15 Amazon Shopping Tips That Will Always Save You Money

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You’re likely aware of all the perks that come with a Prime Membership, such as free two-day delivery, exclusive discounts, and unlimited video streaming. But there are a few lesser-known Amazon shopping hacks that can help you save money even if you aren’t shopping during the retailer’s annual Prime Day sale.

Learn where to look for hidden coupons and extra discounts on the web, how to trade in your products for Amazon gift cards, and other insider shopping tips that will help you save big on every order. You’ll be in on every Amazon shopping trick if you read this before clicking “add to cart.”

1. You Can Shop With Points

Do you have a credit card that allows you to earn bonus points? These points can be used to purchase items on Amazon. Simply use the card during checkout and show how many points you want to add to your order.

2. Always Begin Your Shopping Experience on Amazon’s Daily Deals Page

Whatever you’re looking for—electronics and Amazon devices, kitchen gadgets and furniture, beauty goods, and even groceries—by searching Amazon’s regular deals, you can save money every day. The page “Today’s Deals” (also known as the “Goldbox”) is updated regularly and hourly. Browse the featured deals or shop by category or deal form (coupons, discounts, Deal of the Day, or Lightning Deals); you’ll find significant savings in any department. And, since the page is updated 24 hours a day, it’s the perfect place to start your shopping to ensure you get the best deal and don’t miss out on any of the biggest sales.

3. You Can Rent Textbooks

When you borrow instead of buying research books, you can save up to 80%. 

4. Score Savings Through Amazon’s Outlet Stores

While the retailer’s vast beauty department still has plenty of bargains, you can save even more by visiting its Beauty Outlet Store, which has discounts on famous brands like Dove, Burt’s Bees, Covergirl, Bare Minerals, L’Oreal Paris, Olay, Revlon, and more. Its hundreds of other outlet stores, which sell everything from shoes and clothes to home and electronics, are the same. Consider it similar to a ride to your nearby shopping mall, but without the long lines and crowded shops.

5. Amazon Makes Good on Missed Delivery Dates

You could be eligible for a one-month membership extension if an item that qualified for free shipping through Amazon Prime was not shipped on time. Those that do not have Prime will have their shipping costs refunded.

6. Get Healthcare Products Through Amazon’s FSA and HSA Store

Amazon’s FSA and HSA shop is a great place to stock up on skincare essentials. With your passport, you can purchase top-rated facial sunscreens from SuperGoop! and La Roche-Posay, as well as anti-aging eye creams, shea butter lip balms, and more. Be sure to use your funds before they expire by visiting Amazon’s FSA and HSA shop, which covers infant essentials, cold and allergy remedies, and oral care.

7. Readers Have an Entire Library at Their Fingertips

Users of the Kindle (device or app) can select from over one million books and thousands of audiobooks for $10 a month. The first month is completely free. Don’t want to pay a monthly fee? Kindle Daily Deals publishes a new book every day at a discounted price.

8. Unwanted Items Can Also be Traded in for Cash

In exchange for a gift card, Amazon accepts a variety of devices (tablets, laptops, cameras, video games, and more), as well as books and textbooks. Items must be in good working order, and delivery is included.

9. Shopping for Gifts Is Easier

Aside from baby and wedding registries, Amazon also offers gift recommendations based on the recipient (adults, teenagers, toddlers, and babies) and then further narrows it down with filters (anytime gifts, beauty, pretend play, books, and more). Users can also build wish lists that can be searched.

10.You Can Save a Lot of Money on Open-Box Products

Amazon Warehouse, like a typical store’s floor models, sells deeply discounted TVs and other appliances, as well as home products that have been opened, destroyed, used, or refurbished. To ensure customers know what they’re buying, items are categorized by quality (very good, appropriate, or like new) and backed by Amazon’s return policy.

11. They Price Match TVs

The retailer would match a cheaper price advertised on Amazon or at another qualifying retailer within 30 days of buying a television. The refund will be issued in the form of an Amazon.com gift card, taking into account any gaps in delivery or promotions.

12. Students Can Save in a Variety of Ways

You can get a six-month free trial of Amazon Prime as a student, and yes, it includes two-day free delivery. After the six months are up, you can renew your Prime membership for $59 (50 percent off the regular price) for up to four years. Students are also entitled to exclusive offers and discounts.

13. You Can Set Up (and Save on) Recurring Deliveries

By “subscribing” to thousands of items—toilet paper, coffee pods, laundry detergent, and more—you will save up to 15%. Simply choose the amount, frequency of delivery, and start date.

14. You Can Share Your Prime Benefits

Select prime advantages, such as free delivery, free video streaming, photo storage, early access to sales, and more, can be shared by two adults living in the same household (including roommates!). Only add an adult to your Amazon Household.

15. You Can Earn Cash Back

You may know how much you can save on Amazon Prime Day, but you can save even more with these Amazon shopping hacks. When you buy on Amazon via RetailMeNot, you’ll get $10 back on orders of $100 (or more). Another great way to save on a daily basis, not just on Prime Day? Download the Honey app, which finds and applies discount codes automatically at checkout and rewards you with points every time you shop online.

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