I use this hack to save 15% on Amazon — and you can, too

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Inflation is causing the price of everything to skyrocket. Household items that I used to buy for $15 have nearly doubled in price. Sure, there are plenty of deals out there, but these sales typically don't discount household goods.

However, if you're an Amazon Prime member, there's one hack that I highly recommend you use. It's simple and it can help you knock as much as 15% off your household/pantry purchases. It's called Amazon Subscribe & Save and when used right, it can help you save substantially on everyday household purchases. (For other ways to save, check out our Amazon promo codes guide).

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Subscribe & Save is a service that lets you set up regularly scheduled deliveries. If you have five or more items in your Subscribe & Save cart, you'll get 15% off your purchase. Couple that with <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=45724&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2Fb%2F%3Fnode%3D8439400011%26tag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Amazon's Subscribe & Save coupons to save even more.

Subscribe & Save is a free service that lets you set up regularly scheduled deliveries. It's been around for years and I use it to purchase all sorts of items like Pur Water Filters, Tide Laundry Detergent Pods, and Bounty Paper Towels. (You can even use it to buy dog food). 

To encourage people to use the service, Amazon offers a 5% discount on items purchased via Subscribe & Save. The discount is minimal and usually amounts to just a few cents off. However, the savings add up when you add more items to your Subscribe & Save cart.

Once you have five or more Subscribe & Save-eligible items in your cart, you'll get 15% off. What many shoppers don't know is that you can place your Subscribe & Save order, get your 15% in savings, and then cancel future Subscribe & Save orders. That way Amazon won't auto-ship (and auto-charge) you for items you may/may not need.

Pro tip: Stack those Subscribe & Save coupons

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There's another trick I use with my Subscribe & Save purchases. Amazon has a hidden Subscribe & Save coupon page that lists stackable coupons that work with your Subscribe & Save purchases. The coupons can be generous and range from 40% off kids vitamins to $1.75 off toilet paper

When you stack the coupons with Amazon's Subscribe & Save discount, the savings are much more significant. For instance, I was able to knock $22 off an order of $103. After your order ships, you can cancel any future Subscribe & Save shipments. 

Unfortunately, there's no way of knowing what items have coupons and which don't. (Other than manually checking the Subscribe & Save coupon page).  However, if you're not loyal to any brand, you can use the Subscribe & Save discount with Amazon's coupons to your advantage. 

For more ways to save on Amazon, make sure to check out our coverage of the best Prime member benefits.

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor-in-chief at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets, appliances, and apparel. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. He's also always on the look out for the best coupon codes to use when shopping. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.