I was inspired to write this post after watching a YouTube video about Amazon finds, so here it goes!
When I first got my Amazon Prime account, now, nearly 10 years ago, it was mainly out of convenience to purchase books for school. Now, Amazon is like my holy grail for shopping. I price-compare everything, and to be totally honest, sometimes Amazon isn’t the best place to buy things.
For example, Prime Pantry is where most food items are retailed, but it costs almost $6 in shipping to get it. For me, I can only justify paying for shipping when I fill my Pantry box up to almost 100%, otherwise I’m paying for empty space, if that makes sense.
Also, a lesser-known fact about Amazon is that all the stuff sold on its platform isn’t exclusively sold by Amazon. I’ve been a seller on there for almost as long as I’ve been a customer. I’ve resold my textbooks, unopened Christmas gifts, you name it! Among some of the most random things I’ve sold recently, I’ve shipped off: an unopened box of floppy disks from the 90s, a hair dryer (that my sister bought but never used), as well as a cooking magazine (that I almost threw away, but listed just because).
So in addition to being a little side-business (albeit barely lucrative because Amazon takes nearly 30% of every sale), it’s also a great place to get some good deals. Here are the top ten things I’ve recently purchased and/or plan on purchasing on Amazon soon:
1. Damprids. If you live anywhere that’s remotely moist or damp, get these! I hang them in my closets, sit them in my bookcases, basically put them anywhere moisture can lurk. They’ve saved me from getting mildew in my boots, mold in my books, and I only have to change them out every couple months.
2. Mini Photo Albums. My boyfriend and I have recently started using a little polaroid camera, so these are perfect for keeping the pictures organized. Otherwise they’d probably be in a pile somewhere and get lost/scratched/otherwise damaged.
3. Kotex Lightdays Liners. Random, I know…but once I discovered these, it was borderline life-changing. When I travel, I don’t like to have to bring extra underwear to change into every couple hours. These absorb sweat, the occasional pee-sneeze (you know what I’m talking about), and I’ve noticed a huge reduction in random UTIs. TMI, I know. Keep reading.
4. Replacement Ink Cartridges. My family and I use an outrageous amount of ink between all of our school stuff and business stuff. If you’re like us, it can get quite expensive to have to buy new ink cartridges over and over again. I recently learned Costco has a refill program if you take in empty cartridges, but if you don’t have time to wait for an hour or two, there are tons of Amazon sellers that sell dupe cartridges whose ink is just as good, but for a fraction of the price because they’re off-brand. Again, kinda life-changing.
5. Ginger Tea with Honey Crystals. This is one of my holy grails when I feel a cold coming on. It’s not that pleasant to drink if it’s a strong brew, but man it’ll kill a cold in its tracks! Sore throats, headaches, the works-this stuff is good (albeit not for the faint of heart…that, or water it down).
6. Dog Food. I buy food for my dog either on Amazon or a pet food website (when it has a sale). The prices are almost comparable, but with Prime shipping, I’m not paying $30 to have to 50 pounds of dog food delivered. Added bonus: I don’t have to schlep it from the dog store either…I can have it delivered directly to my front door (and then have to schlep it inside). Too bad my service dog hasn’t been trained to be a camel for this purpose.
7. TIGI Rockaholic Dry Shampoo. Need I say more? Sometimes a quick spritz saves the day. I like this brand because it doesn’t leave my hair dandruffy-white like others do, plus it comes in both a large can and a travel size too!
8. Pepcid Complete. My ride-or-die acid medication. It’s over the counter, so you know it’s not that strong, but it’s much more effective (for me) than Tums or other garden-variety heartburn pills.
9. Equate Gas Relief. Again, another spoonie essential. I swear by these little pills for gas and bloating. They’re super effective because they break down big gas bubbles into tinier, less painful ones. BYE BYE BLOAT!
10. Duo Eyelash Adhesive. I’m a fan of the clear kind because it doesn’t leave black goo on your eyes after removing falsies…unless you add black liner on top (like me), and then you just need a good makeup remover for after.
If anyone has any tips on saving fake eyelashes after you use them, let a girl know! I seem to always gunk them up and can’t really reuse them, which is a bummer because I’ve heard some people use their lashes like 10-20 times! What am I doing wrong??
So, that’s what’s in (or has been in) my Amazon cart! Let me know what your thoughts and what your must-haves are!
Spoonie Adventures in Books, Beauty, & Bullshit
I'm a twenty-something year old recent law and business school grad living with a chronic health condition. Follow along on my shenanigans.