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With my oldest daughter living a state away, it’s sometimes hard to help her in the ways I would like to. She and her husband are students, due with their first baby this summer, and things are tight.
Recently I wanted to help them with groceries, but knew that sending a check, having them deposit it, then get to the store, etc would take some time. I decided to give Amazon Prime Pantry a try.
Prime Pantry is a relatively new service from Amazon. Whereas many groceries items already available on the site come in bulk, Prime Pantry is a way to order popular household products – in convenient sizes – and have them delivered. Their slogan is “everyday essentials, in everyday sizes.”
The service is exclusively for Prime members (sign up for a 30-Day Free Trial here), but is not part of the “2-day” delivery guarantee. In fact, the service says to allow 3-5 business days. Our delivery was very quick, though – we ordered on February 23, it was delivered to our daughter on February 26. Delivery is also not free, but costs a flat $5.99 per box.
How exactly does it work?
- Visit the Prime Pantry on Amazon.
- 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, Amazon continuously tracks and shows you how full your box is.
- When your box is full, just Checkout and send for delivery!
That’s about it! We discovered while shopping that most items are fairly comparable in price to the grocery store. The variety of items is somewhat limited, but we were still able to order all of their favorite staples, including cereal, juice, pancake mix, canned fruit, granola bars, garbage bags, soup, crackers, pretzels, laundry detergent, and so on – more than 40 products in total. Here’s just a sampling once they opened their boxes (we sent two):
Several coupons were available on Amazon, and there was a Prime promotion – order 3 items from a specific list of products, and get the shipping on that Pantry box for free. The items were household essentials I was going to buy anyway, so it was a great deal for me.
Using Prime Pantry was incredibly easy, convenient, and the perfect way for us to send a care package to our daughter and son-in-law. Our second daughter graduates from high school this year and will be moving out soon – I can definitely see us using Prime Pantry again to send essentials that help support our kids who have grown and gone!
Tell me: is there anyone you are wanting to send a care package to? Would you consider giving Amazon Prime Pantry a try?