If you spend a thousand dollars or more every year on Amazon you should know these secrets on how to save money on Amazon. You should be able to easily save a hundred if not more every year. Combine these secrets for maximum results. Its is great to find low prices and free shipping on Amazon and now its even better since you know the six secrets on how to save money on Amazon.
1. Cashback credit cards - save 5%
Amazon promotes these two credit cards that offer 5% back on all Amazon purchases everyday of the year, both are great and should work well for you –
Offered by Synchrony Bank
Offered by Chase
2. Cashback shopping portals - save up to 10%
Before going to Amazon to buy, first go to a “shopping portal” website, then search for “Amazon”, click on the Amazon logo, then click on the “Shop Now” or “Get Cashback” button which then will forward you Amazon.com. Then make your purchase as you normally would. Shopping portals give you cash back for hundreds of stores including Amazon so use it everywhere.
Also new prime members can usually get $15 cashback for signing up. Some portals also offer cashback for gifts of Prime memberships.
Read more on how to use a shopping portal here.
Top Pick for Amazon
TopCashback rates –
|Amazon Prime Membership||$15|
|Amazon Exclusive Apparel for Women, Men & Kids||10%|
|Luxury Beauty & Grooming||10%|
|Amazon Home Security & Smart Home Devices||7%|
|Amazon Home Services||6%|
|Pet Food & Supplies||6%|
|Shoes for Women, Men & Kids||3.5%|
|Handbags & Wallets||3.5%|
|Sports & Fitness||3%|
3. Wait for a sale
If you are willing to wait for a great price then you can set an alert to be notified when your items go on sale, then relax until you get an email notifying you of a price drop. You will need to use an online site where you can setup a deal alert.
Signup for an account at SlickDeals then go to their “Deal Alerts”, pick a category, enter some keyword text for your item or category to watch for. Then whenever an item matching that category and/or keyword are reported as a “good deal” to them, they will send out an email notification to you. Works nicely.
SlickDeals is also a great way to browse for deals reported by others to them. But if you buy via the links on the site you will NOT get “cash back”, instead go to your favorite “shopping portal” site to buy.
Yes its name is 3 camels. This is for monitoring Amazon price changes. Signup for an account at CamelCamelCamel then you can set it up to get notified with the price on Amazon drops below a certain set price you set. You can also view a chart of the past prices over the months for an item you are interested in to see how low it might get in the future.
If you buy via their links, you will NOT get “cash back”, instead go to your favorite “shopping portal” site to buy.
4. Subscribe and Save - save 5-15%
For those items you purchase regularly every few months, sign up for the Subscribe & Save program if it is offered on your items. With only 1 item subscribed, the usual savings is 5% but if you have 5 or more items you can save up to 15% on the items. If you are trying to get to the 5 item threshold, you can always add low cost items to bump you up to that tier. You can cancel at anytime and Amazon will send out an email reminder a week or so before your items ship where you can review and remove (or skip) any items you don’t want for that month. Also many times there are bonus percents offered for the first time you subscribe for an item.
For a short intro video about subscribe and save, see this video from Amazon
5. Return It
Not happy with your purchase, well just return it. This can save a lot of money (the full purchase price!) if you really don’t like it.
Here is how easy returns are for Amazon –
6. Verify reviews are not "fake"
To get a good product on Amazon you will be looking for four or five star reviews normally. But there is, allegedly, a lot of “fake” reviews put on Amazon. You don’t want to pay good money for a product that is suppose to be great but really has just “fake” reviews do you ? That’s where a site like FakeSpot comes in. Copy the URL for the item you are looking at on Amazon, then paste it into FakeSpot which will analyze the reviews and tell you if there is deception going on as well as giving the product a grade ( A-F) as well as a grade for the company selling the product.
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