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It is known at this point that I am a pretty avid meal planner. I also love to stock up. No secret there. 

There are multiple reasons why I do this, one of which is that we have chosen to live in a place that is far away from the standard grocery stores. If I run out of something, I can go to the local {albeit TINY} store and hope they have my missing item on the shelf. More often than not, it isn’t there. So I go without. The closest warehouse store is Sam’s Club and that is approximately 45 minutes away. To do any shopping (clothes, toys, etc) of any substance, I have to drive an hour. This turns shopping in general into a full day event. 

Years ago, my mother-in-law, who worked at Amazon with my father-in-law during the holiday season, started mentioning Amazon Prime. I had heard of it, but didn’t really think it was something I needed. She let me try it adding me to her “family” account, where I was able to utilize most aspects of the entire Prime membership. 

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After only one month, I realized I had been missing out for a long time, and I kicked myself for waiting to join. Amazon Prime doesn’t always have the absolute best prices, however the convenience of the items showing up at my door without me driving all over the county is worth it to me. The free shipping is amazing, and Amazon is continually adding more and more products that use that feature. Not only is Prime amazing, but Amazon itself has been pretty darn good to my family. We have had quite a few returns over the years, and never ONCE was it an issue to return an item. It’s painless, quick, and easy.  

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However, as I have said time and time again, sharing is caring. If you already have your Amazon Prime membership and you love it, why not consider giving the gift of Amazon Prime to someone? I don’t know about you, but that would absolutely make my day. My membership fee has paid for itself time and time again. 

Did you know you can even get appliances through Amazon?? Crazy. I’m living proof. We ordered our Frigidaire Professional All-Freezer Combo a little over a year ago…and still love it! I must admit, I was a little apprehensive about ordering such a large purchase through Amazon, but figured it was worth a try. LOVED it! However…that’s another post and another day. Don’t get me started on how it was living with only a mini-fridge, two teenage boys, a husband and a toddler for two months {insert eye-roll}. 

So, how has Amazon changed my life? Well, for one thing, the whole family now logs in to Amazon at least once/week in order to add something to the cart. That’s our catch-phrase. 

Did you add it to the cart? 

We order an average of 1-2 times per month, unless something is time sensitive. I have turned Amazon into my “list”, either things I need to get at some point,  or things I want to learn more about. Once in the cart, they become a trigger for me to check them out further and it helps because I have the app on my phone and can add them at any time. The convenience of knowing the items will show up at my door rather than face the crowds is so worth it to me. There is nothing worse than making a special trip somewhere just to find out they don’t even have the item in stock. At least with Amazon I get notification right away! 

Oh, and another great thing? 

Boxes so Clara can make a “home” for her stuffed animals. 

Win-win. 

Author: Erin

I'm doing what I can to provide the best life I can for my family. I love cooking & baking, homestead arts, DIY, and gardening {as well as coming up with projects for Mr. Wanderstead Husband!!}...but I love to explore the world around us too! We will figure out how to do it, and eat well while trying.

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7 thoughts on “How Amazon has changed how I shop

  1. Hmm…. interesting. I have been on the fence about this for a while, but you make a compelling argument!

    Posted on June 13, 2017 at 12:50 pm
    1. I LOVE Amazon. It’s been a lifesaver!

      Posted on June 20, 2017 at 2:40 am
  2. I have been an Amazon Prime user since the very beginning (I think around 2005). I have to say I appreciated the “free” shipping – for which, at the time, I paid $75/year. That was back when Amazon was more about books and before it had expanded into other product lines but I bought a lot of books (for school, for myself, for gifts). Over the years, I have discovered all those conveniences that you mentioned. For me, going to Santa Rosa to go to Target or some such place is a pain and I would much rather “put it in the cart” and have it sent to me. The prices are certainly competitive although I don’t price check anything much these days. I probably order from Amazon on average twice a month.

    Having started so positively, I will add that I have always had reservations about Amazon. I have always been aware that Amazon posed a threat to independent booksellers and I am glad to see that the independents have found ways to thrive (and even grow). Additionally, it has been reported that Amazon engages in “dynamic pricing”. That is, they charge different prices for the same product depending on God only knows what. All the info they get by installing cookies on your computer????? I don’t care for the privacy imposition yet I know that is the cost of doing business.

    On a more global scale, I remain concerned about Amazon’s anti union stance. Over the years I have read repeated about poor working conditions. There appear to be employee issues that need to be addressed and it doesn’t seem as if Jeff Besos and his leadership team are into any kind of employee based ownership or employee rights advocates.

    I find it hard to put a human face on Amazon. I agree that I have had good experiences with the occasional return but there have been a couple of times over the years when I have wanted to talk to a real human being. Not possible. SO frustrating.

    Thanks for a useful post!

    Posted on June 13, 2017 at 2:07 pm
    1. I definitely agree with you. I try to stay aware of the small sellers – those mom and pop and independent sellers if possible. Fortunately, its seems that a lot of people now are “Amazon Sellers” and they are making their living through Amazon stores…and I do like supporting them as well.

      However, for me, when it comes to books in particular, there’s almost nothing that can replace a good bookstore. I just get lost in them 🙂 🙂

      Yes – privacy is definitely a concern. I have become increasingly more aware of it and careful. It’s all a balancing act, especially when embarking on a blog!

      Posted on June 20, 2017 at 2:55 am
  3. Wow. Only problem nice e twice a month? 😂

    Posted on June 18, 2017 at 4:20 am
  4. Only one to two times per month? 😂

    Posted on June 18, 2017 at 4:21 am
    1. Ha…Average 😉

      Posted on June 20, 2017 at 2:38 am