Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Subscribe and Save

I do most of my grocery shopping at Kroger and Whole Foods, but there are also a lot of things that I order online.  If you live in an area where you can't get certain items, or they're very expensive, then Amazon's Subscribe and Save might work well for you.  I looked into making an Amazon store that I could link to on the blog, so you could see what items I recommend and the blog could make a percentage off the sale, but Arkansas is one of the few states that doesn't allow you to do that.  Oh well.  I'll still let you know all the cool stuff that I order.

If you have several items that you buy regularly, then it makes sense to have them delivered to you on a monthly or semi-monthly basis.  I have found that many items I buy all the time are much cheaper on Amazon.  For instance, I drink two smoothies a day, so I'm always buying coconut water, chia seeds and maca.  I found that getting these delivered was way easier.  Plus, you can get high quality, organic items for much less than you'll find at Whole Foods.

My first item was pure coconut water.  I got this box of 12 for just under $16.  It lists higher on the website, but if you bundle 5 or more deliveries, Amazon knocks another 15% off of all the items in your order.  That's definitely a clever way to get you to buy more stuff, but if you need 5 items, it's handy.

The next item I got was maca powder.  This was $14.40 after the 15% discount, which is amazing.  I tried to buy a bag smaller than this at Whole Foods for $30!  I put maca in my smoothies every morning, so I go through a bag pretty quickly!  I have tried a couple different brand names now, and they're all pretty good.

Raw cacao powder is a recent addition to my smoothies, and I love it so far.  This whole bag was $6.37.  I put two heaping spoonfuls in my smoothie on Friday, and I was practically buzzing with energy.  I think it will definitely be a staple in my morning smoothies.  Who needs coffee when you have cacao?

I buy chia seeds regularly at Kroger, but this bag, at about 10 dollars, is twice as big for the same amount.  I put a tablespoon in my smoothies every morning, plus they're great in baked items.

I don't just get my food from Amazon.  I also get all my vitamins delivered to my office as well.  These vegan prenatal vitamins were $8.49 for a 90 day supply.  Now, don't let the prenatal throw you off;  Josh and I are not wanting to get pregnant right now.  However, it's something we talk about talking about in the next year or so, so I want to make sure I'm getting what I need now.

I have been taking this B12 sublingual every since I went vegan, and I love it. Unfortunately, a few years ago, they took it off of the subscribe and save program.  So, when I get low, I just order a 2 pack for around 16 bucks.

My calcium/magnesium vitamin is another item that I used to subscribe to, but now I just buy it when I need it.  It has a lot of great stuff like Vitamin D and zinc as well.

There are a couple items that I also order from Amazon, like spirulina and tea, but I don't subscribe to them as of now.

Do you subscribe to any products online, or do you prefer to shop for everything locally?

This list has been compiled without any outside compensation.  All opinions are my own.


  1. Ooh, I should look into that. I do order a lot of fancy vegan things online!

    1. I need to look at Vegan Essentials and other vegan based websites. I get lazy and order everything from Amazon. It makes a huge difference if it's stuff you buy all the time.

  2. This is a great post! I never order stuff online, but I always want to. The vitamins are definitely something I need to look into, because man, they are EXPENSIVE at Whole Foods! Whew!

    1. thanks! things are much cheaper online, especially if you have them sent on a regular basis. amazon is good about letting you delay your order if you haven't used all of your item yet. i usually only take my vitamins monday through friday (because i'm too lazy to bring them home), so i often have to push the next delivery back.

  3. Excellent tips. I never thought to buy these online, but it makes so much sense! :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

  4. An absolute life saver is a service we use called Gold Leaf Gourmet. You can subscribe and they send you DIY dessert kits. Easy to do, great fun to make them with the kids, and the portions are small so no one’s filling up on sweets. You can create beautiful high-end yet simple desserts in the comfort of your home. These quality ingredients are not available in stores and provide a wonderful culinary experience that you can proudly showcase at your next dinner party or event. Check them out: http://www.goldleafgourmet.com/


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