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Old 03-16-2014, 01:10 PM   #11
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I have looked at pricing for every staple we use in this house, like oats, rice, flour, milk powder, nuts, quinoa, salt and others and I have not found any food that saves us money at Amazon. We bought a good panettone from Amazon once, but that wasn't about saving money. Even odd things like the citron we needed for pan forte cost more. We do buy from Amazon on occasion, but not food - it isn't cost effective, even if we did everything we could to save percentages.

And as you know, I get other kinds of staples from Frontier and we are a 95% cloth family, with very sparing reliance on paper goods.

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Old 03-16-2014, 01:24 PM   #12
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We don't usually buy grocery or clothing items from Amazon.

We usually buy one-time stuff. We compare prices in-store to Amazon and Amazon usually wins. We do almost all Christmas and birthday presents from Amazon. I need a part for my washing machine and it's a fraction of the cost on Amazon as it would be to buy it from a dealer.

Like with anything, comparison shopping is key to saving money.
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We don't usually buy grocery or clothing items from Amazon.

We usually buy one-time stuff. We compare prices in-store to Amazon and Amazon usually wins. We do almost all Christmas and birthday presents from Amazon. I need a part for my washing machine and it's a fraction of the cost on Amazon as it would be to buy it from a dealer.

Like with anything, comparison shopping is key to saving money.
This is us, too. We don't buy groceries or household items on Amazon. We buy gifts, electronics, media, baby stuff, etc.
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We don't usually buy grocery or clothing items from Amazon.

We usually buy one-time stuff. We compare prices in-store to Amazon and Amazon usually wins. We do almost all Christmas and birthday presents from Amazon. I need a part for my washing machine and it's a fraction of the cost on Amazon as it would be to buy it from a dealer.

Like with anything, comparison shopping is key to saving money.
I do mainly Christmas, Birthdays, books (saves me money since the bookstore is across town) and my uniforms pants (Since I don't like any of the cuts locally). I also use the instant videos and do SB and IGC to earn Amazon giftcards so I keep my out of pocket low
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I use amazon for special deals or convenience. I can generally find a better deal at a local store for a lot of things, but I do get things from Amazon. For example, I was told of an awesome price for things like hairbrushes and personal care items (face wash, and things like that) and I bought a bunch. I wish I had bought more!

If I am looking simply for a good deal on food type items, I watch the sales at my local stores. Not on a regular basis, but often enough one of the local grocery stores will have 20-30% off bulk bins or certain grains in the bulk bins. Most of my friends that subscribe to things on amazon live in the country and it saves them the time and gas to drive to town to shop.
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I never buy stockpile, clothing, or food items from Amazon. It is ALWAYS better to combine coupons and sales at grocery stores, Target, drugstores (CVS and Walgreens are great). Many stores have store coupons that you can stack on top of the manufacturer ones too. Clothing I will trade for, buy at consignments stores or craigslist or forums, or if I must buy new, Kohl's.

I am a die-hard thrifty shopper and there are definitely things I buy from Amazon:

Shiseido skin care products (for like 30% - 40% less than I'd pay at department stores)

Water filters for our LG fridge (costs half the price at Home Depot)

certain kinds of electronics / phone accessories
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I used to order some on amazon but felt SO guilty about them sending a ton of boxes. Is there way to get them to condense to one box? It felt so wasteful!
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I used to order some on amazon but felt SO guilty about them sending a ton of boxes. Is there way to get them to condense to one box? It felt so wasteful!
I don't think so. The only time I have received different shipments was because the items were coming from different warehouses.

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I don't think so. The only time I have received different shipments was because the items were coming from different warehouses.

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Maybe it's gotten better. I tried last March and ordered like 15 different random items for my disney vacation (like bandaids, anti-nausea medicine, etc.) thinking it would help me make sure I got everything checked off and organized- and it all came separate and I felt so guilty getting a huge amazon box with just a pack of bandaids in it!
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Sometimes organic virgin coconut oil (although not now that Costco has it), my raw prenatal vitamin, some of the teas we drink.

I used to find good prices on Amazon, back when they were starting up the S&S program. Now I RARELY find anything that's a good deal.

However, I do find some deals on www.iherb.com and www.vitacost.com. Though I find Vitacost screws up my orders every single time.
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