Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: March Amazon Haul...

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

March Amazon Haul...

Good morning lovelies! Today I thought I would hop on here and show you how we are saving with our monthly Amazon hauls. Now I wanted to start off by sharing the fact I DO NOT have an Amazon Prime account. I have tried it in the past, but we did not renew our membership when it expired. We have found that we can still take advantage of the savings and get free shipping by being smart about the way we can shop.

When I am getting ready for an Amazon shopping trip, I make sure that I reach my minimum for free shipping. Currently on Amazon that is $49, when you do not have Amazon Prime.  I may not get it in two days, like you do with Amazon Prime, but I'm ok with that. I plan ahead and usually get my shipments within a week of ordering them. Throughout the month, when I think of things that need to be ordered, I save them to my cart until I reach my minimum. This is how I am able to guarantee I receive free shipping and save my family money on my purchases.

I placed three orders in the month of March.  On my first order I spent $53.07. We restocked a bunch of our homeschool craft supplies with this one. The second time I ordered, I grabbed some things for our new baby girl. We are slowly purchasing things for baby, as we see them on sale. This helps spread out the cost over a few months and help us save a bit as well. That second order total was $119.49. The third and final order for March came out to $45.36. I used points from my Amazon Credit Card, which saved us over $8.

We do have an Amazon Credit Card. We have it linked to our kindle accounts and our amazon account. We purchase our hauls on there and pay them off at the end of the month. This allows us to build up points. This is a great way to make the credit card work for you. Just be careful. We have had a lot of practice with self control towards our credit cards. We pay them off at the end of each month, so we do not build up extra interests or monthly payments. I do not place an order, unless I know I have the cash in my checking account. Be smart when you use credit cards friends. 

Below is everything we ordered in March. I hope this helps give you an idea about another way to shop smart and save your family money and time. Remember that every penny saved, means more stays in your pocket. I also love the time saved with online shopping. That means more time with my cute family and less stress for this mama :)

Avery 4 inch Binder - I ordered Black

We ordered four of these this month, each in a different color. Hopefully we'll be able to keep track of everyone's headphones now. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on that one :)

I ordered two of these

Scotch Tape @ $ 1.89 each
I ordered 6 of these. I swear we go through tape like crazy! 

I ordered 6 of these to restock our homeschool glue shelf.

Pink Yarn @ $2.88
I  snagged this one to work on some baby blankets for Miss Tallia. 
I can't wait to share the finished products with you.

I ordered 6 of these, in different colors. We are slowly getting our supply of cloth diapers together for Miss Tallia. These things are so dang cute. I can't wait to start using them.

We put this in Libby's Easter basket.

Gremlins DVD @$3.99
We added this to our movie collection this month. We bought it for an 80's themed movie night we had with family this past month. The kids loved it!

For everything this month I spent a total of 

First Order- $53.07

Second Order- $119.49

Third Order- $45.36 *

*I used points from my Amazon card. I saved an additional $8.41

In total I spent $217.92 on my Amazon purchases for the month of March.

I was able to get stuff for baby girl, restock some homeschool essentials, purchase an Easter gift for Libby, and get some other much needed items for my scrapbooking project.

I also compared prices with the local places I shop at. I also take into account the gas saved by shopping at home and the benefit of no impulse purchases in the store. 

Oh and Libby also placed an order of her own (we'll I placed it for her, but you know what I mean). She's been saving for a while for these babies.

Monster High Bed @ $18.99

She compared the prices to Wal-Mart and found she could get a better deal if she ordered from Amazon. I love my little deal seeker :)

What did you guys stock up on this pas month?

XO Danielle


  1. Hey Danielle! Good haul! I like the fact that you said shopping online through amazon saves on impulse purchases at the store. I hate going to stores and knowing what I need and the kids wanting a toy every time or a candy everytime we go and we don't have it in our budget and they get upset. Any tips for that?

    Also the cloth diapers I sell at my work. Im not sure the price difference but Im sure that every time I see them I will think of you because they are in my department!

    I love your tips and am about to start making the sweet potato fries!

  2. I usually buy tape after Christmas when it's 60-80% off. :-)

  3. Are you printing 8.5" x 11" scrapbook pages and placing them in the sheet protectors and the black binder? If so and you don't mind sharing, how much does it cost to print 8.5" x 11" pages at Costco (or wherever you print)? That sounds like a fun way to work on projects -- one page at a time. I'm years behind in my family scrapbooking because I tend to do giant books all at once. Thanks for the great shares!

  4. As someone who has been cloth diapering for nearly 3 years now, I'd just like to throw my two cents in regarding them. Be sure to check out other brands, as there are many with a lower price point and higher quality than Bumgenius. Personally, I'm a big fan of Nicki's and Imagine brands, as well as old school prefolds or flats and covers (less laundry, which is a win for everyone lol). I'm not sure if they're Nicki's or Imagine are available on Amazon, but you can build up rewards points on their website as well, and there is usually free shipping. I find those brands to have a better fit than Bumgenius and the quality is so much better. Its taken BG five tries to get their elastic right, after all. ;)

  5. I need to start shopping more on, Amazon, what great deals! I have Amazon Prime, but I always forget to look there, before I run to the big city! Thanks for sharing.


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