Amazon, the pioneer e-commerce site needs no introduction. No matter where you are, finding a box with Amazon printed on it is never far away. Such is the level of penetration that Amazon has done into our lives.
It is almost as if Amazon knows what our hearts long for and it makes a smorgasbord of related offerings on its website. This is why Amazon as a brand is followed by such reverence and enthusiasm; a combo of choice, service, convenience, and price entices the followers of the site and they keep coming back.
Now, there are people who have scrabbled the depths of the site and have found effective ways to save money on Amazon. Because you keep returning to the site and often make impulse purchases, here are a few hacks for you to save money on Amazon so that you don’t end up under a pile of debt:-
1. Sign Up for Subscribe & Save
Subscribe and Save is a program which lets the buyers encash their brand loyalty. There are certain items like deodorants, washing powder and soap for dishes, sanitizers, hand wash which you require on a month-to-month basis.
If you choose to buy these daily use items from Amazon every month, you could get a 15% discount and get free shipping on them as well. All you have to do is that when you have made a cart, you have to click on Subscribe & Save instead of making a onetime purchase. Once you have subscribed, the items will be delivered to you by Amazon. Moreover, you have the liberty of choosing how frequently the order is repeated.
2. Shop through E-Bates
You can save money on Amazon via Ebates. It is basically a cash-back site that rewards you for shopping online. Ebates gives you 5% cashback on any purchases that you make through Ebates.
Moreover, you get a $10 Ebates gift card for signing up which you can use whilst shopping from sites that are associated with Ebates.
- Sign up with your FB account or email id.
- Shop through Ebates, it is connected with a lot of sites such as Amazon, Walmart, and Target.
- Get $10 reward points credited into your account which you can use for shopping the next time.
3. Get Amazon Coupons through SwagBucks — Yes, They’re for real
Coupons are ‘In’ these days. There is no denying their usefulness.
You can earn Amazon Coupons through Swagbucks.
Swagbucks is an amazing site for online rewards; a perfect blend of popular ways of making money online. You can earn various rewards for searching through its search engine, watching videos, etc. Swagbucks gives you coupons to save money at Amazon store while crediting SBs to your account as and when you purchase.
Amazon Coupon lets you avail discounts in categories like grocery, personal care, and household products. When you click on the coupon, it’s automatically added to your cart and the price gets discounted. Easy as you like.
4. Use a Rewards Credit Card
You can save a lot on Amazon provided you get a right rewards credit card. Chase Sapphire Rewards Credit Card incentivizes your purchases from Amazon and other stores as well. You don’t have to be Prime member to reap benefits.
Make it a point that you shouldn’t spend more than what you can repay in full. Else, your cash back or points will be overshadowed by the accruing interest.
5. Make the most out of your Prime Membership
If you shop frequently on Amazon, then you can buy Amazon privileged membership named Prime for $99 a year. Now you are wondering what kind of privilege is that. Starting your tryst with Amazon with $99 debited straight away doesn’t seem so uplifting after all.
Well, there is an easy way out to get the Prime Membership without having to pay a single penny. All you have to do is fill out this small survey and wait for the gift card (which could entail the Amazon Prime Membership for a year) to be delivered to your inbox. Woah! That is it.
With Prime, you get two-day free shipping and same day delivery as well as 2 hour delivery on select zip codes. With Prime, you also get access to streaming of exclusive TV shows and standup comedy. Prime members also reap the benefits of Prime members only sale.
6. Let Paribus dumpster dive for you
You would have read a dozen stories about dumpster diving and how the garbage often holds things of value. However, you wouldn’t know the virtues of keeping garbage in your inbox. If you are among those who keep deleting emails from the inbox, particularly the ones with invoices and receipts, you could be at a loss. Confused?
Paribus is an app which negotiates the best buys for you after you have made the payment. E-commerce sites these days have an algorithm where they increase the prices of the products as per their demand (which is assessed on the basis of queries regarding a particular product).
Paribus shields you against this price speculation by scanning your inbox for receipts and tracks the site to see if there’s a drop in the price of that article. If it finds a drop, it negotiates a refund from Amazon on behalf of you.
It’s always good to have Paribus watching over your recent purchases.
7. Save with the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card
Amazon also offers a conventional credit card beside their store’s credit card for loyal customers. The Amazon credit card offers 5% cash back on all purchases from Amazon as well as 2% cash back on restaurant, gas station and pharmacy purchases. Further, there is a flat 1% cash back on all other categories and the card is a Visa card so it comes with wide acceptability.
8. Get 30 days of Sunshine and Rainbows
If you are street-smart, you can apply for a one month free trial of Amazon Prime, avail all the benefits and cancel right before the start of next month. This way, you won’t have to pay any amount but the catch is your rendezvous won’t last long. After all, nothing does.
9. Join Prime Student
If you are a student, you must be having an authentic .edu email address. Sign up from Prime Student with the same. You will get a free 6-month trial after which you will have to upgrade to Prime with a 50% off.
Prime Student gives you the access to Amazon lighting Deals, books, and magazines and gives you free two-day shipping (same as that of standard Prime).
10. Save money on Amazon Family
If you are a family man, you should sign for Amazon Family and get access to exclusive coupons and discounts besides 20% off on diapers, pediatric nutrition, and other family-related items. Moreover, you can get a 15% discount for creating a child profile via Baby registration completion.
11. Try the Amazon Store Credit Card
If your Prime membership is coupled up with Amazon Prime Store Card, you will receive a 5% cash back on all purchases. This could be a boon for frequent Amazon shoppers.
12. Dig Deeper
If you are looking for a product of a particular utility, the product which pops up first doesn’t necessarily has to be the cheapest. You can save quite a lot of money if you scrabble the deaths of the site. You can look for the supplementary products of the product that you are eying in the “Customer Who Bought This Also Bought This” section. The utility will be more or less the same but the products can be a lot cheaper.
13. Sell it off on Amazon Trade-In and Earn Cash Rewards
You are just done with the Spring Cleaning and got rid of a lot of trash. If you have books, toys, video games, etc you can trade them with Amazon gift cards via Amazon Trade-In. Don’t worry about the shipping cost and other expenses; Amazon takes care of all the formalities for you.
14. Buy used items at Amazon Warehouse
If you don’t have delusions of grandeur and don’t shy away from buying used items, Amazon Warehouse is the place for you. Amazon Warehouse lists open box products such as software and computer games. Everything listed on the site is functioning and durable, thanks to the strict policies of Amazon.
15. Check out daily deals
If you browse the “Today’s Deals” section on Amazon, you would find that there are Cyber Monday kind of deals on select product. You don’t have to be tricked into making impulse purchases.
16. Look before you leap
Sites like CamelCamelCamel and Tractor watch over millions of products on Amazon and sends you price drop alert on the items you want. This way, you can buy products that you have been wanting to buy at the lowest possible price.
17. Source the product from some other website
If you install a coupon aggregator on your computer to check if there’s a coupon available for the product that you want to buy, you could save decent money by fetching the relevant coupon before making a purchase from the site. Moreover, there are price comparison sites which index millions of e-commerce product pages and informs you on the go if the product that you are viewing is available at a cheaper price on some other website or not.
So, the next time you are on Amazon, open this write-up on another tab and check which all hacks can you use to make your rendezvous with the e-commerce giant a money-saving one.