I absolutely love grocery shopping.
In fact, I just went last night — and I’ve got the warm and fuzzies just thinking about my newly full fridge, to say nothing of the simple, domestic bliss of carefully selecting the perfect red bell pepper or getting seasonally appropriate sugar pumpkins for 99 cents apiece.
(This might be why I write a lot of The Penny Hoarder’s posts about food.)
Despite an obsession with shopping for and preparing food that would make Martha proud, I realize that not everyone shares my joy when faced with the supermarket.
When you work all day, schlep the kids all over creation and still make time for a side hustle, shopping can feel like another chore waiting to be crossed off your jam-packed list.
Maybe you’ve written off grocery delivery services as a too-expensive luxury. Understandable… although that isn’t always the case.
But if you’ve been waiting to give grocery delivery a try, you might — might — be in luck.
Get $25 off Your First $75+ Order From Amazon Fresh
Amazon’s offering a pretty sweet deal on its grocery delivery service, AmazonFresh… but there are a few big “ifs” involved.
The service is only for Amazon Prime customers who’ve never used Fresh before, and it’s only in select markets.
How select? Although Amazon doesn’t have a comprehensive list of eligible regions, we played with its location search tool to sleuth it out.
Of course, many of the usual suspects are covered — New York, Boston, LA, San Francisco.
But surprisingly, DC isn’t eligible, nor is Chicago… although Philadelphia and its suburbs are.
Throw your own zip code into Fresh’s front page pop-up to see if your city makes the cut. Unfortunately, our own St. Pete does not… otherwise, I definitely would have taken advantage of this deal!
Another thing? AmazonFresh isn’t a free service, even for Prime members.
In fact, it’s pretty darn pricy: $14.99 per month, on top of the $99 annual charge for Prime! Yeesh.
But the grocery deal’s a good one, and especially as holiday stress sets in, we could all benefit from feeling like kings and queens for a day. So if you want to take advantage of the deal, here’s what I’d recommend:
- If you’re not already an Amazon Prime customer, start your 30-day free trial here. The site specifies that free trial Prime members are still eligible to take advantage of the Fresh deal!
- Then, start your AmazonFresh 30-day free trial, so you can nab the $25 off $75 grocery delivery deal.
- Put your order in ASAP. The offer expires at 11:59 PT on Dec. 31, 2016 — or whenever all the promotional codes are used. Plus, the rules specify you need to claim the offer within seven days of opening your free trial anyway, and the longer you wait, the more likely you are to forget to cancel your trial. So jump on it!
- Use the promo code FRESH25 at checkout to claim the discount.
- Then, either set a calendar reminder to cancel your free trial(s) — or cancel them right then and there. If you don’t, you’re looking at a $10.99 monthly charge for Prime, and a $14.99 monthly charge for Fresh on top of it. That would be a costly error if you don’t plan on using the service!
Of course, maybe the convenience of having your groceries delivered is worth a monthly $15 to you — in which case, have at it, and enjoy the introductory deal! We all have our splurges, after all.
A couple of caveats to keep in mind: You can’t use Amazon gift cards to make the purchase, and you can’t use it for orders containing alcohol. (But you can use your rewards credit card to earn travel points or cash back!)
You’ll also need to purchase all your items in a single order and ship them to to a single address.
Even if it’s just a one-time thing, $25 off $75 worth of groceries is a pretty darn awesome deal.
And for many of us, the luxury of having someone else walk the aisles in your stead is almost a holiday miracle. It’s certainly worth canceling a couple of free trials for.
Meanwhile, I’ll be busy applying to become a shopper for Fresh, Shipt, Peapod or another of their ilk. Hey, making money off your quirks is what penny hoarding’s all about — right?
Your Turn: Can — and will — you take advantage of this AmazonFresh promotion?
Jamie Cattanach is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. The grocery store is her happy place. Find @JamieCattanach on Twitter to wave hello.
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