Is Prime Pantry A Good Value? – A side by side comparison to local shopping

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 TrialOnce 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:

Prime Pantry Food 6928 Items 

  • SNACKS
  • BREAKFAST
  • MEALS AND SIDE DISHES
  • SOUPS STOCKS AND BROTHS
  • COOKING AND BAKING
  • HERBS AND SPICES
  • CANNED, JARRED AND PACKAGED
  • CONDIMENTS AND DRESSING
  • DRIED BEANS, GRAINS, AND RICE
  • PASTA AND NOODLES
  • BABY FOOD
    Household and Pet 712 items
  • LAUNDRY
    • PAPER AND PLASTIC
    • HOUSEHOLD CLEANING
    • DISHWASHING
    • OFFICE PRODUCTS
    • PETS
    • KITCHEN
    • LAWN AND GARDEN
    • TOYS
    • AUTOMOTIVE
      • SKIN CARE
      • HAIR CARE
      • MAKEUP
      • BATH AND BODY
      • SHAVING AND HAIR REMOVAL
      • BABY AND CHILD CARE
      • ORAL CARE

        Beverages 1533 Items

        • COFFEE
        • TEA
        • WATER
        • SOFT DRINKS
        • JUICES
        • SPORTS DRINKS

         Wellness and Healthcare 560 Items

        • SPORTS NUTRITION AND BARS
        • VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS
        • MEDICATIONS AND TREATMENTS
        • FIRST AID
        • WOMEN’S HEALTH
Ok, if you have browsed the links above you kinda get an idea of what you can find at Amazon Prime Pantry. Keep in mind that this is still a fairly new thing they are doing, and it is only going to get bigger, although I think it is fairly big already.
ANYWAY, as promised, here is the breakdown of my first Amazon Prime Pantry shopping comparison:
  1. Crisco Vegetable Oil 48 oz  Local Store $2.98  Amazon $2.79  Winner: Amazon
  2. Organic Honey 12 oz   Local Store $4.38  Amazon $5.19   Winner: Local Store
  3. Old Spice Men’s Deodorant 3oz  Local Store $3.97 Amazon $2.48 Winner: Amazon
  4. Suave Antiperspirant Deodorant 2.6ox  Local Store $2.94 Amazon $2.94 Tie
  5. Suave men’s Body Wash 15oz  Local Store $1.88  Amazon $2.00 Winner: Local Store
  6. Frosted Mini Wheats 24oz Local Store $3.68 Amazon $2.99 Winner: Amazon
  7. Colgate Total Twin Pack 6oz Local Store $4.96  Amazon $4.96 Tie
  8. Always Thin Liners 120 ct Local Store $15.72 Amazon $5.47 Winner: Amazon
  9. Folgers Classic Roast Coffee 30.5oz Local Store $8.47 Amazon $7.49 Winner: Amz
  10. Bounty Paper Towels 6ct Local Store $8.98 Amazon $8.99 Winner: Local Store
  11. Scott Toilet Paper 8 rolls Local Store $7.96 Amazon $7.76 Winner: Amazon
  12. Quaker Oatmeal Squares 14.5oz Local Store $2.75 Amazon $2.50 Winner: Amazon
  13. McCormick Black Pepper 6oz Local Store $6.48 Amazon $6.48 Tie
  14. Crisco Cooking Spray Non-stick 6oz Local Store $2.18 Amazon $2.18 Tie

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!!

6 Replies to “Is Prime Pantry A Good Value? – A side by side comparison to local shopping”

  1. Ok this is supper cool.. I live just out side of Toronto, but have to commute sometimes. By the time I get home after work it’s time for dinner, and if I have to make a stop off at the grocery store ugh…

    This is such a great idea, I love the tops for getting free shipping… I mean even with those savings you published, paying for one box of shipping is still a savings of time and money…

    Thank you for taking the time to look into this, I will definitely be checking it out

    1. Thank you for checking it out Stephania! As we do more of our chopping there I will be posting more about what we are or are not saving (whichever the case may be). Check back soon!

  2. I did not know that amazon pantry would actually help you save a lot. it is interesting since we often tend to think that shopping locally will help us save some money but here it is totally the other way round. I’m surely going to consider the amazon pantry, next time I go shopping.

    1. i was shocked as well. I’ll be doing this for several of our shopping trips. If they all have similar results, I may never see the inside of a brick and mortar store again! Lol

  3. I never knew that Amazon did food delivery. This is nice to know. Things are really changing. Online stores are beginning to find ways to do things better than brick and mortar. So the competition is really getting huge.

    We the consumer wins!!! Those Amazon prices are pretty dog on good. It is not easy to beat a grocery store prices. The difference is pretty big. Things for the information.

    1. its gonna get better and better! I hope the info was helpful. Now you just need to go online and start shopping!

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