Friday, February 3, 2017

So I never have to leave my house again...

So I've been wanting to tell you about this little gadget for a while now, but really wanted to see how it worked before doing so. I freaking LOVE it...so it's time. :) 

I discovered the Amazon Dash buttons last year on Prime Day. I had no idea what they were but they kept popping up as I shopped so I did some research. They were super cheap that day (I think a buck each?) so I put a few in my order and decided to try them out. 

Well...as I said, I LOVE THEM. I've found the older I get the less I like to leave our house. I mean, I'm no hermit...we're out nearly every evening for activities and love to go out with friends. BUT...when it comes to running out to the store to grab that one thing we need, we'd rather just stay home. Annnnd now we can. ;) 

We got a few of the buttons and there are a couple we use quite often. I'll show you how to use them here -- it's kind of amazing. We keep a couple in our laundry room cabinet:
Floating shelves in laundry room

No, those cabinets still aren't painted. Someday. 

We keep our Downy and Gain buttons in here -- they come with a sticky back so you can hang or place them just about anywhere: 
Amazon Dash buttons

When you notice you're running low on whatever the product is...you just push the button. It will flash with a white light (the Downy button on the left) and then when the order is completed, it will flash green (the right):
The AWESOME Amazon dash button and how to use it

And then in a day or two your products arrives at your door. That's it! 

I mean. Come on! It truly felt like the Jetson's when we first tried it...I just think it's awesome. 

I love ordering online because I know I spend less. We've even started ordering groceries online occasionally because I can sit with my shopping/recipe list and I only order what we need. No impulse buys. 

Same goes for these items, that I would run into Target for and then just happen to stop in the dollar section "real quick" and then forget why I even went in and come out an hour later with a cart full of other stuff. I hear that's how it goes for some anyway...

My favorite button is the one for toilet paper that we keep in our master linen closet. Down to just a couple rolls? Hit the button and voila! TP to your door: 
How to use the Amazon Dash buttons

A few things to consider: 

- When you get the button you need to set it up for the item/size you'll want to be shipped each time. It comes with instructions and it took just a few minutes for us to set up each one. After that you just push it and you're done. There's actually a Kindle book that tells you all you need to know for these buttons now! It has excellent reviews so there may be info in there I don't know about these little jobbies. 

- As far as I know, you can only set it up to order one thing with one button. So if you use Downy fabric softener and the pellets, you can only use your button for one item. I am pretty sure anyway, I could be wrong. 

- Because I kind of hate how Amazon uses so much packaging for small items, I try to coordinate our smaller purchases with other orders.

- You have to have Amazon Prime to use them. 

- I could have sworn the buttons used to be $3 but now they're $5. But I truly believe we save over time by not running out to grab a few items. Be sure to watch for promotions -- I'm sure they'll do something special for prime day again this year. 

We use the Downy button, Ziploc, Gain button and my favorite, the Cottonelle, but they don't seem to have that one right now. (They do have Charmin!). 

They have a TON of buttons -- it's kind of fun to look through the list. Everything from paper towels to dog food, diapers, trash bags and food products (for those of you with toddlers, Goldfish crackers have one!). They even have a Nerf button! 😂 (Just don't tell our son!) 

Have you tried these little gadgets? We love them in our house and are always considering more. I'm all about anything that lets me stay in my pajama pants a little longer every some days. 

Have a great weekend my friends! 

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25 comments:

  1. OK the Nerf button sounds hilarious. Is that for when they lose all the little foam bullets? Too funny! I think I'm going to get that ebook and see what it says too. I'm so, so tempted to get these at least for a few things we always seem to run out of. Thanks for your insight!

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    1. Yes! We have like one million of the bullets so I don't ever see running out, but you never know! Ha! But I do LOVE our buttons.

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  2. We have buttons for toilet paper and trash bags...the two things I always forget to purchase at the store.

    I'm almost positive that the cost of the button is applied to your first order, so if you buy a $5 button, you'll get $5 off your first order. So they are essentially free as long as you use them.

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    1. I'm going to look into this! If so, it might be worth it.

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  3. Or you can just set up subscribe and save and then these items come to you every two weeks or two months, however you need them. If you have 5 items come together you save 15%. It's a much better deal.

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    1. That's what we do! I'm not sure the buttons would work in our house because hashtag toddler who loves pushing buttons. Subscribe and save works WAY better for us, plus you can subscribe to things like candles and diapers and stuff. Much more versatile!

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    2. We tried that for awhile! But the timing varied for when we needed items so I didn't love it.

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    3. That's what I do also!!!! So smart!!

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  4. What do you notice on price fluctuations? We use subscribe and save for most of our household stuff, but I have to check every order to see if an item went up significantly in price. Like, have you paid $10 for an item only to have it be $15 another time? Is this confusing?

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    1. As far as I know the prices are consistent! When you push it you get a notice on your phone so you can edit or cancel if needed. :)

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    2. They are not consistent. I noticed that once and threw out the buttons the next day. I can order from my phone just as easily as pushing a button and then at least i know what i'm getting.

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  5. thanks, I have wondered about this. And yes, it said the $4.99 price would be deducted from my first order, at least for the Charmin one I just bought!

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  6. Or you can just use the Amazon app and order them on your phone. It only takes a few seconds. I really don't understand why having buttons stuck to walls or cabinets is somehow easier.

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    1. Well if that works for you, great! We have the app but this is much quicker and IS easier. :)

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  7. These sound so cool, I'm totally going to look into them. How many times have I thought "oh we need TP, I'll go add that to my shopping list (electronic or paper) and then I get distracted and never do. I think having the button close to the item would help you not forget!

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  8. A Nerf button? That's too cool. I'm pretty picky when it comes to products so I need to check out if my faves are out there.

    And is there a red wine button? Asking for a friend.

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    1. Oh I hope there's a red wine button! My friend would love that!

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  9. Get. Out. That is so futuristic and cool! I would have to stick mine up high...envisioning my inquisitive 4 year old repeatedly pushing the button and waiting for something to happen....and then piles of deliveries at my front door. Cheers to a lifetime supply of toilet paper! ;-)

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  11. I have never heard of these! I just love Amazon so much. I'm the person who thinks in my head I need to order something and forget two minutes later so this is perfect for me.

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  12. Just a note on Cottonelle...if you have septic tanks, they are the worst as do not break down as well as other TPs and tend to clog the tanks.

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  13. Those are so wild! I could think of a lot of things I could use them for - and they would be a dream come true for my husband!
    Shelley

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  14. What?!? No way!!! That is so cool. I have prime, but I procrastinate when it's time to order so a button would be perfect! I love the comments about little ones repeatedly pressing the buttons- little people make our lives so exciting.lol

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