For me, shopping on Amazon is not only more convenient, but I also save a ton of money. Read on to learn how I use Amazon to save hundreds of dollars and keep me on budget.
I am a big advocate of Amazon. Living overseas away from a main base, I buy most of my items from Amazon because shipping is free and many items I cannot find here in Korea. When I was living in Kansas, if I needed something I would just drive across the street to Walmart. Here it is not that easy. Going to the store involves wresting a toddler into a car seat he hates, and battling traffic for an hour to get to the PX. I also have to be careful about leaving the house on higher pollution days so inevitably, I choose to just purchase whatever I need from Amazon.
We buy most of our food and everyday groceries like toilet paper and paper towels from our small commisary (grocery store). All of our baby items such as baby food, formula, and diapers we buy off of Amazon because it is far cheaper for us in the long run after comparing prices. There are a few items that are cheaper in the store so I purchase them there such as cleaning supplies, shampoo and conditioner, and soap.
After doing this for several months, I have seen that I have been spending far less money. Although “buy now with one click” is very easy and can be dangerous if you aren’t careful, it also means I’m not walking through aisle upon aisle browsing items. I search for only the items I need. Often times, they are cheaper than what I can buy them for in the store here.
Reasons Amazon Prime saves me money:
1.) Eliminates (or at least lessens) unnecessary spending and impulse buys.
I do not go to shopping malls or department stores regularly. In 6 months, I have probably gone a handful of times which has really helped to cut down even more on unnecessary spending.
If I need a sippy cup for my son, I search “sippy cup” and click purchase. That is around $5 for my one item. However, when I used to make a trip to the store for one thing, I inevitably would leave with several items that weren’t on my list like a bag of cookies because I was hungry in the store or a cute hat for my son because it was on clearance.
Purchasing online, you have to make a conscious decision to search for the particular item you need which gives you time to consider your need for that item. I also try to think about whether I can get an item used before I purchase it online. None of my son’s clothes and less than half of his toys were purchased new. They outgrow things so quick it isn’t worth the money on many things if I can find the same thing gently used.
2.) Online spending is easier to track for budget purposes.
Like following any budget, you have to purchase mindfully on Amazon as well. Amazon purchases need to be either a separate allowance of funds in your budget or included in your grocery budget.
Our Amazon account is linked to a credit card which we pay off completely each month. Our allowed credit card limit is also worked into our budget spreadsheet and we always spend less than what we are allowed. (If you don’t already have a budget, check out how we make ours by clicking over to How to Budget Like a Boss- Create a Budget with a Template and Example).
3.) Shopping online gives you time to consider items and price check easily without having to go to multiple stores.
One thing I love about shopping on Amazon is that different brands of the same item are listed for you to easily find the best deal. One of the items I save the most money by buying online is coffee K-cups. I love these because they are so much easier to use than brewing a whole pot of coffee, especially for the momma on the go. Downside- they can get very expensive fast. In our shopping store, I can only find the small boxes of 12 for about $7. Online, I can buy a package of 100 for about $32.
I search coffee k-cups, and can browse through all the different brands, flavors, roasts, and quantity and easily compare prices to find the cheapest deal without leaving my home. Another thing I love about Amazon, is that it tells you the price per unit. So for those 100 coffee cups I can see each one costs 32 cents as compared to the 55 cents I spend on each cup at my local store.
After looking at prices in the store and comparing that to the prices on Amazon, I also found that it was far cheaper for me to purchase diapers, formula, and baby food online. On Amazon, they have all of these items in bulk which they did not sell in any store we have available to us.
I save 30 cents a pouch to buy my baby food pouches online. I know that does not sound like a lot but every little bit adds up. My son eats at least one pouch a day which means that I am saving 8-10 dollars a month and over 120 dollars a year. JUST on baby food. Add that to my $100 in coffee K-cups and you have an extra $220 to go straight into savings.
Make sure to price check items to insure you are saving the most money. For me personally being overseas, it is much cheaper to buy most items on Amazon but if I were in the states, many of the items I have purchased I may have been able to find on clearance at a store such as Walmart or Target for cheaper.
With each item, search to see the price on Amazon that is eligible for Prime (free shipping) and then check on other popular department store sites like Walmart or target to compare prices so you find the best deal. Convenience is a big factor for my personal situation. Also, the less I go to the store, the less money I feel I spend.
How do you save the most money to keep your spending within the budget? I would love to hear about it in the comments!
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Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. I am simply sharing how I use Amazon Prime in hopes of helping others.