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HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON AMAZON
I love to shop at Amazon.com because it saves me both time and money. Many of you shop at Amazon as well but do you know there are many different ways you can save even more money at Amazon? There are so many ways to save if you know where to look.
I will even fill you in on a few ways to earn gift cards to shop at Amazon for free so keep reading!
THE TOP WAYS TO SAVE ON AMAZON.COM
1.) Check Out Amazon’s Today’s Deals Page
Amazon has a number of special offer pages. Many shoppers don’t even see the “Today’s Deals“ menu right at the top of the Amazon.com homepage!
When you click that link, you’ll be taken to today’s deals page where you can sort through the different deal types like Deal of the Day, Lightning Deals, Savings & Sales & Prime Early Access Deals (for Amazon Prime members which we will talk more in details about later).
Below is a screenshot of the menu you will see in the right sidebar, you can check which ones you want to view.
Today’s Deals & lightning deals go fast! There are limited numbers of discounted products available, so if you want one you’d better buy it quick! These deals can be a lot bigger than long-running deals, but harder to get since you’ll need to log in and keep an eye on the new deals every day.
To make sure you do not miss out you can also set up alerts by clicking the drop down to the left of the today’s deal page that says “Never miss another deal” and choose your preferred option to get notified.
Amazon Outlet: Did you know that there’s an Amazon Outlet section of Amazon.com? You can find it here. Most people don’t even know that it’s there! Outlet products are all new but sold at a discount. Shop outlet prices and markdowns on electronics, clothing, jewelry, and more all year.
Amazon Warehouse: Amazon Warehouse Deals is a part of Amazon.com that specializes in offering great deals on returned, warehouse-damaged, used, or refurbished products that are in good condition but do not meet Amazon.com rigorous standards as “new.” They also offer products in new and open-box condition. You can find these deals here.
2.) Don’t Pay More for Shipping Than You Have To!
One of the major drawbacks of using the internet for your shopping is the fact that you need to pay for shipping! Thankfully Amazon has a few ways around this. They are well worth looking into if you regularly shop there – the savings really add up.
Amazon Super Saver Shipping: This is the easiest way to save money on your shipping cost. All it requires is that you spend $35 or more on one order or eligible products.
Most products on Amazon are eligible, they are the products sold either directly by Amazon, or by third-party sellers who use the “fulfilled” by Amazon service. Amazon makes it pretty clear while you’re shopping which items are included – you’ll see the “FREE Shipping” logo on the product page next to the price.
When you pay for shipping, you’ll get a few choices. You can choose to pay more for quicker shipping times. When you get your shipping for free, this is the slowest shipping speed option. This just means you’ll need to factor in shipping time and do your shopping in advance if you want to get it for free.
Amazon Prime: For people who regularly shop on Amazon, Prime is the best option to get free shipping. It isn’t free, but the savings will make it very worthwhile especially if you take advantage of its other features which I talk about in the next section.
3.) Sign Up for Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime is a service that comes with some benefits for regular users of Amazon.com. It costs $99 per year, which might sound like a lot. However, it’s a bargain if you use it regularly.
Free Shipping: Amazon Prime will give you free two-day shipping on any item sold by Amazon or fulfilled by Amazon. That means a large majority of all the products on the site. Unlike the free Super Saver Delivery option, you are not held to the minimum of $35 worth of products. Since two-day shipping can cost $5-$10 every time, it probably won’t take long for you to make your $99 fee back.
Free Movies & TV Streaming: In addition to the shipping benefits, you’ll also get unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video. Watch thousands of movies and episodes on your TV, laptop, Fire TV, smartphone or choice of more than 600 devices. You can take them anywhere with your Kindle Fire. You can enhance your video streaming experience with premium, ad-free Add-on Subscriptions.
Free Kindle Books: You’ll also get one free Kindle book to borrow each month. You can read this on your computer, smartphone, or tablet and don’t need a Kindle to read it. These additional benefits often seal the deal for many people on the fence about Amazon Prime.
Free unlimited photo storage as well!
Get A One Month Free Trial! If you haven’t ever used Amazon Prime before then, you can sign up to get one month free! When you log in to Amazon, just look for the “Try Prime” link or go here to read more.
4.) Use the Subscribe and Save Feature
If you regularly order the same items from Amazon then you can use the “Subscribe & Save” program to get a discount on that item. You’ll have to commit to ordering the item at a set interval of your choice e.g. every two months. Look out for an option like the one above on products that are included.
Subscribe & Save is available for some products including cosmetics, toilet paper, toiletries, baby products, groceries, and so on. The types of things you’ll need on a regular basis.
If you’re afraid of committing yourself for a long period, don’t be. Once you sign up to Subscribe & Save it’s easy to cancel it and you won’t be charged again. This is a great way for savvy shoppers who only want the item once but also want the discount. Simply sign up to subscribe and save for one delivery and cancel it after if you wish. You can find out more on Subscribe and Save here.
5.) Clip Amazon.com Coupons
You know I love coupons and yes, you can even clip coupons for Amazon.com! Except this time they’re digital coupons. Amazon.com has its own page where you can view all of the active coupon codes.
The coupon page breaks all the current coupons up into categories so it won’t take more than a minute to check if an item you want is included.
You can also see coupons sometimes next to the price of the product as shown below. You will just need to click the green “Clip Coupon” button.
6.) Get Cashback on Your Purchases
This is really one of my favorite ways to save money and stack savings when shopping online even outside of Amazon. Go through a cash back site like Rakuten and TopCashback to get cash back on your purchases at Amazon and many other retailers.
These sites give different amounts of cashback depending on the merchant, category and day so be sure to sign up for both to get the best deal. Plus as an added bonus you will get a free gift card for joining Rakuten and TopCashback usually gives bonuses as well.
7.) Use Capital One Shopping
Capital One Shopping is completely free for everyone (Capital One customer or not)!
The free Capital One Shopping browser add-on instantly searches for the best prices on Amazon and lets you know if you’re getting the best price.
It also allows you to add items to a “Watchlist” so it can notify you when it finds a lower price.
It also works with thousands of other websites as well in which you can earn rewards just for shopping. Go ahead and grab it here.
8.) Shop with Free Amazon Gift Cards (Bonus Tip)
Earn Free Amazon Gift Cards by joining some of my favorite rewards programs like Swagbucks & Fetch Rewards. You can check out my blog post on earning free Amazon gift cards here. All are free to join and give you bonuses towards your first gift card just for signing up.
Have any tips you would like to share for saving money on Amazon? Any questions? Ask in the comments below.