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10 Hidden Ways to Find Amazon Deals and Discount Codes

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Secret Amazon deals aren’t exactly a cinch to find, but once you know what to look for you’ll be able to score some big savings.

The best way to save money on Amazon is through Subscribe & Save. I didn’t mention it below, since it’s not a secret or hidden trick. But if you’re looking for a consistent way to save up to 15% (or up to 20% on diapers), that’s it. That said, I’ll help you learn how to stack Amazon promotions with Subscribe & Save deals. So read on for all that and more hidden tricks for finding Amazon promo codes and deals.

Download the KCL app to learn about every current Amazon deal. Plus, text HACKS to 57299 for more money-saving tips.

1. Buy when you see Amazon deals during promotions.

An amazon box filled with home products and snack foods

I regularly see three types of Amazon promotions, none of which require a code to get the deal.

1. Spend Thresholds

These are savings you get when you spend a minimum amount of money. For example, you might see an offer like spend $50 and save $10 instantly.

2. Purchase Thresholds

These are savings you can get when you buy a certain quantity of items. For example, Buy 1, Get 1 for 25% off. You’d buy two and one of those items would be 25% off. Another example of this is a promotion where you save a dollar amount when you buy the listed quantity. Like “Buy 2, Save $5 instantly”.

3. Buy 1, Get 1

These promotions offer a free item when you buy a certain quantity of items like Buy 2, Get 1 Free. You’ll recognize this promotion because it’s offering an entire product for free with a purchase.

Related: Surprising Things You Can Buy With HSA Credit on Amazon

2. Follow Target gift card deals to find copycat Amazon deals.

two phones, one showing a target gift card offer and the other showing a similar amazon credit offer

Some of the best Amazon deals show up on Sunday afternoons, to coincide (or rather, compete) with Target’s weekly gift card deals. If you see a Target gift card deal, check the identical item on Amazon, because there’s usually a promotion. (This can be a great way to find the Amazon promotions listed in the tip above.)

Here are a few Amazon deals I’ve seen in the past:

  • Buy 3, Save $5: Head & Shoulders

  • Spend $100, Save $20: Baby

  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off: Pet Toys

  • Spend $75, Save $15: Beauty & Personal Care

  • Buy 2, Save $5: L’Oreal

  • Buy 2 Get 1 Free: Makeup

  • Spend $75+, Save 5%: Beauty & Health

  • Buy 1 Get 1 40% Off: Skin Care

  • Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off: Personal Care

3. Check out Amazon Open Box Deals to find hidden savings.


Open Box Deals are pre-owned or used items. Sometimes, it’s just the item’s packaging that’s damaged! Find these deals in the Amazon Warehouse.

You can typically save up to 25%. For example, I saw a previously opened slow cooker marked down to $24.33. Normally, it sells for $31.49.

TIP: On big shopping days like Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday, look for an additional 20% discount on Amazon Warehouse items.

4. Sort by “Discount — High to Low” on Today’s Deals.

laptop screenshot with amazon lightning deals and sorting by discount

Sorting items by discount shows you the highest percent off you can get. It’s an easy way to see the best deals possible.

Amazon doesn’t offer this option in every view. For example, if you simply go to a category like “Electronics,” you won’t find a dropdown menu with “Discount — High to Low” as a sort option.

However, when you shop Today’s Deals on Amazon, this sorting option exists. I have found items for up to 97% off!

5. Sort through the very best Subscribe & Save deals. (They’re hidden!)

the subscribe and save page on amazon.com with the most popular category higlighted

Not all Subscribe & Save deals are created equal. However, you can find the best ones when you know the trick. Most of the best deals are located under “Most Popular.” Look for deals that offer up to 15% off and a coupon. Any time you can stack savings, it’s a good deal. Here’s how to get there:

  1. Go to the Subscribe & Save tab at the top of Amazon.

  2. Scroll down to the “Most Popular” subscriptions.

  3. Sort by category (Beauty, Grocery, Home, etc.) until you find what you need.

6. Unlock extra savings and discounts with Amazon glitch deals.

someone looking up the #glitchdeals on instagram

Amazon glitch deals are usually posted online by mistake, either by technical or human error. By stacking glitch deals with Amazon Digital Coupons, Lightning Deals, and other ways to save, you can outsmart the system and score free (or near free) items.

You have to be careful with glitch deals, though. Since they’re usually posted by mistake, it leaves more room for things to go wrong with your order. It could be canceled or you could end up getting charged the full price instead of the discounted price. So, always glitch with caution.

Social media is a great way to find Amazon glitch deals. Search for “glitch” groups and pages on Facebook, or follow the hashtag #glitchdeals on Instagram.

7. Check BrickSeek.com for Amazon secret deals.

cellphone being help while person is laying down with brickseeker app on screen

BrickSeek.com is basically a price checker for a few big box stores (and Amazon). You can also use it to find secret Amazon deals!

  1. Go to Brickseek and tap “Deals” in the menu.

  2. Sort by “Trending” or “Newest” in the dropdown menu for the best results.

  3. Select “Amazon.com” as your store.

  4. You’ll see discounts of up to 80% on regular retail prices.

8. Sort by “Top Price Drops” on CamelCamelCamel.

Person using their laptop with camelcamelcamel.com

CamelCamelCamel.com tracks all Amazon pricing and gives you a price history. This is helpful because you can see if your item is at a low price compared to its recent past or if the price is high. With all the dynamic pricing Amazon uses, it’s a good way to get visibility into how much items fluctuate in price.

  1. Tap “Top Price Drops” on CamelCamelCamel.com.

  2. Select the category you’re shopping for (e.g., “Clothing” or “Electronics”) from the Product Category drop down menu.

  3. Select what kind of discount you’re hoping for by tapping the Top Daily % or the Top Weekly % button. Or, you can select an option in the Minimum Price Drop drop down menu (from 5% up to 90%).

9. Let Amazon coupons tell you what to buy.

a laptop showing where the Coupons button is on the amazon deals page

Instead of waiting for Amazon coupons to show up on things you want to buy, try the proactive approach and comb through the coupons to see if there’s an offer on something you’ll need in the near future.

After you tap Coupons (next to Today's Deals) in the menu you can select a category and go directly there, like choosing “Baby & Child Care” if you just want a diaper coupon. But you can also scroll through the most popular coupons instead of selecting a category.

10. Master the art of sorting on Amazon.

a woman shopping on her phone

Two of the best ways to cut through the noise and find deals on Amazon is to sort by “Best Sellers” and by “Movers and Shakers.”

Updated frequentlyy, “Best Sellers” gives you insight into what other people are buying. It’s not a leap to expect people are buying something because it’s a decent price. Also, if you’re paying close attention, you can snap up items that are selling out quickly.

“Movers and Shakers” are items with increased popularity and sales in the past 24 hours. It’s common to see books for pre-order on this list, many with a discount. A book about to be released may have a discount of up to 30% on the list price.

Select the category you want to see and then browse for deals.

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