-Big Daddy Bigz-
-Big Daddy Bigz-
Hello folks, this is Big Daddy Bigz, and I have decided to take on a project that will answer a question that i think most people are wanting answered, but just haven’t taken the time or just don’t have the time to do their own research. Well, that’s my job. I will be using Amazon Prime Pantry for my next few grocery type purchases, then driving to my usual local store (which will remain nameless) and then reporting back here to you on how it compared. Keep in mind that gas money is a factor in this process for me because I live 15 miles away from the nearest grocery store. The one I typically use is actually further at 18 miles from my home. Each of these upcoming blogs will be categorized under “PRIME PANTRY RESULTS” in the sidebar of this website, so you won’t have any trouble finding it.
First, let me explain to you what Prime Pantry is. Prime Pantry is a service of Amazon.com and the short description is this, you can buy many of the items that you purchase at your local grocery store or big box store. You will need to be and Amazon Prime Member in order to participate. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial. Once you log onto the website you will be given a “virtual box” to place your items into. As you are browsing items you can see how much space they will take up in your box. For instance, a box of toothpaste may take less than 1% of your box, but a box of washing powder may take 26% of your box. Why does this matter? Well, each box that you use is going to cost you $5.99 for shipping. Don’t panic though because there is a trick to getting free shipping. As you shop, look at the top of you page and you’ll find this . Check that link for items that you need first, and once you qualify for free shipping then you proceed to browsing for your other items. If you think you will be filling multiple boxes then only put 5 items in each box from this section of the online store. We don’t want to be paying for shipping if we can help it, otherwise we might as well jump in the family roadster and head to town. One other thing you will want to keep an eye on will be how much room you have left in your box. you can do this by looking to the right of the page and it will show you what percentage of space is available. once it goes over 100% (even if only by a fraction) you get a second box. This second box is exactly like the first as it will cost you $5.99 unless you pick 5 qualifying items like you did in the first box.
Is it a perfect system? NO….but it is very convenient, especially for those of us who live miles from the conveniences of the city. For us I foresee this as being a HUGE time-saver, and quite possibly a good money saver (keep reading to see my results).
At the bottom of this page I’m going to show how my first Amazon Prime Pantry shopping experienced compared to my local grocery store. Following are the types of items you can purchase through Amazon Prime Pantry:
Amazon Wins = 7
Local Store Wins = 3
Ties = 4
Totals – Local Store $77.36 + $7.00(gas)+$6.19(tax)=$90.55
Amazon Prime Pantry (with estimated tax.) $68.82
I truly was not expecting this! WOW! A total savings of $21.73 and I didn’t have to leave the house, I didn’t have to walk all over the store, and I didn’t have to wait in line. It took me maybe 45 minutes to purchase the items on Amazon Prime Pantry from start to finish. A trip to my local store takes 40 minutes of driving total, and 90+ minutes of walking around the store. My items will be here in two days MAX, and they’ll be dropped off at my front door!
So far, I’m one happy camper! Try it out!!