Dave and I have changed up our grocery shopping a bit. We’re now buying a good amount of stuff online, off of Amazon.com. We signed up for a free three month membership for Amazon Prime, but we’re pretty sure we’ll buy the year membership when our trial is up. Perks of Amazon Prime: free shipping for eligible items (and TONS of items are eligible) and shipping happens within 2 days. Immediate gratification. I love.
The bulk items we’ve purchased off Amazon in the last month:
- roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
- peanut butter (100% peanuts – no added oil or salt!)
- canned soybeans (for salads, hummus, etc.)
- goat’s milk soap (I first bought this from the co-op but it’s much cheaper on Amazon. Smells divine. Natural ingredients.)
- popcorn kernels
- nutritional yeast
- soba noodles
- chia seeds
- dried apricots
And non bulk items:
- 2 toilet brushes
- the love glove for Mosie
- new cat food for Mosie (with more natural ingredients and higher animal protein)
Those bulk items were all a good deal cheaper to buy online than to buy at the grocery store or co-op. All will keep until we need them (sunflower seeds and nutritional yeast can be frozen). Plus, it’s really easy: order your groceries and get them 2 days later! For the most part, we’ll just go to Kroger for our produce and other random items, and maybe hit up Walmart once or twice a month (Kroger and Walmart are on opposite sides of town, so going to both every week was a little annoying and always out of the way).
Last month’s grocery bill was bigger because we bought a lot of those first-time purchases. But this week I spent $30 at the grocery store and came away with everything I needed. In the future I can see us needing some quinoa, but for the most part we’re pretty set on all our staples for awhile. I’m really interested to see how May’s grocery bill will shape up given our Amazon membership.
One thing that definitely changed: our recycling! Last month we had a crazy amount of cardboard boxes!
Do you use Amazon a lot? Dave and I always liked it (we ordered our lawnmower from Amazon and multiple kitchen appliances) but we are looooving Amazon Prime and free shipping! Plus, we’ve had good customer service with them, too.