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This Site Actually Got Cheaper as We Added More Things to Our Cart

Updated August 24, 2016
by The Penny Hoarder
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Jet.com

When I heard about a place online where “prices drop as you shop,” I had to investigate.

The site in question?

Jet.com, which has a “real-time savings engine” that constantly adjusts prices.

Here’s how it works: When you add items to your cart on Jet, other products’ prices get even lower. The more you buy, the more you save.

Plus, Jet offers free shipping on orders over $35 and free two-day shipping on items it deems “essential” — which includes most household and grocery products.

Sounds pretty good, huh?

I wanted to check it out myself, so I went to Jet with my shopping list. I ended up comparing prices on a dozen popular food and household items on the site to those at my neighborhood grocery store.

(Spoiler alert: Jet was cheaper — but wait until you see the final price.)

Note: Since Jet sells many products in larger sizes, I sometimes had to use the grocery store’s unit price to determine a comparable price.

I figured I’d start with two of the essentials: cereal and coffee. Because, really, who can live without either of those?

1. Cereal

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Cheerios (18 ounces)

Local Grocery Store: $4.49

Jet Starting Price: $3.58  

Extra Savings: 17 cents (once I added the next item to my cart)

2. Coffee

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Folgers Ground Coffee (48 ounces)

Local Grocery Store: $17.35

Jet Starting Price: $12.97

Extra Savings: 60 cents

3. Granola Bars

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Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (98 count)

Local Grocery Store: $27.72

Jet Starting Price: $14.99

Extra Savings: 69 cents  

As I continued down my list, I realized Jet has a ton of grocery items I buy on a regular basis, which made it pretty easy to hit the free-shipping minimum of $35.

4. Soup

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Campbell’s Soup (10.5 ounces; 12-pack)

Local Grocery Store: $21

Jet Starting Price: $26.28

Extra Savings: $1.22  

5. Pasta

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Barilla Spaghetti Pasta (32 ounces)

Local Grocery Store: $3.38

Jet Starting Price: $2.66

Extra Savings: 12 cents

6. Vinegar

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Heinz Distilled White Vinegar (128 ounces)

Local Grocery Store: $11.12

Jet Starting Price: $3.38

If you’re in need of household or family goods, Jet has those, too — so I kept cruising down my list.

7. Diapers

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Pampers Cruisers (Size 3; 140-count)

Local Grocery Store: $39.10

Jet Starting Price: $37.83

Extra Savings: 11 cents

8. Laundry Detergent

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Tide Pods (81-count)

Local Grocery Store: $21.92

Jet Starting Price: $19.01

Extra Savings: $1.07   

9. Toilet Paper

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Charmin Ultra Soft (18 mega rolls)

Local Grocery Store: $26.08

Jet Starting Price: $19.99

Extra savings: $1.12

10. Dish Soap

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Dawn Hand Renewal With Olay (18 ounces)

Local Grocery Store: $2.69

Jet Starting Price: $2.79

Extra Savings: 21 cents

Last stop? Toiletries. Let’s see how Jet checks out.

11. Shampoo/Conditioner

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Head & Shoulders 2-in-1 Dandruff Shampoo/Conditioner (33.8 ounces)

Local Grocery Store: $10.49

Jet Starting Price: $10.13

Extra Savings: 57 cents

12. Toothpaste

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Crest 3D White Brilliance (4.1 ounces)

Local Grocery Store: $3.92

Jet Starting Price: $6.49

Extra Savings: 7 cents

How Much You Could Save With Jet

Alright, here’s what you’ve been waiting for… the totals.

Local Grocery Store: $189.26

Jet: $152.85

Though that’s already looking pretty impressive, there are still three more discounts to add.

Watch how they stack on top of each other…

  • Debit card discount: Since they have lower transaction fees than credit cards, paying with a debit card will save you an extra 1.5%.
  • No-return discount: If you agree not to return certain non-perishable items, Jet will give you a small discount.

Taking all of those into account, the TOTAL Jet price comes out to $127.29 — a $61.97 savings, 33% less than the grocery store.

Holy what?!

Of course, you have to consider you won’t always have the 15% new customer discount — it’s only valid for your first three orders. But even without it, you can still save a significant amount.

Sponsorship Disclosure: A huge thanks to Jet for working with us to bring you this content. It’s rare that we have the opportunity to share something so awesome and get paid for it!

by The Penny Hoarder
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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