I was curious if Amazon Mom was a good deal because a frugal friend told me she orders all her toiletries through Amazon instead of pouncing on drugstore freebies and deals. Having just taken advantage of a 20% off sale at CVS.com, I was eager to compare prices. Did I get the best deal?
If you’ve new to Amazon Mom, it is free to join and offers free two-day shipping and a 30% discount 20% discount on diapers and wipes when you sign up for auto delivery. Everything outside the baby store is 15% off and still eligible for two-day free shipping.
Here is a price comparison of the items I bought at CVS.com, and how much they would have cost me at Amazon. (If you’re curious about how Amazon’s grocery prices compare, you’re in for an unpleasant surprise.)
The most important column is the price per unit. The price leader for each item is bolded; ties are italicized and bolded. So who won the price war?
CVS had two outright winners – the calcium chews and the toothbrushes.
Amazon had two outright winners – the baby wash (great for sensitive skin) and the tear eye drops.
CVS and Amazon tied on two items – the Aquaphor ointment and the lotion (I went with CVS’ generic because it was cheaper and the quality is comparable).
With a 2-2-2 record, I’m calling it a tie! And I feel good that I got some of the absolutely best prices available through CVS.com with the 20% off coupon (already expired, unfortunately).
What’s been your experience with Amazon toiletries? Do they beat your local store or e-retailer?
More details about Amazon Mom: The free two-day shipping only lasts 3 months,
but for every order you submit that is $25, the free two-day shipping is extended by one month up to 12 months. As you can see, Amazon has scaled back the benefits of Amazon Mom significantly!
As part of Amazon Mom, you agree to receive promotional emails from Amazon. If you unsubscribe, you’ll be canceling your Amazon Mom membership. A go-between solution is to use a special email account when you sign up.
The program is open to dads, grandparents, and caregivers.