I have been waiting to write this post since I first discovered Alice while poking around for some new iPhone apps. What is Alice you ask? Only the best thing to happen to city dwellers and busy people everywhere! The brain child of Brian Wiegand and Mark McGuire (no not the baseball player), Alice provides the convenience of ordering household essentials like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, paper towels, pantry staples, etc., online. But that’s not all, Alice also offers tons of coupons and, get this — FREE SHIPPING!!! You can also set up your account to remind you to reorder when your supply is running low, so you’ll never run out of toilet paper again.
I recently placed my first order with Alice, and within 24 hours, it was already being shipped directly to our apartment. I think the shipping could be faster though (it sat in Shrewsbury, Mass., for two days), like Zappos, which somehow manages to send shoes overnight for free (Alice take note, you should do this, too.). Anyway, yesterday a big blue box arrived, and inside I found my order neatly packed and just waiting to be integrated into our home.
So are the savings worth it? Yes. I think so. Especially for someone living in a big city. We have to buy our toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc., at CVS. We don’t have the luxury of shopping at a big box store for discounted items, and often even when using a coupon, CVS is more expensive than say Target. For example, we recently ran out of dryer sheets, so I went to CVS to pick some up. I picked our usual brand, Bounce, and was appalled to see the ticket price was nearly $7.00!!! I put them back and went generic, still overpriced at about $4.00 (and they didn’t smell nearly as good). But on Alice, I purchased the same Bounce dryer sheets for $2.34! And it’s the same deal for toilet paper and paper towels, too. Sure, you have to plan ahead, but once you set up your account there are so many budgeting and planning tools for future purchases it’s practically a no brainer.
Oh, and for all of you who are into design like myself, Alice’s site hits a home run. It’s easy to navigate, it’s readable and graphic, and it’s well branded. It kind of reminds me of a cross between Martha Stewart and Twitter.
Le sigh. I never knew I could get so excited about household items.