These 11 shopping hacks will save you a ton of money on Amazon Prime Day

By Rebecca Safier

First introduced in 2015 to celebrate Amazon’s 20 years in business, Amazon Prime Day has become a highly anticipated annual business event. Now spanning two days, it offers deep discounts on thousands of products on Amazon’s marketplace.

Although Amazon keeps the exact dates a secret until shortly before Prime Day begins, this sales event usually kicks off during the summer. In 2022, Amazon Prime Day falls on July 12 and 13, and whether you’re looking to buy some new tech or do your holiday shopping early, these Amazon Prime Day hacks will help you get more for less.

Hacks to increase your savings on Amazon Prime Day

While any Amazon Prime member can get discounts on Prime Day, there are some smart steps you can take to save even more money. Here are some ways to prepare before Amazon Prime Day arrives.

1. Become a Prime Member

First and foremost, you must be an Amazon Prime member to participate in this sale. Plus, a Prime membership will get you fast, free shipping on many items in Amazon’s marketplace. You can often choose one- or two-day delivery, and customers can even access same-day delivery in some locations.

A Prime membership also opens the door to other free perks, such as access to Amazon video, music, games, unlimited photo storage, and discounts on prescription drugs.

You can sign up for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime, after which you’ll pay $14.99 per month or $139 per year (plus tax in some states). Alternatively, you can share a Prime Household account, which includes up to two adults, four teenagers and four children.

Discounted subscriptions are available if you are a student or eligible for government assistance:

  • Student: $7.49 per month
  • Eligible government assistance: $6.99 per month

If you only want to join Prime to shop on Prime Day, you can sign up for the free trial and cancel the subscription before you’re charged, or check out these nine ways to get a free (or cheap) Prime subscription. ).

2. Buy early

Although Prime Day technically spans 48 hours, you’ll likely see some deals popping up early. So keep an eye on your Amazon account in the week leading up to Prime Day for early bird discounts.

You can see these promotions in the top banner of your home screen, or you can scroll down the page for additional recommendations. Rather than waiting for the official Prime Day launch, it’s worth checking your account for some early offers.

3. Add items to your wishlist

If you have views on specific items, add them to your Amazon wishlist before Prime Day begins. This will allow you to quickly check prices and set up notifications to receive alerts when these items go on sale.

Download the Amazon Assistant browser extension that lets you set up notifications, compare product reviews, and add products from other stores to your Amazon shopping cart.

Note: Some of the best Prime Day deals tend to be home appliances, like air fryers and vacuums, and Amazon tech toys, like Alexa, Ring, and Echo.

4. Download the Amazon app

Products often sell out quickly on Amazon Prime day. Downloading Amazon’s free mobile app is therefore a great way to stay informed. Just as you can set up browser notifications with Amazon Assistant, you can also set up notifications on your phone through the Amazon app.

Tap “Watch This Deal” on Prime Day deals marked with a blue badge to be alerted when the price drops. Once you have added the newly reduced item to your cart, you will have 15 minutes to complete your purchase.

Once you’ve completed your purchase, you can continue to use the app to track your shipment or chat with customer service.

5. Watch for flash deals

One of the best ways to save money on Amazon Prime Day is to take advantage of “lightning deals,” which are short-term discounts that usually only last a few hours.

Flash deals are easy to spot because they display a countdown timer next to the item and may also indicate a limited number of items available at that discounted price. Offer expires when item sells out or timeout expires, whichever comes first. So if a lightning deal catches your eye, act fast.

You can monitor Lightning deals on the Amazon Prime Day page. Apart from this annual sale, you can also find these special short-term offers on the “Deals of the day” page of your Amazon account.

6. Ask Alexa

Amazon’s Alexa device is known for giving customers exclusive deals. In recent years, Amazon has offered special sales that can’t be found anywhere except through an Alexa device. So if you’re the proud owner of an Amazon Alexa or Echo Dot, be sure to ask “Alexa, what are my Prime Day deals” on July 12 and 13.

7. Cut Amazon Coupons

Check out the Amazon coupons page. You can find and clip digital coupons in various categories ranging from electronics to pet supplies to groceries and more.

Simply find the coupons you want to use, click “Clip Coupon”, add the item to your cart, and the coupon will automatically be applied to your cart.

8. Top up a gift card

In 2021, Amazon offered a $10 bonus to customers who topped up a gift card of $100 or more.

It was an easy way to save money if you were already planning to spend $100 or more. And while it’s unclear if Amazon will offer this deal again, if you’re planning on spending more than $100, it’s worth reloading a gift card, just in case.

Note: Previously, this offer was only available to new gift card reloaders, not to those who had reloaded a gift card in the past.

9. Look for special promotions

Finding additional Amazon promotions will increase your Prime Day savings. And while your Amazon homepage will be loaded with promotions during Prime Day, doing some extra research beforehand will help you identify which promotions are best for you. For example, in 2021, Amazon offered Prime members a $10 credit after supporting a small business with a purchase of $10 or more.

10. Compare prices

Amazon is offering Prime Day discounts for everything from appliances to electronics to furniture (and more), yes, again, don’t assume they’re the only game in town.

In an effort to keep up with the e-commerce giant, other retailers often see big sales around Prime Day. So before checking out Prime Day, take a few minutes to compare prices on other websites. You can do this manually or by using a browser extension such as Honey or PriceBlink.

11. Use cashback apps

Beyond clipping coupons, you can glean even more savings by using a cashback app when shopping Prime Day. Many cashback sites have apps and browser extensions that will notify you of the active cashback offer when shopping online. All you have to do is activate the offer to earn a percentage of your purchase as cash back.

Cashback apps work with a huge number of retailers, so they’re a great way to save money even after Prime Day ends.

The most important hack

All the shopping hacks in the world won’t save you money if you spend beyond your means. Before the event begins, think about your budget and allocate a specific amount for Prime Day purchases.

Prepare ahead of time for Prime Day by planning your purchases and setting spending limits to avoid impulse purchases and prevent you from overspending.

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