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Chances are, you’re already one of Amazon’s 197 million monthly customers. And if you’re an Amazon Prime user, you probably already use and love some of the Prime membership benefits. Even so, there are still some handy hacks for Amazon you might not be taking advantage of yet, whether you have a Prime membership or not.
If you’re on the fence about Amazon prime here are some of the benefits:
- Super fast delivery
- Prime Video Streaming – access to hundreds of movies and TV shows
- Prime Reading – free access to eBooks, magazines and comics
- Prime Music – ad free listening to over 2 million songs on demand
- Prime Photos – unlimited cloud photo storage
- Early Access – 30 mins early access to lightning deals
- Prime Wardrobe – Try before you buy on clothing
My absolute favourite thing about it is the next day delivery – many of my daughter’s school birthday party presents have been a panic purchase using Prime (Shh!).
I also love the music – I have an Amazon Alexa in my kitchen and it’s great to just ask Alexa to play whatever kind of playlist I fancy with no ads to hear while I’m cooking or cleaning.
These days you can buy just about anything from Amazon, but do you know how to save the most money while doing so?
These Amazon hacks are not underhand or even ‘secret’, but they are legitimate things you might not have heard about – so take advantage of these handy ways to save money on Amazon.
17 Savvy Hacks For Amazon
Find hidden deals
We all know that search results don’t always throw up the best or biggest discounts in the top positions and it can take a lot of scrolling to find a deal you want.
However you can use a nifty trick while searching to filter for specific discounts you want. Our Deals Finder uses custom parameters to seek out your preferred discounts.
Combine orders for faster shipping
One sneaky Amazon hack that sometimes works is to combine your orders to try and get faster shipping. If you’re buying a few small items, try ordering them individually in a short time frame, but on one of the orders select faster delivery. They are likely to combine your orders together in one box, so you should receive them all faster.
Use Amazon household to share benefits
With Amazon Household you can share your Prime benefits with another member of your household by adding their Amazon account to your Prime membership.
Use the gift card purchase bonuses
Occasionally when you log into your account you’ll find an offer of a free gift card code when you purchase a certain value in gift cards.
If you know you’ll spend the money at Amazon eventually, it’s worth taking advantage of this offer and getting the free balance added into your gift card balance, as it’s valid for ten years.
Amazon Prime Hacks – Pantry
Did you know you can even buy groceries from Amazon? They really do have it all! With Prime Pantry, you simply choose to fill a box with low priced grocery items and pay a low flat fee for delivery of your box.
To get free delivery, simply make sure your box includes 4 or more eligible items. Your order will be delivered within one day.
Amazon Prime Hacks – Student prime
If you’re a student, you can get a 6 month free trial of Prime, giving you access to most of the benefits, including free one day delivery, Prime Video and Prime Music. Once your trial is expired you can choose to purchase Prime for half the cost of normal Prime Membership.
As with all shopping, if you can find and use a coupon to save money, why not?! Amazon is no different and even has dedicated coupon pages. Here’s where to find them:
Lightning deals are not reserved for special shipping events such as Black Friday anymore, so it’s worth keeping a look out for them. If you spot something you’re after, remember to check it’s actually a good deal before snapping it up, but don’t be too slow because they are time sensitive!
Subscribe and save
Subscribe and Save is an option that saves money on items you routinely buy. You can choose to have these delivered automatically at times that suit you, and also receive a continuous discount of up to 15%.
Track price history
Of all the Amazon shopping tips and hacks, this is probably one people often forget to do, but it can really help to save money.
Just because the price shown looks like a good deal – or is made out to be a bargain, doesn’t mean it actually is. Even on Prime Day, the deal prices aren’t necessarily the lowest prices that items have been sold for.
Using price tracker Camel Camel Camel, you can enter the url of the product you’re interested in and it will show you the item’s price history over time, which will help you figure out if the current price is actually a good price.
It might be the case that the current price is actually more expensive than it usually costs, in which case it’s probably worth waiting to see if the price drops again
Get cashback on Amazon Shopping
When you’re shopping anywhere, including Amazon, it’s always, always, always worth claiming any available cashback.
Tell Amazon if your Prime package is late
If you package arrives late, it’s worth reaching out to Amazon’s customer service and letting them know. Chances are you’ll be compensated with a gift card or other offer.
No rush shipping credits
This was my favourite of all the hacks for Amazon! We were gutted when they ended this promotion in the UK, but it’s still going for those of you in the US (lucky things!).
If you’re happy to wait a little longer for your order and select no rush delivery at the checkout, you’ll be awarded free credits and discounts to your account. I used this Amazon trick for months to build up free Amazon video credits for our movie nights.
With Amazon Warehouse you can opt to buy products that have been returned, lightly used, or with open boxes. Check the condition to make sure you’d be happy and get a bargain on items that are often good as new!
There is also a Bargain Box, where you can find items with discounts of at least 50%.
Check for a Price drop
If you buy something and within 7 days you notice the price has gone down it’s worth contacting Amazon to see if they’ll refund you the difference to match the new price.
Get discounted amazon cards
Sites like CardYard (UK) and GiftCardGranny (US) buy and sell unwanted gift vouchers, so if you’re a regular Amazon shopper it’s worth checking these sites for discounted Amazon gift cards. Sellers who would prefer cash instead of vouchers will often offer discounted prices to get a sale.
Top up your Amazon account by earning gift cards
This one is not so much of an Amazon hack but it is a handy way to boost your funds for Amazon shopping!
If your account is looking a little empty, there are loads of ways to earn Amazon gift cards online to top it up. Some ways to earn gift cards include:
Taking market research surveys with Pinecone Research
Becoming a research participant with Usertribe
Completing tasks and surveys on GPT sites
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