Amazon has come to my rescue many times. For that last-minute gift or a book I can’t seem to find, Amazon has become my go-to site. And Amazon Prime has saved our family a lot of money! For me, the free two-day shipping is well worth the annual $99 membership fee. But what I’ve discovered is, Prime is just the beginning. Here are 9 awesomely creative ways to save on Amazon that you didn’t know existed.
- Use coupon codes. Often we are so content with Amazon’s already low prices that we forget to look for coupon codes before we click “purchase.” But who doesn’t want to save more? I’ve frequently saved 20–25% off with a code, especially on clothing, shoes, jewelry and other accessories. See what’s available in the coupon code section.
- Shop warehouse deals. Amazon has section on their site where they sell open-box, like-new, and pre-owned products. Many are eligible for free shipping and they are backed by Amazon’s A-to-Z guarantee.
- Clip coupons. Clip coupons and your discount is automatically applied at checkout. So be sure to check this section before you shop. You’ll find savings big and small from $1 off paper towels to $10 off an electric toothbrush. Check out current offers here.
- Make it a subscription. The Subscribe & Save program lets you save up to 15% on your order when you subscribe for automatic delivery on your most frequent purchases. It’s great for items like pet food, cosmetics, vitamins and other things that you know you’ll need to buy every month or so.
- Check out daily deals. Go to the “Today’s Deals” tab to see limited-time offers. These deals have a countdown and only a certain inventory available at the special price. See the percentage sold so you can snag up hot items before they’re gone. You can also view upcoming deals.
- Download free eBooks. At any given time, you can find a ton of free e-books in the Kindle store, especially if you’re looking for the classics. You can find many pre-1923 books for free since the copyright has expired and they are public domain.
- Share an Amazon Prime account. As I mentioned, I’m an Amazon Prime member so I get free two-day shipping on a lot of items, plus streaming of movies and TV shows, and access to free e-books. It’s $99 a year and you can share your free shipping benefits with up to four members of your household.
- Take advantage of free shipping. If you don’t want to sign up for Prime, free shipping is still perfectly attainable. Qualifying items are eligible for free shipping when you spend $35 or more. Before I had Prime, I would add items to my cart and wait till I reached the minimum to check out. Or, if it’s something you need immediately, just add a staple like shampoo or a household cleaner. These are things you would purchase eventually anyways, so you might as well get them now and enjoy the free shipping.
- Purchase through AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile has the same great products and prices as the main Amazon site, but when you shop through them, they will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. Just log on and get started.