Did you know Amazon doesn’t always have the best deal? Yep. I said it.
Sure, we have some great strategies for saving money on Amazon. But there are also some things you shouldn’t buy on Amazon because they’re cheaper other places.
1. Don’t buy kids’ shoes on Amazon; buy them at 6pm.com instead.
Buying shoes on 6pm.com just makes me happy. I buy when the shoes I want hit crazy-low prices.
Plus, it’s easy to search by size, price, or shoe type, making it super fast to find what you want. Recently, Carter’s Baby Boy Bucket Boots got down to $7.99, regular price $48 (the pink glitter girls’ version was $8.99).
When you purchase any two items or spend $50, you get free shipping.
Watch for 6pm.com coupons and deals to find out when shoes you want are lower than Amazon!
Carter’s Every Step Bucket Boots
2. Don’t buy outerwear on Amazon; buy it at Nordstrom Rack instead.
Nordstrom Rack slashes prices on top brands like The North Face and Columbia on a regular basis. You can get this North Face Osito 2 Jacket for $49.97, which is 50% off the regular price. The Amazon price doesn’t even come close.
The North Face outerwear
3. Don’t buy K-Cups on Amazon; buy them at Quill.com instead.
What if we told you we found a website that has some things at prices cheaper than Amazon? It’d be pretty hard to believe right? Well we aren’t kidding — Quill.com is just that.
If you’re a coffee lover like I am, you’ll definitely want to order your K-Cups from Quill.
Amazon can’t touch this price! (And actually, our six-month stock-up price for Dunkin’ Donuts K-cups comes in around $0.40 each. So ordering from Quill even rivals the price with coupons!)
Be sure to visit Quill’s Hot Deals page. Every Monday they update the featured deals. So if you can’t find this particular flavor of K-Cup, check there to find another great deal on K-Cups.
Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup pods
4. Don’t buy a KitchenAid Mixer on Amazon; buy it at Kohl’s instead.
Amazon has the KitchenAid Classic Plus Series 4.5-Quart Mixer priced on average at $199 (if you choose the white color), and that seems like an amazing deal when the regular price is $299.99. But, for the lowest price, it’s way worth it to wait for a KitchenAid Mixer sale and combine that with Kohl’s coupons. Chances are, you’ll receive a good chunk of Kohl’s cash when you purchase too.
Kohl’s: KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5 qt Stand Mixer, As low as $112.99 during certain promotions, free shipping with $50 purchase
Amazon: KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5 qt Stand Mixer, $199 average price, free prime shipping
5. Don’t buy gift cards on Amazon; buy them at Raise.com instead.
I never buy gift cards on Amazon. Instead I save 12-15% when I buy them through Raise.com. Love how you can get a gift card instantly through Amazon? You can through Raise.com too.
Just buy it through the Raise.com app, and as soon as your transaction happens, you have your gift card. So freaking easy. (If you’re not using Raise.com, I can’t even…)
Applebee’s gift card
6. Don’t buy Yankee Candles on Amazon; buy them at the Yankee store instead.
Don’t even bother with Amazon for Yankee Candles, because they’re always cheaper when you use Yankee coupons and buy directly from the Yankee store (in-store or online).
BOGO or B2G2 Yankee Candle deals show up at least once a month during fall and winter and once every other month in spring and summer. When the coupons surface, print from multiple devices and stock up!
Large Yankee Candle
Large Yankee Candle Tumbler Jar:
Yankee: Buy 2 Large Yankee Candles, $27.99 each.
Use Buy One, Get One Free coupon.
Final price: $14.00 each
Amazon: $24 each, average price
7. Don’t buy craft paper on Amazon; buy it at Michaels instead.
It’s tempting to add some pretty paper for a craft project to your Amazon order, but don’t. You can get a 50-sheet pack of Recollections Cardstock Paper at Michaels for just $2.
This is an Everyday Value item at Michaels, so you can’t use one of their coveted 50% off coupons, but you’d want to save that gem for a higher priced item anyway.
8. Don’t buy baking supplies on Amazon; buy them at Costco instead.
Sometimes you can’t beat Costco deals. The Kirkland brand canola oil cooking spray at Costco is so much cheaper than competitor prices, I don’t even bother to shop around or look for coupons. Likewise, this yeast is less than half the price per ounce than what you’d find on Amazon.
9. Don’t buy “As Seen on TV” items on Amazon; buy them on Hollar.com instead.
For any “As Seen on TV” items, for sure check Hollar.com.
Find out more reasons why Hollar is better than Amazon.
“As Seen on TV” Items
10. Don’t buy toilet paper on Amazon; buy it at Costco instead.
Toilet paper might be one of the. only. things. that you can get cheaper without coupons. Pass on Amazon and hit up Costco when you need to stock up, because Kirkland brand toilet paper is the cheapest you’ll find.
Kirkland Signature Toilet Paper
Costco: Kirkland Signature Bath Tissue, 30 rolls, $15.99
Amazon: Kirkland Signature Bath Tissue, 30 rolls, $18.54 (average price)
11. Don’t buy dog food on Amazon; buy it at Target instead.
Target has HOT deals on dog food about once a quarter. Combine the sales with dog food coupons and their Cartwheel discounts, and it doesn’t make sense to buy it on Amazon, ever! Check out this example for how to get two bags FREE! (Note this deal may be expired, but deals like this come around often.)
Purina Dog Food
Purina Beyond Dog Food, 3.7 lb Bag
Target: $10.29, regular price
Buy 2, Receive $5.00 Target Gift Cards
Use 31% Off – Purina Dry Dog Food, Target Cartwheel Offer – (cartwheel.target.com)
And use two $5.00/1 – Purina Beyond Dry Pet Food (beyondpetfood.com)
Pay $5.00, Receive $5.00 Target Gift Cards
Final Price: Free, when you buy 2
Amazon: Purina Beyond Dog Food, 3.7 lb Bag, $8.62 shipped (average price)
12. Don’t buy gift wrapping supplies on Amazon; buy them at Dollar Tree instead.
I always buy wrapping paper at dollar stores. They even have Disney Princess, Spider-Man, and Minnie Mouse themed paper. Grab gift bags, bows, tissue paper, and cards at Dollar Tree too.
Wrapping Paper Rolls
Dollar Tree: $1 per 17.5 sq ft roll wrapping paper = $0.05 per sq ft
Amazon: $14.20 for (3) 25 sq ft rolls wrapping paper = $0.19 per sq ft
13. Don’t buy men’s dress shirts on Amazon; buy them at Macy’s instead.
Macy’s stocks a huge variety of stylish, high-quality brands of men’s dress shirts like Club Room and Alfani. Once a month during the One Day Sale, they are drastically reduced. I watch for those huge sales, when they get down to 60-70% off, and stock up.
Keep an eye out for Macy’s deals and coupons in order to get the best savings.
Club Room Classic-Fit Wrinkle Resistant Dress Shirts
Macy’s: Club Room Classic-Fit Wrinkle Resistant Dress Shirt, $15.99 (One-Day Sale Price)
Amazon: Club Room Classic-Fit Wrinkle Resistant Dress Shirt, $27.95 shipped (average price)
14. Don’t buy cleaning products on Amazon; buy them at Walgreens instead.
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, for example. I get ’em WAY cheap with coupons at drugstores like Walgreens. Check out how the example below blows away the Amazon price.
Get your own Clorox coupons and stock up when you see a sale!
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, 35 ct
Walgreens: $2.99, regular price
Buy 2 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
20% Off Regularly Priced Items With Friends & Family Coupon
Use one $1.00/2 – Clorox Products (coupons.com)
Final Price: $1.89 each, when you buy 2
Amazon: Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, 35 ct, $4.03 shipped (average price)