8 Smart Shopping Hacks That Will Save You More Money On Amazon Prime Day
Amazon Prime Day kicks off on Monday, June 21, and you may be wondering — is the popular two-day sales event worth all the hype? It appears that many think it is! In fact, a survey from Numerator found that nearly 70 percent of Amazon shoppers plan to browse Prime Day deals, with 61 percent saying they will buy something during the big sales event.
Though there are plenty of sweet discounts to take advantage of on Prime Day, especially if you’re eyeing one of Amazon’s own products like Echo devices, Ring home security devices, and Kindle e-Readers, there are a few important things to consider before diving into the sales event. Check out these eight shopping hacks to score the best deals on Amazon Prime Day.
Amazon Prime Day Shopping Hacks
Rake in spending credits
If you’re already a Prime member, you can earn a $10 shopping credit to spend on Prime Day by purchasing something from a small business on Amazon through June 20. (You’ve likely already done this so check your credits!) Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Rewards cardholders can earn 10 percent cash back on small business purchases during the duration of this same promo.
Buy an Amazon gift card
Buy yourself a $40 Amazon gift card to spend on Prime Day and turn that into $50. Amazon is offering a $10 credit to spend on Prime Day with this qualifying gift card purchase — just use promo code GIFTFORPD21 at check out.
Amazon has released select early-bird deals, mostly on their own suite of products, that are available today. For instance, you can get the Echo Show 5 Smart Display with Alexa for $44.99 now, originally $79.99. If you already have an Alexa, you can also score early access to special Amazon Prime Day deals, starting at noon on June 18. Simply ask your device, “Alexa, what are my deals?”, to learn more.
Meanwhile, Best Buy’s The Bigger Deal Event is already live, offering savings like up to 50 percent off small kitchen appliances and $100 off the Sony Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones. The point is, if you see a significant discount on a product you want to buy, don’t wait. The price likely won’t go down any further.
Set up price comparison alerts
You can expect big box retailers like Target, Walmart, and Best Buy to launch their own concurrent sales extravaganzas in which you may be able to snag a better deal on the same or similar item. In 2020, RetailMeNot observed over 350 retailers promoting alongside Prime Day, with prices rivaling those of Amazon and even more breadth in categories.
Download a price comparison tool like PopCart to find out when a competitor has a Prime Day deal for less, and study this list of competitor sales to know where and when to shop for the best bargains across multiple stores.
Trade in old gadgets
If you have an eligible gadget to trade in, you can get an Amazon.com gift card equal to the appraised value of the item, plus an additional discount on top of an eligible Prime Day deal. For example, you can score an additional 25 percent off a new qualifying Echo device, 20 percent off a new Kindle e-reader, and 20 percent off home security devices on top of whatever you get for the trade in value of your eligible device.
Find the cheapest seller quickly
With millions of third-party sellers participating in Prime Day, many of which sell the same items, finding the cheapest buying option can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. To combat this, download Cently to your browser — their “Amazon Best Price” tracker will help you find the least expensive buying option among multiple reputable Amazon sellers.
Don’t get duped—review price history
Just because something is discounted during Amazon Prime Day sales event, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best deal you can get all year. Always check the price history first to make sure it wasn’t available for less prior to Prime Day, which you can do by using CamelCamelCamel.com or by downloading a price tracker like Honey or Keepa to your browser. If an item was priced lower in recent months and you don’t need it immediately, waiting could help you save more.
Know what categories to avoid
On that note, there are some items you’ll want to save for a later deals day. According to RetailMeNot, the four major categories to avoid altogether on Amazon Prime Day include gaming consoles, toys, Apple products, and cameras, as you will likely see better savings on Black Friday or closer to the holiday season.
Click over to Amazon to get a head start on your Prime Day shopping list.
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Andrea Woroch is a nationally-recognized money-saving expert, writer, speaker and frequent on-air contributor who is passionate about helping American families find simple ways to save more without radically changing their lifestyle. She resides in Bakersfield, CA, with her husband, two young daughters, and spunky Goldendoodle. Read more about Andrea at www.andreaworoch.com.
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