I am all about automating as much of my life as possible. My bills are paid automatically, payments are sent to my credit card automatically, and I have my Netflix queue full of at least 100 movies so that I don’t have to think about it for extended periods of time. The latest way I have discovered to simplify things around here is to start buying the standard items we constantly need via Amazon’s Subscribe & Save service.
Just this morning I signed up for yet another item to be delivered every two months automatically — a daily vitamin supplement that we both take. Each bottle contains 120 pills, which means that it lasts us two months. We had been buying it at Whole Foods at first, thinking that was the only place we could get it. Then I decided to check Amazon and wow — it was 50% less than what Whole Foods wanted me to pay. Score! Throw in the free shipping and the no taxes, and this supplement just became a lot cheaper to take every day. But wait, it gets even better — when you sign up to have a product delivered automatically on a schedule, you save an additional 15%. How great is that? What was $49.99/bottle at WF is now $21/bottle!
Not every product is available in the Subscribe & Save section of Amazon’s site, but there are a ton of things in there that chances are you buy on a regular basis at your regular grocery store. Once you sign up, you select how often you want the item delivered and you are billed automatically each time it ships. I mark each delivery date on my calendar so I can skip, move, or delete a delivery of something I may not need right away, but usually the few things I do buy from them come right on time as I am running out. You can cancel at any time, but once you find out how much this helps to simplify part of your life, chances are you won’t. It certainly has made my life a little easier as I no longer have to worry about going without of some of our household standards!