August 18, 2012 10:01 AM
Thank you for shopping Amazon!
Since it's time for back-to-school, I just want to put in a pitch for Amazon - especially if you homeschool or are sending kids off to college. If you appreciate MommyLife, this is a simple way to show your support - just click on the button in the left sidebar and order what you need.
Remind your college kids to check out prices at Amazon for used textbooks. Buying from the school bookstore is usually very expensive - unless they get there early enough to pick up used copies there.
But shopping for Saxon math, Unifix cubes - any homeschool supplies couldn't be easier (or cheaper). And if you're shopping for backpacks and lunchboxes for kids off to school, you'll find a huge selection at Amazon - and quick, usually free, shipping.
These items all have one thing in common. They were purchased by MommyLife readers who remembered to click on the Amazon link in my left sidebar before beginning shopping. Yesterday, my son-in-law Kip was working on one of their cars (by trade, he's one of those computer whizzes who makes a whole bunch of money doing stuff only one or two members of the family know how to discuss - but on his day off, he actually does the work on their cars - What a Guy!) and he bought all the parts he needed from Amazon.
I believe you can buy just about anything at Amazon, and while I can't see who bought what, I browse purchases for ideas for my own home and to share with you. You can buy textbooks, automotive supplies, diapers, kitty littler, pantry items (including gluten-free), shoes and clothing, tools, seeds, furniture, toys - oh, yes music, movies and books!
I became an Amazon associate because it is a way to replace the income I used to generate writing articles for magazines and newspapers. I much prefer the freedom and immediacy of blogging, so I am grateful for this income stream. When you purchase anything at Amazon after clicking through my link (it doesn't work if you already have a full shopping cart, you have to start from scratch), MommyLife gets a small percentage. You don't pay more, but you are supporting this site and helping me keep on blogging.
I feel good about it too because I'm a big believer in Amazon shopping and have used it for EVERYTHING for 12 years, saving vast amounts of time and energy and avoiding impulse shopping at places like Target.
So thanks, everyone - especially for remembering when you are making big purchases. And don't forget - for cleaning supplies, food, vitamins, diapers, kitty litter, you can sign up for Subscribe and Save and get 15% off your purchases while controlling the delivery intervals. And always remember to opt for Super Saver Shipping whenever you can.
I am such a huge Amazon shopper, a prime member. I do not think prime is a good choice for EVERY family, but for ours it is totally worth it. I buy the LUVS diapers size 6 on subscribe and save and save more money than I would on the kirkland diapers at Costco. This alone more than makes up for the $75.00 a year prime membership. Another thing I really like about Amazon is the used books that qualify for prime shipping. It's a great deal- a good used book at a good price with free 2 day shipping. I can't say enough about Amazon. It's a great time saver for a large homeschooling family. A smaller family might not save as much money, especially if they are big couponers and have time to really hit the stores, but for me it is a lifesaver.
Posted by: Lisa | August 18, 2012 9:55 PM
Are you serious about starting from SCRATCH?
We buy a LOT from Amazon and have delighted in going through your web site before we made the actual purchase. I am SO sorry! We had the misunderstanding that it would .be okay if the item(s) were already in our cart.
What about if the purchased items come from my saved cart? I keep a lot of items there in order to watch the price. (I make a lot of great jewelry purchases for under $10 for gifts!)
I won't even tell you all the purchases that we've made.....
Just tell me how to get it right in the future, please.
Posted by: von | August 22, 2012 2:56 PM
Thanks for asking von. Whenever you are going to buy from Amazon, you click on MommyLife first and then click on the Amazon link in the left sidebar (or on any products I've featured). It just won't apply to anything already in your cart. If I have stuff in my cart, I just write it down and start over.
Posted by: Barbara | August 22, 2012 3:25 PM
Oh no! I didn't realize it doesn't count things already in my cart. I, too, store lots of items in my cart that I know I'm going to buy, but just not yet.
I just made a purchase through your link. One item I searched for and added to my cart (a wind-up emergency radio & cell phone charger...we may have a hurricane coming our way next week), but the other item I purchased directly from my cart (an Angry Birds toy set). Did you only get credit for the radio?
Posted by: cam | August 23, 2012 1:35 PM
cam - those were both on there - so i guess it does pick up what's in the cart. They must have changed it. I hope so because i don't like to inconvenience anyone more than just remembering to go through my link.
Posted by: Barbara | August 24, 2012 9:28 AM
okay. to be sure, can you check for the lap top that Dean bought through your link (already in my cart) about 1 1/2 months ago?
Posted by: Von | August 24, 2012 12:51 PM
von - it wasn't there - I checked back three months.
I looked up the contract with Amazon, which is not that easy to understand. It looks to me as though the "cookie" created when you log into Amazon via one of my links, a "cookie" is created that lasts for 24 hours. If you endup checking out within 24 hours, After that there is no record. Thanks so much for caring about this :)
Posted by: Barbara | August 24, 2012 3:15 PM
Good! The Angry Birds toy set had been in my cart for several weeks, if that info helps you figure anything out.
I hope it works that way in the future. My husband and I have gotten much better at remembering to go through your link; I love helping you out in return for all the interesting & helpful posts through the years.
Posted by: cam | August 25, 2012 12:05 PM