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Amazon’s Prime Pantry May Change the Way I Shop!

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Yesterday I put on my favorite pair of lounge-around-the-house pants. I totally forgot about them until I cleaned out my drawer a few weeks back — remember when I was cleaning out a drawer a day? Yeah, I need to get back to that.

Anyway, I rediscovered this pair of pants and yesterday when I slipped them on I was reminded again how much I love them. They fit like a glove, are made from the softest material and, surprisingly, are very flattering. They are like the trifecta of yoga pant!

I remember buying them off a clearance rack for like 5 bucks months, if not years, ago but I had no idea of the brand. The tag was removed and all I had to identify them was this logo.

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I shared the photo on Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook and in a matter of moments I learned the brand was Marika.

Isn’t social media amazing?! I’m awed by it daily.

Anyway, my hunt brought me to Amazon to see if I could find these pants so I could get another pair. I know I’m  a dork but when I find something I like I stick with it. Life is too short not to be comfortable, and let me tell you these pants are comfortable!

While at Amazon I noticed a new feature called Prime Pantry. This is the description:

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Prime Pantry is a new shopping experience on Amazon.com. Prime members can shop popular household essentials and have them conveniently delivered.

Adding your first Prime Pantry item to Cart starts a Prime Pantry box. As you shop, you see that each Pantry item tells you what percentage of a Pantry box it fills based on its size and weight. Pantry boxes are large and can hold up to 45 pounds or four cubic feet of household products. As you check items off your list, we continuously track and show you how full your box is.

You can buy as much or as little as you want for a flat $5.99 delivery fee per Prime Pantry box. Save gas, save money, save time.

At first I was like… I don’t get it. How is this different than just buying stuff on Amazon but then I realize how much you can fit in the box for a flat $5.99 shipping rate. I started filling my box with stock items I normally buy at the grocery store but probably shouldn’t because they cost an arm and a leg. Things like toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, even The Husband’s dreaded Doritos — and that’s when it hit me!

See, I would love to shop at the local farmers’ markets and stands more but I often don’t because there’s just no time to make multiple stops when we need household staples not available there.  It’s why I didn’t keep up with the CSA I loved so much. I found myself with a weekly share plus a trip to the grocery story and it was getting hard to manage it all.

So I ordered my first box yesterday and according to Amazon most things are already in transit and should be here by tomorrow. I really think this will change the way I shop! Now I can pick up my weekly produce and meat at the farm store and get the household staples delivered right to my door!

Genius!

Anyone else use Prime Pantry? Good experience? Bad? I’d love your thoughts! 

Full disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post but I am an Amazon affiliate. All opinions expressed are my own. 



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There are 20 comments so far.

    Lisa

    February 26, 2015

    Ha! Oh Roni, this is not new :) I’ve been ordering from Prime Pantry for a while now. It’s awesome. I live in an urban area and most of my shopping is done daily. I pass a little grocery store and other shops (fish store, fruit and veggie market, bakery, etc.) on my way home from the train and I pick up what I need whenever I need it (I am single, so this is easier for me). But paper goods, toiletries, etc. are a hassle. It’s more expensive to buy a four pack of toilet paper towels, a two pack of paper towels, a bottle of shampoo, a bottle of conditioner, etc.) in those small quantities, but the little shops don’t carry bulk and getting to a big box store is not convenient. I have Amazon Prime, so I order whatever bulk items I need and they’re delivered in two business days right to my door. Fantastic. I don’t have to make a special trip to pick them up and lug them home, I save money, it’s super convenient. Total win situation.

    roni

    February 26, 2015

    Really?!? How have I missed this? I’m on Amazon all the time. lol

      Lisa

      February 26, 2015

      Oh, and I can’t believe I forgot to say this: dog food, cat food, and cat litter? Prime Pantry is a godsend for these things! I can buy the cheaper biiiiig bags and they arrive right at my door, baby. No more lugging home this heavy stuff from the store. The most effort I have to expend is breaking down the boxes and putting them in recycling, lol!

      Mehgann

      February 27, 2015

      Yes! Lisa! My cats eat food that is literally twice as expensive here in town, and I can’t feed them anything else because of health issues. Amazon is a godsend for that!

    Caroline

    February 26, 2015

    thank you for this post! I live in Seattle and sold my car 6 years ago so I don’t get to shop at Costco or even grocery store trips are a pain when you have to lug everything for the week home.

    This made my night

      roni

      February 27, 2015

      Awesome! SO I’m NOT the only one who never heard of it! lol

    Linda

    February 27, 2015

    Hi Roni! I love Marika! Super comfy and not low or saggy at all. I usually find mine at TJX or Marshall’s too.

      roni

      February 27, 2015

      I heard that’s who carries them. I’m going to have to check it out! I ordered a tank from Amazon to see if I like them as much as the pants.

    Ash Bear

    February 27, 2015

    How in the heck did you miss this? You should spend some time on the site reading about all their new capabilities. :) There are some awesome things launching…

      roni

      February 27, 2015

      LOL I don’t know! I’m not really a big online shopper except for Christmas time so when I clicked on Prime Pantry and saw “Introducing” I just assumed it was new. I also just joined prime for the first time this past year and am sill learning what it includes.

    Rene

    February 27, 2015

    I’ve been a Prime member for a long time. I have the Amazon Fire TV so I have access to all the Prime movies, TV. I dumped regular cable and just have this and Hulu Plus. They also have Prime music – playlists. You can download the Amazon Cloud Drive to your pc, phone, etc and load all your pics and videos for free (if you are a Prime member). Love Amazon!

      Sarah

      February 27, 2015

      The Prime Music is really cool – and commercial free, even if you just want to listen to one of their pre made playlists!

    Tammy

    February 27, 2015

    I was looking at the prices of the items. They look comparable to Walmart. Anyone else have an opinion on if the prices are good or if Amazon has jacked them up?

    Claude (Ironman) M.

    February 27, 2015

    WOW! Prime pantry, Amazon fire tv, prime music, dump cable; this is awesome post and excellent comments.
    Due to recent events, I’m turning into a caretaker to my Mom here at home, so anything to save time and increase convenience is perfect. Costco is way overcrowded, I avoid it eventhough it’s 8 minutes away. I too am going to explore Amazon further than just Kindle and fitness items.

    Andi

    February 27, 2015

    I just started using Prime Pantry a few weeks ago and LOVE it. My box is always on time and nothing is ever damaged. It’s freed up lots of time. Which is great since I have a 3 year old!

    Carolyn

    March 3, 2015

    I still don’t understand how it’s different than ordering Subscribe and Save with Prime and free shipping. I buy toothpaste, soap, Skinny Pop, Lentils, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, paper towels, etc. all with S&S and free shipping.

      roni

      March 3, 2015

      It’s the box. You pay one shipping cost for the entire box instead of per item. At least that’s my understanding.

    Carolyn

    March 3, 2015

    I couldn’t reply to your reply…
    But I’m not paying ANY shipping with Prime, so it doesn’t matter to me that I’m only paying shipping for one box. I’m guessing they might be transitioning from S&S to Prime Pantry considering they’ve knocked the 20% discount (for 5 or more items) to 15% recently. I also read there isn’t a lot of overlap in what’s available with each program, but I’ve been fine with S&S so far.

      roni

      March 3, 2015

      I guess that for people not prime members? I’m still learning all that prime gives me as I just recently signed up. You are right though, I think there’s a lot of overlap. I’ve been avoiding the subscribe thing.. but that shall be my next amazon adventure. lol

    Lola

    March 28, 2015

    I know its late…but I’m on groupon goods and they have a ton of those Marika pants for $16, etc. in the clearance section. Anyway…I thought I remember you talking about them so I searched your site and found the post. :o) Check out Groupon. They have several in there.