There are huge cities. There are large, medium and small cities and then there are the towns were we always seem to find ourselves living. I’m not complaining . . every now and then I wish I could run to town and buy a pound of raw shea butter or a pound of scamorza cheese but that’s not the way it works out here in most of rural America. It’s hard for some folks to even comprehend what it’s like to have to plan ahead and order the things you need but can’t buy locally. Another option that is available is to live with what you can buy locally and forget about the things you can’t get. Since I love cooking and I love trying new things, there’s quite a bit that we mail order and I’m so thankful for Amazon.
This is a non-paid advertisement . . of sorts . . for Amazon. We do have a great health food store but so often, I’m out shopping on weekends with Vince and he doesn’t want to go to the health food store with me or I just plain don’t want to leave the house and I can order today and in two days, my order arrives. With an Amazon Prime membership, items are delivered in 2 days and they have just about everything.
Love it or hate it, Amazon makes a world of difference at our house. I hear folks saying “Shop Local!” all the time and I do try to support local merchants when there are things I need that they have but I’m very thankful for Amazon and their Prime account that gets things here quickly.
We have a lot of things on “Subscribe and Save”. The way Subscribe & Save works, you usually get a discount for subscribe & save and your items are placed on a recurring schedule. Ours arrive around the 6th of the month. You can have them delivered every 2 months, 3 months, 4 months, etc. If you have 5 things being delivered in any given month, you earn an additional 15% discount.
In September, 2012, I ordered Pumpkin Seeds from Amazon – 4 – 24 oz. bags. I vacuum sealed the bags I wasn’t using and put those in the freezer. The “use by” date on those is towards the end of 2014 but I’m on my last bag so I just ordered more, since I found a great recipe for a pumpkin seed snack, which I will share.
You can cancel any item any time, just so it isn’t already in the shipping lineup.
We have things like maple syrup (which I may or may not cancel since we’re on the diet), tapioca flour, almonds, almond flour, coconut oil, toilet paper, and now, pumpkin seeds, and a few other things.
That was just to tell you that if you can’t find things, try Amazon! 🙂