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%?