Oh, happy weekend! On Monday and Tuesday next week, Amazon is pulling out all the stops to have the best deals available for shoppers! In this brief blog blurb, I am sharing the two items I am buying on Monday. The links in this post are a part of the Amazon Associate program I joined in April and once you buy the item from the link, I get a small amount of commission. Think of it as support my blog website!
I also write my little heartfelt thoughts about my conflicted feelings with Amazon and bad habits I’ve worked through with shopping over the years.
Reusable Storage Baggies
The first one’s been on my private list since April. Earlier this year, I bought a bread bag to hold my homemade bread inside my Target bread container. I was tiring out from using the same large plastic bags to seal my bread from molding; if you are new to my blog, I have been working on living a more sustainable lifestyle. I’ve transitioned to operating without paper towels, cotton pads, period pads, and the list goes on. I’m down to the last three plastic bags i’ve always re-used for the past two years. Plastic ziplocks don’t always last this long and one of the few remaining items on my eco-list is to transition to a plastic-free ziplock existence! I scoured through Amazon’s app on my iPad while watching Western’s today to make sure I had the correct set I wanted to start with before I recycle out the last of my plastic ziplock baggies.
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TIP: I have only used my dishwasher three times here at my apartment since I’ve been here for a year and a half. I prefer saving electricity (and water) by hand washing and scrubbing my dishes by hand. With these reusable baggies, they are not supposed to be washed in the dishwasher, because they are made out of materials that become stretched out and unusable after going through the dishwasher.
When I originally added the ziplock baggies to my wishlist, I hadn’t yet bought the bread bag for my bi-weekly homemade bread. For most of this past year, the only times I’ve re-used the plastic bags were to store homemade bread and my little PB&J sandwiches. Since most of my plastic (boo) food storage containers have worn out after 5+ years, the baggies will come in handy while I wait to save up before buying metal lunch boxes and food storage containers.
Silicone Baking Mat Sheet
One of the worst kitchen wastes for me is parchment paper and foil. i’m now down to the last foil and parchment paper I bought from Target over two years ago. I don’t do too much baking, but I do every once in awhile like to bake little pan pizzas, cookies, and cakes. While it may not work too well for cakes, these Amazon Basics Silicone Baking Mat Sheets will help me reduce the waste from baking.
Silicone Baking Mat (LINK)
PRO TIP: Always read through the comments starting with the most recent and then the most negative. For these mats, the worst I heard is that the mats don’t do so hot when the oven is above 425 degrees. Most of the baking I’ve always done floats around 375-400 degrees, so I will have to keep that in mind; as well as keeping it clean by hand washing and some deep scrubbing.
Conflicted feelings are good. Each retailer has good traits and bad traits and I always compare how I feel about Amazon in the same morale category as Walmart. I’ve always seen Amazon as a luxury company to order from and for the first two years in college, it was my destination for music, college books, and more.
Then, my lovely 21 year old self opened up an Amazon credit card I wasn’t really ready for. It’s now sitting in my debt binder, as I’d like to pay off that hefty balance. It reached that ridiculous amount, due to me becoming a true shopping addict in less than a year. That was how I coped with a lot of mental health crap then. Was it smart? Nope, but I learned my lesson.
There’s a lot of dehumanizing stories about Amazon and how they practice their business. Workers are planning on having a strike out during the prime day 48 hour deals which means more stress for those who will continue working. The main part I disagree with Amazon’s business model is the pay/benefit structure. At times, I’ve gone lengthy stretches not shopping at Amazon. Except on those few times where Amazon has what I need and i can’t find what I want anywhere else.
On the flip side, I love receiving Amazon gift cards. I use ebates (now known as Rakuten) to help get cash-back on any online or in-store purchase I make. Over the past three years, I have found unique ways to curb my shopping habits. The best way I do this is to create a 30-45 day waitlist on the item I want. If I’m in store, I will take a picture of that item and add it to my list. Over the course of that 30-45 day period, I tend to see what stores will have a better deal and better quality product for what I am looking for.
The two items I’m buying early Monday morning have been on my to-buy-list(s) for over 3 months and I am getting to use an Amazon gift card from my birthday month last month. One of them will be discounted since its part of the Amazon basics shopping sections.
The other idea I had was to avoid Prime Day and order my household items now or wait till next week. That’s actually what I’ve done for the past few years, where I skipped shopping due to finances or just not needing items at that time. Or in the case of last year, I was saving money to buy textbooks for the fall semester. Over the past year, since returning to college, I have spent more money on Amazon finding unique items at a quality deal better than other stores, with shopping on Amazon every 3-4 months..
This is a personal aside, but I’ve looked at Prime membership but it doesn’t economically make sense for me. I’ve debated endlessly about I’ve always managed to buy my textbooks through my University bookstore or local bookshop cheaper than with Amazon. And, I’ve been continuing to work on downsizing what I own (aka minimalism) and haven’t felt the need to buy every single item with Amazon. Another plus for me is that I can have Amazon send things to my local Whole Foods locker. My apartment (and USPS) enjoy losing things all the time, so I always feel safer when I can go pick-up my packages at Whole Foods. Something I’ll miss when I move out of the city at the end of the year.
The one thing I do love about Amazon? Kindle ebooks, Audible, and Amazon Unlimited. God Bless Garth Brooks for moving over to Amazon!
What items do you have on your Amazon shopping list? If you have any books ready to go, I’d love to see what they are! Thank you so much for reading today’s blog blurb and I’ll see you guys tomorrow for another blog post.
Hint: it’s about BOOKS! ❤