Do you have Amazon Prime? If not, it’s time to dive into the world of Amazon. There are so many more perks to being an Amazon Prime member than just free shipping.
Plus, Black Friday is just around the corner and in order to save money shopping Amazon on Black Friday, you’re going to want all the help you can get! Trust me, you’ll find Amazon deals with these tips.
Here are all the great ways to make the $119 annual fee worth it.
1. Save on your Amazon Prime membership cost.
If you only really shop Amazon during the holiday season or during Prime Day — which, by the way, typically happens in July — switch to a monthly Prime membership.
On a monthly plan, Amazon Prime cost is $12.99 a month, so this isn’t ideal if you use it all year. But if you’re just using it from November-January, it’ll be cheaper than the typical $119 annual fee — cancel and start it back up anytime.
If you’re a student, you can sign up for Amazon Student for just $6.49 per month or $59.00 per year.
Have Medicaid or use EBT? The Amazon Prime cost is only $5.99 per month.
TIP: Sign up for a free Amazon Prime membership during July so you can get all the Prime Day deals.
2. Subscribe to Amazon deal alerts on the free Krazy Coupon Lady app.
You can customize deal alerts and know as soon as an awesome sale happens. We do all the deal searching for you and promote only the highest discounted products that are best selling and have stellar reviews — Subscribe & Save deals included!
3. Get one free Kindle book every month.
Amazon First Reads program gives readers the chance to get early access to editors’ picks for top books across several categories each month and to buy one for $1.99.
Amazon Prime members can pick one of these books to have for free every month.
4. Prime members get 10% off items marked with yellow sale signs at Whole Foods.
All you have to do is download the Whole Foods app and connect it to your Prime account. At checkout, have the cashier scan your app’s QR code to get the 10% savings.
From dollar-off deals to percentage savings, Amazon wants to reward its Prime members with more than just 10% off select items.
They’re offering weekly exclusive Prime member deals, like these at my local Whole Foods:
- Organic strawberries, 1 lb.: 2 for $5, regularly $4.99 each
- Kind bars and granola: 35% off
- Bell & Evans Chicken Tenders: BOGO, regularly $6.99 each
- Rotisserie Chicken: $2 off, regularly $7.99-$10.99 each
5. Get unlimited storage for photos and up to 5GB for videos and documents.
I am constantly running out of room on my iPhone for photos, so Amazon Photos has become my new favorite thing.
You can upload an unlimited number of photos and share them with all your family and friends.
You can even share the storage with up to five people, and store up to 5GB of videos and documents.
Wanna know how Amazon’s photo storage service compares with other plans? Check it out:
Amazon Photo Storage for non-Prime members:
100 GB for $11.99/year
1 TB for $59.99/year
50 GB for $0.99/month
2 TB for $9.99/month
1 TB for $8.25/month
As a Prime member, you get unlimited storage.
6. Stream music free using Amazon Prime Music.
Get up to 2 million songs and 2,000 playlists with no commercials and the ability to listen to them offline with your Prime membership.
7. Get 50 million songs for as low as $3.99/month with Amazon Music Unlimited.
The difference between this and Amazon Prime music is the size of it. While you get 2 million songs with Amazon Prime music, you get more than 50 million songs with Amazon Music Unlimited.
This costs $7.99/month for Prime users and $9.99/month for everyone else. If you have the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Amazon Tap, it’s only $3.99/month.
8. Watch movies and shows exclusive to Amazon Prime members.
Amazon Prime allows you to watch thousands of movies and TV shows free — including all those Prime Originals you can’t find anywhere else.
9. Get free access to Twitch Prime and save $10.99/month.
Twitch is a website created for people to stream or broadcast gaming videos. It’s like YouTube, but just for video game enthusiasts.
For Twitch users, you can get access to Twitch Prime by connecting your Amazon Prime account. You get some free bonus games and in-game content free.
10. Include up to 10 people on your account with Prime Household.
Prime Household is a service on Amazon that allows you to share your Prime benefits with your family members on multiple accounts. You can connect up to two adults, four teenagers and four kids on your account for no additional cost.
11. Order 3-8 clothing items from Prime Wardrobe and only pay for what you keep.
You can order three to eight clothing items, and you won’t pay for any of them until you decide if you’re keeping them.
You have seven days to return anything you don’t want.
12. Use Outfit Compare to decide what to wear on a night out.
Outfit Compare is available on the Amazon app free for Prime members and allows you to take photos of two different outfits and upload them.
A fashion specialist will tell you which they think is the better look based on what they think your colors are, what fits better and what’s in style right now.
13. Get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals.
If a Lightning Deal has early access for Prime members, it will say so in the “add to cart” box. These deals exist while supplies last, so if you’re a Prime member you have a better chance of snatching one up.
14. Free Two-Day Prime shipping.
The most popular reason for signing up for Amazon Prime, of course, is the legendary free two-day shipping.
15. Get rewarded for choosing no-rush delivery with a $5.00 credit.
When you choose no-rush delivery at checkout, you can get an instant discount or a reward, usually $5.00, to use on later purchases. No-rush just means that you’re OK with your item taking six days to ship.
16. Earn 2% rewards when you reload your gift card with a debit card.
Amazon Prime members will earn a 2% credit when they reload their gift card using a debit card or checking account.
For example, if you load $100.00 onto your Amazon gift card, they’ll put an extra $2.00 on it.
17. Use the Amazon app to keep Target honest.
It’s called sophisticated price matching.
Scan your Target item with the Amazon app while you’re still in the store, and if Amazon is offering it for a lower price, march over to customer service and ask for the Amazon price.
18. Trade in items you don’t want anymore for an Amazon gift card.
Amazon Trade-In allows you to send in Amazon devices, electronics, books, video games and more for gift cards with free shipping and will instantly give you an offer for how much they will buy it for.
Trade-in values depend on the item and condition but can start as low as a couple of dollars for an old book to $400 dollars for a barely used phone.
19. Have your purchase sent to an Amazon Locker.
One option for your Amazon orders is to have them delivered to an Amazon Locker. These self-service kiosks allow you to pick up your package in the evening or on weekends instead of having it sit on your doorstep.
You can also return items using Amazon Lockers, and they are totally free to use.
20. Get Release Date Delivery free on books, games and more.
With eligible preorder items, Prime members can have items delivered on the release date with the selection of free two-day delivery.
21. Sign up for Amazon Family to save up to 20% on diapers.
When you sign up for Amazon Family — which is free to Prime members — you will receive all kinds of coupons and offers for baby-related items.
You can also get 20% off subscription orders for diapers, baby food and other supplies, along with a 15% off baby registration completion discount.
22. Have Amazon deliver to the inside of your car or house.
Not sure how I feel about letting a stranger into my home, but it is an option. Your home or car has to be able to be locked and unlocked using the Amazon Key app.
23. If your delivery is late, Paribus will contact Amazon on your behalf.
Paribus is a free service that watches the digital receipts in your email. If they find anything that has had a price drop, they will email that store on your behalf to get a partial refund.
They also watch for your Amazon receipts and can keep track of your package’s delivery. If they detect that you received a late delivery, they will contact Amazon. Amazon then usually offers a credit for the late delivery — sometimes people have even received gift cards!
Paribus compensates us when you sign up for Paribus using the links we provided.
24. Prime members get 5% cash back on Amazon.com and Whole Foods purchases.
If you have an Amazon credit card, you get 3% back on Amazon and Whole Foods purchases, but if you are a Prime member, you get 5% back.
25. Take your returns to The UPS Store or Kohl’s — no packaging or labels needed.
Kohl’s announced that every store will now take your Amazon returns — free of charge — package them up, and send them back to Amazon on your behalf. Starting in July, Kohl’s will accept Amazon returns in over 1,150 locations.
All you have to do is go to the Amazon Return Center and select the item you want to return. They’ll then ask you your preferred method of return, and you’ll be able to select Kohl’s Dropoff.
Show the Amazon QR code to the Kohl’s associate at returns and you’re done!
26. Use Amazon Day to cut down on cardboard by selecting one day a week for all deliveries.
27. Don’t shop Amazon Black Friday until a week prior to Thanksgiving!
Amazon started their Black Friday deals a full week prior to Thanksgiving last year. Expect to start seeing Lightning Deals and Daily Deals hit hard starting the week before Thanksgiving and lasting until Dec 20.
Amazon’s goal is to get you shopping early and often, in hopes you’ll overspend by the time Christmas rolls around. Our goal at KCL is to help you get everything on your list without breaking the bank.
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