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I thought I was doing pretty good saving money on Amazon.
I was taking advantage of subscribe and save, buying diapers at a 20% discount, and batching orders to get free shipping.
But then I recently became an Amazon Seller myself. Learning from both a buyer’s and a seller’s perspective has opened my eyes to many new ways to save money on Amazon.
Combining the old with the new, here are my very best tips to save money on Amazon, categorized by:
- Prime Members (which you can try for free)
Brilliant Ways To Save Money On Amazon
# 1) Use Amazon’s Discount Search
Here’s a fun hack to get you started.
Go to Amazon and type in the search box a product you’re looking for.
For our experiment, let’s type in “Water Filters”
When you search, you’ll find the results include sponsored listings (paid advertising) and whatever products Amazon deems best.
But at any time, prices can change drastically on a product. So, if you’re looking for the least expensive, highest quality product–chances are a normal search will not bring it up.
So, here’s what you do.
At the end of the URL, add “&pct-off=30-70“. This searches for water filters that are between 30% and 70% off.
This is the preferred method compared to searching by lowest price. I’ve always found that sorting by lowest price, gives me an array of irrelevant products.
# 2) Get 2 Free Audiobooks
One of Amazon’s subsidiaries is the audiobook provider Audible. Audible has the largest selection of audiobooks.
For signing up for a free 30 day trial, you’ll get two free audiobooks. The Audiobooks are yours to keep.
# 3) Set Google Alerts for Free Audiobooks
Once you use your two free audiobook credits, you may wish to cancel the monthly subscription.
If you cancel, Audible has promotions from time to time to get free audiobooks. These giveaways are not heavily promoted.
If Audible is running a decent promo, it’s going to end up on SlickDeals. So, by setting this alert I’m notified immediately.Audible Free Trial
# 4) Earn Free Amazon Gift Cards with Swagbucks
Sign up for Swagbucks which lets you earn points everytime you search online. You can then redeem your points for Amazon Gift Cards. You can earn more points by accomplishing tasks such as taking surveys, playing games, or watching videos.
It’s a fantastic way to earn a few gift cards a year, with little effort.
Just for signing up you’ll receive a free $5 bonus too.Get Free Gift Cards
# 5) Earn Free Amazon Gift Cards with InboxDollars
InboxDollars is another site that makes earning gift cards easy by taking surveys. They’ve paid out over $50,000,000 in rewards to date. Partner companies include NetFlix, WalMart, Target, & H&R Block. It’s similar to Swagbucks in how you take surveys and do other online activities to earn rewards.
Plus, they have a $5 signup bonus.Earn With InboxDollars
# 6) Get Money Back On Amazon Purchases With eBates
eBates allows you to share a referral fee for making a purchase through their link. So, you get cash back on certain items.
All you have to do is use their browser extension or start your Amazon search through their site.Earn With eBates
# 7) Get Money Back with Ask Trim
If something you bought on Amazon drops in price (which happens a lot), Trim automatically refunds the difference.
Signing up is free and the amount will automatically show up on your credit card.Save with Ask Trim
# 8) Save Money On Home Services
I first heard of Amazon Home Services when I received a credit for choosing No Rush Shipping.
My first experience went very well. I had three high efficiency toilets, a garbage disposal, and two shower heads installed for $330.
Next home project you’re thinking of hiring out, try Amazon Home Services.Try Amazon Home Services
# 9) Get Free or Heavily Discounted Products to Review
An interesting aspect of Amazon I’ve been learned as a seller is the strategy of giving away product for reviews. Due to recent Terms of Service changes at Amazon, there is a lot of red tape around the practice. Nonetheless, the concept of giving away free or heavily discounted items still stands.
# 10) Track Price Changes
When there’s something you want to buy and don’t need instantly, use the website CamelCamelCamel to track the price. You’ll get a notification when the price drops.
# 11) Subscribe & Save
Subscribe and save allows you to save up to 20%. For anything you buy consistently it can make sense. However, it’s easy to cancel (you even get an email before your order ships, in case you forget), so no harm in using it just once for the savings.
# 12) Amazon Warehouse
With over 100 billion dollars in sales annually, Amazon sells a lot of products. But just like any retail store, a lot of these purchases are returned. With Amazon Warehouse, Amazon sells these open boxed and pre-owned products at a large discount. To search for warehouse deals, select “Amazon Warehouse Deals” in the dropdown of the main search bar.
#13) Shop Today’s Deals
There are two primary factors Amazon uses to determine their search rankings: 1) Sales 2) Reviews.
When it comes to sales, any sales count. Even if it’s heavily discounted. So, one strategy used it to offer deep discounts through Lightning Deals. Lightning Deals are time-bound deals, which are featured in the “Today’s Deals” section. You can find this section underneath the main search bar.
There are some incredible deals found here. Plus, in typical Amazon fashion, the deals are customized to your previous buying behavior.
# 14) Amazon Student
If you’re a college student, Amazon gives you a free six-month membership to Prime Student.
Benefits to Prime Student include:
- Free 2-Day shipping
- Unlimited photo storage
- Prime video
- Student exclusive deals
You just need an .edu email address.Try Amazon Student
# 15) Amazon Referral Programs
# 16) Use Honey to Find Amazon Coupons
Honey is a free browser extension that makes it easy to save with Amazon Coupons.
All you have to do is install the extension. Then, when you go through checkout, Honey looks for possible coupons for you automatically. It’s free to use.Find Amazon Coupons
Ways To Save Money with Amazon Prime
Here are ways you can save money as a Prime Member, which you can get a 30-day free trial for.
# 17) Amazon Prime 30 Day Free Trial
If you’re not sure if Amazon Prime is right for you, Amazon offers a 30-day free trial.
The benefits to being a Prime member always seem to be expanding.
As I write this, some of the more useful benefits include
- Prime Delivery – FREE Two-Day Shipping on most items
- Photo Storage – Unlimited photo storage
- Amazon Family – 20% off diapers
- Prime Video – Access to thousands of TV shows and movies
Cancelling is very easy. So if you haven’t yet, experience a month of prime.Try Amazon Prime for Free
# 18) Binge Watch Top Shows for Free With Amazon Channels
If you’re a Prime Member, get Free 7-Day Access to channels such as HBO, Showtime, and Starz through Amazon Channels. This is perfect if you ever wanted to binge watch a series or two on HBO or Showtime. You can cancel before your free trial ends with no obligation.Try Amazon Channels
# 19) Choose No Rush Shipping
Select No-Rush Shipping at checkout.
While your shipment will now take a few days longer, Amazon rewards you with free credits.
The most common credits I see are in the following categories:
- Prime Pantry
- Amazon Home Services
These can be anywhere from a $1 to $30 (for Amazon Home Services).
# 20) Get Free eBooks
Another free trial that comes in handy, especially on a vacation, is the Kindle Unlimited Free Trial. This gives you unlimited access to over 1 million books and many popular magazines free for 30 days.
It’s not necessary to own a Kindle to sign up for the free trial. You just need access to the app, which you can get for free on your phone or tablet.Get Free eBooks
# 21) Amazon Music 30 Day Free Trial
One last free trial to take advantage of is Amazon’s Prime Music subscription. As a first time user, you get unlimited access of ad-free music for 30 days.Get Free Music
# 22) Get a Free Month of Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime comes with a 2-day shipping guarantee. What happens when you don’t receive your item in 2-days? Amazon offers a free one-month Prime membership extension. As noted in their policies,
“If you received free shipping with a guaranteed delivery date through Amazon Prime, you may be eligible for a free one-month extension if the delivery date isn’t met. Prime extensions are limited to one per free trial, one per month for monthly members, and 12 for an annual membership. “
# 23) AmazonSmile
While you won’t save money by using Amazon Smile, you can help an organization you care about. With AmazonSmile, you pay the same price, yet part of your purchase goes to a charitable organization of your choice.
Bonus Tip: Save Money On Autopilot
Ever bought something, which the price dropped shortly after? Now, you can easily get refunded the difference.
Paribus is a website and app that automatically tracks purchases from select merchants. When a price drops, Paribus will then automatically refund you the difference. They take 25% and you get a refund you wouldn’t have otherwise.
Stores include Amazon, Target, WalMart, Costco, Old-Navy and more.
It works and it’s free to sign up!