Roll Your Own Subscribe and Save

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One of  the main fundamentals of The Art of Less Doing is to stop running errands and one of the main recommendations that I make for people living in the US at least is to use Amazon Subscribe and Save.

Amazon Subscribe and Save allows you to subscribe to any non-perishable item that Amazon sells directly. That means that you can choose to receive toilet paper or paper towels or toothbrushes or dog food on a set schedule and a certain amount. You never have to think about it again and you get an email notification before it happens.

But what are you supposed to do if they don’t offer something on Subscribe and Save or if you don’t live in the US and you still want to receive the benefit of having the items that you need in your home or your business automatically sent to you on a regular schedule?

Well, it’s actually very simple using IFTTT and virtual assistants. With IFTTT, you can create a recipe so that at a certain interval whether it’s the 1st of every month or the 17th of every month, or both of those, you can tell it to send an email to your virtual assistant and have them purchase the items that you need on your behalf.

If you want to make it even more advanced, you can even say that they should contact you first to make sure that you need the item before they go ahead and order it.

Now this may seem like a very simple solution but it’s certainly one that you may not have thought of before and while Amazon Subscribe and Save is one of my favorite services, if it’s not providing everything that you need, then it’s really not a complete solution.

Something like this simple IFTTT recipe can let you fill the gap and make it so that you never have to worry about keeping the items that you want on hand.