20 Amazon Hacks For Saving Money (Updated for 2019)

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20 amazon hacks for saving money

Today Amazon is synonymous with online shopping.  Amazon allows you to literally buy anything online at a great price without stepping a foot out the door.  And if you sign up for the Prime program, you can get things shipped to you free with 2nd-day shipping – sometimes even the same day!

However, before you buy another item from Amazon, make sure you don’t miss the 20 Amazon Hacks For Saving Money!  These tips will help you save a boatload of money from Amazon and have been updated for 2019!  

20 Amazon Hacks For Saving Money!

Get Honey

There is a new player in town called Honey that helps you save money on Amazon by doing three things, comparing prices from sellers, keeping track of historical prices and providing notifications on price drops.   Pretty cool.  Simply sign up with Honey and get a plugin for Chrome or any other browser you may be using.

Afterward, you’ll be sure that any item you are looking at will be the lowest available price.  And if you are not in a rush, you can track the historical price to make sure you get the best deal possible and get notified when the price drops.

Get a refund if the price drops

Amazon is always changing prices, and if the price on something you buy falls within the next two weeks, you’re entitled to a refund of the difference.  You can claim this by email, live chat, or on the phone. If your price drop is outside of two weeks, you have the option of returning the item and rebuying.

Christmas Returns Extended

Usually the return policy for items is within 30 days but for anything purchased a month before christmas gets an extension up until the end of Jan.  You can see when you need to return something within your order history.

Get an additional 3% or 5% off by using Amazon Visa (Works at Whole Foods also)

Just like having a credit card from Walmart, Target or Lowes; Amazon offers you a 5% rebate on all purchases if you charge to your Amazon Visa card.  This applies to only Prime members.  If not a Prime member, the discount drops to 3% which is still better than most of the reward program other credit card companies offer.   Plus earn 2% back at restaurants, gas stations and drug stores and 1% back on everything else.

Also keep in mind since Amazon bought Whole Foods, this applies at all Whole Food stores as well.  Make sure you take advantage.

Get free Amazon gift cards

Looking to get free Amazon gift cards?  One of the easiest ways is to use Swagbucks.  Sites like Swagbucks pay you for watching videos and trailers, shopping, signing up to websites – basically, things you already do online.  Everything is free and you can convert earnings for Amazon gift cards that are delivered instantly to your inbox.  $5 dollars free for signing up.

Get Prime for free if you’re a college student

I mentioned above about how great Prime membership was for free 2nd-day shipping but did you know college students can get 6 months membership of Prime for free?  It’s not the full Prime membership, as it doesn’t include Instant Video, but it does get you free two-day shipping. During the membership, you can convert to a full membership for 50% off the normal rate.  This only works if you have a .edu email address.

Also after your trial, students can keep Prime for $6.49 a month.

Share your Prime membership

Amazon allows you to share your Prime membership with anyone else in your house. It can be anyone as long as they share the same mailing address.  They will get full benefits, including free two-day shipping.

Exclusive Prime discounts

Amazon occasionally offers great discounts on Amazon products such as tablets and echo/dots, fire sticks, etc…for Prime members.  Recently Amazon started offering Prime discounts on random items they sell. Having Prime membership gives you a slight advantage over others especially if you’re looking for things to flip.

Save up to 15% with Subscribe and Save

Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program is another way to save 15% on your purchase.  All you have to do is commit to buying a product at regular intervals (1-6 months), and Amazon will take 5% off the price.  After having 5 things on subscription, the discount goes up to 15%.  You can cancel the subscription anytime.

A bonus is you get free shipping as well if you do not have Prime membership.

Amazon has coupons

You can clip coupons on Amazon just like anywhere else.  Just head over to Amazon Coupons to browse all the available coupons.

Free Amazon Mom service

Amazon Mom is a service for Prime members that will save you quite a bit.  You get a 15% discount on all baby registry items within 2 months of your due date.  You can also get a 20% discount on diapers using the Subscribe and Save program – and just think, you don’t have to haul them all home.

Amazon price tracker

Wish you can track how low an item has dropped to in the past?  Aren’t sure if the price you’re paying is a good one?  This is where CamelCamelCamel.com can help you. Simply set an alert there, and it will notify you if the price falls.  It also has a historical tracker showing how low and high the price was previously.

Amazon’s Deal of the Day

Every day, Amazon fills offers many discounts on items labeled Deal of the Day (previously Gold box) with great daily and lightning deals.  Many of these daily expire in a few hours or less and sometimes are gone within seconds.  This is a great section to pick out bargains for flipping.

Join Amazon’s mailing list to get deals in your inbox

Want to be notified of deals?  Join Amazon’s mailing list and you can.  Just go to Amazon Email Subscriptions to see the categories and to sign up.

No Rush Shipping Bribe

If you’re not in a rush to get your items within 1 or 2-day shipping, you can elect to get a bribe from Amazon instead for slower shipping.  This could be up to $5 dollars for groceries or digital items!

Amazon’s Trade-in

Amazon’s trade-in program is great for electronics such as cell phones, tablets, computers and video games.  They usually offer more than some of the other services in this market.  Amazon also offer trade-in programs for newer versions of Fire TV or tablets.

Get Diapers and Baby Food at 20% off

If you have a Prime membership you can ask Amazon to deliver diapers to you and get 20% off.  Just register with the Subscribe & Save program and set how often you would like them delivered.  The shipping is free and you can cancel anytime, and best of all you don’t have to carry a big box of diapers home from the store.

Amazon Warehouse Deals

If you don’t mind getting 2nd hand or used items for a discounted price, then take a look at Amazon Warehouse Deals.  This division of Amazon is limited to used, refurbished, warehouse damaged and open box items, but often they are as good as new. If you find that you don’t like the condition of the item, you can return it within 30 days for a full refund.

Amazon Outlet

If you love great deals and bargain hunting, shop Amazon Outlet for low prices on markdowns and overstocks.  Unlike Warehouse Deals, Outlet items are brand new.  There are also daily deals.

Convert leftover Visa gift cards that you can’t use anywhere else

Do you have a bunch of Visa gift cards that are under a dollar that you can’t use?  Convert them to Amazon credits!  You can convert gift cards as low as $.15 cents!

In Conclusion

As good as Amazon is, these 20 Hacks will make your shopping experience even better!  How many have you tried and are there other hacks you want to share?  Please leave in the comments below.

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