Update: Now that Amazon is offering a $3 Prime No Rush Credit, this post is even more relevant. It has been updated to reflect the new changes.
A few new changes to note:
1. Amazon now requires a $7 minimum order to receive Prime No Rush Credit.
2. Amazon has been cancelling traditional Subscribe & Save orders due to low stock, if you need an item now you should not use Subscribe & Save, but you can still save 5% with the instructions below.
3. Amazon previously offered a $1 digital credit for Prime Members that select no rush shipping at checkout, they are now offer a $3 digital credit for that.
A commenter asked, “Can someone explain why JJ writes “Plus Prime No Rush Credit”? How do you get no rush credit with Subscribe and Save?”
Amazon has 2 different types of checkout when it comes to Subscribe and Save items, their regular “One-time purchase” checkout or “Subscribe & Save.”
With Subscribe and Save checkout you can save 5% off the item if subscribe to it, and you can save 15% off if you have 5 monthly subscribe and save items.
For example this pack of 20 Hefty Disposable Hot Cups with Lids is selling for $7.49 and will be $6.37-$7.12 via Subscribe & Save:
But you can also get 5% off by subscribing to an item with a One-time purchase as well.
Select One-time purchase and Add to cart:
Then go to your cart and you will see an option to “Save 5% now with Subscribe & Save”:
Once selected you will receive 5% off this item and it will be added to your subscribe and save list. Then select “proceed to checkout.”
On the final checkout page you can select No-Rush Shipping and 5% off via Subscribe and Save:
Plus, with this method your item ships now instead of at your next monthly subscription. You can cancel the subscription after your item ships.
You won’t always want to do this. If you have 5 Subscribe and Save items in a month you can save 15% off all of the items and 20% off diapers. So you’ll need to weigh if you want 5% off and the no-rush credit or try for 15% off. When you go for 15% off you can always push off the date of your subscription until you have 5 items in your subscription. Another advantage of waiting for Subscribe and Save items is that you can reorder items that drop in price.
Of course if you just need an item quickly you shouldn’t use the no-rush option.
The great part about no-rush credit is that Amazon will often let you convert it into Amazon Credit for any purchase! Read more about that in this post here, the best time to request that is when your credit is about to expire.
Do you go for 5% off+no rush credit or 15% off Subscribe and Save?Amazon offers free shipping with $25+ orders or get free 1 day shipping on all orders with a free trial of Amazon Prime. A prime trial is also free with Amazon Family (which also gets you up to 20% off diapers among other benefits) or Amazon Student. EBT/Medicaid Cardholders can save on Prime Membership here.