Amazon became the world’s largest retailer by establishing a reputation for low prices, fast shipping, and friendly customer service. Today, it’s shocking that Amazon accounts for 49% of all e-commerce sales in the United States.
You can buy just about anything imaginable on Amazon, and it’s extremely convenient. And fortunately, there are also plenty of ways to save money while you’re shopping at Amazon. This article covers 21 different ways that you can save money with Amazon.
To get the most out of Amazon you should have a Prime membership. If you’re a frequent Amazon shopper there is a good chance you’re already a Prime member. If not, you may want to consider getting a Prime membership to get access to the best deals and savings.
Ways to Get Discounted Prime Membership:
1. Shop for Deep Discounts on Amazon-Based Deal Sites
One of the best ways to score some great deals and discounts is to use one of several websites, like Snagshout, that exist specifically for Amazon deals.
These sites started popping up a few years ago, and originally most of them were set up to help Amazon sellers get reviews for their products on the Amazon platform. Sellers would offer very deep discounts to customers who would agree to leave a product review on Amazon in exchange for the free or discounted product.
A couple of years ago Amazon changed their policies and they no longer allow incentivized reviews, but many of these sites are still around. The difference is, you’re no longer required to leave a review, but you are encouraged to leave a review. These sites help companies who are selling on Amazon to start to get some exposure for their products.
The deals you’ll find at these sites can vary from one day to the next. Some of the discounts are pretty significant, and others are small. You can find products of just about any kind, but in general you will not find the biggest name brands.
In order to get the most out of these sites you’ll need to be a Prime member so you can get free shipping. There are a lot of these types of deal sites, but here are some of the best ones:
2. Get Alerts When Prices Drop
The prices of products on Amazon change all the time. Amazon changes their prices, plus many of the products on the site are actually sold by other companies, and they can change prices at any time.
My wife and I used to sell on Amazon, and as a former seller I can tell you that third-party sellers experiment with prices all the time. The price you are seeing today may not be the best price.
Camel Camel Camel is a website that tracks a lot of details of products being sold on Amazon, including price. You can sign up to be notified via Twitter when the price of a certain product drops. Setting up these notifications is a great way to make sure that you don’t miss out on great deals.
3. Use Paribus to Get Gift Cards and Free Months of Prime
Paribus is a free app that will find refunds that are owed to you. But for Prime members the most useful feature of Paribus is the Amazon shipment tracking. Paribus will track your shipments to make sure that they arrive on time. If a shipment is late, Paribus will help you to get a gift card from Amazon or a free month of Prime.
It’s not that unusual for a shipment to be late, so this is a great (and free) way to save some money on your Prime membership.
4. Select No-Rush Shipping
If you’re a Prime member, take a look at the shipping details when you’re checking out. With most orders you’ll qualify for free 2-day shipping, but in many cases you’ll have the option to choose no-rush shipping in exchange for a $1 credit towards select digital products like music, ebooks, videos, and apps.
I buy digital music from Amazon, so I often opt for the no-rush shipping so I can essentially get a free song. Choosing the no-rush shipping typically adds about a week to the expected delivery date, but in many cases it will arrive much sooner than that.
Pro Tip: You can rack up the $1 credits faster by splitting your order into multiple orders. For example, instead of buying 3 items in one order, place 3 separate orders and select the no-rush shipping each time to get $3 in credits instead of $1. Of course, the products you’re buying will need to be eligible for free shipping.
Note: In the past Amazon offered credit towards a Prime Pantry purchase, so this offer could change in the future.
5. Get a Prime Credit Card
The Amazon Prime credit card is a nice cash-back card to have if you’re a Prime member. As a Prime member you’ll be eligible for 5% cash back on all of your Amazon.com purchases. Depending on your spending habits and how much you buy at Amazon, you may be able to essentially get your Prime membership for free through this cash back.
I have a Prime credit card that is set as the default payment for all of my Amazon purchases, and that is all I use the card for. You can also earn 2% cash back on purchases at restaurants, gas stations, and drug stores, or 1% cash back on all other purchases.
6. Let Honey Find Coupon Codes for You
Honey is a free browser extension that will automatically find and apply coupon codes when you’re shopping online. It works at a number of different websites, including Amazon.
All you need to do is take a minute to download the browser extension and it will work in the background. When you’re checking out it will let you know if there is a coupon code available. I love Honey because it’s easy and takes no extra effort on your part to save money.
7. Use Rakuten for Extra Cash Back ($10 signup bonus)
Rakuten is a great cash back website/app that you should be using. With Rakuten you can get cash back at thousands of different websites, including Amazon.com. Rakuten is free, you just need to create an account.