Monday, April 25, 2011

Shopping for Necessities on Amazon

As the months go on, I am preparing myself for being laid off as much as I can. One of the ways I try to direct my energy is to plan for how I can survive on my Unemployment budget. Today, I did some number crunching and figured out that by the end of June I should have approximately 9,000 Swagbucks, which can translate to $100 in Amazon gift cards. This is the most bang for my buck...the other option I was pondering was getting cash via Paypal, but that would only translate to about $65.

Obviously if I'm unemployed I'll want to use my Amazon card for needs, not wants. And so, I did some research on some of the items I can buy on Amazon, along with their prices. That way, if/when the time comes I'll know how to get the most bang for my Swagbucks. The tricky factor will be shipping, as most of these do not qualify for free shipping on Amazon. Anyway, onto my list!

Organix Shampoo/Conditioner: $5.99 each
54 count box of Tampax Pearl Tampons: $9.36
8 pack Venus Razor Blades: $19.55
24 Rolls of Charmin toilet paper: $11.99
Lysol Cleaning Wipes 3 pack (330 wipes): $14.69
48 Swiffer Wet Jet pads: $23.85

There are a few more items I've come up with, but that's the short list. I know I can get better prices on these items in various stores, but since this would be free money, it still seems worth it to buy them on Amazon. I shared this because I know some of you do Swagbucks and are on a budget...what items do you buy to help ease the burden on other areas of your budget? Where do you get the most bang for your buck?


  1. How likely is the layoff looking? There's TONS of teacher positions in the DC area if you want to make the move :)

    But seriously, how worried are you? And what did your research about unemployment assistance uncover? (If it's too personal to share, then say no more, I was just curious!)

  2. As a new teacher I'd probably use Amazon credit for materials for school. I try not to spend for work but can't avoid it. Do you have any tips for teachers trying to scrimp in the classroom?

  3. @TeacHer: The layoff is looking more and more likely, but I won't know for sure until either it happens (June 30th) or they rescind it when I least expect it. I'll keep the DC options in mind!

    @Nancy: I try more and more to not let myself spend money in my classroom. I request what I need from the school or make do, or sometimes email parents if I need something. But the longer I teach the more I stockpile so it gets easier not to spend.

  4. I've used Amazon for diapers before but I think I may need to revisit them again. I do have a few Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks. I think that I should look at razers. They are so dang expensive.