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.
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 Xtrema 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
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 it’s just easier to Amazon Prime it because I don’t have time to drive 20 minutes to a good store!
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…
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.
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 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.
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.
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…)