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Amazon Subscribe & Save Program Can Save You a Bundle: A Review

Updated on June 19, 2015

Amazon Subscribe & Save Purchases Include Automatic Free Shipping

There is no Costco in my area, nor do I shop at Sam’s Warehouse. In fact, because I have some mobility limitations, I do as much of my shopping online as possible. The challenge is to find “basic necessity” products at a lower cost than they would be in a bricks-and-mortar store and get free shipping as well. If there are additional costs for shipping, they take a bite out of savings.


I Discovered Amazon

Nine years ago I discovered that not only stocked just about anything I might want to purchase other than perishable food, but sold many products (including those ‘everyday use’ items bought regularly) at discount prices and delivered my purchase to my door—often with no shipping fee. At the time Amazon had a Super Saver Shipping plan, and any product eligible for it only required a total purchase of $25 to be shipped (standard) free of charge. Recently, the “Super Saver” designation disappeared from the site, and the total purchase of eligible products (noted on the product description screen) required for free shipping increased to $35 per order. Still, in comparison with many other online vendors, a $35 order is reasonable.

CAUTION: When you check out on Amazon with $35 or more products that are eligible for free shipping, you must manually check the category “Free Shipping”—it isn’t done automatically. If you forget to select free shipping and realize it after submitting your order, however, there’s a fail-safe procedure that allows you to change your shipping or payment method if you do so before the order is processed.

I’ve usually been pleased with my Amazon purchases and, when I wasn’t, Customer Service willingly accepted returns and provided replacements or refunds with no hassle. I’ve long been a cheerleader for Amazon and encouraged my family and friends to check out the site.

Subscribe & Save Program is Great for Family Budgets!


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Subscribe & Save Program = Major Savings

Then my Amazon experience got even better. I discovered their Subscribe & Save program. Most (but not all) of the products listed in the Subscribe & Save Store on the website are sold in multiple units or bulk. The original prices for these products are often lower than you’d find anywhere else. However, when you select a product and choose the “subscribe” feature with a date of delivery and the monthly period you desire between deliveries, you receive a discount on top of the original listed cost. If you select a minimum of five products in the program during one month’s delivery date, the S&S discount increases from 5% to 15%. There is no price minimum required on a Subscribe & Save product; however, the higher the original cost, the more you save through the larger discount. NOTE: The 15% discount does not extend to some baby care products, such as diapers and wipes. Amazon has a special “Amazon Mom” program combined with their PRIME shipping feature that anyone purchasing regular baby supplies should consider.

There are so many products you may currently buy in various bricks-and-mortar stores (supermarkets, discount department stores, pharmacies, pet stores, dollar stores, etc.) that you’ll be amazed how much time, money and effort you can save by buying them the Amazon Subscribe & Save way.

The schedule you select for purchase of any product will depend on the quantity of a product you select from Amazon S&S, how long it will take for you to use it and how much storage space you have to accommodate bulk purchases. (Merchandise eligible for Subscribe & Save is consumable and must be periodically replaced, which is why the program offers great cost savings to the consumer.)

A good example: paper products. I prefer the Viva paper towel brand because the quality is superior—almost as soft as cloth, yet strong. If I purchased Viva towels at my local Kroger supermarket, the largest size roll they stock is Large, and the lowest price I’d find would be $13.99 plus tax for a package of six—and that’s when they’re on sale. (The regular package price is $14.99.) The Giant size roll is not sold at that store, and the Regular roll (which should be labeled ‘Small’) sells singly for $2.12 each plus tax. If I bought 24 of the size Large rolls (four packages) when they’re on sale at $13.99, the total cost would be $55.96 plus $5.04 tax, or $61.00($2.54 per roll). Twenty-four of the single Regular rolls would cost me $50.88 plus $4.07 tax, or $54.95 ($2.29 per roll). Remember—these are smaller size rolls which contain less total amount paper toweling than the Giant size Viva roll, which is not available at the Kroger in my area.

A recent subscription on Amazon S&S for Viva Giant paper towel rolls provided me two 12-roll packages, or 24 Giant rolls of Viva, for $29.22 ($1.22 per roll), with my 15% discount, free shipping and no tax currently due in my state when purchasing on Amazon. (The tax-free feature may change with legislation.) That's a savings of $31.78, and remember, the Kroger towels are a smaller size than those I bought from Amazon S&S.

I fortunately have storage space for all these paper towels, which will last me three months, at which time they will be automatically shipped to me on the “every-three-months” schedule I selected unless I choose to change the delivery period, skip a delivery or cancel it altogether. I might also decide to change paper towel brands in order to get a better buy.

In addition to the Viva towels mentioned previously, here are some products I’ve purchased from Amazon Subscribe & Save at the maximum discount (15%) on a delivery schedule of every three months, showing the savings compared with Kroger at that store's regular (not sale) prices:

Northern Ultra Plus Tissue/48 double rolls

S&S Discounted (15%) price: $20.35 or 42 cents per roll

Kroger price with 9% tax added: $69.59 or $1.45 per roll

Savings: $49.24


Glad Kitchen Can Bags w/Febreeze & Drawstring/90 ct.

S&S Discounted (15%) price: $11.02 or 13 cents per bag

Kroger price with 9% tax added: $21.79 or 24 cents per bag

Savings: $10.77


Community Coffee & Chicory, Medium Roast, six 12-oz. bags

S&S Price: $28.05 or $4.68 per bag

Kroger Price including 9% tax: $65.27 or $10.88 per bag

Savings: $37.22


Sweetleaf Organic Stevia Packets/70ct. in Box/ Purchase 3 Boxes

S&S Price: $6.26 per box/ $18.78 for 3 boxes or 9 cents per packet

Kroger Price including 9% tax: $13.07 per box/$39/21 for 3 boxes or 19 cents per pkt.

Savings: $20.43


Simply Organic Brand Certified Organic Ground Cinnamon, 2.45-oz. bottle

S&S Price: $2.71 per bottle or $2.11 per oz.

Kroger Price including 9% tax: $13.74 per bottle or $4.51 per oz.

Savings: $11.03


On the five products shown in these examples plus the Viva towels mentioned previously, I saved a total of $160.42 buying them through Amazon’s Subscribe & Save subscription program rather than purchasing them at my local Kroger supermarket. That’s a substantial savings. If you have a budget and need to watch your paper money (as well as your coins), this may be a way for you to stretch your shopping resources.

And, although Amazon's corporate headquarters and a growing number of warehouses are located in the U.S., they now have a local presence in many other countries as well, plus they ship internationally.

Buying in Bulk Saves Even More


Amazon’s Subscribe & Save Store offers the following product categories: grocery; beauty, baby and child care; household supplies; vitamin and dietary supplements; personal care; sports nutrition; OTC healthcare; pet supplies and business supplies.

Within these categories are literally thousands of products from which to choose. Since many of these items are products most people use every day, Subscribe & Save is a great way to save money on things you plan to purchase anyway.

If you see terrific bargains in bulk lots, but don’t have sufficient storage space to make such a purchase practical, why not join with a family member or friend and go ‘halfsies’ on bulk purchases. You can even spread the savings among three or four people.


Pros and Cons: Nothing’s Perfect—Not Even Amazon

Even with Amazon’s huge volume sales and (usually) bargain prices, it’s still up to you to do your research and shop wisely. Numerous vendors sell on Amazon Marketplace, and their prices are not consistent. In fact, both vendors and prices fluctuate frequently within the site, sometimes creating broad price ranges, so you should always comparison shop before you order. You may find a lower price from another Marketplace vendor on Amazon, at another online site or even at a bricks-and-mortar store in which the price includes tax. (Just remember to count any shipping charges added by another online vendor as part of the overall cost.) A majority of merchandise sold on Amazon is fulfilled within the store’s numerous (and increasing) warehouses and shipped to you. Other products are shipped directly from the vendors.

It's just smart shopping to manage your S&S subscriptions monthly to ensure you're still getting the best deals before shipment.

This FedEx-delivered box arrived enclosed in a large plastic bag through which powder was visible

I open the box...hesitantly.
I open the box...hesitantly. | Source
Everything in the shipping box was covered with powder from an open container.
Everything in the shipping box was covered with powder from an open container. | Source
Many items were ruined. On top of that, I had a horrible mess to clean up!
Many items were ruined. On top of that, I had a horrible mess to clean up! | Source

Speaking of Shipping....

Delivery: This is my pet peeve—Amazon uses UPS almost entirely for delivery. Even when shipping small items, they ground ship via UPS in a two-part procedure to the nearest post office, from whence it’s delivered by a postal delivery person the remainder of the way to the door. (If it's damaged by UPS, the USPS delivery person is embarrassed to give it to me.) I will tell you without hesitation: I hate UPS! I state this because, of all the shipping boxes that have made their way to my door during the past decade, too many of them with the UPS label have been damaged. “Damage” refers to the outer shipping box, smaller interior packing boxes, as well as merchandise within the boxes.

When one of my grandsons was in school, he worked part time for a local UPS warehouse, and he confirmed what I’d assumed: UPS employees routinely mishandle shipping packages because the company’s priority is speed, not careful handling.

My grandson described the method by which he was trained to unload and stack shipments. Boxes are THROWN from one person in a line to another to another until they reach the area where they are to be temporarily stored. At that point, they are thrown again to their resting place—even if it is high atop eleven other large boxes. Even if the box is clearly marked, “FRAGILE,” and glass can be heard clinking inside, it’s still THROWN. Need I say more?

I’ve lost track of how many boxes UPS delivered to me that were completely torn open, punctured with holes and/or the contents damaged as well. There have been more than a few totally wrecked boxes dumped on my porch by UPS delivery persons who RAN back to the big brown truck before I could get to the door. (If they can reach the truck before I yell at them to wait, they pretend not to hear and drive away.)

I also ship a lot of packages, but never by UPS. In the United States, the USPS system has the best record (for me) of delivering packages (those I send and those I receive) without loss, theft or damage. I think USPS service beats that of UPS, FedEx and all other delivery services combined--by a mile!

Amazon allows customers to leave feedback about shipping as well as products ordered, so I’ve continuously complained about UPS for years. Either they don’t receive enough total complaints to warrant a change in delivery companies or UPS gives them such a good price to keep their huge volume business that Amazon can afford to replace all the merchandise ruined by UPS. In my opinion, that lowers Amazon’s overall standard of customer service. I’ve even conveyed this to CEO Jeff Bezos in a long email (which he passed along to a director to answer), but UPS remains the main delivery option for anything bought from Amazon.

Even with the company’s “no hassle” policy of refunds or replacements, having to cope with damaged products is exceedingly frustrating. After waiting for a week to get my order, it’s maddening if I have to wait another week to get something replaced because it was ruined by UPS. “Frustration” doesn’t begin to describe how I feel about cleaning up something that’s broken open and spilled within a shipping box.

UPS delivery is one of the reasons why I no longer buy anything from Amazon that is: (1) liquid; (2) powdered which might not be sealed; or (2) canned. (I also don’t like badly dented cans.) This policy of mine significantly reduced the number of products I once bought from the site. I either purchase these from other online vendors that pack carefully and use USPS or FedEx (the latter is somewhat better than UPS, though not as good as USPS), or I buy from a bricks-and-mortar store.

The other reason for not buying liquid, unsealed powdered or canned products is that, as Amazon expands its warehouse system and adds employees, their packing methods are suffering. I’ve experienced a couple of shipments for which the product damage couldn’t be blamed entirely on UPS (though I feel certain their mishandling worsened it). There is a right way and a wrong way to pack and cushion products for shipment. When they are improperly packed, they’re prone to damage in transit. (I included my thoughts on this issue in my message to Jeff Bezos. It remains to be seen if the problem will be addressed. Probably not, since I’ve read that Amazon actually pays disgruntled employees a bonus to quit rather than try to resolve problems, even if those employees are reporting internal Amazon issues.)



In spite of less-than-stellar shipping practices and prices that fluctuate frequently, I still find great bargains on—particularly within the Subscribe & Save program. As long as I buy products that are unlikely to be damaged in transit (paper or other products that I know are tightly sealed inside other packaging)—regardless of the shipping box’s condition upon arrival—I continue to take advantage of huge savings on some everyday products. You can, too. Why not check out the broad variety of products on Just look for the phrase, ‘Shop the Subscribe & Save Store.’

UPDATE, June, 2015: Amazon has been limiting some items in the S&S store only to Prime members (usually labeled "Pantry"), but recently my favorite bathroom tissue showed up on the Amazon site as available at a discount only to Prime members. That really made me mad, so I fired off one of my infamous "assertive" emails to Amazon telling Jeff Bezos that he can't force me to become a Prime member and that tactic could backfire in his face.

That was yesterday. Today I received this reply:

If you started a Subscribe & Save subscription for an item when it wasn't available exclusively to Prime members, your subscription will continue normally.

However, if you cancel your subscription you'll only be able to subscribe to the item again if the item stops being available exclusively to Prime members or if you become a Prime member.

SO . . . be careful not to cancel a subscription that you may want to buy at a discount again. If you don't want it right now, just change your delivery schedule to a longer range and check it periodically. Subscribe & Save can still give you bargains, but the term "Buyer Beware" is very much in order. Keep a close eye on your S&S account (via the link "Manage your Subscribe & Save Items") and be cautious about what you order in the same month that might suffer packing and shipping damage if sent all at once.


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  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    3 years ago from Deep South, USA

    I like buying in bulk since I have plenty of storage space. It's good to save money as well as avoid the need to purchase more often. Thanks for your comment. Hope all is well with you. Jaye

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    Lisa Kroulik 

    3 years ago from Minnesota

    Yes! We love S & S. We already get 5 percent back for having the Amazon Visa and then save between 5 and 15 percent depending on how many things we get in a month. I just need to learn to estimate a little better on how often we need things.

  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    3 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thanks, zaton. Have fun bargain shopping. Regards, Jaye

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    3 years ago from California

    Excellent information on what Amazon offers - particularly the Prime Pantry option. Good writing!

  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    5 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Hi, Robin - Thanks for reading my hub about Amazon's Subscribe & Save program. I just received my regular S&S order (three large shipping boxes) and my storage area for paper products is full. I do like saving money!

    Regards, Jaye

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    Robin Grosswirth 

    5 years ago from New York

    Great to learn about savings and how to avoid issues with delivery service.

  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    5 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Hi, Mary - Amazon's Subscribe & Save program can save a lot of money, but--as my article points out--it's necessary to monitor changes in prices and vendors closely just before scheduled shipments to ensure you get the best price. Most people (except the super wealthy) want to hang onto as much of their money as possible, so it's good buying program.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.


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    Mary Craig 

    5 years ago from New York

    Wow, what great savings. It surely doesn't hurt to buy paper towels or toilet paper that saves you money!

    Great information Jaye. Thanks for sharing.

    Voted up, useful, and interesting. Hugs and blessings.

  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thanks, PrairiePrincess - I'm glad you liked the article, and I hope you find a lot of bargains on Subscribe & Save! Jaye


    DealForALiving - Possibly you live near stores with better prices (and lower sales tax--that's high here and adds a lot to the starting price). Practically the only shopping I do that is not online is to purchase perishable food and some book bargains. Almost everything else is delivered to my door. (I just checked the prices on my current S&S orders to ensure they're still the lowest before they're shipped within a few days.)

    Whatever works for you should be what you employ. The objective is value. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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    Nick Deal 

    6 years ago from Earth

    I tend not to do Subscribe and Save because I can generally find a better 1 time price at a local store. But for some folks it'll be a big saver.

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    Sharilee Swaity 

    6 years ago from Canada

    Jaye, I really like Amazon, but this program is completely new to me! Thank you so much for sharing this information. I am going to check it out, and see how it works shipping into Canada. What a neat idea ... to subscribe to your household items. Great article!

  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thanks for visiting this hub, Dr.Bill, and commenting. Welcome to HubPages. I look forward to seeing your work.

    Amazon has just about anything a customer could want to buy these days. It's become a 'one-stop-shop.'



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    William Leverne Smith 

    6 years ago from Hollister, MO

    Very useful information. We buy a lot from Amazon, tough our needs are few. ;-)

  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thank YOU, Liz....Amazon makes it so easy to shop, especially for people like me who don't find it easy to shop in regular stores. (I suppose we--with the help of WalMart--are putting all those mom-and-pop stores out of business, but sometimes you have to do...what you have to do.)

    The savings can be terrific, but it takes a lot of close attention to ensure you're getting the best price. As much as I prefer Viva paper towels, I've switched (temporarily, I hope) to another brand that's a more economical buy and still strong towels.

    I'm glad you've had better service from UPS than I have. Maybe it's a regional issue.

    Thanks for the read.....Jaye

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    Liz Davis 

    6 years ago from Hudson, FL

    I love Amazon! I'm a Prime Member and Amazon Mom member--you're right, they have amazing discounts on diapers and wipes. I've bought all sorts of baby gear on there, too, including car seats and the Fisher Price Rock N Play (which was 20 dollars cheaper than Walmart)! I'm sorry you have trouble with UPS. I guess we're lucky here because we haven't had any damage at all. Thank you!

  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thanks, Suzanne....Sorry you lost free shipping to Australia. Perhaps that will change as Amazon continues to expand.

    Thanks for the read, vote and comment. Jaye

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    Suzanne Day 

    6 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    They once had Super Saver shipping for Australia, but got rid of it after a glorious 2 year run. Now, I use vouchers for getting books and DVDs to Australia. I have tried both the USA Amazon and UK Amazon and the UK one shipping is much faster - I'm not sure if they use a different courier, but they are really efficient. Good hub, with lots of useful info in it and voted "useful"!

  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Hi, Au fait - Yes, I've done a lot of research into the issue of how Amazon treats employees. It's been interesting, and not quite predictable. I do plan to write a hub about it soon after my desktop computer is upgraded (CPU and operating system) in a few days. I hesitate to start formatting a hub until I know the computer isn't going to freeze up while I'm in process. I've been having problems for a couple of weeks--very frustrating. But it's time for an upgrade, anyway.

    In addition to articles I consider reputable sources, I've read numerous Amazon employees' 'reviews' of working for the company, as well as a lot of forum comments. I think any problems (for both frontline employees and managers) can be traced to Jeff Bezos' management style, which is strangely out of date. In fact, I'm beginning to think he's a strange person, and I want to learn as much about him as possible before I finish the article. Soon....

    Thanks for sharing....Jaye

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    C E Clark 

    6 years ago from North Texas

    I appreciate your researching the issue of Amazon employee relations. I'm looking forward to reading your article that comes out of it -- if one does.

    I'm wondering if all Walmart stores treat their employees the same because one of my coworkers worked for Walmart for a summer and she seemed to think it was fine and considered going back for this summer. Not sure what she's doing and will find out next month when school starts again and our regular jobs resume.

    In any case, you've opened my eyes to Amazon and hopefully they are doing right by their employees. I have to say that I think having so many of our jobs moved overseas is the reason these big businesses are now able to get away with treating employees almost as badly here as they do overseas. With so many people needing those piddly paying jobs, it pretty much allows employers to get away with anything. Lowers wages generally and an employee much either do whatever unreasonable thing they are ordered to do or move aside to let the next starving peon take over.

    Voting this up again and sharing again with followers who will learn a lot from this article if they read it.

  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Au fait - This is a further answer to your question. Searching for information about Amazon's treatment of employees, I found one article that I consider as written by a reputable source, plus numerous forums on which Amazon employees and former employees complained (or didn't) about working in an environment that seems to border on 19th century management methods. I will be researching some more and probably writing a hub about it as well as adding an amendment to this one.

    I've been boycotting WalMart for years because of two things: (1) poor treatment of employees, and (2) too much importation of inferior products from China, thereby having a major impact on American production and jobs. If it becomes clear that Amazon's treatment of employees is as poor (or worse) than WalMart's, my decision will also be clear.


  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thanks, Lyns....

    Thanks, Au fait....I appreciate the shares, etc. As for how Amazon treats employees, the articles I've read about Bezos and his management staff mainly concentrate on their claim to be 'customer-concentric.' I haven't read anything about poor treatment of the rank-and-file employees. However, thanks for bringing this to my attention. I will research it tomorrow. If Amazon is keeping prices low by treating employees badly, that's not what I call a good management model. Employee satisfaction is important to me (as a former HR director with a large corporation that did treat employees well). If I discover anything negative, I'll let you know. I may have to write an addendum to this hub.


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    6 years ago from USA

    @JayeWisdom, you are welcome 7172149p lyns

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    C E Clark 

    6 years ago from North Texas

    Have been reading bad things about Amazon (just the headlines so far because I haven't had time to dig into it) and the way they treat their employees. Wondered if you knew anything about that and if there's anything to it?

    Also, wanted you to know that because of your enlightening me about, I recently placed an order and saved at least $42 plus free shipping! Thank you for writing this!!

    Voting this excellent article up again, useful, awesome, interesting, and this time I'm going to share so that other people who may not be clued in can get that way! Oh, and pinned to Awesome HubPages, too.

  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thank you, tobusiness....I hope you find some good bargains in Amazon's Subscribe & Save online store.

    Regards, Jaye

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    Jo Alexis-Hagues 

    6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

    I do shop at Amazon, but mostly for books, I recently bought a couple of items and was directed to Amazon Prime, I was able to saved quite a bit on shipping, next time I'll try S&S. Great hub, useful and informative.

  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thanks for the vote, lyns, and I'm glad you're finding bargains on Amazon. Regards, Jaye

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    6 years ago from USA

    Very good information thanks for sharing, I personally shop at Amazon a great deal and do find things there to be very reasonable. Thanks for sharing. Voted up 7314am

  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Hi, Shyron - Because I have limited mobility and shopping in a bricks-and-mortar store is difficult for me, I buy nearly everything other than perishable food online. I don't like paying the 9% added on at the cash register, and I boycott WalMart, so Amazon and other online-only stores meet my needs.

    Thanks for the votes and share. Enjoy the upcoming holiday.


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    Shyron E Shenko 

    6 years ago from Texas

    Jaye, great information, I look for many things on Amazon then try to find the item locally where I can walk in and pick it up.

    Voted up, UAI and shared

    Blessings my friend


  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Hi, Aunt Jimi - Thanks for reading this and for your comments. Since I've been boycotting WalMart for years due to their scuzzy employment practices, the harm they've done American jobs by buying most of their stock from China, and many other reasons I won't go into here, that store is not an option for me. However, since I'm not raising children and struggling to provide for them, it's easier for me to bypass WalMart than it is for many families, and I understand that. Anyway, I hope you find some bargains at Amazon's Suscribe & Save.


    Deb - You're very welcome! Actually, you can buy almost anything at Amazon, but prices aren't always better except for discount books and many products purchased through the S&S program. Since sales tax in my city is 9%, that elimination (as well as no shipping charge) makes S&S a value for me.


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    Deb Hirt 

    6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

    I buy a lot of books and other things from Amazon, but never heard about this. Thanks for the dirt!

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    Aunt Jimi 

    6 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

    I prefer Viva towels too, but they're much cheaper at Walmart than Kroger, unless you get a sale price. That might be less.

    I know lots of people doing this Amazon thing but so far I haven't really looked into it. Seems silly to mail order things already stocked at the supermarket/local discount store, but because YOU have tipped the scale towards Amazon with this article of yours, I'm going to seriously look into it. Yes I am. You have described some amazing savings here.

    Voting this hub up, useful, and sharing. Everyone needs to know about this and judging from your poll voters they're like me, uninformed until now.

  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thank YOU, Mel, and thanks to all USPS personnel across the nation! I 'talk up' the United States Postal Service every chance I get because I think it's one of the best services we have in this country (along with public libraries). The mail carriers assigned to my neighborhood are not only competent, but always courteous and helpful, as are the local branch staff. USPS performance always beats that of UPS, FedEx, Airborne, etc. by a mile! I hope Congress will look at practical ways to help the USPS economically other than suggesting privitization or even more contractors (while laying off USPS employees). Wow! That almost turned into a rant, didn't it? Maybe I need to write a hub about the USPS. : )

    I hope the info about S&S is helpful to you.

    Regards, Jaye

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    Mel Carriere 

    6 years ago from San Diego California

    Thank you for your stellar recommendation for the USPS. Because of our close, daily connection to our customers you will find that most letter carriers really care. We are slowly biting into UPS's business, which is why they are financing allies in Congress to destroy us! This is great info which I will investigate. Voted up!

  • JayeWisdom profile imageAUTHOR

    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    You're very welcome, Jordan. I hope you and your mom find a lot of money-saving bargains at Amazon's S&S Store. (Just don't let Dustin tease me about my huge supply of toilet paper!)


    Grandma J.

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    Jordan Flint 

    6 years ago

    I am so absolutely grateful for this detailed explanation of an Amazon program that would be perfect for me. I use Amazon Prime almost every week, even if it is for a very small purchase, and have been for years; however, I had no idea about this program!

    They should have some type of advertising campaign about it, even if it is just on their website. Being a bargain hunter and a coupon clipper, I can't believe it haven't come across it sooner. I will be looking into this immediately for my mom's household and my own. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


    Jordan Flint

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    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Jodah - It's not fair that you can't buy from Amazon! I thought they were worldwide, but (unfortunately) a quick check just showed me that Amazon hasn't yet extended service to Australia or New Zealand. Maybe you can start a petition and send it to Jeff Bezos. He is one of the few CEOs who publishes his direct email address on the Amazon site.


    Paula - Yes, saving money is a necessity for me since I retired, and it makes me feel almost virtuous to save a lot of it for things that must be bought. I hope you'll find some good buys on Amazon S&S. By the way, you don't have to 'join', there's no fee, and you can cancel subscriptions anytime you like. As long as you keep an eye on current prices (and Amazon notifies you if something to which you've subscribed becomes unavailable), you'll be okay.


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    6 years ago from Carson City

    Jaye....Girlfriend, just mention the word, "save," and I'm there! This is such great info and I'm sure I'd have never checked this out w/o your hub.Thank you so much.

    I too, buy as much as possible online. Amazon will be my next shopping trip & of course I'll join the savings club.

    I had to read a couple of your examples more than once. I was sure I had read wrong at some of the incredible savings.

    Best Hub today!!,...Up+++ tweeted & Pinned.

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    John Hansen 

    6 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Jaye, sounds like great savings are to be had shopping at Amazon. Very handy hub. UPS sound as though they need to lift there game though. I have tried to buy a number of products from Amazon US, and unfortunately usually find they won't ship that product to Australia. Still a good hub, voted up.

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    Jaye Denman 

    6 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Hi, Bill - My daughter tells me I was born without 'the shopping gene',so I'm perfectly content to buy what I need online. I didn't like going to stores or malls even when I could walk for hours. Now, when I can shop online AND save $$$, that's a win-win for me. I hope Bev finds some bargains in this program.

    I'm a bit slow today, but one of the good things about retirement is that the only schedules I have are those I I can alter them if need be. : )


    Rachael - Thanks for the vote and sharing. Although Amazon is a favorite online venue for convenience and good prices, the Subscribe & Save Program is probably not well known to many of the customers who shop there. It does take some attention to the aspects I mentioned to manage your S&S subscriptions for the best savings, but it's well worth the small amount of time that requires.


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    Rachael O'Halloran 

    6 years ago from United States

    This was an eye opener in more ways than one. Several aspects of the program I was not aware of, and thank you for detailing this so well. Voted up and shared. :)

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    Bill Holland 

    6 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Dandy information for sure, Jaye. I'll pass this along to Bev since she does the budgeting in this family. I'm sure she will be quite pleased.

    Hoping this finds you well my friend.



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