It’s no secret that Amazon.com is the world’s largest e-tailer and they are constantly introducing innovative ideas to enhance the customer experience. A few years ago, they introduced Amazon Prime, a shipping subscription in which you pay $79/year to get 2-Day shipping on a large number of products sold by Amazon. Then came Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program which provided a 15% discount on items on the S&S list if you subscribed to send them on a regular interval (1, 2, 3, and 6 months). I began using the S&S program for our toothpaste and diapers for the savings and convenience, rather than making the dreaded monthly trek to Costco. A few months ago, I was invited to join the new Amazon Mom program which combined the Amazon Prime and Subscribe & Save programs.
The Amazon Mom program starts members out with a free 3-month subscription to Prime. It also adds an additional 15% off of Subscribe & Save items in Amazon’s Baby Store giving members a whopping 30% off. Diapers suddenly became significantly cheaper for us. In addition, for every order of $25 or more worth of items from Amazon’s Baby Store, Amazon adds another month to your Prime membership. Mind you, this is all available for FREE.
Here are some other notes on the memberships mentioned above:
Amazon Prime – If you need a package sooner than 2 days, you can pay just $3.99 for 1-Day shipping. When you join Prime, it is set to automatically renew. If you prefer, you can turn of auto renewal in your Prime settings. Also, if you have other Amazon shoppers in your household, you may add up to 4 additional people to share the Prime membership with.
Subscribe & Save – The number of products qualifying for S&S is growing but is still pretty selective at the moment. You can cancel a subscription at any time. I’ve had to cancel certain diaper subscriptions as my toddler grew and required bigger sizes.
Amazon Mom – Perhaps a bit sexist in naming, you can designate in your profile that you are a Dad and list your children’s profiles should you wish. I elected not to.
There is no reason not to try out the Amazon Mom program. For basic necessities like diapers and wipes, it is extremely convenient and a great value. I probably won’t be able to extend my free Prime membership as I don’t regularly buy $25 in baby products anymore since my children are now older. But when they were infants, I would have certainly qualified for extensions. Regardless, this is a great service that Amazon is offering and I recommend it to all parents.
Go to http://www.amazon.com/mom to sign up or for more information.