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Are you a frequent Amazon shopper? Do you love to find options to save money before making your purchases?
There are plenty of ways to save some bucks when shopping on Amazon that you may or may not know about. So, before making your next purchase, check out these 10 options to see if you can save a little more.
Try Out Amazon Prime for Free
While the price of an Amazon Prime membership is now at $99 per year, you can still sign up for a free 30-day trial. If you do not want to keep it, you can cancel at any time. Keep in mind that if you really are a frequent Amazon shopper, the savings in shipping costs can easily be worth the membership fee especially considering the two-day shipping promise on select items.
In addition, Amazon Prime is more than just saving on shipping and getting it quick. You will have access to Prime Video which allows you to stream movies and television shows from thousands of options. Prime Music lets you listen to millions of songs and create custom playlists. Prime Photos provides you with unlimited photo storage and you can browse the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library and borrow books for free. How much would each of these cost you somewhere else?
So, with access to movies, television shows, music, books, and storage space for your photos, once you tack on the free two-day shipping, Amazon Prime can be a real money-saver. And, do not forget that sharing is caring and add up to four other household members for them to receive the shipping benefits too.
Shop the Prime Pantry
If you do happen to check out the Amazon Prime trial or are already a member, you can shop the Prime Pantry for a box full of products with a flat $5.99 shipping fee. You just begin by filling your virtual box with items marked with the Prime Pantry option.
Each item that you add to your box is automatically tracked. Based on the product’s size and weight, it will take up a certain percentage of your box so you can easily see how full it is. Then when you are ready, just place your order and pay the flat shipping fee for your big box of goodies.
Look at Kindle First Books
If you belong to Amazon Prime, you may already enjoy the benefit of the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library for borrowing books. But, there is another free perk for Kindle owners called Kindle First. Each month you can choose one free book from four options. And, the best thing is that these are new releases and are available to you in advance of their release date. If you are not a Prime member, you can still buy a featured book at the price of $1.99 which is still a good deal.
The books are from various genres from thriller to romance to contemporary fiction. So, not only are you getting a book for free each month, but you can start reading it ahead of everyone else. You can also sign up to receive a monthly email with your choices so you never forget to grab one.
Sign Up For ‘Subscribe & Save’
This Amazon program can not only save you money, but time as well. Selecting products that have the Subscribe & Save option can save you up to 15 percent off of your entire order, shipped for free. As a bonus, you can have these items delivered to you on a regular basis.
Just choose the frequency, which can be changed if needed, and check your inbox for email reminders before your order is sent.
Subscribe & Save is a terrific option for items you know you need all the time. From household items like laundry detergent and toilet paper to office supplies like batteries and ink to baby products like diapers and wipes, it is definitely worth it. Plus, many everyday items have deeper discounts when you check out the Subscribe & Save coupon section.
Browse Bargain Spots
Be sure to always check out the different Amazon bargain areas for great deals. Head over to the Outlet for clearance items, overstocks, and product markdowns. Browse the Warehouse Deals for discounts on used products. View daily price cuts in the Today’s Deals section which include Lightning Deals available for a short time and a Watch this Deal feature for alerts when the deal starts.
Join Amazon Student
For college students, Amazon Student is a terrific money-saving program. You can sign up for a free six-month trial that gives you the two-day shipping for free, unlimited photo storage, and exclusive student-related discounts and deals. After your trial expires, you are eligible to receive Amazon Prime at half the cost and you still get all of the Prime member benefits we listed above.
Become Part of Amazon Family
Previously named Amazon Mom, Amazon Family gives Prime Members exclusive, family-related discounts and deals, special coupons, and recommendations based on age for your children. Members also receive 20 percent off of diaper subscriptions and a 15 percent discount for a Baby Registry completion.
Other Tips and Tricks
Whether you are a parent of a college student or are one yourself, you know how expensive books for school can be. Before shelling out the money in the school’s bookstore, search for your books on Amazon and see if they are available to rent. This can be an enormous money-saver, for example, why spend $150 on a book you will never look at again when you can rent it for just $25 and return it when class is over?
If Prime applies to the book you are renting, you will receive it in two days and when it is time to return it, you will receive a reminder. Then simply print the packing slip and return shipping label and send your book back by the due date provided.
If you order CDs or MP3s of your favorite musicians from Amazon, you can actually save when you check for the AutoRip option. This allows you to purchase the physical CD and receive a free digital version of the album. Just look for the option in your search results or on the product page under the Add to Cart button.
What better way to save money on a gift? Keep the free MP3 for yourself and give a friend the physical CD for their birthday. Remember, you cannot actually send this as a gift through Amazon, but once you receive the CD in the mail, just wrap it up, and give it to your pal.
TV Low Price Guarantee
If you decide to purchase a television on Amazon and then find the exact same one for a cheaper price on another site, you may be eligible for the TV Low Price Guarantee.
First, your purchase must be within 30 days of contacting Amazon about the other deal. Second, the other site must be on Amazon’s list of qualifying retailers. Amazon will then refund the difference in gift cards taking into account shipping and promotions.
In addition, if Amazon lowers their own price on a television you purchased within 30 days, they will refund you the difference for that as well. Just look for the Low Price Guarantee link on the television product page and remember that televisions purchased from third-party sellers on Amazon do not apply.
How Do You Save Money on Amazon?
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