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Maximize Amazon Subscribe and Save to Receive Even Better Discounts

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by Alex on April 11, 2014

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Note from The Thrifty Couple: This is written by our friend Theresa (mom to a family of 11) who has been using the Amazon Subscribe and Save program for a while now and is sharing how it all works and the benefits of it! We also use Amazon Subscribe and Save monthly as it is like shopping Walmart’s prices, but online, plus even more discounts to make the prices better.  But we will let her tell you all about it! 

The UPS delivery woman knocks briskly on my door a lot around the beginning of the month, leaving my porch filled with awkwardly stacked boxes. That’s because my Amazon Subscribe and Save order arrives between the 1st and 7th every month. I love Subscribe and Save.

Getting Started with Subscribe and Save

The Amazon Subscribe and Save program can be a convenient and easy way to save money. Here are some basics if you are ready to try it out!

Not all grocery items are part of the Subscribe and Save program. If they are available for subscription, you will see an option to subscribe to the item under the “Add to Cart” button. To subscribe, just select the quantity and frequency of delivery, and click subscribe now.

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If that seems like a lot of commitment, don’t worry! You aren’t marrying it, you can change any of the details about your subscription at any time. It is easy to access your Subscribe and Save subscription page from the options under the “Your Account” tab. You can even cancel an item before the first shipment is sent if you change your mind, just as long as you do it before your order is prepared.

If you end up running out too soon, or not needing the next shipment, you have the option to change the schedule to make the delivery frequency anywhere from 1 month to 6 months apart. Or, if you end up getting a great deal somewhere else on a usually delivered item, you can skip a delivery with one click.

Amazon will send you an email every month before they get your Subscribe and Save order ready, reminding you that your order is shipping soon. This is your chance to make any changes. I check mine over carefully to make sure that I want to get all the items this month that are scheduled to come.

Subscribe and Save Discounts

Getting the best deal on Subscribe and Save takes some savvy shopping and knowledge of how the program works. Let’s talk discounts.

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Every subscribe and save order gets a 5% discount off the regular “Add-to-Cart-and-Ship-Now” price . For veteran coupon shoppers, this doesn’t sound like much. Don’t worry, it gets lots better! If you subscribe to 5 or more items to be delivered on your monthly delivery day, you will get 15% off your entire Subscribe and Save shipment. For Amazon Mom’s members, that 15% gets bumped up to 20%. So make sure you are signed up for Amazon Mom, which also gets you 20% off of diapers and wipes subscriptions, regardless of how big your monthly shipment is.

If you haven’t already done it, you should sign up for a free 3 month trial to Amazon Mom which includes Prime benefits. That’s a great way to get the best available discounts and see if Subscribe and Save works well for your family’s needs.

Stacking Discounts with Coupons

Alright, so 15% or 20% off is more like honest to goodness savings, isn’t it? The real fun starts though, when you realize that you can stack Amazon coupons with a Subscribe and Save discount. The coupon applies only to the first month’s delivery of the item. However, since it is so easy to cancel, signing up for a Subscribe and Save shipment with every intention of only getting that first, deeply discounted order is no problem. Just make sure you are checking over your order thoroughly every month when you get that reminder email to make deletions and any other needed changes to any previous orders.

There are two basic types of coupons at Amazon: the fixed dollar off amount, and the percentage off.

The best strategy for the dollar off type is usually to look for the smallest unit available. A $1.50 off coupon might not make much of a dent in the price of a 6 pack of deodorant for instance, but can make a single deodorant a screaming deal after discounts. These dollar off coupons for small items can be a great way to build up to the 5 items a month needed to get your 15% (or 20% for Amazon Mom’s members) off for the whole order.

For the percentage off coupons, the percentage is figured from the original price. So a 25% off coupon stacked with a 15% discount makes for a true 40% off. These coupons are often a great way to stock up, if you have the margin in your budget to buy a case. Of course, I do find with my 9 children (4 of whom are teenagers), there is no such thing as stocking up, there is only more to eat!

Sometimes coupons stick around for a month or more, sometimes they only last a very short time. Check out the Amazon coupon page HERE to find out what deals are currently offered.

Recurring Shipments

There are several items that I just find very convenient to be shipped to me. I get a case of high quality toilet paper and paper towels at a great price, shipped every other month without having to wait for sales or coupons, wrestle it into a cart, then in and out of the car. I appreciate that a lot. Coconut oil, Larabars, and tea are other items I have in my recurring shipments. Just check the prices on items you normally get locally or through a co-op and see if Subscribe and Save is cheaper.

When shopping for items for recurring delivery, make sure you check all sizes, flavors, and quantities available. There is often a significant difference in per unit price between these variations. Like box and mortar stores, Amazon does provide a per ounce or per item price to make comparison easier. Look for it right after the price on the product description page. Just like regular stores though, sometimes the unit being used isn’t consistent, so you have to figure it out yourself!

If you happen to see a coupon for an item that is already part of your regular shipment (as has happened to me a couple times), the only way to take advantage of that deal is to start a new delivery order for that item. Then just make sure you go and cancel the other standing delivery if you don’t want to be receiving two of the same. Your most recent Subscribe and Save orders will be closest to the top on your Subscribe and Save account page, scroll down to find the one you need to cancel. Sometimes a coupon you used to subscribe the previous month will still be valid, and you can just rinse and repeat.

Here’s hoping you find some great Subscribe and Save deals, and your UPS deliveries are exciting every month!

See more details about:

Amazon’s Subscribe and Save home shopping delivery service HERE

Amazon Mom’s Discount Baby products program HERE

Amazon’s available monthly coupons HERE

Alex & Cassie
 

10 Popular Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Plus Ideas From $2 – $20

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by Cassie on April 9, 2014

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Mother’s Day is coming up and so we wanted to share all sorts of ideas from our 20 Homemade Mother’s Day Gift ideas, to the most popular gifts to buy online for a good price from Amazon.

So here’s 10 of the most popular ideas on Amazon!

Willow Tree Mother and Daughter

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Description from the site: “Mother and daughter-celebrating the bond of love between mothers and daughters.Willow Tree is an intimate, personal line of figurative sculptures representing qualities and sentiments that help us feel close to others, heal wounds or treasure relationships. Susan Lordi carves each original piece with this thought in mind. Her figures continue to evolve as she identifies emotions so important for us to convey and renders them in simple, pure gestures. These art forms beautifully express love, closeness, healing, courage, hope all the emotions of a life well lived.”

“I’m A Mom, What’s Your SuperPower?” 12oz Coffee Mug

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Description from the site: “Hand painted ceramic decal message mug. Red background with message ‘I’m a Mom. What’s your super power?’ Raised message and dots with purple interior. Measures:4 1/2″ H X 3″ Opening. Holds 12 oz. Dishwasher safe/FDA approved/Microwave safe. Gift Boxed.”

Bracelet Mom Dangle Heart Charm with Wings

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Description from the site: “Mom bracelet depicts the love and devotion, of a mom, she is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. Free Organza Gift Bag included. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in time, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. Bracelet Mom in Dangle Heart Charm with Wings on Bracelet Gift Idea Bracelet for Mom.”

WORLD’S GREATEST MOM Parking Sign

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Description from the site: ?This is a brand new 12″ tall and 8″ wide sign. Our novelty signs are made from outdoor durable plastic with professional grade vinyl graphics. These signs will never rust or fade, perfect inside or out (4-5 years outdoors)! The sign has round corners and a hole pre-drilled for easy mounting. This item is in stock and ready to ship, generally the following business day. Please check out all our other signs, they make the perfect gift for any occasion.The perfect gift for Mom. Reserve her spot with no question. Embossed aluminum sign with baked on finish. Two holes for easy mounting. Made in the USA.”

“A Mother Holds Her Child’s Hand” Heart Pendant Necklace

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Description from the site: “Celebrate the special bond between a mother and child with this sentimental heart-shaped pendant. This ribbon loop heart pendant is inscribed with a message that celebrates the enduring nature of a mother’s love. The pendant is threaded on an included 18-inch box chain. Choose from sterling silver or 14k gold plating.”

Malden Bronze Script Mom Picture Frame

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The Bronze script frame shares special a special moment in time with others. This is a casted metal frame with the sentimental words “I love you”. Share the memory for a lifetime.

Willow Tree Mother and Son

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Mother and son-celebrating the bond of love between mothers and sons. willow tree is an intimate, personal line of figurative sculptures representing qualities and sentiments that help us feel close to others, heal wounds or treasure relationships. Susan lordi carves each original piece with this thought in mind. her figures continue to evolve as she identifies emotions so important for us to convey and renders them in simple, pure gestures. these art forms beautifully express love, closeness, healing, courage, hope all the emotions of a life well lived.

Mothers Are Forever Gift Box

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This gift includes: -Mothers Are Forever Book Inspirational thoughts and love for Mom -Pear Blossom Moisturizing Body Wash -Pear Blossom Moisturizing Body butter -3″ Aromatherapy Pillar Candle -Terry cloth & Sisal Loofah sponge -Rose Petals fizzies -White gloss gift Box. A wonderful gift for many occasions!

“Best Mom Ever” T-Shirt

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This cute tee has several color options available and is 100% cotton. Machine washable.

My Mom’s the Best Mom (Hardcover)

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She was there from your very first memory. She plans your birthday parties, but yells when you forget to put away the toys. She kisses the bruises and scrapes and fevered forehead, and makes them better. She stands up for you at school, but brooks no nonsense when it’s time to do homework. She cuts out of meetings to see you play soccer, and tells you a joke after the game you lost. And while Dad says you look perfect no matter what, Mom gives it to you straight–including when you really are perfect. The relationship between a mother and child is as honest as it is loving as it is pragmatic as it is forever.

Also, if you have a specific budget in mind, check out our gift lists in these budget price ranges as you may find something special there!

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Be sure to see these lists for even more ideas on the cheap:

Please note, any of the above prices can change at any time without notice.

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Alex & Cassie
 

Amazon: 50% Extra Discount on Diapers on Top of Other Discounts (70+% Discount)

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by Cassie on March 31, 2014

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YAY! Amazon is offering a very nice discount and promotion for new members to the Amazon Mom’s diapers, wipes and baby products savings program! Right now, new member’s will get 50% discount on diapers above the already super online prices and 20% discount that Amazon Mom’s members receive.  So we highly recommend joining the program now for that  additional 50% off your first pack! We have ben Amazon Mom’s members for a few years and it is one of the best investments we have made as parents of little kids.

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Here’s what this program is all about: you will receive an additional 20% total discount on the prices of the diapers, wipes, baby food, etc., including on the items that are on sale as well! This is extra savings in your pocket. PLUS  you will receive emails with even more special offers and savings. Anyone who takes care of babies and toddlers can sign-up for this program – for example: dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, care providers, etc.

Amazon actually has some of the best prices consistently anyway, so if you are not already buying your diapers on Amazon, here’s why you should normally (this is what we have been doing consistently for over a year)!

Here are the three ways to save to make the prices so low everyday:

  • Amazon’s sale prices
  • Then the 20% discount for being an Amazon Mom’s member  and using Subscribe and Save (it’s free to participate for the first 3 months and anyone that takes care of kids can join, not just moms)
  • Then they almost always have ecoupons for great savings from $1 – $3 ecoupon

So those are the “normal ways” to get some rock bottom diaper prices and shop from home! We spend $20 a month on diapers by doing this normally!

*Tip – the Club Size Boxes that Amazon sells are the same prices or even lower at times as Costco and Sam’s Club. Amazon is very, very competitive with these two big box stores on diapers and other club size packages on foods too! 

Well….. it’s even better. Amazon Mom is currently offering a 50% diapers credit when you sign up as a new member for their 3-month trial. But with this sweet 50%, you can combine ways to save as listed above and end up with $50-$60 of Pampers, Seventh Generation or Huggies diapers for around $10-$15.

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  • First, if you are not already, you will want to join Amazon Moms for your additional 20% discount  and the extra 50% diapers credit going on right now –  then come back here for the rest of the steps. Please note, this extra 50% off credit will only work for those of you that have never been Amazon Mom’s members.  You get a free 3-month trial, and then after that you will need to cancel if you do not wish to continue, otherwise you will be charged for this service (but you get Amazon Prime with it as well and it is so worth it – Here’s an article on the benefits of Amazon Prime here).
  • Then purchase a pack of eligible Amazon Mom diapers from this page.  The prices shown are BEFORE your discounts!
  • To add it to your cart with all discounts, select the Subscribe & Save option at checkout to get the extra 20% off Amazon Mom discount, plus FREE shipping and your EXTRA 50% discount will be automatically deducted. (You can cancel Subscribe & Save later under your account options, after your order ships.)

The have had this program the last few years and it has been a huge blessing to many households.  We haven’t seen an additional 50% discount with it or other special discounts for a while for new members, so this is a HUGE DEAL!

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Alex & Cassie
 

6-Foot High Quality HDMI Cable Deal Only $2.85 Shipped FREE (Normally $9.99)

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by Cassie on March 19, 2014

WOW – Only $2.85 shipped!!

We have purchased this exact HDMI cable from Amazon at a great price a while back.

Well, we needed another one for another electronic and so we checked the deal today and WOW, the price is AWESOME!

So, if you are looking for a GREAT HDMI cable at a super amazing price, then we recommend grabbing this one as it is great quality (we have the same one and ordered a second one) and does it’s job well! When we first saw this, we were amazed it has such a high rating (nearly 5 stars) for 8,800 reviews. We have used ours from the last sale (which wasn’t quite this low!) and it is very high quality and it is exactly as described.

Honestly anyone would want a high quality one, but the question becomes how much are those nice quality ones??  Well, they run a ridiculous $40+! But that is what they run.

Walmart has answered the call to high priced HDMI cables with their budget line of HDMI cables that run $8 – $22 and they do the job and many are happy with the budget options from Walmart.

But…..what if you could have the best of both worlds….. HIGH QUALITY and SUPER LOW PRICES! Well, Amazon has answered both requests and they have made the options super simple and extremely affordable.  When we first saw these, we were amazed that each of these had such a high rating (4.5 stars) for thousands of reviews. We bought one of these cables last year and have had “0″ problems and it works beautifully and it is exactly as described.

We thought we would share this comment from Moviefan on Amazon – it helps give you an idea on the cables and its just too funny:

Me buy this cable. Me plug this cable between Sony PS3 and Philips 42″ LCD TV. Sony PS3 say “HDMI Detected”. TV say picture from source is “HDMI 1080p”. Me point to Monster cables and laugh.

We also thought that this review was helpful.  Honestly, there are thousands of reviews on these cables and they all read about the same:

I got this HDMI cable for under $10 with shipping just to see whether it will work as well as the expensive ones and it was well worth the risk. I tested it with my upconverting LG DVD player on 1080i resolution on my 42″ 1080p Westinghouse LCD TV (update 2009: now used for 1080p Blu-ray from PS3 to 46″ Sony LCD TV) and it works just like any other HDMI cable, including those loud names who charge you ten-fold for “golden plated extra special micro gravity nanotechnology space age wireless high conductivity low noise extra gauge supercalafragilisticexpialidocious” cables with no difference in performance. By buying this cable I avoided the huge “naive citizen tax” included in these products. Considering its price, this is an amazingly good cable.

The other part that cracks me up is the specifications on this HDMI cable:

  • Affordable and reliable signal transfer for your HD audio/video
  • ATC-certified cables are guaranteed to pass a high-definition signal up to 1080p
  • Oxygen-free copper cable construction with 24k gold-plated connectors
  • Individual, shielded, twisted pair wires for an unsurpassed video signal
  • Lifetime warranty

This really is good quality as we can personally attest to and they really are 24k gold-plated connectors! LOL!

The best part is that shipping is FREE for EVERYONE – not just Amazon Prime members and no minimum amount required to get your FREE shipping! So it really is a steal of a deal! You cannot even get lower quality HDMI cables at Walmart for even close to this low price!

This is a high quality 6-foot HDMI cable for only $2.85 Shipped FREE for everyone!   This specific cable sells for $39.99 at other stores normally and $9.99 on Amazon normally, so if you have any HD equipment or plan to get any, you might as well grab this cable as it will save you loads of money!  Almost every household in this day and age needs HDMI cables. At this price, it might be worth grabbing a few!

Head to Amazon here for the 6-Foot HDMI Cable for $2.85 shipped deal!

In addition, if you are looking for other lengths you can check out these too:

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Alex & Cassie
 

Six All-In-One Designer Cloth Diapers with Inserts for $40.98 Shipped

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by Cassie on March 5, 2014

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Have you considered using cloth diapers?  We use cloth diapers…. but part-time.  What that means is that I use cloth at home and disposable during the night and if/when we go out.  This has saved us hundreds of dollars!

Basically, we now only have to buy a case of diapers (we typically buy Luvs, but whatever is the best deal from Amazon Mom’s at the time) on Amazon for around $20-$25 every 2-3 months.

Honestly, I have chosen to cloth diaper half time because it is annoying to me personally to pack around soiled diapers during the day when I am out and I also don’t have to worry about leaks at night.  If we have more kids one day, who knows, I might do it full time!  We still have one in diapers and this has worked very well for us! We do use this cloth sprayer HERE which has made a huge difference in the ease of cloth diapering.

So, the reason we mention the idea of saving money on diapers by using cloth is that we saw some starter kits on Amazon for a pretty sweet price, which makes the value in cloth diapering even greater!

Many times, just the diaper is around $10 and right now you can get 6 of them, along with 6 inserts for $34.99 plus $5.99 shipping for $40.98 total.  This is for the All-In-One diaper and so that’s an even better option! And this is a pretty decent price!

 

We don’t have this brand, but the reviews on Amazon are really good to suggest that these might be a great way to go!

They have many different colors, designs and styles – they all vary in price some, but there are some good deals!

Here’s the details of these diapers:

  • 6 diapers and 6 inserts
  • Three rows of adjustable snaps to allow for a small/medium/large size in one diaper
  • Hip snaps to prevent the sides from drooping
  • Waist tab overlaps for extra small waist size
  • Breathable, washable, soft and strong absorbent

Check out all of the options on Amazon HERE. 

You can also visit our Amazon category HERE to see if there is anything else you may want to grab for a deal to bundle in your order for FREE shipping!

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Alex & Cassie