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64% of shoppers say they use Amazon because of their prices.
But are they really getting the best deals?
Shopping on Amazon is convenient. After all, they have just about anything you could ever want or need.
But when you’re shopping to save money, it can be tough to determine whether you’re getting the best deals. It’s such a huge site.
That’s why it helps to know how to shop on Amazon.
We’ve got ten actions you can take now to start saving money when shopping there.
1. Start with the Daily Deal Page
The Daily Deal is Amazon’s version of the blue light special. But without the blue light.
From furniture and kitchen supplies to electronics and even groceries, you can find Amazon’s daily deal on their “Today’s Deals” page.
Also known as its “Goldbox,” these deals get updated daily and hourly. If you stay vigilant, and you can score some serious savings.
Plus, you can shop by category or deal type, or simply browse the featured deals.
One caveat though, remember that your goal is to save money online by using coupons and getting deals on what you need.
Taking advantage of every deal when they aren’t items you really need could end up defeating the purpose!
2. Try Prime for Free
Of course, the most obvious way to save money is by becoming a Prime member, right? Maybe not. It depends on how much you shop, what you’re spending, and your preferred method of shipping. Of course, Amazon would love for you to upgrade to Prime. That’s why they offer a free 30-day trial.
You are only eligible to take advantage of this trial once. But it’s the perfect way to to see if Prime is worth the expense for you.
During the 30 days, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the benefits of a paid Prime membership. But if you decide Prime is not for you, be sure to cancel your membership at the end of the trial.
Otherwise, you’ll automatically be charged for a subscription.
3. Trade Unwanted Items for Gift Cards
Amazon may be willing to take that tablet, phone or camera you no longer use in exchange for an Amazon gift card. They might even take those textbooks sitting in the corner of your bedroom.
The retail giant is always on the lookout for electronics and books that are in acceptable condition. They’ll take them off your hands and give you a gift card in return. Shipping is even included!
So while this one technically falls under the heading “make money” versus “save money,” you will be using that gift card at their site. This means that ultimately, you’ll be saving money.
4. Check Their Outlet Stores
Did you know that Amazon has dozens of online outlet stores where you can buy anything from clothing and shoes to home goods and electronics?
Their beauty outlet store is probably the most well-known, as it features markdowns on brands like L’Oreal Paris, Revlon, Bare Minerals, and even Burt’s Bees.
It turns out you can put a price on beauty! And a good one.
5. Buy from the Warehouse
If you’re okay with getting big savings on slightly used items, then you’ll want to check out the Amazon Warehouse.
Remember the whole “trade unwanted items for gift cards” idea above? Well, these are those unwanted items.
Every item is used or refurbished but is in “like-new” condition. There are also open-box products available.
And because of Amazon’s exacting standards on what they will accept, you can be sure that everything is in good working condition.
6. Get Free Stuff
While you won’t find freebies right on the landing page, you can uncover quite a treasure trove of free stuff on Amazon.
So keep an eye out free Kindle books, apps and albums. Or better yet, just type in “free Kindle books” and see what comes up on the screen. You may be surprised at the wide variety of genres and interests.
Amazon also offers a Product Sampling program to help you discover new products you may end up loving. When you join the program, they’ll send you free samples from both new and established brands.
You don’t have to be a Prime member, nor are you obliged to purchase or review the product. You need only to have an active Amazon.com account to be eligible.
7. Turn Off One-Click
One of the things that makes Amazon so great is the very thing that makes it so dangerous. Especially when you’re trying to save money.
That’s the ability to buy items with the simple click of a button.
Are you hitting the “Buy Now” button a little too often? Regardless of whether you’re doing it impulsively or accidentally, your best bet is to turn off 1-Click Settings.
Just go to Amazon’s 1-Click Settings, click “Make default,” click “change,” and then “turn off everywhere.” No more impulsive/accidental purchases.
8. Sign Up For Subscribe & Save
Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program can help you save up to 15% while offering free shipping on items you buy on a regular basis.
For example, say you buy shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant at the end of every month. Rather than going to Amazon’s website every month, you can hit the “Subscribe & Save” button when purchasing those three items.
Amazon will then set you up with automatic delivery of those three items every month at a discounted price. And shipping is free.
9. Turn Spare Change into Amazon Gift Cards
If you’ve got a jar or two of loose coins collecting dust, then turn them into Amazon cash. Head to your local Coinstar Kiosk.
Rather than paying the nearly 12% service charge to make a cash exchange, you can waive that fee in exchange for an Amazon gift card at the full value of your coinage.
And Coinstar really does all the work.
10. Sign up for a MyPoints Account
While you’re busy signing up for the many different programs mentioned above, be sure to include a MyPoints account for yourself. When you do this, every dollar you spend on Amazon earns you points. Points can then be redeemed for gift cards.
Hey, you’re already spending money. You might as well get paid to do it.
Knowing How to Shop on Amazon Saves You Money
Once you’ve learned the ins and outs of how to shop on Amazon, you’ll love shopping there for more than just the convenience.
So get what you need, while getting ready to save.
And for more “top secret” advice on making the most of your cash, keep checking back with our coupons, deals and free stuff blog!