Surprised By Boxed

This post is sponsored by Boxed. Even so, I think this post might surprise you (Boxed really surprised me), so please read on!

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I am so excited to tell you guys about Boxed! Are you ready?!?

As you know, I’m all about saving money. And, as a new mom, I’m all about convenience when it comes to shopping. With a little guy, the days of store-hopping, trying to find exactly what I need, are long gone, especially when it comes to bulk items. It’s actually pretty tough to navigate super-size boxes and bags while pushing a stroller or carrying a car seat + a diaper bag + a purse. (Moms, you know exactly what I am talking about, right?) So, to make life easier, I often go online to do my shopping instead of bringing my 6-month old to the store and then carrying all of the heavy, bulky items home. Having these big items delivered right to my front door saves me so much time (and gas), and it is my new favorite way to shop”” thanks to Boxed!

Boxed sells nonperishable bulk-sized goods (aka wholesale club shopping but without any membership fees) from your computer or smart phone. Basically, Boxed does all of the heavy lifting, delivering your favorite items, in bulk, direct to your door in two days or less. Yes, it is pretty amazing.

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How to works: You place your order online or you can use the Boxed app, which is available on iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets. There is complimentary shipping on your first order as well as free shipping on all other orders over $75, which, when you’re shopping in bulk, isn’t tough to reach. (Boxed also offers a rewards program where for every $1 you spend on merchandise, you receive 1 Boxed Rewards point and during promotions, even MORE points!) Two days later (in my case, THE VERY NEXT DAY), you receive your goodies at your front door. Easy as that! (I still can’t get over how quickly my order arrived. It wasn’t even 24 hours! It was faster than Amazon Prime 2-day shipping!)

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Ok, this is where it gets good and what ultimately sold me on Boxed.

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Before I agreed to write this post, I did a little cost comparision on many of the products that I buy in-store and online, specifically at Target and Amazon. And, well, I was REALLY surprised with the results. Boxed was cheaper every time!

Here’s what I purchased in my first Boxed order:

And here’s a price comparison:

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* Target doesn’t sell the same Huggies Natural Care Plus Wipes that I bought from Boxed, so I used the price for the regular Huggies Natural Care Wipes, which was $10.99 for 504 wipes. The price per wipe was $0.021 (Target) versus $0.029 (Boxed), which, in my opinion, is negligible. I mean, we’re talking thousandths of a dollar! Even still, Target’s price was cheaper, but you’re getting a better product from Boxed with the Plus wipes that have aloe and Vitamin E and all of that good stuff. Plus, you can order everything you need in one big shipment from Boxed and get it delivered to your home in a day or two, which is much faster than Target. (Yes, I am a total dork for going into such detail about the price per wipe… which will eventually clean my baby’s butt.)

A quick note about the diapers: Once again, Target didn’t sell the exact same diapers as Boxed, so I used the price for the regular Huggies Snug & Dry (size 3, 222 count). Even still, they cost more more than the Huggies Snug & Dry Plus+ at Boxed.

Are you as surprised as I am? Target and Amazon are my go-to websites for online shopping, and I still can’t believe Boxed was cheaper in almost every instance. Crazy. And, of course, I will be ordering my bulk goods from Boxed in the future. The prices, coupled with free shipping, no membership fees, and the convenience, are just too good not to shop there!

Question of the Day

Where do you buy your bulk products? 

50 Comments

  1. I’m in the same boat; shopping for bulk with a newborn just isn’t happening. I currently use diapers.com for bulk but would be curious to do a price comparison. Delivery is where it’s at!

  2. How do these prices compare to those of a BJ’s, Costco, or Sam’s Club? I think the delivery is a huge bonus but I’m curious if the prices are similar to other bulk stores.

    1. I prefer to get bulk items delivered to my house since shopping for them with a baby is kind of difficult, so I’m not sure how those places compare, but I assume they’re similar. The great thing about Boxed is how convenient it is and you don’t have to waste gas or time going to a wholesale club.

    2. @Laura: i considered using Boxed, but every item I compared with at Costco was cheaper at Costco (usually by several dollars). I could see using this service if you didn’t have a Costco/Sams nearby, but it’s definitely cheaper to shop in store if you can.

  3. I buy at Costco – it gets easier with a kiddo to take to the store. Costco is considered “an activity” in our book!!! Go during sample hour and you feed your kiddos lunch too!!! Hahahaha!!!

  4. I buy most of my bulk stuff at Target or Costco (typically food for Costco). I live by myself, with just my dog, but I like to buy things like paper towels and TP in bulk so I don’t have to lug stuff up three flights of stairs every other week. I think I might look into Boxed now! Also, is it weird that I saw your Scott TP and thought, “Finally, someone buys the same stuff as me!” My boyfriend always laughs about it and calls it “Army toilet paper.”

    1. Haha! Mal used to HATE the Scott TP and said the same thing, but I grew up with it, so it’s my go-to brand. He’s come around though! 🙂

  5. Hmmm… I’ll have to think about this! We use Amazon Prime for diapers and wipes and usually hit BJs for other bulk, but sometimes the BJs prices don’t seem that incredible comparitively. I might check this out!

  6. When we were “big” into diapers, Amazon Mom and subscribe and save had just come out and it was a great deal. Now there are too many changes to the program and it doesn’t work so well for me. But I also don’t need diapers and wipes in bulk anymore. (Yes, one day this will happen to you too!)

    I usually go to Sam’s club for bulk stuff, so I am going to look into boxed and do a comparison. Mostly I get paper towels, TP and paper plates… then whatever else looks fun, so it might save me lots to order from Boxed 🙂

  7. Very cool service! I will definitely check it out. My biggest wish is to find bulk bottled water home delivery. Water in AZ is terrible and you have to drink bottled, but it’s a lot of work to keep it stocked on the house. A good workout though!

  8. Cool, I have never heard of Boxed. I definitely buy all that stuff at Target, but it’s not fun getting it home and into my little city apartment, so I can see delivery as a great option. In fact, I already get my groceries delivered. Thanks for sharing!

  9. wow- I’ve never heard of Boxed but your price comparisons make it sound tempting! my only problem would be that I’d always want to get $75 to get teh free shipping buuuuut I live in a tiny little one bedroom apt and I don’t really have space to store oodles of bulk products! hahaha

  10. Just to be clear, the difference in wipe cost between Target and Boxed is a thousandth of a dollar, not a thousandth of a cent.

    And it does add up – I’m a twin mom, so I pay attention to these things!

    For the box of wipes, you paid $34 from Boxed and would have paid $25 at Target.

    1. Aww, yes. You are correct. Sorry about that. (I wrote this post in the wee hours of the morning before coffee.) I agree, it does add up, but I’d MUCH rather have the convenience of ordering online and having these things delivered right to my front door, especially for such a tiny difference in price.

      As for the wipes, you would have paid less at Target, but you also would have gotten fewer wipes (504 versus 1160) and a lesser quality product (no aloe, vitamin E, etc.) compared to the ones at Boxed.

      1. Totally agree on the convenience of online shopping, especially for moms of little ones. But Target has free shipping too.

        And the $25 Target vs. $34 Boxed price difference assumes you buy 1160 wipes at each store – not the 504 Target quantity.

        So basically Boxed is a ~35% premium to Target. Whether the quality difference justifies that is obviously a personal decision.

        1. @Lauren:
          Lauren, ditto on bargain shopping – I’m a twin mom too and my best bet for diapers is Luvs through Amazon Prime Subscribe and Save (Amazon Mom saves you 20% on S&S). Size 3’s are $.14/diaper and my boys have never had an issue with them.

  11. Definitely tempted to try this service! I’m 7 months pregnant with a 2.5 year old at home so bulk shopping just doesn’t happen anymore. Since we’re about to be in the throws of “OMG all the diapers” again, this might just be the thing for me.

  12. You can save WAY more on diapers and wipes by shopping coupon deals. I never pay more than $0.14 per diaper for Huggies or Pampers or more than $0.01 per wipe (again, name brand or Target brand). It does take a tiny bit of extra time, but I have a 3 month old and work full-time outside the home and I manage. You pay more for the convenience, period.

  13. Well I just went to get some groceries at TJs today, but I also needed diapers but REALLY didn’t feel like fighting the holiday traffic anymore to make a Sam’s run in the rain. So I came home and ordered them from Boxed! Not sure if I will use it on the reg, but it came in handy for me today. Thanks for sharing!

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