first, but I promise the savings with Amazon Subscribe & Save are worth it!
Usually, I am not a fan of subscriptions – I’m ALWAYS forgetting to cancel and I end up with more things than I need. This mindset delayed my willingness to try Subscribe and Save – when I should have started years ago!
How It Works
How Subscribe & Save works is when you see the little icon “subscribe & save”, that means your item is either eligible for 5% or 15% off depending on how many items are in your “subscribe & save cart” for that month. A ton of household items are eligible for this program.
The Key to Savings – 5 Items
First of all, the key to savings with Amazon subscription orders is making sure your order contains 5 items every month. This unlocks the 15% discount on everything! There a few one off items (like dog food) where you only get 5% savings, but overall most items are 15% – as long as you have 5 items total!
But I don’t need the Same Items Every Month ….
The customization is where Amazon thrives in the subscription department. For each item, you set how often you want it delivered – with the options of:
- 2 Months
- 3 Months
- 4 Months
- 5 Months
- 6 Months
So, you don’t have to think of 5 items you need every month. Think more broadly – all the items you could possibly get delivered and set it up with how often you think you need it delivered. Luckily, it’s super easy to change and there’s skip to next month button if you don’t need it!
To start your list, a baseline of about 10 – 15 items would set you up nicely. and I’ll give you a list below for some ideas! I currently have 26 items I subscribe and save to, but definitely don’t get 26 items a month!
Cleaning Supplies / Pantry Staples
- Paper Towel – 3 months
- Aluminum Foil – 2 months
- Laundry Detergent – 3 months
- Laundry Scents (like Unstoppables or Mrs Meyer’s) – 1 month
- Dishwasher Soap – 5 months
- Swiffer Mop Pads – 2 months
- Swiffer Dusters – 2 months
- Scotch Packing Tape – 6 months
- Recycle Bags.- 6 months
- Trash Bags – 6 months
- Disinfectant Wipes – 4 months
- Air Filters – 4 months
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner – 4 months
- Ziploc Storage Bags – 6 months
- Dog Food – 1 month
- Greenies – 1 month
- Toothpaste – 6 months
- Mouthwash – 3 months
- Electric Toothbrush Heads – 6 months
- Toilet Paper – 3 months
Dry Food / Vitamins
- Coffee K-Cups – 2 months (for 100 cups)
- Vitamins – I use Olly – 1 month
- Allergy Medicine – 6 months
- Welch’s Fruit Snacks – 1 month
- Olive Oil – 6 months
- Ground Flaxseed – 6 months
- Chia Seeds – 3 months
How my Amazon Subscribe & Save Plays out Every Month
This is a long list! These all have so many different months, how do you guarantee you have 5 items in a month? So normally, I have these 4 items ALWAYS delivered each month:
- Dog Food
- Greenies Dog Treats
- Welch’s Fruit Snacks
- Mrs. Meyer’s Laundry Scent Booster
That leaves me with only 1 more item of supplies. And every other month, I’m getting K-cups delivered, so its only coming up with 1 more cleaning supply in those other months.
Even though I have these delivery parameters set up, I can always modify or say “skip this month” and it moves the item to the next month. 6 months is the longest you can push out, so some items like the Allergy Pills that have a year supply, I just push out each month until I’m ready for a new one.
It’s kind of a nice reminder each month – every week before it’s set to be delivered I go and check the subscription. I have prompts right there (toilet paper, paper towel, etc) right in front of me if I’m out and I quickly add it. Overall, Amazon Subscriptions are a nice way to manage house supplies without dealing with the hassle of getting them at the store.
Cheapest Amazon Items
In addition, I also want to call out my favorite items from Amazon because it’s so much cheaper than the regular store with 15% off – and probably cheaper than Costco so you don’t need to waste money on a yearly membership or deal with trying to find a parking spot. Or adding 20 more items to your cart than you initially came for.
- Solimo K Cups – 100 K-Cups for $29 – that’s 29 cents a CUP!! So much cheaper than $20+ for 36 Starbucks K-Cups at the grocery store. I approve of the taste too! We order the French Roast
- Presto Paper Towels – I’m super particular on paper towel brands – usually buy Bounty. This passed my quality test!! Amazon brand for the win.
- Presto Toilet Paper – Same as the paper towel, the quality isn’t lacking here and I normally use Charmin!! Don’t get confused though – Amazon has two brands, and the Solimo toilet paper feels like the airport bathroom toilet paper – so don’t get that one! It’s price is cheaper and it’s reflected in the quality.
- Olly Vitamins – normally $16 from Target, with Subscribe and Save you can get the womens vitamins for only $10!
- Allergy Medicine – I personally like Zyrtec, so I found a generic brand for only $15 for 365 pills – $15 at the store will get you like 10 pills. There is zero difference in quality, as it’s made by the same exact drug company / distributor, Perrigo, just without the brand name. If you prefer a different name brand than Zyrtec I bet you can find it!
- Colgate Optic White Toothpaste – I love this toothpaste, it’s normally $6 at target. I can get 3 for $9 on Amazon!! Like what!
Shop All Amazon Subscribe & Save Picks
Below are all items I recommend adding to your Subscribe and Save! Simply click on the item below, then add to cart as a subscribe a save and follow the prompts for setting up the number of months. You can keep coming back to this page and adding more, Amazon will have it all saved.
If you want more money saving tips, check out this article here on 12 Ways to Save Money!