Amazon’s Prime Pantry

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For the last few years we’ve subscribed to Amazon Prime. For a flat fee, we’ve enjoyed unlimited free two-day shipping, select free movie rentals, and the ability to borrow one Kindle book a month.

That last part wouldn’t be such a perk (it only works on kindle devices), except that I filled out a survey once and won what was then the top line kindle. It’s a dinosaur now, but it is nice to have if I want to borrow instead of buy a book.

We do a lot of prime comparisons via local shops, big box stores, Amazon, and eBay. I typically lean toward Amazon because I know we’re going to get our shipment fast and returns are super easy. The world has changed a lot since the day of the Sears Catalog.

One way that we save on groceries is to buy bulk shipments of certain things that we use often. I use Amazon’s Subscribe & Save and get big boxes of rice cakes, popcorn, dry milk, toilet paper, and such every few months or so. I only order this way when I know the unit price will be cheaper than what I can get in the store. The downside is that I have to store a case full of something and hope that my family doesn’t inhale in a week what should really last us a month or longer.

A few months ago, Amazon released a new Prime-related product: Prime Pantry. For a set $5.99 delivery fee you can fill a box of single item groceries and toiletries instead of having to order a bulk package. Instead of waiting for your monthly delivery time, the package will arrive within 5 shipping days.

I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve scanned through the items. There’s a huge selection, coupons apply, and you don’t have to buy six of something to be able to try it out.

Check out Mara’s review over at Kosher on a Budget for more details.

Have YOU tried out Prime Pantry?

Let us know what you think.

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  1. Uh, yeah. Guess I’m gonna join prime. I live a good distance from cheap stores. I live in a tourist town with tourist prices. Monthly I drive a few hours to stock up. Was heading down today, and 5 minutes from home our van broke down. Now I can stock up, save money, and not drive hours!! Yippie!

    • You know, it’s really helped us out where household shopping is concerned. What used to necessitate a trip to a big box store, we now order it online and save ourselves the money on all the other cool things we might have seen while we were out.

      • So, I did order from prime pantry. It was easy to fill the box. But, we needed a lot. I ordered large things I needed from subscribe and save. But ordering from the pantry was easy, and compared to our local prices, WAY cheaper. My box should come tomorrow. I think we may keep this up. :). Thanks for the tip!!

        • Yay! I’m so glad it turned out cheaper for you. Now, make sure that you make good use of your Prime membership. It’s not a good deal if you don’t make the most of it!

  2. Do you have to be a member of prime to do the pantry? And if so, what’s the benefit? Aren’t you already paying for shipping with your yearly fee? I guess I’m just asking you guys to do my research for me :)

    • Lee, I guess you could say I paid my shipping up front, but I use so many of the Prime products that I think I get more value than what I pay in the yearly fee. We’re always watching the Prime videos (we don’t have cable), I borrow from the Kindle lending library, and anything that we can’t buy locally, we usually buy from Amazon and get to have it in 2 business days. This Prime pantry feature is going to be great for us because the nearest Walmart is 30 minutes away and doesn’t carry everything I want to buy. If you’re thinking about trying it, I’d say do it. It has been worth it for us!

    • Ha ha. There are many great benefits to Prime. Free 2-day shipping, movie streaming, Kindle rentals, and they keep adding new benefits. We joined years ago when it was *just* free shipping and it was worth it then! The price has only gone up a little since then.

    • These ladies beat me to the punch.

  3. Emily T. says:

    I didn’t know about the new pantry program. Need to check it out. Wanted to let you know that you don’t need a Kindle to use the monthly book feature. You can download the Kindle app on your phone or computer for free.

  4. It is interesting you posted about this today because I recently (4-5 days ago) personally did a price comparison.

    As a member of Amazon Prime, I am NOT a fan of prime pantry. I sat down one day and did a cost comparison of a regular purchase through Amazon Prime, Amazon “Subscribe and Save”, and Amazon Prime Pantry. There are six household items that are cheaper for us per unit cost through amazon than Sam’s club or Costco. Those items are my razors (Venus 5 blade, I think its called Embrace), Toilet Paper (We prefer Cottonelle), Tampax Compax Pearl, Paper Towels (Any Brand-select a size), Dish sponges, and Q-Tips.

    I selected all of the items that I would normally use as “Subscribe and Save” (so they were all bulk items). The total came to 72.64 (My razors are a costly item). We wouldn’t have received those items for ten days from the date I lumped them together because of how subscribe and save worked.

    I then selected the same items as a “regular purchase” shipped with Amazon Prime and the total was 74.26, but I would receive them two days from the date of order (with the Prime free shipping of course)

    Lastly, I Attempted to fill an amazon pantry box. The feminine hygiene product I prefer was not available (I am kind of picky about this)with the pantry box. So I just did the math on the other five items. Once you add the $5.99 shipping costs, all of the per unit prices were more expensive than ordering them the other two ways, and you would have to order more often because of the smaller sizes.

    This was my personal experience with the “Prime Pantry”. This is not to say that I wouldn’t order from it in the future. At this time ordering items regularly seems to be the best convenience/money savings ratio for me.

    • Thanks for sharing your breakdown of prices. That’s great. I think it’s important to keep in mind that each household will have a difference experience since we buy such different things. So interesting!

  5. I’ve been a prime member for years, but I am still looking into the details of Prime Pantry as I am working on a post about it as well. I have utilized the Subscribe & Save many times, but like you said, it requires buying in bulk. It would be difficult to start paying shipping, but at least it is a flat fee. It will be interesting to see how successful this program is.

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