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The Best & Worst Things To Buy on Amazon Prime

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I think anyone that’s ever lived with me could tell you that I’m a MAJOR Amazon Prime Junkie – based on the ridiculous amount of Prime boxes I get on a weekly basis dropped off at my doorstep. Like, I don’t mean to toot my own horn or anything, but I’ve been using it (read: addicted to it) since before it was even cool – aka before everyone discovered how amazing and useful it was to order anything and everything on Amazon (like, things that aren’t books).

With moving into a new house, I’ve had to start over with a bunch of household supplies and have found myself adding random things to my “need now” shopping list. And with that list, I’ve purchased a ton of stuff on Prime – because what ELSE would I do, right? So while I was crossing those things off the list and getting knee deep in new prime orders, I thought of an idea of rate blog: the best things to order on Amazon Prime.

And so here we are! Today’s post is going to cover the BEST items that you SHOULD be ordering on Amazon prime rather than buying at the store. Partly, because the convenience will make your life easier. And secondly, you can get better prices (on most things) too! And lastly (best of all), you don’t have to (put pants on and) leave your house – #winning.

striped long sleeve tee with black jeans and brown boots with utility vest

The Best Items To Buy on Amazon Prime:

  1. Electronics – I’ve purchased all my camera stuff on Amazon from my camera body to each and every lens and even my other equipment too like memory cards and lights. I’ve also ordered additional iPhone chargers (especially love the super long ones!) on prime as well! I’ve also heard electronic add-ons like the amazon brand HDMI cord are cheaper on prime than at Walmart. Want to know what my most recent electronic-based purchases were? I’ll list them out for ya: SD memory card (too lazy to go to store), bluetooth wireless thingy so I don’t have to use the aux cord in my car (OMG – best thing ever!) and my newest lens addition – an 85mm prime lens!
  2. Household and Personal Care – You could really get a little crazy with this one and fill your entire bathroom with the click of your mouse (and at your doorstep in T-minus 2 days). Personally, my most recent orders are body soap (I still love plain ‘ole Dial y’all – in the lavender scent!), deodorant, razor blades, and tampons via Prime and it’s amaze slash so convenient.
  3. Books – I mean, unless you like venturing to the book store and adding an extra errand to your list, I’d suggest ALWAYS ordering books online! Also, I’ve actually made a few trips to B&N and they didn’t even have the book I needed **rolls eyes**, should have ordered on Prime!
  4. Extension cords – I think I read somewhere that extension cords are cheaper on amazon. But even still, I feel like you realize you need an extension cord at the most inopportune times and running by the store to get one never sounds like a fun idea. Right? So it’s so nice to be able to order on prime and have it delivered to your door step a few days later! I also did this for light bulbs last week and it was so clutch!
  5. Batteries – Wait, did you know that Amazon had their own brand of batteries? I didn’t until a few weeks ago when I was comparing prices of batteries, trying to decide if I should get off my butt and leave my house or order on Prime. I quickly discovered the in-house brand and that it was SO MUCH cheaper than Duracell or Energizer! In other words, I did NOT leave my house and decided that it was 100% legitimate (and cost savvy!) to order the “Amazon Basics AA Alkaline” ones instead! Hello, a 48-pack for only $11?! You don’t have to tell me twice :)
  6. Diapers – Not like I’ll be needing these any time soon, but word on the street at these are much cheaper on Amazon and that you should definitely be buying them in bulk via Prime as opposed to picking them up at the store.
  7. K-Cups – This is a BIG one for me since I go through K-cups super fast. I’m always ordering a new batch and I love that once I start noticing I’m running low, I can just put in another order. Because usually, when I need more K-cups is NOT synced up with when I need new groceries so I often forget to pick them up while at the store.
  8. Dog food – I don’t have a dog but after doing a bunch of research on price comparisons, several of the articles I read said that it was smart (and cost effective, relatively speaking) to purchase dog food in bulk from Amazon. So if you aren’t already, I’d add it to your list of prime buys!

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Convenient but not necessarily the BEST price:

If you’re really counting your pennies here, then this section might not be for you. But if you’re looking for a few quick and easy ways to make your life easier (aka paying for convenience), then I’d suggest adding these items to your Prime purchase list:

  1. paper towers
  2. toilet paper
  3. trash bags (YES!)
  4. laundry detergent (omg PLEASE)
  5. 12 packs of soda (way too heavy to carry that ish in the house from grocery!)
  6. shampoo & conditioner
  7. hair products (YASSS)
  8. razor blades (#always)
  9. printer ink (#duh – who remembers to buy this stuff anyway?)
  10. printer paper
  11. water bottles (too heavy)

striped long sleeve tee with black jeans and brown boots with utility vest

Things NOT To Buy:

  1. Food – If you are really in a pinch, Amazon is now offering FreshPrime. You can now order your food and have it waiting for you before you even make it home from work. Unfortunately, the convenience comes with a price that isn’t too great. I found that when comparing prices to Target or Kroger it turned out to be significantly more expensive and worth my time to just get off the couch and go to the store myself
  2. Power tools – I personally have never bought power tools, but rumor has it they are expensive on Prime versus Home Depot and Lowe’s
  3. Paper products – Lisel was actually just talking about this. Certain brands of toilet paper and paper towels can be $10-20 more on Amazon. But if I’m being honest, I buy BOTH on Amazon because it’s just so much easier!

striped long sleeve tee with black jeans and brown boots with utility vest

What about you?!

What do you buy on Prime? And what’s your most recent purchase – be honest!

Outfit Details: Shirt (sold out – similar and solid version here) // Vest // Pants ($42, run TTS) // Boots // gold earrings // watch // bracelet

Desk Details: lips print // heck yes print (old from urban outfitters) // acrylic chair // swimming photo (from minted – see office reveal back in this post) // modern globe brass gold lamp ($52) // white lacquer desk // topiary

PS: this post was NOT sponsored in ANY way by Amazon prime. I did however use affiliate links (like I always do). I just personally LOVE me some Amazon Prime and thought it would be a fun post to feature on the blog and open up discussion for what to buy on Amazon to make our lives easier! Fun topic, right?!

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Sushma Srinivasini M
    January 27, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Do you use other free services that come with prime? I always back up my photos with unlimited free prime storage. And I recently discovered the Amazon Trade-In program. All my old electronics are packed in a box and are ready to go. Making some easy money. And if you are ordering stuff that you don’t need immediately then try selecting no-rush shipping once in a while and get 5$ Prime Pantry credit, which isn’t bad sometime.. I am Amazon obsessed :) and as an after thought, you get amazing video deals as a Prime member.

    I also, signed up for the Amazon store card and get 5% back on my purchases. Love it…

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    Semi
    January 25, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Can you please tell me where I can find the specific boots of the outfit which I love?!?in the picture below are not the same boots…Please help I need to find them

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    ejaehne
    January 23, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Where is that candle from??!

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    alex helton
    January 21, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Yesssss yes yes amazon is everything!! I always buy protein powder, bcaas, vitamins, dog food, books and electronics. Where would we be in life without prime 😳

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    Emma
    January 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I love buying dog food and dog toys on prime!!! Dog toys are weirdly expensive so I love seeing tons of options and being able to choose the ones that are on sale! I’ve also found some really good prices on Frye boots and Nikes on prime, but have found that you have to take time and check back for deals!

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    Katy Browning
    January 20, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Love Prime! I order books, random electronic accessories like iPhone chargers and even gifts for people (when I’m in a crunch for time!). I just tried ordering furniture and found a great deal on (replica) Ghost chairs. They arrived in pristine condition!

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    Britney
    January 20, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I’m also a Prime lover. I signed up for a free trial, forgot to cancel it, and have been hooked ever since! They’re tricky! I love buying gifts, hand soap, books, kitchen utensils, essential oils, the list goes on. The shipping is great too as a Prime member. Fun post, and love your peplum top!

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    Lisa Molinari
    January 20, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Vitamins, protein powder, collegen powder (vital proteins). Hair products, makeup, & any other random must have item but have no time to track it down in a store….for example a picture frame that holds photo booth pictures/prints. Where would you even but that? Amazon prime! Gifts….they are super easy to just ship to someone else. I never miss a birthday or special occasion.

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    Neen
    January 19, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I hardly ever order on amazon…I can quickly fall into an online shopping binge, so I try to plan out housing purchases & stock up at Costco. As for dog food, I highly recommend people shop local! They can give great advice, sometimes have loyalty programs, often support local animal shelters and are super helpful when there’s a recall on food and treats (which happens more often than you think!)

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    Karly Miller
    January 19, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Love this post!!! I’m new to amazon prime (like one week) and I’m already obsessed. and would have never thought about the K cups..such a great idea!!

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    Kim Tran
    January 19, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    I joined Amazon Prime because of their student membership deal and have been hooked since! My favorite purchases are those 6 ft phone chargers. The price is cheaper on Amazon and the long length allows me to charge without having to roll over in bed.

    -Kim :)
    http://www.simplybeingkim.wordpress.com

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    Charlene DeCrease
    January 19, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I live by Amazon Prime. I use Prime to buy cat food. I have it on auto-ship so I never have to worry about forgetting. My latest purchase includes a new calligraphy pen, tracing paper, and a pair of black booties. I end up buying seriously random things, but it’s always at a better price than in store.

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    Caitlin Ryan
    January 19, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Awesome post, Brighton! Amazon Prime is LIFE. Not to sound like a total cat lady (because I just have one), but I always use Prime to buy cat litter. So much easier than carrying a 40lb box from my car to my house!

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    Taylor Kay
    January 19, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Amazon Prime is fantastic – it’s great given how impatient I can get waiting for things to arrive in the mail when they’re not shipped at Prime speed. My most recent purchase was a textbook for a class – Amazon is my favorite place for books because I always find that they’re so much cheaper than they would be at a traditional bookstore!

    Taylor | http://espressoandambition.com

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    Mary-Katherine Minnis
    January 19, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Love this idea because Amazon Prime really is just the best thing ever. I don’t have a car here in the city so whenever I walk to the store I have to carry everything back by hand so I use Amazon for anything big – and all books because I’ve totally done the whole go to the bookstore and they don’t even have the book I want deal that you mentioned (annoying).

    Most recent purchases: a vacuum (definitely not carrying that home from the store lolz) and a book (Breaking Up Is Hard to Do But You Couldn’t Have Done Better – my friend from grade school is an illustrator and had people submit their breakup stories and she illustrated them – it is HILARIOUS!)

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    Caitlin
    January 19, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Prime is lifeeeeee. Amazon Prime personally rescued our Christmas and made sure we were able to give everyone gifts bc #procrastinator. This post is so helpful though!!

    • Reply
      Brighton Keller
      January 19, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      right?!! it’s seriously a homebody slash lazy girl’s BFF for life. I’m obsessed with it and use it for WAY too much but it’s just so easy and convenient!

      • Reply
        Blair
        January 19, 2017 at 10:12 pm

        You need the Amazon prime now app– its life changing + free delivery over $20

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    Savannah
    January 19, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Love this post, as I am an amazon primer myself :) also….could you tell me more about those 2 rugs in the picture?? Can’t wait to see a home tour post!!

    • Reply
      Brighton Keller
      January 19, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      it’s like, once you realize how amazing it is and think about stopping by the store to grab ONE thing, you never go back! lol

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