How to Save Money on Amazon Shopping
Become an Amazon Prime member
If you're not already a Prime member, you've probably at least heard about all the great perks of being an Amazon Prime member. There are over 200 million prime members worldwide. When you sign up for Amazon Prime, you're essentially paying upfront for benefits that save you money in the long run. For example, there are special discounts on eligible items, free and fast shipping, free grocery delivery with Amazon Fresh, etc.
Prime membership is essential if you think you'll place at least 15 orders a year. That's at least one order per month.
Earn Amazon credit by choosing slower shipping times
Prime members receive a reward when they choose free, no-rush shipping instead of the standard two-day delivery. In addition, a special discount is automatically applied to your order when you select a slower shipping speed. You can use this credit for a future order once your current order is shipped.
Take advantage of free shipping by bundling products
When you order at least $25 of eligible items, you will receive free shipping within four to eight business days. All eligible items marked Free Shipping on the product detail page and are fulfilled and shipped by Amazon qualify for this promotion.
You might be required to get creative in grouping purchases you usually would not and put in a little more effort to plan your purchases.
Extra savings with Amazon coupons
Indeed, Amazon coupons are available! By clicking Clip Coupon you will get the savings applied automatically. Also available on Amazon are clippable coupons that can save money on groceries and household items.
Set a price alert to obtain the best price
Camelcamelcamel.com tracks the price changes on Amazon over time. As an alternative to manually tracking prices, you can set target prices for products. Then, if the price falls, you will receive an email alert so that you can take advantage of the opportunity.
Keep track of prices with your shopping cart
If you consider purchasing some more expensive items but do not need them right away, you might consider placing them in your cart and then choosing the Save for later option. If the price decreases (or increases), you will be notified by email from Amazon.
Schedule your household staples to be delivered automatically
Exactly as you'd expect: You select various items you regularly buy (such as laundry detergent, coffee pods, baby care products, and more), set your quantity and schedule, and then receive up to 15% off and free shipping automatically.
Make the most of daily deals
Be sure to examine the top of your Amazon.com page carefully. Look for a tab that says Today's Deals and click on it to start saving money. On the Deals of the Day section, you will find discounted items for a certain period, as well as Lightning Deals, which are discounted items for a limited time or until the stock runs out. Additionally, you can ask Alexa about the latest deals using an Echo device by asking, Alexa, what are my current deals?
You can take advantage of the Watch a Deal alert on the Amazon App to ensure you do not miss a deal.
You can save money on digital items
A variety of digital items (apps and games) are available in the Digital Deals category. In addition, if you are a Prime member, you will have access to thousands of songs, movies, TV shows, original audio programs, and Kindle books.
Buy overstocked items at a substantial discount
You will need to look around a bit before finding Amazon Outlet, but you are in for a discount once you do. Amazon's Outlet is a dedicated section where you will find clearance and overstock products at deep discounts. In addition, there are different product categories available, such as clothing, beauty products, home furnishings, and products priced under $10.
Trade-in items you no longer need
Have an unwanted book you purchased in April? Amazon's Trade-In program allows you to exchange eligible items (like books, electronics, video games, DVDs, etc.) for an Amazon.com gift card. Prepaid shipping labels are also included for free.
Find used products at a reduced price
The Amazon Warehouse is where Amazon returns, damaged warehouse products, used products, and refurbished products are discounted. Many times the issue is simply a missing or torn box. For example, a friend of mine got a Keurig K-Duo essentials single-serve coffee Maker at a 25% discount which only had a damaged package, but the device was in perfect condition.
Get refurbished products for a lower price
Refurbished and open-box products are available through Amazon Renewed. Through Amazon Renewed, customers can find products from top brands that look and work like new but are more affordable. Among the items available on Amazon Renewed, all have been carefully inspected by suppliers and come with a 90-day warranty.
Amazon Family has excellent deals on kid and baby products
Among the many benefits of being a Prime member is access to the Amazon Family program, which provides great discounts on baby registry items and essentials such as diapers and wipes. For example, once you have experienced the value of 20 percent off your diaper order, you may never shop at a big-box store again.
Set up a student account on Amazon.ca
For college students, Amazon Student offers a free six-month trial that offers free two-day shipping and unlimited photo storage, among other benefits. Upon expiration of your free trial, you will receive a 50% discount on an Amazon Prime membership.
Be aware of sales taxes
Although you may avoid sales taxes when shopping at other sites, Amazon clarifies that products sold on its site that are shipped to certain states - such as California, Florida, New York, etc. - are subject to taxes. If you purchase gift cards, you will not be charged sales taxes.
Get a price-matching refund on a television
If you purchase a television from Amazon but notice within 30 days that another online retailer is offering it at a lower price, please contact Amazon. Amazon has a price-matching policy for TVs and promises to refund you on an Amazon gift card. And if Amazon lowers its price within 30 days, you'll get refunded the difference.
Get Amazon credit by converting loose change
Instead of accumulating loose change in your purse, consider bringing it to a Coinstar kiosk. You will receive an Amazon gift card in exchange for your loose change - or cash if the kiosk accepts bills - after submitting your loose change.
Consider adding inexpensive add-on items
Amazon offers a large assortment of add-ons such as toilet paper, vitamins, and other personal care items. There is only one problem: you need to spend a total of $25 to qualify for these offers.
Consider returning the item for a refund
Some Amazon products are eligible for free returns. You can determine whether or not they are qualified by looking at the product's page. If you are not satisfied with your Amazon order, please make sure that the product is in new or unused condition and request a full refund. It should be noted that Amazon does not refund original shipping fees.
Take advantage of your AARP membership
Members of AARP can receive discounts on Kindle books. You can get 50% off select Kindle e-books and 10% off Kindle e-Readers and the Kindle Fire at the AARP Member Advantages site. In addition, you may want to check out the AARP website for other deals periodically.
Price comparison browser plugin
Install a price-checking plugin, such as PriceBlink.com to ensure you are getting a good deal on an item. This service provides an instant comparison of prices at various retailers so you can determine the best possible deal.
Use Honey to save money
There is a popular tool called Honey, which will automatically discover and apply coupon codes for thousands of online stores. However, it now offers another feature that could help Amazon shoppers save money.
Once installed, it will display a badge next to the price, indicating whether you are receiving the best price. Known as Cart Protection, the idea is to catch you before adding to your shopping cart and presenting a better alternative.
Honey is compatible with all major browsers (except Edge and Internet Explorer) and is available for free. Although it may only save you a few dollars here and there, it does so quickly and easily.
Amazon.ca Rewards Mastercard
Get up to $150 in rewards with 5% back at Amazon.ca, Whole Foods Market stores, grocery stores, and restaurants for 6 months after approval, on first $3,000 in eligible purchases. It has no annual fee. 1% cashback on every eligible purchases.