Amazon Prime – my shopping BFF!
I’ve been an Amazon Prime member since it launched in 2005. What started as a way to satisfy my book addiction quickly materialized into a one-stop shop for this busy working mom. Many people I know still think of using Amazon Prime as a way to order electronics, books, toys, and stream video or music. Well, my friends, I am here to introduce you to your soon-to-be shopping BFF.
On any given day, you will find me pulling up the Amazon app on my phone and adding something to be purchased that will most likely save me a trip (or multiple trips) to the store. My husband and I work full-time out of the house, and I commute on top of it. As much as I love cruising Target aimlessly for stuff I don’t need, I would rather be at home with my family.
I’ve had MANY years to sharpen my Amazon Prime skills, and I’m pretty confident in my discovery of amazing finds or just using Amazon to simplify many of my everyday needs.
Who else loves hunting down non-purple glue sticks before school starts? Not me! And I’m pretty sure Target, Office Depot, and the like get serious joy out of us moms scrambling to find them, only to realize they’ve been sold out since May 31st when the school supply list came out. Enter Amazon Prime. I add those non-purple glue sticks to my cart. And while I’m at it, I might as well stock up on some lunch bento boxes, Lysol wipes, and whatever else the teacher needs and boom! Scratch getting school supplies off your list because Amazon Prime just took care of it!
I’m all about getting specific vitamins on Amazon. Currently, I’m into probiotics and collagen supplements. I don’t have time to read the backs of bottles while grocery shopping. So I need to be able to read reviews and determine if that supplement really did make that woman’s hair grow six inches in a month.
Gluten Free Snacks:
When I briefly thought my daughter had a gluten allergy, I took to my BFF Amazon to see what kind of gluten free items were available. Lo and behold, I had a bevy of options – pretzels, granola bars, cereal, and anything else I could imagine she might snack on was just ONE click away. No wasted trip to the grocery store to find they’re sold out of the chocolate chip granola bars that she likes.
You might have a need for a themed party item or just simply don’t want to spend your Saturday sitting in traffic on 101 trying to take the exit to Party City. I’ve got soccer games to get to and groceries to buy. I have no time for traffic. Especially when Amazon Prime has what I need PLUS goody bag gifts, centerpiece decorations, and a commemorative t-shirt for my son to wear at his party.
Yes, I too wish Joanna Gaines would decorate my house. However, the likelihood of that is zero. So I have utilized Amazon as my go-to for awesome home decor finds. White pitchers? Check. Galvanized cake stands? Yes. Boxwood wreaths? Just choose a size. Farm animal prints? How many do you need?
I have purchased some awesome and super cheap clothes from Amazon. Lark & Ro and Paris Sunday are two Amazon brands that have great clothes at affordable prices. The Lark & Ro quality seems to be a bit better than Paris Sunday, but I recommend both. Especially if you are looking for dresses, fun tops/blouses and skirts.
In addition to Amazon’s exclusive brands, I have also purchased name brand handbags, shoes, and active wear. When I’m looking for a particular item, I search the brand and style name to see if Amazon has it. Most of the time they do, and a lot of the times the price is lower than other retailers.
Before the Instant Pot you probably didn’t think of Amazon as a kitchen goods retailer. Thanks to Amazon Prime Day, I purchased my Instant Pot at a great discount and since then have purchased muffin tins, mixing bowls, and other kitchen gadgets. A big shout out to Amazon Prime for keeping my kitchen stocked with the gear to get me through busy weeknight dinners.
A Long Lasting Friendship
The thing I like best about my BFF Amazon Prime, is that I can order things from any place at any time. I’ve been able to watch my son’s tee ball game while re-ordering a special chlorine removing shampoo for my daughter on my phone’s Amazon app.
As much as I love shopping with Amazon Prime, I also love shopping locally. There are always plenty of items that even Amazon doesn’t have, and I really don’t mind searching out at a friendly retailer. Sometimes you need to see something in person or need an item right that minute. Like all friendships, a healthy Amazon Prime relationship requires balance.