While I tend to shop on Amazon because of the convenience factor, that doesn’t mean I don’t care about getting a good deal! Due to my slightly obsessive nature, I’m still as hungry for a good deal as I ever was. (That’s why I started an email newsletter with the sole purpose of sharing great deals from Amazon! Check out #7 on this list for all the details on that!)
But snagging a great deal isn’t the only way you can save money on Amazon! Today I’ll be sharing 11 different ways to spend less and save more on your Amazon purchases. Get the most bang for your buck by using these nifty tips and tricks!
11 Smart Ways To Save Money On Amazon
1. Take Advantage Of Free Services
For those with Amazon Prime memberships, make sure you’re taking advantage of all the free services that are included with your membership! Stream TV and movies with Prime Video, stream music with Prime Music, get exclusive video game promotions and discounts with Twitch Prime, or borrow books and magazines on your Kindle with Prime Reading. You get all of this with your membership for no additional cost!
2. No-Rush Shipping
During the checkout process, Amazon offers a few different shipping options for you to choose from. Sometimes you’ll be offered the option of “No-Rush Shipping,” which takes about a week longer than other shipping options. But the upside of choosing this option is that you’ll earn a $1 reward towards select digital items like videos, eBooks, music, and apps. So if the item you’re buying isn’t necessarily time-sensitive, choosing No-Rush Shipping can help you save money on your favorite digital products later.
3. Use Coupons
Another way to save some money on Amazon is to look for items with coupon offers. When you find an item you want that has a coupon offer, all you have to do is select “Clip Coupon” to apply the discount! Follow this link to see the most popular coupons available on Amazon right now.
4. Ask Alexa About Deals
If you have an Alexa-enabled Echo device, make sure to ask Alexa about deals! Just say, “Alexa, what are your deals?” She’ll let you know about the best deals on Amazon, and if you’re interested in a product, she’ll make sure any available discounts or coupons are applied automatically. It’s a hands-free way to score a great deal on all kinds of items!
5. Subscribe & Save
If you find yourself frequently placing orders for the same item (like trash bags, cosmetics, or other paper towels), you can save money with the Subscribe & Save program. Ordering items on a subscription basis with Subscribe & Save makes the item up to 15% cheaper, and you also get to choose how often you want to receive the item. You can get the full scoop about the benefits of Subscribe & Save by reading the post at the link below! You can even apply some coupons on top of your Subscribe and Save discount saving up to 45%! Click here to see coupons that can be applied on Subscribe and Save products.
6. Use Prime Pantry
Just this year, Amazon made some changes to their Prime Pantry program. They now offer a Prime Pantry membership for an additional $4.99 per month on top of your Prime membership fee. With the new Prime Pantry membership, any Prime Pantry order over $40 will ship for free. You can get so many different household products from Prime Pantry, including cleaning products, food items, and more. Shipping for Prime Pantry orders without a membership costs $7.99, so as long as you’re spending over $40 on each order, the membership will quickly pay for itself!
7. My “Sweet Deals” Newsletter
I recently started tracking my favorite deals across Amazon, so I figured I would share those deals with my readers too! That’s why I started my “Sweet Deals” email newsletter. I’m pretty picky about what I include in these emails, because I’ll only share deals that I’m confident you’ll love! (Follow this link to see some of the deals I’ve shared so far.) Because of my picky nature, I’ll only send you an email when I’ve found a really great deal, which means you can expect to receive this email about once or twice a week. If you’d like to sign up to receive my “Sweet Deals” email newsletter, you can subscribe here!
8. Get Cash Back With eBates
Use eBates to earn cash back whenever you shop on Amazon! eBates is a great tool for earning cash back on almost all of your online purchases. I wrote a whole post about how it works and how to get started, which you can read at the link below! (And if you do decide to give eBates a try, you can sign up through this link to get $10 after your first purchase through eBates!)
9. Consider A Credit Card
If you’re an avid Amazon shopper (like me!), you can earn a lot of cash back with the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card from Chase. (Plus you’ll get a $70 Amazon gift card if you’re approved!) I got the credit card a couple of months ago and have already earned $177 in rewards! Cash back bonuses include:
- 5% cash back on every Amazon purchase
- 2% cash back at restaurants, gas stations, and drugstores
- 1% cash back on everything else
10. Pay Less For Prime
Back in June, Amazon began offering discounted Prime memberships ($5.99 mo vs the regular $12.99 mo) to low-income individuals who receive government assistance. College students can also get a deal on a Prime Student membership, including a six-month free trial and a 50% membership discounts for the following three and a half years!
11. Time Your Purchase Right
Amazon’s prices can change at any moment, and list prices are often inflated. So how do you know if you’re actually getting a good deal? Check out CamelCamelCamel! This tool tracks the price history of items on Amazon, so you can see how the price has changed over time. You can also sign up to receive an alert if the price drops below a certain threshold. It’s an easy way to ensure that the deal you’re looking at is a good one! Some other good tools for tracking prices on Amazon are Honey, and of course, signing up for my “Sweet Deals” newsletter as I mentioned earlier!
Another thing worth considering is you can find significant discounts on Amazon products like Kindle and Echo during big sales events (Prime Day, Black Friday, etc.) You can save 20% or more by waiting to purchase Amazon devices until a sales event comes around!
If you are interested in some of my favorite items that I have purchased on Amazon, checkout my shopping page: Amazon.com/shop/byjillee.