Despite the stereotypes, I am not a woman who loves shopping. In fact, I pretty much despise shopping, and that was true long before running errands involved dragging five kids through the store!
I don’t mind heading to the mall to browse with my mom and sister a couple times a year, but looking for specific items makes me crazy, especially if it involves having to stop at more than one store.
Add to that our distance from “town” (about 30-45 minutes), and it’s probably not surprising that I do as much of our shopping as possible online. If I could do it all that way, I would!
I’ve had a few people ask me about both Amazon Subscribe & Save and ePantry lately, so I thought I would share my June orders from both companies as well as the other random things I’ve bought online this month:
1. Amazon Subscribe & Save
We use Amazon for a lot of our purchases, both for convenience and saving, but the strategy that saves us the most money is the Subscribe & Save program. Because we’re Prime members (hello, free 2-day shipping!), we can save 15% off our Subscribe & Save orders each month, so we buy a lot of our household items this way.
This month, I was stocking up on snacks for summer days on the go as well as a few “convenience” cleaning supplies so that the girls can do more chores. Here’s what I ended up with:
- McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract (16-ounce), $6.78
- Tide Pods Laundry Detergent Packs Tub, Spring Meadow (81 Count), $17.48
- Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub (2 Count), $8.54
- Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ (2 Count), $19.39
- Clorox ToiletWand Disposable Toilet Cleaning System, $7.64
- Clorox ToiletWand Disinfecting Refills (30 Count), $7.41
- Larabar Gluten Free Fruit & Nut Food Bar, Apple Pie (16 Bars), $13.56
- KIND Nuts & Spices, Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt (12 Bars), $9.96
- Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks Variety Pack 0.8 Oz (24 Count), $12.89
Other months, my Subscribe & Save order might include diapers and wipes, toilet paper or paper towels, coconut sugar or coconut oil, various teas, organic and fair-trade baking ingredients, and so on. This month didn’t include a lot of bulk products, but many of the things I buy are huge packages that last for several months, so my order changes every month.
By the way, my mom shares hot Subscribe & Save deals every day at our Amazon deal blog, Jungle Deals & Steals!
While I love Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program, one thing it doesn’t offer is a lot of single-count products from brands like Mrs. Meyers or Method. I first tried out ePantry several months ago, and I’ve been hooked every since for regular deliveries of these products at an affordable price.
This month’s order included:
- Method Smarty Dish Tabs (20 Count), $5.99
- Method Moisturizing Body Wash, $4.99 (I love this stuff!)
- Method Minnie Shampoo & Body Wash, $5.29 (My kids love this stuff!)
- Method Laundry Detergent (50 Loads), $15.49*
- Natracare Maxi Pads, Regular (14 Count), $5.35
- Natracare Maxi Pads, Overnight (10 Count), $5.35
- Natracare Organic Intimate Wipes, $5.45
*We keep trying natural laundry detergents in the hopes of finding one that works with our well water and that my husband likes, which is why I ordered both Tide from Amazon and this laundry detergent this month!
I also get Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, foaming hand soap, multi-surface spray and tub & tile cleaner (all in Lemon Verbena), Gillette razor refills, toothpaste, and Seventh Generation paper products, depending on what I need in any given month.
I’ve been raving about StitchFix lately because it’s become one of my very favorite things! I was almost giddy waiting for my fix this month, and it’s always so fun to open it up and see what’s inside.
And I’m really loving their maternity selection, as shown above!
Although opinions were split on Facebook and Instagram, I ended up keeping the chevron dress ($88) and the navy/white shirt ($68). My husband just wasn’t a fan of the bow on the middle shirt, and I love both the eyelet material and the scoop back of the one on the right. I had some credit so that I didn’t have to pay for both completely out of pocket, but the thing I’m finding with my StitchFix clothes is that I wear them and enjoy them more than the $15 shirts I buy at Old Navy anyway, so I am willing to pay more per piece.
I have a love-hate relationship with Twice. It can be completely overwhelming to sort through their stock of clothes to find ones you might like, but I’ve had some really good finds. And their return process is super straightforward and easy when you get a dud.
This month, I’ve been on the hunt for a summery purse that can hold a couple diapers for Jackson, my MacBook, wallet and a few snacks, and while the Kenneth Cole purse wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, I decide it was close enough. I couldn’t help but add the American Eagle tote to use as a pool bag, and that one is just perfect.
I’ve also been looking to replace my very old, worn Gap flip-flops/sandals. The Banana Republic ones ended up being too small (maybe just because I’m pregnant, but I’m going to send them back anyway) and the Bamboo sandals were cheap enough that I’m going to keep them even though they weren’t exactly what I was looking for.
I have a ton of Twice credit from referrals and selling clothes, so all of these were basically free, which makes shopping that much more fun!
5. Coleman Furniture
This month marked a new experience for us as we ordered furniture online for the first time!
Most of the furniture in our home is from Ikea, and we’ve started feeling like it’s time to upgrade and become real adults (ha!), so Sean spent a ton of time looking at both couches and bed frames to decide what we wanted. We actually stopped by quite a few furniture stores before realizing that we could get the exact same furniture via a dropship company like Coleman Furniture…at half the price.
And so we ordered both our couch and bed frame from there at the beginning of the month, and we couldn’t be happier with them!
Do you prefer online or in-store shopping?