One lesser known benefit of an Amazon Prime membership is the access to the Prime Pantry! What is the Prime Pantry? Prime Pantry is a home delivery service from Amazon. You are able to shop thousands of grocery and everyday items (bath, baby, laundry)in normal sizes at low prices. If you purchase 5 qualifying items, the shipping is free. Otherwise you can "fill up" a rather large box for a flat shipping fee of $5.99!
Given my cramped living space, I had to let my supply dwindle before I made my first purchase. I purchased 5 of the qualifying items (for free shipping) and had an Amazon credit of $5 for choosing a slower shipping method on another order.
ShippingI ordered on November 5th and the box was delivered on Monday, Nov 7th- a very quick turnaround so I have to give 4 stars for delivery. The box was sturdy (I had ordered canned goods and shampoo so I was a bit concerned). No damage at all to any items- and the box even comes with handles which made carrying it up the 3 flights of stairs to my apartment a breeze.
SavingsAs I said before, I had free shipping ($5.99) because I ordered the 5 required items and I had a $5 coupon on my Amazon account. I ordered some presents for K that I can take to Albania in January. There was no rush and Amazon sometimes offers a $5 coupon if you accept slower 5-7 day delivery over the rushed 2 day Prime delivery. I took them up on that offer. While shopping you are able to "clip" coupons for certain items- saving even more money!
ValueThe prices for each item was comparable to what you would pay in a grocery store. $1,25 for a 19 ounce can of Progresso soup, $1 for pouches of flavored rice/pasta mixes, $2.50 for a box of Rice Chex. I felt the Prime Pantry offered a good value. There were some items available for Pantry that were a little pricier (for instance 4 loaves of Colonial bread for $10- and gourmet bread was more expensive) but I appreciated the fact that so many items were available. I'll just stick to the grocery store for these items. But for the housebound or extremely busy person, this is a great and affordable option.
Free 30 Day Trial!Will I order from Prime Pantry again? I don't plan on ordering on a regular basis but it is nice to know that if I ever get crazy busy again, I can have essential food and supplies delivered to my door at a reasonable price. I would definitely recommend that you look into Amazon Prime and the benefits and value of the Prime Pantry! You can enjoy a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime by using the link below!