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How I Use Amazon Prime Pantry to Buy Groceries for Less than at the Store

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A few months back, I shared how I was able to stock up my pantry for an emergency (or simply stock extras of what a family of 8 would need) by using Amazon Subscribe and Save paired with the Amazon Mom program.

Since I wrote that, there have been changes to the program that have made it more difficult to get the big 20% or more savings that I was used to.  Fortunately, their new Amazon Pantry Box program helps recoup some of that missed savings.

What is Prime Pantry? According to the website,
Prime Pantry is a new shopping experience on Prime members can shop popular household essentials and have them conveniently delivered. Adding your first Prime Pantry item to Cart starts a Prime Pantry box. As you shop, you see that each Pantry item tells you what percentage of a Pantry box it fills based on its size and weight. Pantry boxes are large and can hold up to 45 pounds or four cubic feet of household products. As you check items off your list, we continuously track and show you how full your box is. You can buy as much or as little as you want for a flat $5.99 delivery fee per Prime Pantry box. Save gas, save money, save time.
For those of you who are used to getting FREE shipping for Amazon Subscribe and Save, I can see that the new shipping charge could be a turnoff.  There are many ways to make the cost worth it, however or even have the shipping charge waived.

Here's how I've been using it to get up to 50% off on everyday grocery, healthcare, and household items using Prime Pantry.

1. If you're not already an Amazon Prime Member, sign up here.  You will get a free 30-day trial, and after that it's $99 a year. (You'll also get access to instantly watch over 40,000 movies and TV episodes , borrow Kindle books, and get unlimited FREE two-day shipping on all Prime eligible orders.)

There are ways to get a free prime membership, including by signing up for special credit cards. But these are few and far between at the moment.

2. Start shopping on the Amazon Prime Pantry page, starting with the coupon offers.  Start filling your Pantry box with items you buy anyway, paying attention to products that have a "clippable" coupon that bring the price down very low.

An example would be this Kraft Mac and Cheese, 5-pack (priced at $4.70)which is about the same price all retailers sell it for.  By clipping the 25% coupon (available at the time of this writing), you can bring the price down to $3.76! 

Other great deals include:

You can always return to the coupons page by checking the right hand of the slider at the top of of the pantry store as shown below:

3.  Keep adding items to your box to bring it to 100% full. I usually get my Prime Pantry boxes to around 99%. To easily find items that fit, use the filters on the left-hand side of the page to refine products to those that fill a percentage of your box.

4. Before your box is filled, check for Free Shipping promotions.  I found 2 that actually applied to me. One required purchasing 4 pepsi products, and the other required purchasing 4 spring cleaning supplies.  You can see what deal they have going on at the moment by checking the bid slider on the Home Page of the Prime Pantry site. (See photo below for an example.)

Once you're ready to check out, ensure that you have just ONE box filled, that you have all your coupons applied, and that you have free shipping credited (if you qualify).  With the tax savings available in most states, and the big coupon discounts, you can get 20% or more off the cost of most pantry-sized items you buy everyday!

Have you used Prime Pantry? What has been your best deal?

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  1. Thank you for this! As a new subscriber to Amazon Prime, I found this to be very helpful. I ordered my first Prime Pantry box last month, but I didn't realize I could search by coupons and that there were even free shipping deals to keep an eye out for. Yay! Thanks for the pointers!