The Amazon deals and features I’ve written about here might surprise even the biggest Prime fan. Not everyone knows how to save 20% on diapers or 80% off daily promoted items through Amazon. So, get ready to shop on Amazon like you run the place in 3-2-1…
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1. Get Amazon deals on gift cards from Raise or Gift Card Granny.
2. Select the less-popular color of an item to save up to 40%.
Before adding something to your cart, check for a cheaper color. Less-popular color options (or colors they overstocked) mean instant discounts.
For example, this “chambray blue” The North Face jacket was $89, while the exact same jacket in “ambrosia green” was $67.83.
The “Unbleached Ecru” Levi’s Jacket was $98, while the exact same jacket in “Full Bloom” was $58.80. That’s 40% less!
3. Use Amazon Subscribe & Save and save 15% on cleaning supplies and pet food.
With Amazon Subscribe & Save, you can “subscribe” to different home essential items like cleaning supplies, groceries, and laundry detergent for timed deliveries. If you subscribe to five or more items, you’ll get 15% off. If it’s fewer, however, you’ll only save 5%.
Prime members can also subscribe to products through Amazon Family and get up to 20% off on parenting essentials like baby food, diapers, and more. This discount only applies if you’ve subscribed to five eligible items to arrive at the same address on the same day.
4. Stream music on Amazon Music for free with ads.
If you’re just looking to jam out to some songs and don’t care about controlling every song or hearing ads, give Amazon Music a shot. It’s totally free.
But if you want total control and no ads, try the Amazon Music Unlimited free trial for 30 days. After that, it’s $9.99 a month.
5. Get 3-5% cash back when you shop through Ibotta.
One of our favorite rebate apps, Ibotta, offers Amazon rebates. Some examples of past offers:
- 3% cash back on Ring doorbells and Amazon smart home devices 5% cash back on Amazon devices like Fire Tablets, Echo smart speakers, and Kindles.
- Free 30-day trials of Kindle Unlimited, Audible, and Amazon FreeTime Unlimited.
- 3 free months of Amazon Music Unlimited.
TIP: When you go to cash out through Ibotta, you can opt to receive your payment in the form of an Amazon gift card!
6. Get 5% back and a $20 gift card with an Amazon Prime Store Card.
If you’re approved for an Amazon Store Card, you’ll get a free $20 gift card once you’re approved. Prime members will also get the Amazon Prime Store Card, which gives you 5% back on anything you get on Amazon. There’s no annual fee or fraud liability, so Amazon fanatics should definitely look into applying.
7. Double or triple your return window when you shop from Nov. 1–Dec. 31.
You usually have 30 days to return most Amazon-fulfilled products, but anything purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31 may be returned through Jan. 31. This may change from holiday to holiday, so make sure to check back in once November rolls around.
8. Add $20 to your Amazon Balance using Amazon Cash and get a free $5 credit.
Amazon partners with local retailers like CVS and Rite Aid to make it possible to add funds directly to your account (almost like a gift card) with the Amazon Cash program, which links to your Amazon account. You can only spend your Amazon Cash at Amazon.com and participating locations.
Through September 30, 2020, you can get an additional $5 credit when you add $20 to your Amazon Cash account if you’re a first-time customer.
9. Score 25% off on previously used or returned items with Amazon Warehouse deals.
When you check out the Amazon Warehouse deals, you’ll find plenty of high-quality products. This includes TVs, tablets, cameras, home appliances, lawn and garden items, or fitness equipment.
I saw a Crock Pot marked down from $31.49 (new) to $24.33 (previously opened), a 25% savings.
10. Look through the Amazon Warehouse Bargain Bin for over 50% off everything.
Ready for some crazier Amazon deals? Every item in the Amazon Warehouse Bargain Bin is at least 50% off — or more.
The best part? Amazon tells you whether the item is used, or if the box was just opened and returned. I saw baby items, headphones, and even a Roomba at super discounted prices.
11. Have an Amex card? You can get 40% off your Amazon order.
Certain American Express cards give users Membership Rewards Points back on their purchases that can be used for Amazon and other stores. For example, until Sep. 30 of 2020, Amazon offers Amex cardholders 40% off (up to $50 off) their order, even if they just use a single point. Here’s how to take advantage of these offers:
- Visit the Pay With Points Amazon page and add your card.
- Click “Activate now.”
- Add eligible items from Amazon (nothing from third-party sellers) to your cart.
- Make sure you’re using Membership Rewards Points as a payment method.
- You’ll see the 40% off on the checkout page.
12. Get up to 65% off every day with Amazon Outlet.
Check out the Amazon Outlet to get deep discounts on just about anything you’re looking for, including kitchen gadgets, fashion, electronics, and more.
Outlet items are overstocked or just steeply discounted merchandise. There was some stuff up to 65% off last time I checked.
I snagged a pair of $87 Kygo Life A6/500 headphones for around $30. That’s 65% off!
13. Get Amazon credit in exchange for used items with Amazon Trade-In.
Get immediate trade-in values for your used movies, books, tablets, readers, gaming equipment, and other gadgets with Amazon Trade-In.
Then, print a free shipping label and send it off. Credit will show up in your Amazon account once the item has been received. I got a $30 Amazon credit for my old Hobbit Trilogy Blu-ray set!
You can also use Amazon Trade-In to upgrade your Amazon device. For example, depending on its condition, you can trade in your device for an Amazon gift card and get 20% off a new Fire tablet, Echo device, or other Amazon tech.
14. Pick up your shipment from a nearby Amazon Hub Locker.
Instead of having items delivered to your home or business, customers in over 900 U.S. cities can opt to have orders shipped to an Amazon Hub Locker. They’re also located in every Whole Foods location.
You’ll receive an email notification with a temporary locker code once your order arrives. It’s totally safer than leaving your package on your doorstep.
15. Make Amazon returns at your local Kohl’s.
If you need to return something to Amazon, you can swing by your local Kohl’s. Just go to the online returns center and swing by your closest store with your QR code. They’ll take care of the packing and shipping totally free.
16. Use Paribus to get money back if your shipment is late.
If you give Paribus access to your email inbox, they’ll monitor your recent purchases, including anything from Amazon, to make sure the store met the promised delivery time. If an Amazon delivery is late, they’ll help you get money back on the order’s shipping fees. I got a $5 credit from Amazon when Paribus told me my shampoo was two days late, which basically meant free shampoo!
17. Get a $10 Amazon gift card when you sign up with Rakuten.
When you sign up for the cash back website Rakuten, you get a $10 Amazon gift card for signing up. You’ll also have access to Amazon deals and promo codes.
18. Your college student gets 50% off their membership with Amazon Prime Student.
There’s plenty of great perks for your college student if they join Amazon Prime Student:
- A 6-month free trial of Prime
- 50% off Prime membership after the trial
- Amazon Music Unlimited for just $0.99 a month
19. Get 40% off when you order through Alexa Deals.
Own an Amazon Alexa device? Just say “Alexa, what are your deals?” to hear a list of Alexa Deals (here) featuring items up to 40% off.
20. Get 5GB of free digital storage without a Prime membership.
It’s true. Any Amazon customer can take advantage of 5GB of free digital storage for photos and videos. Just go to the Amazon Photos page and click “Add” to start uploading files.
Prime members get unlimited full-res photo storage, plus another 5GB for videos included.
21. Ship donations to local charities for free when you use an Amazon box.
After unpacking your Amazon order, take the empty box and fill it with things you’ve been meaning to donate.
Your donation will be sent to an organization of your choice, so you can pick something you’re passionate about.
22. Earn $18-$25/hour making deliveries for Amazon Flex.
Looking to make a little cash for your rainy day fund? With Amazon Flex, you can make $18-$25/hour in your spare time delivering Amazon orders to folks in your community.
23. Transform a low pre-paid VISA gift card balance into Amazon credit.
Have a low-balance VISA cash card in your wallet that you’re itching to get rid of?
Turn it into Amazon credit by doing the following:
- If your VISA gift card has a balance of $2.12 (for example), use it to buy a $2.12 Amazon eGift Card (you can purchase these as low as $1).
- Apply the Amazon eGift Card to your Amazon account.
24. Use CamelCamelCamel to make sure you’re buying at Amazon’s lowest price.
Did you know that you can be absolutely sure you’re getting Amazon’s best price? Camelcamelcamel tracks Amazon items and tells you what a “good” vs. “bad” price is based on pricing trends over the past year.
Just create price alerts for items you want and your ideal price, and Camelcamelcamel will email you when Amazon drops the price.
You can also check an item’s price history to see if a sale price is as low as you can expect it to go, and look at trends to see the best time to buy it.
The Camelizer browser extension also lets you view price history directly on Amazon without jumping to the website.
25. Mark your calendar for Amazon Prime Day 2020.
Get ready for Amazon Prime Day 2020! It usually happens every summer, and it’s Amazon’s version of Black Friday. In 2020, Prime Day in the U.S. was re-scheduled for Oct. 5, because of the pandemic.
Popular Amazon devices were marked 40% off previous years, with Lightning Deals going around the clock including the $363 iRobot Roomba I scored for just $237.
It looks like Prime Day has been pushed back to the week of Oct. 5 in 2020 due to the coronavirus, so make sure to keep an eye out!
26. Sign up for Daily Deal emails so you never miss a chance to save 80%.
Daily Deals (here) are steeply discounted items (often up to 80% off) that disappear notoriously fast due to their limited quantities.
If you don’t want to risk missing out, go ahead and sign up for the Daily Deal email notifications.
27. Share your Prime membership with your BFF and you’ll both save!
Technically, you can only share your Prime benefits if you have an Amazon Household account, and that costs $199 a year. Plus, it only lets you share with people in your home.
But, here’s where the “alternative sharing method” comes in. . .
Your Prime address book and payment options are virtually unlimited. Meaning, if Grandma wants to use your Prime account for the free two-day shipping, she can go ahead and add her address and credit card info to your account too. Just make sure you don’t accidentally mix up payment info on your next order!
28. Check RetailMeNot for cash back offers and promo codes.
29. Use the Amazon app to keep Target honest.
Use the Amazon app to find out if items at Target are as cheap as they are on Amazon.
Just tap the camera icon in the Amazon app, and take a photo of any product you want while out shopping or at home.
You’ll instantly see Amazon’s price of the item, with the option to place an order. But instead of buying on Amazon if it’s cheaper there, get your item instantly at the store you’re in. Bring that app up to customer service and request a price match.
(This works at any of the stores that’ll honor Amazon prices, like Best Buy, Home Depot, and JOANN!)
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