11 Super Ways to Save When Shopping on Amazon
Are you a frequent Amazon shopper? Do you love to find options to save money before making your purchases?
There are plenty of ways to save some bucks when shopping on Amazon that you may or may not know about. So, before making your next purchase, check out these options to see if you can save a little more.
1. Try Out Amazon Prime for Free
While the price of an Amazon Prime membership sits at $139 per year, you can still sign up for a free 30-day trial. If you do not want to keep it, you can cancel at any time. Keep in mind that if you really are a frequent Amazon shopper, the savings in shipping costs can easily be worth the membership fee, especially considering the two-day shipping promise on select items.
In addition, Amazon Prime is more than just saving on shipping and getting it quick. You will have access to Prime Video benefits—which allows you to stream movies and television shows from thousands of options. Prime Music lets you listen to millions of songs and create custom playlists. Amazon Photos provides you with unlimited photo storage.
So, with access to movies, television shows, music, books, and storage space for your photos, once you tack on the free two-day shipping, Amazon Prime can be a real money-saver.
2. Sign Up For ‘Subscribe & Save’
This Amazon program can not only save you money, but time as well. Selecting products that have the Subscribe & Save option can help you save on purchases significantly, and these products will be shipped for free. As a bonus, you can have these items delivered to you on a regular basis.
Just choose the frequency, which can be changed if needed, and check your inbox for email reminders before your order is sent.
Subscribe & Save is a terrific option for purchases—from household items like laundry detergent and toilet paper to office supplies like batteries and ink to baby products. Plus, many everyday items have deeper discounts when you check out the Subscribe & Save coupon section.
3. Look at Amazon First Reads
If you belong to Amazon Prime, you may already enjoy the benefit of the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library for borrowing books. But, there is another free perk for Kindle owners called Amazon First Reads.
Each month, you can choose one free book from four options. And, the best thing is that these are new releases and are available to you in advance of their release date. If you are not a Prime member, you can still buy a featured book at the price of $1.99 which is still a good deal.
The books are from various genres from thriller to romance to contemporary fiction. So, not only are you getting a book for free each month, but you can start reading it ahead of everyone else. You can also sign up to receive a monthly email with your choices, so you never forget to grab one.
4. Get Prime Day Deals
The annual Prime Day sale event is a great time to stock up on household essentials and Amazon devices or other items. However, you’ll need to be subscribed to a Prime membership.
Prime Day deals are only available for two days and usually include some of their most popular products such as Fire TVs, Echo, and Kindle devices at massively discounted prices.
5. Browse Bargain Spots
Be sure to always check out the different Amazon bargain areas for great deals. Head over to the Outlet for clearance items, overstocks, and product markdowns. You can browse the Warehouse Deals for discounts on used products.
View daily price cuts in the Today’s Deals section, which include Lightning Deals available for a short time and a Watch this Deal feature for alerts when the deal starts.
6. Join Amazon Student
For college students, Amazon Student is a terrific money-saving program. You can sign up for a free six-month trial that gives you the two-day shipping for free, unlimited photo storage, and exclusive student-related discounts and deals.
After your trial expires, you are eligible to receive Amazon Prime at half the cost, and you still get all of the Prime member benefits we listed above.
7. Become Part of Amazon Family
Previously named Amazon Mom, Amazon Family gives Prime Members exclusive, family-related discounts and deals, special coupons, and recommendations based on age for your children.
Members also receive 20 percent off of diaper subscriptions and a 15 percent discount for a Baby Registry completion.
8. Use A Price Tracker
If you’re a frequent shopper on Amazon, you might have noticed that prices change all the time. The solution? Use a price tracker like ShopSavvy. Simply download the smartphone app or install the browser extension (Chrome, Safari, or Edge)—and you’re good to go!
Price trackers help you keep track of price drops and allow you to get the best deals by comparing prices across thousands of other retailers.
9. Save With Amazon Gift Cards, Cashback, and Coupon Offers
Try signing up for a free online rewards program like Swagbucks or SurveyJunkie. You can receive Amazon gift cards when you complete certain tasks such as watching videos or taking surveys. As a cost-saving measure, you can apply for an Amazon Store Card that’ll get you up to 5 percent back on your eligible purchases.
Further, Amazon coupons can also get you additional discounts on your purchases. You’ll find things like 20 percent off on certain products, or $10 off an order over $40, or other deals that can save you some money. You can use the store’s search bar to bring up the section.
10. Sign Up for Amazon’s Trade-In Program
Looking for an easy way to clear up clutter in your home and save on purchases at the same time? You can take advantage of Amazon’s Trade-In program.
The program allows you to exchange your used electronic devices (cellphones, video games, and more) and receive Amazon gift cards in return. You can use these gift cards for your purchases or even be eligible for promotional credits that come with newly launched devices.
11. Product Rentals, Guarantees, and Freebies
Textbook Rentals: Whether you are a parent of a college student or are one yourself, you know how expensive books for school can be. Before shelling out the money in the school’s bookstore, search for your books on Amazon and see if they are available to rent. This can be an enormous money-saver.
AutoRip Music: If you order CDs or MP3s of your favorite musicians from Amazon, you can actually save when you check for the AutoRip option. This allows you to purchase the physical CD and receive a free digital version of the album. Just look for the option in your search results or on the product page under the Add to Cart button.
How Do You Save Money on Amazon?
Amazon is a great place to buy pretty much anything you need. We hope this guide will help you make significant savings the next time you shop on the Amazon store. In the meantime, it’s worth exploring some of Amazon’s other benefits.