I’m a huge fan of subscription services for household goods. I’d rather not devote my (limited) brain space to figuring out whether or not we have soap or toilet paper on hand. A good subscription gives me one less thing to think about and one less trip to make.
Plus a good subscription saves me money: online prices are often better than what I can find in the stores, and subscriptions save me from the phenomenon that is The Target Run, where I drop in for toilet paper and walk out an hour later and $100 poorer, wondering what on earth I bought that totaled three figures. (I know I’m not the only one.)
My friend Crystal of Money Saving Mom is a whiz at saving time and money, so when she told me about ePantry, a new subscription service that offers a variety of green and sustainable products at a discount, I had to check it out.
ePantry is similar to Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program (which I love), but focused on high-quality, eco-friendly household goods. It’s a small, high-touch San Francisco-based startup that prides itself on its amazing customer service and the fact that nearly half its staff are female, which is pretty novel in Silicon Valley.
They offer discounted prices on my favorite high quality, eco-friendly brands like Mrs. Meyer’s, Method, Yes to Carrots, Tom’s of Maine, and Seventh Generation. ePantry says the average customer saves 26% vs. their local grocery store.
I tried out the service myself this month and was really impressed. I ordered:
• Hand soap, dish soap, and tub and tile cleaner from Mrs Meyer’s. (I love their stuff so much that I asked for—and received—some as practical, clutter-free gifts two Christmases ago.)
• Body butter and daily moisture lotion from Yes to Carrots. (I started using their body care products a year ago, and find they do well with my sensitive skin.)
• Method body wash (in magnolia, which smells divine).
• a soy candle from ePantry & Co. in eucalyptus and spearmint. (I’ve been burning this every night in the kitchen after dinner.)
My order arrived a few days later. It’s worth noting that everything was packed very securely. (I’ve had messy problems with previous orders from other companies, and was pleased to see everything taped, sealed, and tightly secured in my delivery.)
I highly recommend the service, especially with the great deal going on right now.
To use the $10 credit, your first order must be $30 or more (that’s $20 out-of-pocket). That means—with the free hand soap—you can get more than $35 worth of ePantry products (which are already discounted) for twenty bucks. That’s significantly cheaper than Target’s greatest sales. After the first order there are no minimums, and shipping is always free.
If you’re on a tight budget, this is a great opportunity to buy high-quality products at a discount. For those who want to splurge a little, use that credit to buy something you wouldn’t normally buy. (For me, that was the soy candle. I usually wait and buy mine during Anthro’s clearance days.)
I’d also recommend using that credit to stock up on sweet-smelling soaps and cleaners for the kitchen and bathroom before the holidays arrive, both for your own home and as hostess gifts.
Here’s how it works:
1. Sign up for an account through this link. You’ll get a free $10 credit plus a FREE Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap (retail value: $5.59). This deal is good through Monday (November 3, 2014) and is only for MMD readers.
2. Answer a few quick questions about your household. (This took me sixty seconds.)
3. Choose whether you want ePantry to automatically select your products, or if you want to select your own. (I selected my own.)
4. After making your selections (or letting ePantry do it for you), edit your cart as desired. No worries here; I found their site’s workflow to be very user-friendly.
5. To get $10 off, your order needs to total at least $30 before the discount. (If you don’t use all your credit, you won’t lose it: any unused amount will carry over to your next order.) Check out and you’re done.
If you have any questions at all, use ePantry’s live chat feature. Their customer service team is wonderful. Also good to know: in the past they’ve given customers free $1 and $2 credits for checking out the FAQ page, telling them a joke, and other unexpected things. So keep your eyes open!
(UPDATE: When you click over to ePantry, look for the little pop-up at the bottom left of your screen that says “tell us what’s in your garden and get $2 off this shipment.”)
For subsequent shipments, ePantry will suggest items based on your household’s needs and habits. You’ll get a reminder email from ePantry 7 days before each shipment is scheduled to go out. Their site is super-easy to use: it’s a breeze to log in and modify your order or cancel your subscription at any time.
I’ll be placing another ePantry order soon, so I’d love to hear about your favorite eco-friendly products (and scents!) in comments. What do you recommend?
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