Many of you have emailed me over the last two months, asking me to write about the new Amazon program called Amazon Prime Pantry.
I’ve put it off until now because I wanted to be sure I had a thorough understand of what Amazon Pantry is — and how it works to save you time and money.
What is Amazon Pantry?
The Amazon Pantry store features grocery and household items, often at a discount and with coupons available.
Amazon Pantry items ship together in one giant box, which can hold up to 45 pounds or 4 cubic feet of products. To start your Prime Pantry box, just select a Prime Pantry item and add it to your cart.
You can do your Prime Pantry shopping all at once, or over the course of several days. Each time you add a Pantry item to your cart, Amazon will tell you what percentage of a Pantry box it fills based on its size and weight.
Just keep adding items to your box until you reach maximum capacity, at which point the whole box ships for a flat rate of $5.99.
What Is the Difference Between Amazon Pantry vs. Subscribe & Save
Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program is largely for bulk orders. You receive a 5% discount for every subscription, or a 20% discount on all subscriptions when you have five or more active in one month.
Amazon Pantry, on the other hand, is for single packages of everyday items. Don’t need a case of something? Pantry is your best bet. Just be sure to check out all the Amazon Pantry coupons, so you can save as much as possible.
Is Amazon Subscribe & Save Phasing Out?
While I obviously don’t work for Amazon and am therefore not privy to their long-term strategies, I am an astute observer of how Amazon operates — and can comfortably say that I don’t see any signs that they are planning to phase out Subscribe & Save.
Most of our favorite subscriptions — on everything from toilet paper and paper towels to diapers and wipes — will continue to be available via Subscribe & Save.
That said, I do suspect that Amazon is transitioning some products from their Subscribe & Save vertical to their Pantry vertical.
Many KOAB readers have reported getting cancellation notices on certain subscriptions lately. For example, the Dixie 10 1/16″ Plates, 80 Count was removed this spring from the Subscribe & Save program, and now I see it has migrated over to the Amazon Pantry vertical.
Is Amazon Pantry Worth It?
Overall, I think Amazon Pantry offers some great potential to save both time and money. The one thing I don’t love about Pantry is that while it’s only available to Amazon Prime members, we still have to pay a flat rate of $5.99 for shipping.
As far as pricing, the products with the Prime Pantry Coupons definitely offer the biggest savings. Some of those products can certainly work out cheaper than buying them at your local grocery store or big box store — even with the $5.99 shipping flat rate.
Of course, the best way to determine whether a money-saving program is worth it for you is to rely on your price book!
What do you think of Amazon Pantry?
So, now it’s your turn to weigh in. Have you ordered from Amazon Pantry yet? What was your experience like? What great deals did you find? What tips can you recommend to others looking to save with Prime Pantry?