Going to the grocery store every time I run out of toilet paper or laundry detergent is such a drag. Don’t get me wrong, it usually means I can pick up some more ice cream but having to carry a large and unwieldy package of TP or drive 20 minutes just to get two things is not my idea of a fun time.
That’s why I buy most of my household essentials in bulk on Amazon, either through Prime, Fresh, or its Subscribe & Save options. All three give you the ease and convenience of shopping in your PJs, but there are slightly different advantages with each one.
You already know what Prime offers—free 2-day shipping on literally everything—while Fresh is more like a traditional grocery store with produce, snacks, and general household items in bulk and everyday sizes. My personal favorite though is Subscribe & Save, an underrated subscription service. You can subscribe to products (also in bulk or everyday sizes) and score an extra discount up to 15 percent with each shipment. It’s easy to change the subscription cadence so you’re not stockpiling TP, or just cancel if you no longer want the item. It’s truly a “set it and forget it” situation and I’m genuinely delighted to receive my quarterly shipment of compostable trash bags.
Since we know we had you at “shopping in your PJs,” here’s what we buy in bulk on Amazon.
1. Recess Mood, 12 pack, $45.60
I've been a huge fan of Recess' sparkling water ever since I tested the hemp-infused version for our cannabis gift guide, and a recurring subscription means I always have them stocked in the fridge. They're made with magnesium, ginseng, and lemon balm to help calm your mood, making them a great post-work, or TBH, an anytime-drink.
2. Method Liquid Dish Soap Refill, 6 Pack, $41.99
Former director of content Brinda Ayer likes getting Method’s dish soap refills in bulk because it checks one more to-do item off her list. “The bulk refill containers allow me to top up my current dispensers for months on end,” she said. “Plus, I can ‘set it and forget it,’ signing up for a repeat version of the same box at intervals that fit my household needs.”
I’ve been using compostable bags for years in an effort to cut down on my plastic usage, and a recurring subscription means I'll never run out. I’ve used a few brands but have had the most success with this one, though garbage with sharp edges might cut through sometimes.
4. Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Pods, 62 Count, $18.67
For something so small as dishwasher pods, they can be really heavy! That’s why I prefer to get them online in bulk so I can use that time saved to catch up on Westworld.
It’s the same situation here with laundry detergent—why and how are cleaning pods SO heavy?
6. Brawny Pick-a-Size Paper Towels, 12 Rolls, $33.99
While I use cloth napkins and reusable towels for most things, there are just some projects that require a traditional paper towel. I like how you can customize the size with these so you’re just using what you need.
Ayer and I are both loyal to buying Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap refills in bulk. Not only is it the best hand soap ever (don’t @ me), but each large refill can fill two or three dispensers in my household so each 6-pack lasts a super long time.
When we asked our team what they buy in bulk, everyone said TP, TP, and more TP—and understandably so. They’re annoying to carry and even more annoying when it runs out—often in the middle of the week. While you can grab a pack the next time you’re at the store, why not save yourself the trouble with a subscription that’ll last you two months and save some change, too?
9. Mighty Patch Original, $12.99
Since I’ve been wearing masks so often, I subscribe to these hydrocolloid patches for maskne—you know, the acne you get after wearing a mask for hours.
10. Kleenex Ultra Soft Facial Tissues, 8 Pack, $23.99
Eight boxes of tissues might sound a bit silly, but you won’t be laughing in the middle of allergy season.
11. Vita Coco Coconut Water, 12 Pack, $13.76
Short of sticking a straw into a coconut, I live for my monthly subscription of Vita Coco. Buying them in bulk has saved me so much more money than grabbing a few here and there every time I go to the grocery store.
12. La Croix Sparkling Water, 12 Pack, $18.80
Unless you’re looking for an arm workout, buying La Croix online is such a game changer.
13. Nongshim Shin Bowl Noodle Soup, 12 Pack, $28.75
I’ll usually buy a huge box of Nongshim ramen at H-Mart but seeing how the closest one is more than an hour away from me, I’ll stick to buying it online, thanks.