Virtually everything you want is on Amazon. From clothes, to electronics, to groceries, and pretty much everything in between – Amazon has you covered.
This makes it easy – now more so than ever – to buy things. However, you and I both know that shopping, especially with this much convenience, can quickly become expensive and it’s taking a toll on bank accounts all over the globe.
Not to worry, friends! I know a few ways to help you save money on Amazon – and I’m more than happy to share my secrets!
With these tips and tricks, you can still go on shopping and, hopefully, save at least a bit more money.
How to save money on Amazon Prime
If you want to save money on Amazon, Prime has to be at the top of the list particularly if you’re a regular customer.
Don’t worry, we’ll get to non-Prime solutions later but, did you know that Prime may have other features and variations hiding just under your nose?
Yeah, so here are a few secrets you probably didn’t know about:
Get Amazon Prime… then cancel it!
Amazon Prime has a free 30-day trial that you can (and should!) take advantage of. This gets you their exclusive shipping deals – along with the rest of Prime’s features – without any of the cost.
The catch, of course, is that you have to cancel your subscription before the trial ends lest you pay the $12.99 monthly fee.
Which brings us to the next tip…
Don’t pay for the annual plan. Get the monthly deal instead.
Here’s the math:
- Prime Annual = $119 per year (or $9.92/month)
- Prime Monthly = $12.99 per month (or $155.88/year)
Judging by those numbers, you would think that getting Prime Annual saves you more money in the long run and, sure, you wouldn’t be wrong to think that.
But, ask yourself this:
“Will I really be shopping online every month?”
If you do, fine, get the annual plan. But if you don’t, monthly is the way to go.
I personally think this scheme would be perfect for special occasions that happen near each other.
Got 2 June weddings in the calendar? Amazon Prime Monthly. Mother’s day gift for your mom and sister? Amazon Prime Monthly. The holidays in December? Oh, you know what it is.
This way, you get free and fast shipping on all your orders without having to pay $119. Plus, you get access to exclusive deals!
Like the free-trial scheme, however, do make sure to cancel your subscription before you get charged for the next month’s plan.
Get Prime Student
It’s a hard life being a college student. I know because I’ve been there.
The constant juggling of school requirements like funds for books and reports, and basic human needs like food and shelter – all these add stress to an already stressful student life.
Amazon wants to help and their way of doing it is through Prime Student.
So long as you can provide documents (or your .edu email address from your school) to prove that you’re a student, you can get yourself a 6-month (yes, 6 months) free trial.
When your trial period runs out, it’s your choice to continue with either of these:
- Prime Student monthly = $6.49/month
- Prime Student annual = $59/year
Clearly, both plans are cheaper than the regular Prime deals so, if I were you, I’d make the most of it because you’re only going to qualify for Prime Student for a maximum of 4 years or until you graduate, whichever comes first.
That being said, Prime Student is going to get you all of Prime’s central features. The most important of which, in my opinion, is free shipping. Man, had I known about this years ago, I would’ve saved hundreds of dollars on expensive college textbooks.
Speaking of saving on college textbooks, check out bookscouter for cheap textbooks.
Subscribe to Amazon Family
If college was hard, raising a family has to be at least 10 times harder. And, again, Amazon Prime is here to help with yet another one of their subsets, Amazon Family.
From pregnancy to your child’s tween years, Amazon Family is going to help you afford things you and your child would use everyday. For example, you can get up to 20% off on baby food, diapers, vitamins, laundry detergent, and several other products.
You can also share your Prime benefits to people in your family so you only pay for one account that everyone can use.
Oh, and if you already have a prime account, subscribing to Amazon Family is completely free. What a deal, right?
Use Prime Wardrobe
Another feature you can use to save with your Prime account is this: Prime Wardrobe.
You know how you shop at clothes shops and boutiques and you try on stuff first before actually heading to the cashier? Yeah, that’s pretty much what this is.
So, using this feature, you get to choose from a wide category of clothes, shoes, and jewelry, get the items shipped to you (8 items maximum), return what you don’t like for free, and only pay for what you keep.
Apply for an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card
Basically, it’s Amazon’s credit card (powered by Chase). Only eligible members are allowed to have this card but if you do qualify, it’s a great way to save money on Amazon and everywhere else.
Among its benefits include:
- No annual fees
- $70 Amazon gift card upon approval
- 5% cash back when you shop at Amazon and Whole Foods
- 2% cash back at restaurants, gas stations, and pharmacies
- 1% cash back on everything else
On that note, let me just remind you that this is STILL a credit card no matter how juicy the deals are. This means that if you don’t use it responsibly, you’ll end up with HUGE debt through compounded interest.
So, if you do get this card (or any other credit card for that matter), only buy things you’re capable of paying for in FULL every month.
Are there other ways to save on Amazon without using Prime?
I mean, sure, Amazon Prime has all these features but what if you’re just not willing to pay for it?
I get it and don’t worry. I got you covered with these tips:
Use the “save for later” button
This button can be found under the items on your cart.
It’s a great way to save money because:
- It helps you track the prices of items. If they go down, you’d be thankful you didn’t buy it right away.
- It gives you time to decide whether or not you actually want it because, let’s face it, a lot of the things you buy off of Amazon are off of impulse. If you realize later that you didn’t want it, you saved yourself some money by not buying it in the first place.
I personally found this useful when I thought of buying a new handlebar and a new headlight for my motorcycle. A couple of months later, the handlebar went on sale so I bought it. The headlight, on the other hand, I saw it on my friend’s ride and I didn’t like how it looked so thank God I didn’t waste my money on that.
Monitor “Today’s Deals”
The “Today’s Deals” tab can be found at the top of your screen and right below the search bar. It’s also where Amazon posts… well, daily deals.
Since I started regularly doing this, I saw items go on sale for as much as 50% off.
Of course, you probably won’t see everything you’re looking for here but if you do, then you got yourself a damn good deal.
Use Amazon Trade-In
This feature lets you trade your used electronics and books for Amazon gift cards.
Of course, they won’t accept everything but if they’re willing to trade you or whatever you have, count yourself lucky.
On that note, you can use the gift cards you earn from Amazon Trade-In to help you pay for your next purchase which, in my opinion, is pretty much like getting a discount.
Buy from Amazon Warehouse
Have you ever wondered where items that were returned go to? Well, this is where.
These returned items will undergo inspection to see why they were returned. If it was damaged, Amazon fixes it. If it wasn’t, it doesn’t matter. It’ll get a 20-point inspection either way just to be sure.
After this, it’ll get sold again on the website under Amazon Warehouse. Of course, it’ll be sold at a cheaper price so, watch out for those deals.
How to save money on Amazon (without using any of its features)
If neither of the above solutions help you, then you can always take a 3rd route which is using other websites and ways to save money from your Amazon purchases.
Here are a few things I do:
Use refund websites
I mainly use two websites:
These two sites work in pretty much the same way. Basically, they track your online purchases through the receipts you receive on your email.
When they detect that you’ve bought something, both sites scour the internet to compare prices from other websites. If they found another website with a better deal, they get the difference for you.
When it comes to online purchases from other retailers (not Amazon), the main difference between these two websites is that Paribus gives you 100% of your money back whereas Earny only gives you 75% because they keep the 25% as payment for their services.
You’d think Paribus is the better website from this – and you’d be right – but when it comes to Amazon specifically, I think Earny is better.
You see, Amazon doesn’t have a “price protection policy” anymore which essentially means both websites can’t collect refunds for price differences. However, Earny found a way to still get it through a thing called “credit card price protection policy”.
So, basically, this policy means that if you use Citibank or Mastercard credit cards to pay for your Amazon purchases, Earny can still get you your refunds.
On the other hand, Paribus can still track your Amazon deliveries and in case your packages arrive late, the site can get your shipping fee reimbursed.
Use deal trackers
In this case, I only trust one website: CamelCamelCamel
The website’s name may make it sound sketchy (or is that just me?) but trust me, it’s legit.
Nevertheless, the prices of products sold on Amazon change regularly and CamelCamelCamel tracks these.
You can see the price records of these products using the website so, if you find a lower price and you’re willing to wait, go ahead and sign up for the website and wait for an email that lets you know when the price drops.
Use rebates websites
Rebates websites have deals, coupons, and cash back opportunities for thousands of online and physical stores. And, since Amazon is one of the world’s retail giants, a good majority of these websites have partnerships with Amazon.
Here are a few of the best ones:
- Mr. Rebates: Up to 8% cash back
- Rakuten (Ebates): Up to 5% cash back
- Swagbucks: Up to 8% cash back
- BeFrugal: Up to 10% cash back
The sites above are just a short list of what I think are the best cashback sites you need for shopping but there are plenty of other sites out there you can use.
Use gift cards
With Amazon gift cards, you have two money-saving options:
- Get them for free
- Buy them at a discount rate
There are a lot of ways on how to get free Amazon gift cards but, honestly, you likely won’t be getting them on the same day. Nonetheless, here are a couple of easy examples:
- Answering paid online surveys
- Using cash back websites
If you’re in a bit of a hurry, you could always buy discount gift cards. Needless to say, they’re gift cards with prices that are lower than their actual value. Here’s where you can get them:
And, that’s it!
I hope I helped you save at least a little bit of your money. If this was helpful, do me a favor and tell your friends about us, okay? Thanks!