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When it comes to online shopping, Amazon is the go-to website for a lot of people, even me. With Amazon Prime, almost everything gets delivered to your doorstep in two days. Plus, there are exclusive prime only deals with extra discounts. Now, whether you are a prime member or not, there are a lot of ways to save money on Amazon.
So even if you don’t shop online often, there are some secrets to saving money on Amazon you can take advantage of. Here are some hacks which will help you save money on Amazon:
1. Use A Cashback Site
If you are not using Cashback sites for your online shopping, you are missing out on some serious free cash. In fact, cashback sites help you save money on every online purchase not only Amazon.
I love Ebates of all cashback sites as it gives cashback on offline purchases as well, you get up to 5% cashback everytime you shop on Amazon using Ebates. On top of that Ebates gives $10 on first $25 you spend shopping online, that’s whopping 40% cashback. You can essentially get money off every order using Ebates.
2. Amazon Cash Promotion
Amazon is promoting it’s Amazon Cash program – you get $7.11 extra credit when you add $30 or more at 7- Eleven or $15 extra credit when you add $60 or more to your Amazon balance at any other store. To avail the offer, you need to get your barcode and add cash to your account at any partner store (7-Eleven, CVS, GameStop, etc). Don’t miss out this offer if you are visiting any partner store.
3. Amazon Prime
Well, no words for that. Amazon Prime is the best. You get free two-day shipping, special discounts, tons of streaming content (prime video & prime music), unlimited photo storage. Oh, and you also get to read as much as you like from over a thousand top Kindle ebooks. There are three variants of Prime.
2. Amazon family
3. Prime Student
They all are pretty much same except that Prime Student is a 6-month trial while other two are a 30-day trial. Amazon Family also gets 20% off diapers and 15% off a baby registry.
Quick Note: If you happen to signup for prime and lost track of trial period and no longer want to continue but they billed you. Worry not, just go to manage your prime membership and click end membership, if you have not used their prime service after billing they will refund you. Though it’s hard to get a refund after you have used their services, you can give it a shot by going through the contact page and request a refund.
4. Discount on Prime for EBT and Medicaid holders
If you have EBT and Medicaid card, you can get amazon prime for just $5.99 per month rather than $119 a year ($10/ month). You get all the benefits of prime at almost half the price.
5. Get compensated for delayed Shipping
If your order gets delayed and does not arrive on scheduled time, make sure you notify Amazon. If you are a prime member and ordered on prime two-day shipping and order is delayed, complaining about same to Amazon may result in a credit to your account or membership extension. It doesn’t matter what caused the delay, they guarantee a two-day delivery so they will definitely own upto it. Just hit their contact page to reach them.
6. Check out before you buy
You might have noticed that many items on Amazon are available in a variety of colors and a for some items prices vary as per color. If the color of an item does not matter, you can sometimes save up to 20% by choosing a least popular color.
7. Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card
Going for Amazon Rewards card not only gets you 5%(prime members) on every purchase but also $50 on sign up with no annual fees. In addition, you also get 1%-3% rewards at other places where you use the card.
8. Get Price Drop Alert
Prices of products on Amazon keeps adjusting from time to time. Keepa is a tool you can use to keep track of prices and know if it’s the best time to buy or not. It is available for all the items on Amazon. It even has a deals section which shows all the products which are at their lowest prices currently.
Sometimes you don’t want to buy something unless the price falls to a certain level. But you also don’t want to keep looking it up daily to check if the price has dropped.
CamelCamelCamel.com can come in handy in this situation. Simply set an alert there, and it will notify you if the price falls.
9. Amazon Coupons & Subscribe and Save
While shopping for groceries on Amazon, often you will see clickable coupons on the product page. Make sure not to miss these coupons as you will get a discount in the cart during check out. The discount usually ranges from $.25 to $5. Visit Amazon.com/coupons to browse all coupons.
Subscribe and Save is another way to save money on Amazon. All you have to do is commit to buying a product at regular intervals, and Amazon gives 5% discount and free shipping. You may also get a bonus additional discount on your first order, and if you have 5 or more different items on your subscription, the discount goes up to 15% each time.
10. No Rush Shipping
Amazon offers a reward to prime members when they select no rush shipping instead of 2-day shipping which takes 3 days more. So, if you can wait for 4-5 days for the item, it’s good to select No-Rush Shipping.
For every order where you select No-Rush Shipping, you’ll receive an immediate discount or a promotional reward.
- An immediate discount is automatically applied to your order at checkout.
- A promotional reward is automatically applied to your Amazon.com account once the package ships.
11. Convert last dollars from Prepaid Cards to Amazon balance
Ever felt bad while getting rid of a prepaid card with like a dollar or two left. No more, convert those last remaining dollars into Amazon eGift Cards and use it in your purchases. Send them to yourself and copy-paste the code in your account. Now, you can trash the card without feeling bad.
Ever used any of the above hacks? What hacks do you use to save money on Amazon? Let us know in the Comments below!