Amazon Prime Day is July 16th.
Sales officially start at 3pm EST and continue through July 17.
Last year’s Prime Day was the biggest Amazon sale day ever – even bigger than Cyber Monday! The company sold their proprietary devices, like the Echo Dot and Kindles at deep discounts and in record numbers. Other top-selling items were the Instant Pot and 23andMe DNA test. While most deals have not yet been announced, I am expecting that Amazon will offer strong deals on their proprietary devices again and that even more of their two million merchants will offer deals for the big day (and a half).
Here are 15 ways to win Amazon Prime Day:
- First and foremost: Amazon Prime Day deals are for Amazon Prime members only, so if you are not a member, now is a great time to join. The membership is $129 per year (or $12.99 per month), and includes unlimited two-day shipping, photo storage, access to Amazon Video, one select Kindle book per month free of charge, special discounts at Whole Foods and lots more. There’s a 30-day free trial, so why not?? Click here to learn more.
- Membership discounts: Students with valid i.d. can get a 6-month free trial, and then it’s $6.49 per month. If you are on public assistance and have an EBT or Medicaid card, you can get Amazon Prime for $5.99 per month.
- First Timer Benefits: Amazon is offering a variety of bonuses for first-time users, like $5 off your first Prime Pantry order, $10 off your first Prime Now order and 40% off your first Subscribe & Save dog or cat food order.
- Reload: If you don’t need another credit card, you can earn 2% cash back by transferring funds from your checking account into a “gift card balance” on Amazon. When you shop on the site, you can shop using that balance.
- Prime deals on groceries: Now that Amazon owns Whole Foods, it’s only logical that this grocery chain would celebrate Prime Day, too! Spend $10 or more at Whole Foods and receive a $10 credit to use on Prime Day. Also, from 7/14 through 7/17, Prime members get 10% cash back at Whole Foods.
- Early intel: Use the Amazon app to add items of interest to your shopping list. You’ll receive alerts when those items go on sale. Make sure you have your Personalized Notifications enabled.
- Deal spotter: To scope out the deals, click on “Today’s Deals” on Amazon. Some of the of the deals on Prime Day will be Lightening Deals and Spotlight Deals, which are brief and the items can sell out.
- Deal alert: If you have something specific in mind, set a deal alert on Slickdeals, which will send you alerts for Amazon as well as other retailers who may be trying to compete with Amazon on price. Also bookmark the Slickdeals Prime Day page for all the best deals in one place. **Update: By using this tip combined with Wikibuy, I saved myself $90 on a Eufy Robotic Vacuum that I’ve been eyeing for months!
- Hire an assistant: Install the free Amazon Assistant Chrome browser extension to receive desktop notifications for deals you are watching. You’ll also get $5 back on your next $25 Amazon purchase! The $5 must be used by 7/23. *some restrictions apply
- Ask Alexa: if you have any of Amazon’s devices, like the Echo Dot or Echo Show, ask Alexa what the deals are. Once you’ve ordered, you can also track your packages using Alexa. In previous years, Amazon offered exclusive deals on some orders placed with Alexa, so be on the lookout for those again.
- Look before you leap: There will be a lot of items on sale for Prime Day, which could be dizzying. My advice? Before you shop, install Wikibuy, which is another browser extension. As you shop on Amazon, Wikibuy will let you know if you’re getting the best price or if there’s a better price elsewhere. Wikibuy will also look for and test coupon codes for you wherever you shop online, so it’s handy all year ’round.
- Get cash back: To save even more, look for cash back offers use a free browser plugin like Swagbucks. Once you install the plugin on Chrome and visit Amazon, you’ll receive an alert if a cash back offer is available. Cash back offers on Amazon are not very common, but it’s worth a shot. Also, if you find a good price at a different retailer via Slickdeals or Wikibuy, that retailer might have a good cash back offer from Swagbucks that could result in a lower overall price.
- If you want it NOW: If you live in one of 30 major cities, including, Chicago, Dallas and LA, try Prime Now, which offers free two-hour delivery on exclusive Amazon deals. Remember, first timers will get $10 off your order!
- Short on cash?: If you have gift cards from other retailers gathering dust, try trading them in for an Amazon gift card on GiftCardGranny. Go to the Sell Gift Cards page, enter the brand & value of your gift card, and then trade it in for an Amazon gift card.
- Get rewards: If you shop regularly on Amazon, it might make sense to sign up for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card. This card has no annual fee and allows you to earn 5% back on your Amazon purchases and between 1-2% back on other purchases. These earnings can be applied to future Amazon purchases. Like many store cards, this card has a fairly high APR (14.99-22.99%), so buy only what you can pay off in full each month. Another bonus of the Prime Visa card is that you get 5% cash back at Whole Foods.
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