What I Buy on Amazon Subscribe and Save

by Ann Marie Michaels on June 19, 2013

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What I Buy on Amazon Subscribe & Save

I wrote a post a couple weeks ago listing my Top 10 Ways to Save Money on Real Food. I talked about why I save with Amazon Subscribe & Save. In the comments, some people wanted to know what I buy on Amazon Subscribe & Save.

If you are planning on getting started with Amazon Subscribe & Save, I hope this post gives you some ideas of what you can add to your order.

How To Use Amazon Subscribe and Save

In case you’re not familiar with Amazon Subscribe and Save, here’s how it works. Think of an item that you buy over and over again. Like paper towels, maple syrup, that kind of thing. If you’re buying it in bulk (i.e. a case of something) look for something that has a long shelf life and you can store in a cupboard or in the garage. Like natural soda pop, batteries, paper towels, dog food.

Now, go to Amazon Subscribe & Save and start shopping. The shipping is FREE (you don’t have to be a Prime member). You just have to have 5 items in your Shop & Save delivery, in order to save 15%.

Click here to read more about how to save money with Amazon Subscribe & Save.

What I Buy on Amazon Subscribe and Save

OK, so here’s my list…

1. Ziploc Freezer Bags

Ziploc Freezer Bags – THis is one of those plastic things I can’t seem to find a way to stop using. We don’t use a ton of them but they come in very handy for freezing that roasted pumpkin that you want to use later to make soup.

What I Buy on Amazon Subscribe and Save

2. Ziploc Sandwich Bags

Ziploc Sandwich Bags – Another thing we use, mostly for Kate’s lunches.

What I Buy on Amazon Subscribe and Save

3. Kitchen Trash Bags

Kitchen Trash Bags – Another plastic thing I still buy.

What I buy on Amazon Subscribe and Save

4. Grain-free Cat Food

Grain-free Cat Food – Most cat foods are full of grains. This doesn’t make sense because cats are carnivores. I used to buy specialty grain-free cat food at the pet store. I had to go out of my way to go pick up a bag, and it used to be a pain when we’d run out. Now that I have this cat food on Subscribe & Save, I never have to think about it. We always have cat food.

What I Buy on Amazon Subscribe and Save

5. Organic Coffee Beans

Organic Coffee Beans – Normally I have to go to the health food store to get organic coffee beans, and I can’t get a 5-pound bag like this. I prefer having the beans shipped to us and they last a long time.

What I Buy on Amazon Subscribe & Save

6. Paper Towels

Paper Towels – I love never having to go to Costco again to buy paper towels. Now they just show up on my front doorstep every few months.

What I buy on Amazon Subscribe and Save

7. Toilet Paper

Toilet Paper – Ditto on the paper towels (above). No more Costco!

What I buy on Amazon Subscribe and Save

8. Batteries

Batteries – Never run out of batteries again. And you don’t have to go to Target or a hardware store to get them.

What I buy on Amazon Subscribe and Save

9.Feline Pine Cat Litter

Feline Pine Cat Litter – We have 2 cats and I’ve tried all kinds of cat litters and litter boxes. This is the one I like the best. It’s composed of 100% natural pine. It’s totally odorless and super easy to use, especially if you get a special Sifting Litter Tray that is designed to be used with it.

What I buy on Amazon Subscribe and Save

10. Kitchen Sponges

Kitchen Sponges – Again, one of those dumb things that you always run out of and you have to make a special store to the grocery store. I never shop at the regular grocery store — I only go to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods and the farmer’s market, so going to the regular grocery store is a pain. Now I just get these shipped directly to me and I never have to worry about it.

What I buy on Amazon Subscribe and Save

11. Olive Oil Potato Chips

Olive Oil Potato Chips – Now we’re getting to the good stuff! We love these olive oil potato chips. We used to buy them at Trader Joe’s but it’s so much easier to just order them on Subscribe & Save.

What I buy on amazon Subscribe and Save

12. Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup – Maple syrup has a lot more minerals and vitamins than white sugar. Grade B Organic is the best one to buy because it has a richer flavor and a higher nutrition content.

Coombs Family Farms

13. Non-Chlorine Bleach

Non-Chlorine Bleach – I use non-chlorine bleach to whiten and brighten clothes, and on cloth diapers and cloth menstrual pads.


14. Wild Planet Tuna

Wild Planet Tuna – Sustainably caught tuna. Normally I can only find this at Whole Foods or another health food store.

What I buy on Amazon Subscribe and Save

15. Fluoride-free Toothpaste

Fluoride-free Toothpaste – I get fluoride-free toothpaste for our daughter and for myself and my husband.

What I buy on Amazon Subscribe and Save

What Do You Buy on Amazon Subscribe and Save?

Do you use Amazon Subscribe and Save? If so, what do you order? Share your comments below.

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The MamaS June 19, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I love subscribe and save! I mainly use it for my Nutiva Coconut Oil,
Garden of Life Vitamin Code (GLVC) Men’s Multivitamin, GLVC Raw Prenatals, and
Nature’s Way Evening Primrose. I love that you can cancel or change your orders without penalty pretty much any time (before they ship) and you have reminder emails when an order is about to process. They do not charge your card until the item ships, which is also nice. The best part: You can save some pretty serious money! Sure a cent or two doesn’t seem much, but you times that by 200 or so pills, a couple times a year, on multiple items, and that can add up to a few gallons of gas or scratch lotto tickets… ;)

Renee June 19, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Just wanted to thank you for this great post! I have used amazon’s Subscribe & Save program for years, but have only recently used it regularly. Just wanted to let you know that you can also use pine stall bedding sold in feed stores in place of the Feline Pine. I just found this out reading reviews & will be switching immediately, b/c we live in a suburban/rural area & have ready access to feed stores! :) This will save us a ton! Have also read that all Vermont maple syrup can be considered organic b/c of the strict regulations in its processing, due to it being a large state income producer. It might be worth researching, if you’re interested. Thank you, again! I enjoy your blog!

Julie D. June 19, 2013 at 8:23 PM

I love Subscribe and Save! I have been using it for years. It actually used to be much better. There used to be a larger discount without having to get 5 products together. Did you know?…They do carry recycled toilet paper and paper towels.

BTW, You might like these for Kate’s lunch:

Ivette June 19, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Julie D…..thats right bout 7 years ago when i started subscribe and save it was 20% off without having 5 items even 30% off on seventh gen diapers! anyhoooo Mrs Cheesslave your the bester of the best!, i love that tuna fish im so happy amazon has it i had no idea, i get it from Stop and Shop or in bulk at Costco but now i can just get it here and im gonna buy those chips! thanks a bunch!

Liz J. June 19, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Ok so you’ve got me all excited to end my Costco membership! Paper products (TP etc.) were the main thing holding me in the grip of Costco. I thought you would like this- I did a quick price compare and realized Wal-Mart is way cheaper than Costco, which is quite a lot less than Amazon. Wal-Mart offers free shipping on online orders over $45, so this could be another opportunity save a trip and lots of $$$. I think from now on for me it will be Amazon, Azure Standard, occasionally Trader Joe’s, and a quarterly online Wal-Mart order. :)) Oh and thanks to a local business, TheBackyardfarmer/veggiesdelivered.com, I get fresh local produce delivered to the door every couple of weeks. Thank you for helping me to see that there is no need to be running all over town, navigating the crowds and wasting time, energy and gas…and patience! With all of the time I spend in the kitchen, every little bit of time I can find to enjoy my children is precious!

Ginny June 20, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Thanks for this post, I’m going to add some of these things to my subscribe and save! We’ve switched so much of our kitchen to glass but we still seem to go through so many gallon-sized ziplocks.

Vitacost is another great option for free shipping (over $49) and they also offer a subscribe and save type thing. I get a lot of supplements and pantry items from there. They have tomatoes in glass, coconut oil, gluten-free pasta, organic teas and spices, etc.

PS- Will you please do a post on reusable menstrual pads? I recently started using the Diva Cup and it’s kinda my new favorite thing. I love not having to buy tampons so much that I’m wondering if I can cross panty liners and pads off my list of things to run to the store for.

Carlynn June 20, 2013 at 3:23 AM

You can save even more money by refusing to use disposables! How about rechargable batteries? Towels or rags instead of paper towels? Check out the book/blog Zero Waste Home.

Hannah June 20, 2013 at 5:41 AM

I got an amazing kombucha ginger pear with s and s. along will maple syrup tp Lara bars and coconut milk

Tiffany June 20, 2013 at 5:44 AM

I love this! I just moved out to the country and was trying to plan how often I would need to go into town for shopping. Thankfully most of our food is obtained through a co-op so adding this will keep me from needing to go very often. Saving on gas is a big savings too.

Lorie June 20, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Julie – paper products made from recycled paper products are contaminated with bpa. Love you Cheeseslave!

Raquel June 20, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Is this for Canadians as well?

Ann Marie Michaels June 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Yes! We are getting a CSA box from Abundant Harvest every week, and they deliver our raw milk and pastured eggs! SO awesome!

Ann Marie Michaels June 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM

I’ll get there! Life is too busy right now but it will slow down.

Ann Marie Michaels June 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Wow really? Cool!

Ann Marie Michaels June 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Well, we’re not eating them so I’m OK with it.

Ann Marie Michaels June 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM

I don’t know…

Ann Marie Michaels June 20, 2013 at 8:32 AM


SURE! I love my reusable pads. I’ll work on a post!

Julie June 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I bought some reusable pads (LunaPads brand) almost 5 years ago and they’re still going strong. They’re are made of flannel, and the “base pad” has a thin interior layer of nylon or vinyl to prevent leaking through. It’s kind of a two-part system, a “base pad” layer with ric-rack loops, and then a top layer you swap on and off as they get “full.” You could sew them yourself, but I hate sewing. Anyway, by now, they have paid for themselves several times over.

I find their absorbency is perfect for medium days, and the non-vinyl-lined liners are perfect for my last couple days that are quite light. On day 2 — heavy! — I need something internal to keep up with the flow. I have tried the Diva Cup, but can’t get it to work for me, so I still use tampons on that day, with the pads as backup. Still a big reduction in cost & waste from disposables-all-cycle.

They are so much more comfortable than disposable … they don’t chafe, you don’t get adhesive stuck to you, and they are very breathable — they make disposable pads feel like diapers. Finally — & relevant to this post, as long as you’ve done laundry sometime since your last period, they’re always there for you!

BTW, I am really low-maintenance about laundry with them, and it’s *perfectly fine*. I don’t soak or any of that b.s. Seriously, who cares if a menstrual pad gets stained, that’s its *job*. Just leave them alone to dry out in a paper bag in my hamper (so they don’t stain clothing), and wash & dry them as usual with dark clothes.

Ellen June 20, 2013 at 11:12 AM

We use stainless tiffins (like planet boxes but for bigger appetites.) They are awesome! I use wide mouth jars for freezing tomato sauce, etc. I figured if I was going to go to all the trouble of sourcing and making clean food, I didn’t want to then stick it into a soft plastic leeching bag. I use 2 quart jars for honey and milk. They are not expensive new but I found them all for .20 apiece at goodwill while my kids were across the street in a class.

Jen June 20, 2013 at 11:20 AM

I use subscribe and save for coffee, and I’m going to check out the Kona blend! I also get toilet paper, vitamin C, pink Himalayan sea salt, and organic black tea bags for making kombucha. We have 4 cats, and I’m so going to check to see if Amazon sells the brand of grain free dry and canned food and the litter we like. Great ideas!

JeannieJohansen June 20, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Wow, thanks for this post! I shop Amazon allot and didn’t know this existed. Also it is always fun to learn about new products and to be reminded of forgotten ones. We are living about an hour from most decent stores so to be able to get Whole Foods quality items right at my doorstep…well how good is that? (!!)

Kathleen June 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

We love Amazon’s S&S, too–thanks for sharing your list! I’m curious about the olive oil chips….it’s so hard to find chips made with safe oils, but I thought that olive oil should not be heated to high temps. http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/know-your-fats-introduction

Anyone know more about this?

April June 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM

I’m curious, is that Kona blend coffee organic? Because I’ve been thinking about ordering organic coffee online, but when I followed your link I couldn’t find a place where it said “organic.”

Susie June 20, 2013 at 2:15 PM

That same brand of chip makes some that are fried in avocado oil – if you want to avoid eating heated olive oil. It’s also available through S&S.

Mandy June 20, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Our local Costco started carrying the Wild Planet tuna & sardines. I used to pay about $4/can but a 6pk at Costco is $15, a much better savings. I’m going to check out that coffee!

Deanna D. June 20, 2013 at 3:06 PM

The tuna isn’t available for Subscribe & Save right now…the only way you can buy it right now is a 6-pk for $54+shipping…seems a little outlandish…hope they get a decent price and S&S back soon!!!!

EC June 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

It’s a seasonal item. Much better to buy it in bulk in season the way you would buy a pig or half cow at butcher time. If you buy it in bulk from the fisherman you can also often get a discount. Plus then you know your fisherman as well as your farmer!

Ann Marie Michaels June 20, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Just be forewarned – it’s not as good as REAL Hawaiian Kona. It is a blend. But it’s good (and a whole lot cheaper).

Good idea on the black tea bags!

Ann Marie Michaels June 20, 2013 at 4:26 PM

WAPF recommends these chips in their shopping guide — that’s where I first heard about them!

Ann Marie Michaels June 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Oh you are RIGHT! Darn it!

That company has several other organic brands so I must have missed that.

I’ll swap it out.

Here’s another blend that IS organic: http://amzn.to/11BQkdH

Ann Marie Michaels June 20, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Yes, the avocado oil ones are good too and they are on S&S:


Ann Marie Michaels June 20, 2013 at 4:30 PM

I just got my S&S order of the tuna yesterday. So they must have just run out.

Ann Marie Michaels June 20, 2013 at 4:36 PM

OK I fixed it. Gosh, you have to be so careful about reading labels! It’s so easy to mess up!

April W June 20, 2013 at 4:50 PM

It is so easy to miss things like that. I find that especially true on Amazon.Thanks!

Ginny June 21, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Thanks for all the info Julie, I’m definitely going to look into this more! Your feedback about the comfort is great; I hate the plastic-y feeling of some commercial pads. I’m wondering if LunaPad or anyone else makes a skinny version for thongs. It sounds silly but I actually find myself using those thong sized panty-liners quite a bit. I will have to do some research! Btw, did you ever read any of the forums troubleshooting the Diva Cup? I found those quite helpful. It took me a couple months and I almost gave up, but once I finally figured out what worked for me I knew I’d never go back to tampons!

C Munson June 21, 2013 at 4:52 AM

Our lists are pretty similar! I also get paper and plastic goods from Amazon, as well as cat food. I get a lot from Bob’s Red Mill – alternative grains, dried beans. Coconut Milk.
Trying to go paper free in the kitchen and I finally have enough washclothesto not have to wash every day (probably about 30 – 40 multicolor) – my husband still gripes a little about not having paper towels. Just gotta train them :)
I switched last year to roasting my own coffee – I buy 20 pound bags of green coffee from Sweet Maria’s and bought a small roaster. Once you make the change, it just becomes part of your routine. The roaster is pretty loud so I roast some beans right before I go to bed and they are ready in the morning.
Anyway, I LOVE subscribe and save. I hate getting all the stupid cardboard boxes – they do consolidate items but sometimes the packaging is too much.

C Munson June 21, 2013 at 4:53 AM

Just forgot to say – green coffee is 1/2 as much as roasted coffee, even organic!

Sue June 21, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Our Costco has it right now for $15/5 pack.

Sue June 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I wouldn’t use Costco either if I only bought paper goods. I use it as a second best when I can’t get something from the farmer – organic not from concentrate OJ (when I can’t juice my own valencias), Italian salamis and prosciutto, the best price for Kerrygold, organic meats including goat and buffalo, grassfed European cheeses, often raw, sprouted bagels with zero compromise ingredients, then there is the organic sugar for kombucha making, frozen (and fresh) organic produce, fresh wild salmon, clams, scallops. I totally get that Costco can be a pain, but it’s easy to just avoid the no food side of the store. Today I found organic crushed tomatoes in glass jars. Now THAT is a time saver, I will stock up and skip making my own this year. How do people using Amazon get fresh foods? I can’t see entirely getting rid of going to the store occasionally. Plus the big sized booze really makes those days better when the kombucha just isn’t strong enough. ;)

Leah June 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Yay – I would love to see a post on reusable pads, too. I am pregnant now, but before I got pregnant, I was using a Diva Cup with a stash of Glad Rags and Lunapads liners. I like both styles a lot. Did you know Azure Standard sells Glad Rags panty lines for a good price? Now I am trying to put together a postpartum kit of cloth pads. I am too spoiled now to bear the thought of wearing disposable for 6+ weeks after baby is born! But I relied so much on the Diva Cup that it’s hard to know what I might need for my full postpartum flow…please share your suggestions with us, Ann Marie!

Leah June 22, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Lunapads does sell a thong-style panty liner. I own one, and it works okay…it tends to swivel upside down and bunch sometimes, so you have to fidget with it to keep it in place throughout the day. It probably works better with an actual thong panty (haven’t tried it) than a g-string (my experience)…

Ginny June 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Wow @Sue, your Costco sounds like it has a way better selection than mine! We occasionally consider canceling our membership, but we couldn’t live without that awesome Valbreso brand feta cheese that they sell at a quarter of the price we could get it anywhere else. French feta might be the yummiest thing on the planet; feta as feta was meant to be!

Pati September 15, 2013 at 4:54 PM

I live subscribe and save for diapers and baby care items like wipes and diaper cream. Recently started buying coconut water, shredded coconut and nutiva items like chia and coconut oil. I do try to buy what I can from Costco since I live in the Bay Area and they have a lot of organic stuff.

Christeena Dinehart September 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Julie, I encourage you to try a different brand menstrual cup. I could not use the Diva – it was too long for my body but I found the Lunette on-line and it was a perfect fit. Mooncup is another brand that worked for me on lighter days. Once you complete the learning curve of a cup, it is wonderful! I only wish I hadn’t discovered menstrual cups so late in life. Since I am post menopausal now,I only got 5 years out of my cups and they are languishing in the cupboard! :)

Jamie Larrison September 26, 2013 at 7:50 PM

I’ve looked at Amazon Subscribe and Save, but honestly, I find it much too pricey. I use Vitacost’s Set and Save since their prices are so much lower and they have a wider selection of natural products. I buy vitamins, eco-friendly toilet paper, Mrs. Meyers Basil dish soap, raw cocoa powder, coconut oil, and all our soap and shampoo products

Jamie Larrison September 26, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Where do you go about finding a CSA? Is there a state registry or something? And how exactly do they work? I’ve heard good things but I don’t know very much!

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