Think you know everything about Amazon Prime shopping? I thought I did, too — until I dug into the lesser-known and brand-new perks of shopping as an Amazon Prime member.

Here are the best Amazon shopping perks I found, including free delivery of fresh produce, free photo storage, and early access to the best Amazon sales.

Not a Prime member? That’s OK — you can get an Amazon Prime free trial for a month. Just make sure you put a reminder to cancel before the end of the 30 days if you don’t want to get charged. An Amazon Prime membership is $12.99 per month or $119 a year.

Keep in mind that Amazon Prime shopping perks can be used by your household, which is up to one other adult and four non-adults.

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1. Get early access to the best deals for Amazon Prime Day.

Amazon Prime Day is basically like Amazon’s own Black Friday. While you don’t have to be a Prime member to shop Amazon Prime Day, members get early access to the best Amazon Prime Day deals.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 this year is on Oct. 5, due to the pandemic. In 2019 Amazon Prime Day lasted 48 hours in mid-July and included hefty discounts on thousands of products, including TVs, Amazon echos, bluetooth headphones, and more.

Here were some of the best Amazon Prime Day deals from 2019:

Buy 1 Toshiba 32-Inch 720p HD Smart LED TV, Fire TV Edition (reg $179.99) $99.99, sale price through 7/16
Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Final Price: $99.99
Buy 1 Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 6-Quart 9-in-1 Pressure Cooker (reg $129.95) $55.99, sale price through 7/16
Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Final Price: $55.99

 

RELATED: Read KCL’s prep guide for Amazon Prime Day.

 

2. Find the best Amazon Lightning Deals.

Lightning Deals are usually on a variety of household and everyday products, from Instant Pots to electronics, around 15% to 50% and last about five to six hours.

The time-sensitive deals can be found year-round on Today’s Deals page, as well as during Amazon Prime Day, when they’re exclusive to Prime members. Lightning Deals are limited one per customer, and — an Amazon Prime Shopping perk — Primers are alerted of Lightning Deals 30 minutes before non-Prime members.

Here are some past examples:

Buy 1 Portable Camping Hammock (reg $39.99) $15.99
Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Final Price: $15.99
Samsung NP110S1K-K01US Notebook M SSD Laptop (reg $399.99) $299.99
Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Final Price: $299.99

 

3. Always look in the Just for Prime deals.

In Amazon’s search bar dropdown, you can select “Just for Prime” to find Amazon Prime Shopping deals just for prime members.

This deal section is fairly new — it was added in 2019 — and includes sales on just about everything that Amazon sells. Which is, like, literally everything. Here are some examples:

Ray-Ban RB2132 New Wayfarer Sunglasses (reg. $144) $122.40, sale price
Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Final Price: $122.40

 

4. There may be even more shipping perks than you know.

 

Everyone knows that the best perk for Amazon Prime members is the free two-day shipping. But there are other shipping perks, too.

 

5. Be the first to get a new book, movie, album, or game with Release-Date Delivery.

Release-Date Delivery is a free perk for all Prime subscribers. It’s basically Amazon’s version of pre-ordering something. If an item is eligible, there will be a button you can click that says Release-Date Delivery at checkout. The item will then show up on the day of its release, making you one of the first people to have access!

 

Related: Little-Known Secrets About Amazon Prime

 

6. Return Amazon orders for free — even without a box! — at Kohl’s.

In addition to free UPS drop-offs with a prepaid shipping label, you can also use a QR code to drop off Amazon items for return to any Kohl’s location. No packaging needed! A lifesaver if you accidentally recycle or reuse a box too soon.

 

7. Take advantage of free picture storage with Amazon Photos.

All Amazon Prime members receive unlimited photo storage with Amazon Photos. If you’re stubborn like me and refuse to pay Apple for additional iCloud storage, this might be a good alternative for storing pictures.

Prime members can download the Amazon Photos app and store unlimited photos and 5GB of video storage for free. Worried about losing your photos? Don’t be! All your images go straight to the Prime Vault, allowing you to access them anytime and anywhere.

 

8. Get 5% rewards back with your Amazon Credit Card.

If you’re a heavy Amazon Prime or Whole Foods shopper — in my case, I’m both — then the Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card is a no brainer. You will get 5% back to spend at Amazon for every purchase you make from Whole Foods and Amazon.

Another awesome perk? You get a $70 Amazon gift card/credit as soon as you’re approved.

I love letting my rewards pile up and then making a big purchase or even saving them for the holidays. So worth it.

 

 

9. Get 2% off your reload of an Amazon gift card — plus another 5% if you pay with an Amazon credit card.

If you reload an Amazon gift card, you’ll get 2% off — and sometimes more if they’re doing a special promotion (in spring 2020 you could also get a $10 reward). But you also get the 5% cash back if you use your credit card to do pay for the reload. Score!

 

10. Prime members save at Whole Foods.

One of the best perks of Amazon Prime Shopping is actually shopping in-person at your local Whole Foods! Look for items marked with a little Prime sign. You can get discounted prices at Whole Foods by opening your Amazon app and using the QR code at checkout.

For example, if you see a yellow sale sign on a Whole Foods product, you can get an extra 10% off just for being a Prime subscriber!

 

11. Soon Prime members can use Prime Air for drone delivery.

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Prime Air is a brand-new service — meant to launch in fall 2019 — that will literally deliver something to you via drone. In 30 minutes or less. If they can get it off the ground. Pun intended.

The futuristic service is currently being tested in the U.S. and other countries in Europe, and will deliver packages up to five pounds.

I’ll keep looking for a little Amazon drone in the sky dropping off my packages, because having diapers dropped into my desperate outstretched arms will give me all the cool mom/neighbor points.

 

12. Paribus can help get you a credit if Amazon is late to deliver your package.

The app Paribus will help you get reimbursed when companies owe you money — like if Amazon is late with your order. The free Paribus app will send you a request form for an Amazon credit, usually around $5, if your delivery shows up after the guaranteed date.

 

13. Get groceries delivered straight to your door for free with Amazon Fresh.

Amazon Fresh used to be $14.99 a month, but is free as of late 2019 for Prime members.

If you live in one of the participating cities, you can get an order of $35 or more of fresh veggies, fruit, meat, and household items delivered straight to your doorstep from an Amazon fulfillment center in as little as two hours — totally free of cost.

Participating cities:

  • Las Vegas
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Houston
  • Minneapolis
  • Phoenix

 

14. Use Prime Pantry to stock up on household essentials.

Amazon’s other grocery delivery service (yes, there are two), Prime Pantry is the better way to stock up on household and beauty products like toothpaste, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and food pantry items like soda, chips, and cookies.

Prime Pantry orders more than $35 are free for Prime subscribers (otherwise it’s a $5.99 delivery free). Amazon will clip coupons for you and give you 5% off Pantry orders of 5 items or 10% of orders of 10 or more items — so it really can be cheaper than a trip to the grocery store.

Bounty Select-A-Size Paper Towels, White, 6 Double Rolls:

  • Amazon price: $9.98
  • Safeway price: $17.69

Lysol Power & Fresh Toilet Bowl Cleaner, 48 ounces (2 x 24 ounces)

  • Amazon price: $3.47
  • Safeway price: $6.39

Pepsi Cola Cans (12 Count, 12 ounces each):

  • Amazon price: $4.20
  • Safeway price: $5.29

 

Related: Why I Started Grocery Shopping on Amazon

 

15. Prime Now is the best way to get something you need fast.

Isn’t running out of something you need the worst? With Prime Now, you can get 365 Everyday Value items from the online Whole Foods Market delivered in just two hours for free (from morning until evening hours, depending on where you live and when you order). While there is no delivery fee, tipping is encouraged.

Prime Now is available in more than 50 cities. Go to PrimeNow.com or download the Amazon Prime Now app to try it for yourself.

 

16. Read magazines and books for free with Prime Reading.

Think of Prime Reading as your personal library.

Your Prime membership gets you access to more than 1,000 Amazon Prime Books, eBooks, comics, and magazines that you can read for free, 10 at a time. When you’ve finished one, or want to replace it with something else, simply “return” it to the Kindle library. You don’t need a Kindle to use Prime Reading; just a tablet or phone with the Kindle app.

Prime Reading isn’t just spines from your grandma’s dusty old bookshelf, either. You can also find notable releases like Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis and It’s Not About You by Tom Rath. Both those books normally cost $12.99 to $24.99.

Remember that Prime Reading can be shared by your household, too, so that your family member, friend, or spouse can also access the free titles. All Prime subscribers with a Kindle, tablet, or the Kindle app also have access to the Kindle Owners Lending Library, which gives you access to thousands more free books and audiobooks.

PRO TIP: If you’re a voracious reader, consider a free trial of Kindle Unlimited. The $9.99 a month subscription works just like Prime Reading, but has more than a million books and publications you can read for free.

 

17. Get early access to new books with Amazon First Reads.

Want to feel like a literary critic?

Download one free book a month from soon-to-be-released/anticipated titles with Amazon First Reads program free for all Prime subscribers. You’ll be one of the first readers of the book.

 

18. Keep your little ones reading with Amazon Prime Book Box.

Looking for a way to keep bedtime stories fresh for you and your kids?

With Amazon Prime Book Box, you can request two hardcover books or four board books delivered to your house every one, two, or three months. The titles are handpicked by Amazon editors who specialize in children’s books. The service cost $19.99 per box, but is about 40% off what you’d otherwise pay for the books.

 

 

19. Get gaming perks with Twitch Prime.

Free with an Amazon Prime membership, Twitch Prime gives gamers access to exclusive content, bonus games, live-streaming, and a free subscription to the Twitch channel for free. It’s basically like having a Twitch Turbo membership, which is usually $8.99 per month.

 

20. Let Amazon pay you to get the Dash Button on Prime Day.

The Dash Button, aka Dash Replenishment, is the thing that allows you to reorder household products like hand soap, laundry detergent, and printer ink with — literally — the click of a button.

The Dash Button is basically always free for Prime members, because you buy it for $4.99 and then get a $4.99 Amazon credit after purchase. But, you can get it for even less than that on Prime Day.

On past Prime Days, Amazon has sold Dash Buttons for $0.99. But they’ll still give you the $4.99 credit, so you’ll have money in your pocket after getting one.

 

21. Get free stuff from the Amazon Treasure Truck if it’s in your ‘hood.

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Have you heard of the Treasure Truck? I hadn’t either.

But the Treasure Truck can be pretty great if you live in one of the 30-ish cities that it’s operating in. It’s literally a truck that delivers one hand-picked item to the community by parking food-truck-style and sending out a text. (During COVID-19, they are sending text alerts about offers that you can click and order, shipped.)

To opt in, text “TRUCK” to 24193. Amazon will text you daily updates to tell you about the items on a treasure truck in your hometown. You can find everything from succulents to turkeys to skincare products this way. The surprise is kind of half the fun!

Some past deals and freebies:

  • Sony Wireless On-Ear Headphones $39.99 (42% off reg price!)
  • Free RX Bars
  • Free Neutrogena Hydro Boost samples
  • One 4.5 lb bag of M&Ms (reg.$25) and a free pumpkin for $10

 

Don’t Scroll Up! Here’s the articles I mentioned:

Read KCL’s prep guide for Amazon Prime Day
Little-Known Secrets About Amazon Prime
Why I Started Grocery Shopping on Amazon

 

UP NEXT: Get more inside info on where to shop and how with our KCL Store Hacks page!

 

21 Amazon Prime Shopping Perks You Probably Didn't Know About