34 Things You Should Always Buy on Amazon
Amazon’s really been upping their competitive pricing game lately—what with free shipping with Prime membership, Prime Pantry, Deals of the Day, Lightning Deals, and Instant Coupons. But with such a vast array of choices, we thought it wise to speak with a personal finance expert to find out the BEST deals on Amazon year-round!
Always buy from Amazon when…
Ashely Dull, editor-in-chief of CardRates.com, tells Reader’s Digest there are four scenarios when you should always buy on Amazon, even if the prices are comparable elsewhere:
- Shipping is free
- Return-shipping is free
- You want to try on clothes before you commit to buying them, in which case it’s worth considering Amazon Prime Wardrobe
- You have an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa, which offers 5 percent
Outside of those scenarios, you still can’t go wrong with any of the following items. Meanwhile, get to know these 15 little-known Amazon hacks to make your money go even further when buying from the online giant.
Let there be light, and there will be if you always have a stash of bulbs on hand. Amazon delivers on quality and price with a 16-pack of their AmazonBasics 60 Watt bulbs in soft white for just $26.99. Compare this to a mere 6-pack of 60 Watt Up&Up light bulbs from Target retailing for $13.99. In this case, the price per bulb is lower with Amazon. While you’re online shopping, scroll down. These are some of the funniest Amazon reviews ever!
Who doesn’t like dining al fresco? Trouble is, outdoor furniture can be expensive. Amazon sells a wide array of patio items at affordable prices, like this modern Flash Furniture 4-Pack of orange metal indoor-outdoor for just $200. At what amounts to $50 a chair, the price can’t be beat. Finesse your backyard makeover with these tips for a flawless backyard party.
If you have a little one in the house, it’s always a good idea to compare prices on diapers to those available on Amazon. Not only will you find that Amazon generally has great deals on name-brand disposables, such as Pampers Swaddlers Size 3 Diapers in a 168-count box for $48.72, but if you subscribe to regular shipments, Amazon will knock 5 percent off of the price (and you won’t have to worry about running out if you have a monthly order coming your way). When ordering from an Amazon seller, beware of signs that they aren’t trustworthy.
It may be one of the least glamorous things we buy (unless you’re going for the special occasion stuff), but every now and again we do need to replenish our underwear stock. Score a 5-pack of the extremely well-reviewed Amazon Essentials Women’s Cotton Stretch Bikini Panties for just $13.50. Overpaying for panties is just one underwear mistake you’re probably making.
Many of us could stand to be a bit more prudent about our health, and taking a daily multivitamin is an easy place to start. Amazon sells vitafusion MultiVites in a 150-count bottle for just $7.77, whereas the same product at CVS retails for $13.49. And if you take advantage of Amazon’s Subscribe and Save plan on your vitamins, you can land an even better deal. Not sure which to buy? These are the best vitamins to take at every age.
There are a bevy of flour varieties on the market—almond, oat, coconut, tapioca, garbanzo and more, and they’re becoming much easier to find in grocery stores. Or you could just buy them with a few clicks from Amazon, typically at a great price. For example, you can snap up a three-pound bag of Blue Diamond Almond Flour for $13.44 on the site, whereas Walmart offers the exact same bag for $24.99.
No Costco or Sam’s Club membership? No problem. Keep your household stocked with toilet paper with a 30-count pack of Amazon brand Solimo two-ply tissue for right around 20 bucks. That brings the cost to about 19 cents per 100 sheets, and if you’re in tune with your family’s toilet tissue needs, you can subscribe to restock as frequently as necessary without ever having to add TP to your regular grocery list. (Hint: There are many things you can do at Costco without a membership.)
The trusty t-shirt endures a lot of wear and tear while cycling through a wardrobe, and even old favorites have to be replaced. Amazon Essentials tees are well-reviewed and affordable to boot. A two-pack of men’s short-sleeve t-shirts is $12.50 and the array of colors is impressive—from basic black and classic white to red and imperial blue. Here are more Amazon products you’ll use every day.
Whether you’re trying to add a bit more nutrition to sauces, smoothies, or whatever else you’re whipping up in the kitchen, superfood powders are a great addition to the pantry—these are the most popular superfood supplements on Amazon. Amazon sells the popular Amazing Grass Green Superfood Powder for $19.99, which is five dollars less than you’ll find it at Walmart.