Amazon, the pioneer e-commerce site needs no introduction. No matter where you are, finding a box with Amazon printed on it is never far away. Such is the level of penetration that Amazon has done into our lives.
It is almost as if Amazon knows what our hearts long for and it makes a smorgasbord of related offerings on its website. This is why Amazon as a brand is followed by such reverence and enthusiasm; a combo of choice, service, convenience, and price entices the followers of the site and they keep coming back.
Now, there are people who have scrabbled the depths of the site and have found effective ways to save money on Amazon. Because you keep returning to the site and often make impulse purchases, here are a few hacks for you to save money on Amazon so that you donât end up under a pile of debt:-
Subscribe and Save is a program that lets the buyers encash their brand loyalty. There are certain items like deodorants, washing powder and soap for dishes, sanitizers, hand wash which you require on a month-to-month basis.
If you choose to buy these daily-use items from Amazon every month, you could get a 15% discount and get free shipping on them as well. All you have to do is that when you have made a cart, you have to click on Subscribe & Save instead of making a one-time purchase. Once you have subscribed, the items will be delivered to you by Amazon. Moreover, you have the liberty of choosing how frequently the order is repeated.
You can save money on Amazon via Ebates. It is basically a cash-back site that rewards you for shopping online. Ebates gives you 5% cashback on any purchases that you make through Ebates.
Moreover, you get a $10 Ebates gift card for signing up which you can use whilst shopping from sites that are associated with Ebates.
Coupons are âInâ these days. There is no denying their usefulness.
You can earn Amazon Coupons through Swagbucks.
Swagbucks is an amazing site for online rewards; a perfect blend of popular ways of making money online. You can earn various rewards for searching through its search engine, watching videos, etc. Swagbucks gives you coupons to save money at the Amazon store while crediting SBs to your account as and when you purchase.
Amazon Coupon lets you avail of discounts in categories like grocery, personal care, and household products. When you click on the coupon, itâs automatically added to your cart and the price gets discounted. Easy as you like.
You can save a lot on Amazon provided you get the right rewards credit card. Chase Sapphire Rewards Credit Card incentivizes your purchases from Amazon and other stores as well. You donât have to be a Prime member to reap benefits.
Make it a point that you shouldnât spend more than what you can repay in full. Else, your cashback or points will be overshadowed by the accruing interest.
If you shop frequently on Amazon, then you can buy Amazon privileged membership named Prime for $99 a year. Now you are wondering what kind of privilege is that. Starting your tryst with Amazon with $99 debited straight away doesnât seem so uplifting after all.
Well, there is an easy way out to get the Prime Membership without having to pay a single penny. All you have to do is fill out this small survey and wait for the gift card (which could entail the Amazon Prime Membership for a year) to be delivered to your inbox. Woah! That is it.
With Prime, you get two-day free shipping and same-day delivery as well as 2 hour delivery on select zip codes. With Prime, you also get access to streaming exclusive TV shows and standup comedy. Prime members also reap the benefits of Prime members-only sales.
You would have read a dozen stories about dumpster diving and how the garbage often holds things of value. However, you wouldnât know the virtues of keeping garbage in your inbox. If you are among those who keep deleting emails from the inbox, particularly the ones with invoices and receipts, you could be at a loss. Confused?
Paribus is an app that negotiates the best buys for you after you have made the payment. E-commerce sites these days have an algorithm where they increase the prices of the products as per their demand (which is assessed on the basis of queries regarding a particular product).
Paribus shields you against this price speculation by scanning your inbox for receipts and tracks the site to see if thereâs a drop in the price of that article. If it finds a drop, it negotiates a refund from Amazon on behalf of you.
Itâs always good to have Paribus watching over your recent purchases.
Amazon also offers a conventional credit card besides their storeâs credit card for loyal customers. The Amazon credit card offers 5% cashback on all purchases from Amazon as well as 2% cash back on restaurant, gas station, and pharmacy purchases. Further, there is a flat 1% cashback on all other categories and the card is a Visa card so it comes with wide acceptability.
If you are street-smart, you can apply for a one-month free trial of Amazon Prime, avail of all the benefits, and cancel right before the start of next month. This way, you wonât have to pay any amount but the catch is your rendezvous wonât last long. After all, nothing does.
If you are a student, you must be having an authentic .edu email address. Sign up from Prime Student with the same. You will get a free 6-month trial after which you will have to upgrade to Prime with a 50% off.
Prime Student gives you access to Amazon lighting Deals, books, and magazines and gives you free two-day shipping (same as that of standard Prime).
If you are a family man, you should sign for Amazon Family and get access to exclusive coupons and discounts besides 20% off on diapers, pediatric nutrition, and other family-related items. Moreover, you can get a 15% discount for creating a child profile via Baby registration completion.
If your Prime membership is coupled up with Amazon Prime Store Card, you will receive a 5% cashback on all purchases. This could be a boon for frequent Amazon shoppers.
If you are looking for a product of a particular utility, the product which pops up first doesnât necessarily have to be the cheapest. You can save quite a lot of money if you scrabble the deaths of the site. You can look for the supplementary products of the product that you are eying in the âCustomer Who Bought This Also Bought Thisâ section. The utility will be more or less the same but the products can be a lot cheaper.
You are just done with the Spring Cleaning and got rid of a lot of trash. If you have books, toys, video games, etc you can trade them with Amazon gift cards via Amazon Trade-In.Â Donât worry about the shipping cost and other expenses; Amazon takes care of all the formalities for you.
If you donât have delusions of grandeur and donât shy away from buying used items, Amazon Warehouse is the place for you. Amazon Warehouse lists open box products such as software and computer games. Everything listed on the site is functioning and durable, thanks to the strict policies of Amazon.
If you browse the âTodayâs Dealsâ section on Amazon, you would find that there are Cyber Monday kinds of deals on select products. You donât have to be tricked into making impulse purchases.
Sites like CamelCamelCamel and Tractor watch over millions of products on Amazon and sends you price drop alert on the items you want. This way, you can buy products that you have been wanting to buy at the lowest possible price.
If you install a coupon aggregator on your computer to check if thereâs a coupon available for the product that you want to buy, you could save decent money by fetching the relevant coupon before making a purchase from the site. Moreover, there are price comparison sites that index millions of e-commerce product pages and informs you on the go if the product that you are viewing is available at a cheaper price on some other website or not.
So, the next time you are on Amazon, open this write-up on another tab and check which all hacks can you use to make your rendezvous with the e-commerce giant a money-saving one.