Build the Ultimate (100% Full) Amazon Prime Pantry Box

updated May 1, 2019
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Making an Amazon Prime Pantry order can be a stressful endeavor. Chances are, you hate the idea of wasting all those resources just to ship a half-full box. (We only have one planet!) And if you’re gonna pay that $5.99 flat-rate shipping fee (keep reading for some tips on how to avoid that), you really want to make it worthwhile. That’s where we come in.

We pretended our box was a puzzle (because it kinda is!) and figured out the ultimate combination in order to get the box completely full — full of stuff we can all use and need.

It’s an Amazon Prime service that sends groceries and household products to, um, your pantry! Prime Pantry boxes vary in size and can hold up to 45 pounds. Your order gets packaged based on the dimensions and weight of the products you pick and there’s a tracker that tells you what percentage of the box is filled. Fill a box as much or as little as you want and pay $5.99 to have it shipped.

We started building our box by looking at the promotional items: If you buy five things from those lists, the $5.99 shipping box is waived automatically. We found things like aluminum foil, liquid dish soap, and granola bars, so it wasn’t hard to qualify almost instantly. (Another way to get free shipping on Prime Pantry is to chose the no-rush option on a previous Prime order. Often times, you can choose Prime Pantry credits that will cover the box fee.)

And now, on to what we filled our box with.

  1. King Arthur Flour 100% Organic Unbleached Whole Wheat Flour, $9 for 5 pounds: It always makes sense to put flour in your Prime Pantry box so that you don’t have to lug it home from the store.
  2. Wilton Rainbow Bright Standard Baking Cups, $6.01 for 300: You almost always forget to pick these up when you’re at the store, right? Get this big package now and you’ll be set for a while.
  3. Huy Fong Sriracha, $2.39 for 28 ounces: You can never have too much Sriracha.
  4. Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oatmeal, $2.82 for 18 ounces: Bake these oats into cookies or have a healthy breakfast.
  5. Scott Toilet Paper, $7.76 for 8 rolls: It’s not exactly kitchen-related, but if you’re filling a box, you may as well!
  6. Sanpellegrino Orange Sparkling Fruit Beverage, $5.06 for six, 11.15-ounce cans: Another thing you want but probably don’t want to have to carry home.
  7. Nutella Hazelnut Spread, $3.48 for 13 ounces: Nutella never needs a reason and we refuse to justify this purchase.
  8. KRAVE Beef Jerky, $3.98 for 2.7 ounces: Stash this in your purse or in your desk for a filling snack during your busiest days.
  9. 365 Everyday Value Organic Tomato Paste, $0.99 for 6 ounces: Keep one of these in your pantry at all times and you’ll always be prepared.
  10. Peeled Snacks Organic Dried Mango, $3.79 for 2.8 ounces: If you can’t get to Trader Joe’s, this is the next best option.
  11. Dang Toasted Coconut Chips, $1.58 for 1.43 ounces: Another healthy snack, these are a favorite among many of our staffers.
  12. Starbucks Pike Place Roast Whole Bean Coffee, $8.19 for 12 ounces: You know all the info about how making coffee at home will save you money. Get Starbucks beans and you’ll be paying way less for the same thing.
  13. 365 Everyday Value Organic Diced Tomatoes with Italian Herbs, $1.69 for 14.5 ounces: Use these for salsa, marinara, and more.
  14. Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna, $3.39 for 5 ounces: We can think of at least 10 ways to turn a can of tuna into a meal. And this brand is one of our favorites.
  15. Imagine Organic Free Range Chicken Broth, $2.69 for 16 ounces: Because you always need chicken broth, right? And this size container is always perfect and doesn’t force us to try to use up a half-empty container down the line.
  16. Westbrae Natural Vegetarian Organic Garbanzo Beans, $1.79 for 15 ounces: Toss these into a salad, bake them, or turn them into homemade hummus.
  17. Annie’s Shells & White Cheddar Mac and Cheese, $1.72 for six-ounce box: Even if you don’t have kids, this box is a life-saver on busy weeknights.
  18. KIND Oats and Honey with Toasted Coconut Granola Bars, $2.69 for five: Stock up on these for breakfast or snacks on the run.
  19. Almond Breeze Almondmilk, $2.20 for 32 ounces: Whether or not you’re avoiding lactose, almond milk is always good to have on hand for smoothies.
  20. 365 Everyday Value Sea Salt, $1.99 for 24.7 ounces: Another thing you always need and never remember to get at the store, this container should last you a while.
  21. 365 Everyday Value Organic Whole Grain Bulgur Wheat, $3.29 for 8.8 ounces: This bag can help you

    break your lunchtime sandwich rut

  22. Bob’s Red Mill Red Lentils, $4.76 for 27 ounces: The sweetest and nuttiest of the lentils, red lentils like these lend themselves well to soups and curries.
  23. Heinz White Vinegar, $3.32 for 64 ounces: Folks who clean with vinegar know you can never have enough on hand. If you don’t, add this bottle to your cart and then check out this post.
  24. Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies, $3.48 for 6.75 ounces: A staple in our office, we couldn’t get through a workday without these little cheese snacks.
  25. Seventh Generation Drawstring Kitchen Trash Bags, $3.99 for 20: Filling up just two percent of our box, these seemed like a necessity.
  26. LÄRABAR Fruits + Greens Strawberry Spinach Cashew, $4.99 for 4: If you haven’t tried these yet, they’re worth throwing into your box — they only take up three percent of the space!
  27. Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner, $3.69 for 16 ounces: What we love about this cleaner is that we can use it on our countertops, appliance handles, tiled backsplash, and more.
  28. Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid, $3.59 for 22 ounces: We’d buy this dish soap anyway, but it also helped us get free shipping.
  29. Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil, $8.27 for 200-foot roll: Another item we love that helped us get free shipping, we figure it can always sit in a pantry until we need to open it.

Ta-da! A 100% full, no space wasted, completely efficient use of an Amazon Prime Pantry Box. Go forth and stock your pantry!

Do you use Amazon Prime Pantry? How do you fill the box?