Whatever they darn well want.
How does that place stock everything known to man???
While I’d like to see more dollars stay locally in your own community, I love Amazon quite a bit. Who can argue with its convenience and price?
One thing I love about Amazon is the wish list feature – I’m always forgetting little things I want to buy/look at/consider someday, and having a wish list online that I can add to as I’m inspired by a post or whatever…well, it’s just inspired. (And genius marketing strategy on Amazon’s part, I admit, as well as those affiliate links like the one I just used…more on that below.)
I’ve never loved shopping, and especially now that I’ve birthed a third child who hates riding in a vehicle, I really try not to run all over town as much as possible. So yeah…for gifts, books, little appliance or kitchen tool purchases, and a handful of other things, I hit Amazon quite frequently.
I think it’s a great place to find (or at least compare reviews on) foodie gadgets and kitchen tools, such as items I’ve grabbed or “wish listed” in the past year:
- kitchen scale (finally bought one, haven’t used it much…need to bake more!)
- garlic crusher (on my wish list)
- apple peeler/corer/slicer (bought it for apple season and hardly had any apples…)
- metal spatula (new favorite tool – use it all the time on my Extrema pan, my cast iron skillet, and my cast iron griddle)
- immersion blender (use mine all the time!)
- little bottles for making homemade vanilla extract
- small bamboo cutting boards (great price, currently – may change)
See also a pretty extensive list at the KS aStore, where I’ve added gadgets over the years every time I talk about something cool that you can get on Amazon. There’s a category list on the right and lots of fun goodies, from pressure canners to lunch packing items, food, natural cleaning supplies, baby gear, and a special list that goes with The Family Camping Handbook but that everyone can view.
Of course, every foodie needs some good cookbooks. You’ll want to start with these if you have a Kindle:
And here are some others I’ve enjoyed recently or have on my wish list:
- Ladled – love! See my review on Amazon.
- Nourishing Meals – also use weekly! See my Amazon review here too.
- Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook
- Crock On! for Kindle – the easiest, yummiest meals! I reviewed this one too.
- Gut and Psychology Syndrome – on my wish list, but why is it so expensive? I’m being patient…
- Childhood Ear Infections: A Parent’s Guide to Alternative Treatments – also on my wish list, but I think I requested it from the library simultaneously.
- Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us – read just a bit and am fascinated. This will take a while to slog through, but I’m quite excited to get it sometime! I put this on hold at the library right as I placed it on the wish list at Amazon, too, so I figured someone would come through.
- and the classic: Nourishing Traditions
Food in the Mail?
And I’m not above buying food online, even though it still seems weird. Sometimes I can’t find something at our local health food store, and lo and behold, Amazon always seems to sell it. Other times I just need a little something to get to the $25 for free shipping.
Here are some foods I’ve actually purchased in the last year or so or that are on my wish list:
- psyllium husks (for gluten-free baking) and psyllium powder
- stevia powder for my husband
- kelp (because everyone around here was out and so was I! I use it in bone broth)
Many people say that checking the price on staples and using subscribe and save is genius on Amazon…so get going on that price book so you know if you’re getting a deal or not!
The Random Items
Of course I’m going to list randomness….things I’ve purchased that aren’t kitchen-related but usually sort of natural living lifestyle:
And for the foodie blogger? I just got – finally – a real deal camera. I ordered this one with the extra lens:
Strolling Through the Aisles?
Shopping at Amazon is so different from shopping at a brick-and-mortar grocery store (or any store).
When you go grocery shopping, you usually check the sales, make a list, and follow it as you walk through the store. But you can also grab things on a whim or even wander the aisles and see what you can find.
At Amazon, you don’t exactly browse the aisles.
You need to know exactly what you want, search for it, and find out if it’s a good price. It’s imperative to know your price point when shopping online.
I grocery shop when I need food. I Amazon shop when I need something specific that I just can’t find (or don’t know where to look) somewhere else. Hence my totally random purchases that I just shared!
So whenever you see something you’re interested in, see if it’s at Amazon, save it to your wish list, and when you have $25 of free shipping items, then you’re ready to order without thinking or losing track of what you wanted.
What can I say? Amazon makes it easy…
This series is generously sponsored by Plan to Eat, where you can use the Grocery Store Menu to organize your shopping by grocery store and even set defaults for certain items to go on the list where it’s least expensive. See the rest of the series HERE, including Costco and Aldi, and more.
3 Tips for Savvy Amazon Shopping
- Amazon Mom – if you’re buying anything baby-related, like maybe you feel like I do about cloth diapers even after reading my cloth diaper review, and you use disposables, Amazon Mom will give you discounts AND free Amazon Prime for a whole year. You have to order something every 2 months, I think, but if you’re doing diapers, it’s perfect. Worth looking into for sure – it’s free!
- Subscribe and Save – for anything you can use regularly, be it those diapers above (double savings!), whole wheat flour, snacks for school, vitamins, or whatever, if subscribe and save is an option, it’s a good idea. We use cloth diapers most of the time but take a Sunday Sabbath from them, so I started with my subscribe and save set to every 6 months, and then when I needed diapers, I’d pop in and “add an extra shipment.” Once I figured out how much we really used (a box every 2 months) I set it for that.
- Bless your favorite blogger – Did you know most bloggers use what’s called “affiliate links” when they link to Amazon? With the exception of a few states that ban it (seriously, why?) and perhaps some bloggers who don’t want an extra buck or two, most Amazon links online are going to be affiliate links. They should be well disclosed in the post, but not everyone follows the rules. An affiliate link looks like this:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0019LPM0C/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0019LPM0C&linkCode=as2&tag=kitchestewar-20See that code on the end “kitchestewar-20?” There will be something like that on an affiliate link, unless the blogger uses a “Pretty Links” plugin which would then look more like this:
I’m sure no one is trying to trick you into using their link, but I thought you might like to know what they look like in case folks aren’t disclosing as well as they should. Mostly so that you can bless your favorite bloggers whenever you want to make an Amazon order – when you click through a link like that, a little percentage of your entire order goes back to that blogger, no matter what you buy, and it doesn’t cost you any more. It’s such a nice way to say “thanks!” to the people sharing information every day online.
I tend to share the love to as many as I can, so I switch around whenever I make an order (there’s only a 24-hour “memory” on the links, so you really need to click through right before you order). For example, when Tiffany from Don’t Waste the Crumbs was rocking out “back to basics” guest posts for me in Jan/Feb, I made sure I clicked through her link a couple times. I asked Donielle for camera recommendations and thanked her by ordering the camera plus our next Amazon order through her links.
If you want to bless KS, any link in this post is a winner OR you can always find a link to Amazon down low in my sidebar on the right there.
On behalf of all the ladies (and men) getting “blogger butt” sitting here typing posts and responding to comments, we appreciate the gesture!
Finally, here’s a way to get free money at Amazon:
Earn Amazon Bucks for Doing Your Foodie Research
I do plenty of “Google searching” online, and if you’re into the real food thing, you’re probably always coming across some new information you need to look into.
The What Does a Real Foodie Buy at…? posts just the last two days have already generated the following on my “to research” list:
- BPA vs. BPsomething else in cans – what is worse?
- radiation in Alaskan seafood
- is cinnamon hurting my liver?
- does Costco irradiate their produce?
Instead of a Google search, though, I always use a Swagbucks search. I have my default search in the top right of my browser set to swag-search, and every couple times I do a search, I earn some “Swagbucks.” It doesn’t really take any extra time, and I can redeem them for gift cards to a whole ton of places.
One of the best Swag deals is the $5 Amazon gift card, which is 450 Swagbucks. You can only order 5 of one item per month, so I just set a calendar reminder to order as many as I can every month, and by Christmastime, I have lots of “free money” on Amazon.
If you’re already using Swagbucks, good for you! Consider the $5 Amazon card thing a good tip (that you probably already knew).
It is case sensitive, so I recommend a copy-and-paste. You’ll get 70 Swag Bucks in addition to the 30 you get as you complete your profile, etc. The code is now live and lasts through May 31st at 11:59pm PT.
To enter registration codes, click the text that reads “I have a sign up code” as you’re initially signing up.
Once you’re swagging along, you get even more bucks if you refer other people (yep, like I’m doing right now). Email your friends who would appreciate this, tack a permanent note on the end of your email signature, or do a Facebook shoutout. You can even include this code until the end of May – you’ll get the referral, and they’ll get some Swag bucks. It’s a win-win.
There are other ways to earn Swag bucks beyond searching, including playing games there or shopping online. It looks like there’s a deal at Hotels.com with a Deal of the Day thing with deep discounts, and you get 6 SB for every dollar spent there. You might also be able to use the code REBATES13 at check out for up to $100 back, but I’m really not sure if that’s still active or not (sorry).
When you do search, you typically get an average of 10 bucks every 5-8 searches, I’m guessing. To increase your chances, whenever you’re going to a website – say Kitchen Stewardship, just off the top of my head – instead of typing it in the URL line, Swag search for “Kitchen Stewardship” and then click over. It takes an extra 5 seconds but maximizes your freebies.
Your turn! Do you use Swagbucks? More importantly, what are your most fun foodie finds on Amazon lately? (okay, fine, you can tell us about practical purchases too…)
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Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post to Amazon, of course, from which I will earn some commission if you make a purchase. Your swagbucks signup will benefit me as well. See my full disclosure statement here.