How to Save 20% at Amazon: Have a Pretend Baby

Seriously. Save 20% at Amazon with a Pretend Baby

Want to save 20% on your next Amazon purchase? What if I told you all you have to do is have a pretend baby?

Enter Amazon Mom.

In addition to saving 20% on diapers and wipes, joining Amazon Mom also allows you to save 20% on your entire order of Subscribe & Save items. All you have to do is put 5 Subscribe & Save items in one order, and you get 20% off that order.

What if you aren’t a member of Amazon Mom? You can only save 15% on the same order.

There are hundreds of Subscribe & Save items on Amazon, from beauty products to groceries to pet supplies. These are all items everyone orders from Amazon, even if we don’t have a baby in the house.

Let’s say you put together 6 $50 Subscribe & Save orders. With a 15% savings through the regular Subscribe & Save program you only save $45. With a 20% savings through Amazon Mom, you save $60 on those same 6 orders.

What does it cost to join Amazon Mom? Nothing. Amazon Mom is FREE for the first three months.

In fact, with Amazon Mom, not only do you get 20% off your Subscribe & Save orders for 3 months, you also get FREE two day shipping on any Prime eligible item, and FREE unlimited instant video streaming for your first 30 Days.

As long as you have a pretend baby.

Make up a baby, complete with name and birthdate, and you can join. Matthew Yglesias of Slate named his fake baby Tim Duncan Crawford.

Amazon Mom is on the honor system. No one will come to your home to investigate if you do or don’t have an actual baby in your house. In fact, Amazon says you don’t even need to be a mom. You can be a Dad or a Caregiver.

I’ve seen it suggested that you join Amazon Mom in the 3 months leading up to Christmas to get your shipping free. I’ve also read the argument the discount is meant only for harried parents and making up a baby is greedy.

The baby might be pretend. The savings are real. The only question is, would you make up a pretend baby to save an additional 5%?

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  1. I’m sure you have lots and lots of email subscribers so losing one is not a big deal, but I had to let you know that I will be removing myself from your emails list after this post. I have 6 children and I have to work hard to make dollars stretch, but lying to do it is not appropriate. I see that you asked at the very end of your post, “would you make up a pretend baby?”, but that’s after you encouraged the act just by the title of your post. Most “savings/coupon” bloggers are careful not to offend people by outwardly professing their faith in Jesus Christ or by even mentioning it in their blogs. You haven’t said much, but you recently talked about Bible studies you’ve done in connection with Beth Moore’s books. I got the impression from that post and others in the past that you are a Christian. That’s why I don’t understand and can’t support you encouraging people to lie in order to save money. God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, everything on Earth is His, He doesn’t have a provision problem, so we shouldn’t claim to be followers of Him and also promote lying as a way to provide for our families. The two just don’t go together. I definitely want and need to demonstrate to and teach my children good stewardship, but making up babies to save a buck will not be part of what I pass on to them.

  2. Carrie, I am so glad you commented and totally understand if you unsubscribe. I recognize that in writing it is hard to hear voice. When I read the title, I do so with a sarcastic voice. But that’s in my head. I see how you could have read it very differently. It is very common practice to recommend signing up just to get the extra 5% savings. Which is why I linked to the articles I did. I really did want to spark debate and ask the question out loud – “Seriously? You can make up a baby to save 5%?” Andrea

  3. Colleen Foley says:

    Hi Carrie,

    I didn’t get that impression at all, in fact, just the opposite. I got the impression that Andrea thought it wrong to lie just to get the extra percentage off.

    I also agree that it is wrong to lie just to get the greater discount. There is too much dishonesty out there. As a Christian, its important to me to set a good example.

  4. Since you pointed out that amazon says you only need be a caregiver etc to qualify, I think it’s fine. Also, I thought the tone was clear and didn’t think you were encouraging people to lie. It was funny.

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