You may already know that Amazon is a wonderful online warehouse of everything imaginable. It is so easy to sit in the comfort of your own home and shop for every room in the house and everyone in the family. And they make it so simple to fill your shopping cart and buy with one click. You can make sure that shopping at this site is an asset to your budget and not a liability by taking control of the your spending and learning how to spend less on the things you want. Here are my favorite money saving tips for Amazon:
- Consider Membership: By spending $99 a year for a membership to Amazon Prime, you may find yourself saving more than if you opt out. The membership comes with free two-day shipping on most items, and you also have access to freebies like the lending library for books, as well as free streaming of movies and TV shows. With shipping alone, this will pay for itself if you order multiple items in a year. The new added benefit of streaming video can also cut out the extra fees of Netflix or Hulu Plus. (I love Downton Abby for free and Larkrise to Candleford). There are also periodic specials for example right now you can select regular mail (instead of priority) and get a $5.99 credit in Prime Pantry.
- Share the Love: If you would rather not shell out the full $99 a year for Amazon Prime, you are able to cut the cost two ways by sharing the service with others. You can add up to two “household” adult members by following these instructions. Amazon doesn’t give limits as to who a household member is, so it is up to your discretion.
- Memberships for Students: There are actually 3 kinds of memberships available through Amazon Prime: student, family and regular prime membership. Amazon Family offers exclusive deals and discounts diapers, wipes, and other family essentials. You get all the perks of Amazon Prime as well. It is available to anyone—moms, dads, grandparents, etc. Another option is the Amazon Prime Student membership. Anyone with a .edu email address is eligible for 6 months free membership to Amazon Prime, including 50% off at the end of the trial period and $5 credit for each friend you refer.
- Free Perks: Take advantage of some of your favorite titles at no cost with the section dedicated to free eBooks in the Kindle store. Also, if you are a member, you can borrow one of the 145,000 titles in Amazon’s lending library.
- Used items: Often times, the used section can have options that are as good as new. Amazon has a good selection of used goods that you can buy from third-party sellers. Remember, third-party sellers may not be eligible for Prime free shipping. Sometimes, the item may be cheaper than new, but factoring in the shipping can add up to more money so be sure to compare.
- Free Super Saver shipping: If you’re not in a rush and don’t have Amazon Prime, wait until your shopping cart has at least $25 worth of goods so you qualify for the free Super Saver shipping. It will deliver your items in five to eight business days after the items are available for shipping.
- Subscription services: If you find yourself ordering the same items every month, you should consider ordering through the Subscribe & Save program. It will give you a discounted price and automatically ship the product to you on a regular schedule.
- Track the prices: If you find the item you want, but it just doesn’t match your price range, use the site CamelCamelCamel to keep an eye on the price. You can set alerts that will notify you via email or Twitter when the price of the item drops.
- Shop the sales: There are a plethora of deals available at Amazon. Check out its Today’s Deals page to see what items are currently on sale, including the section that takes you to the best deals at Amazon. Friday is the best day for sales. Friday Sale offers discounts on over a hundred items for just one day. Another great place to find deals is the outlet shopping page.
- Warehouse deals: These are the open box, like-new, and refurbished items that are returned by other people. Amazon makes sure the items are working order before putting them up for sale as Warehouse Deals. These items are the same quality as new items, but at a better price.
What are some of the deals you’ve received at amazon?
America’s Family Financial Expert (R)