We all know Amazon is amazing. That’s no secret!
Amazon gives us access to all sorts of things that we might not have locally, it allows us to get the most random things delivered right to our doors without stepping foot outside. It’s because of all this ease and convenience that I hear about Amazon being a “problem area” for so many of those in my debt-free community.
Earlier this week I asked YOU to share your best money saving tips for Amazon with me on my personal Facebook profile, on my Instagram profile, in the Spending Fasters group, and on the AndThenWeSaved Facebook page. You all came through with some amazing Amazon money-saving hacks!
Your tips are below and I’ve included the tips I personally use within the post too! Thank you so much for sharing your great tips!
38 Secret Ways to Save Money on Amazon
1. PUT THE SPENDER’S GUIDE TO DEBT-FREE LIVING BOOK IN YOUR CART AS A REMINDER OF YOUR GOAL
Awhile back a member of the Spending Fasters group shared this tip: “Keep a copy of Anna’s book, The Spender’s Guide to Debt-Free Living, in your cart as a reminder to not spend.”
2. CHANGE THE PASSWORDS
“Well my husband changed the password so I can’t get on and that’s saved us loads of money. 😂” – Lissa R. B.
3. DELETE YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION – DON’T MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF TO SPEND
“Delete your (credit card) information! It makes me more cognizant if I have to enter it again.” – Crystal F.
“Delete your credit card information, so you have to type it in every time.” – Antonia J. J.
4. PUT IT IN YOUR CART (OR WISH LIST) AND WAIT
“… I am a marketing professor in ohio and I discuss ways to save on Amazon all the time. One of my favorite tactics is to put items you are interested in into your cart…then leave them in the cart for a day or two. Typically, Amazon will lower the price on those items sitting in your cart and may even send you an email about the lowering of the price in an effort to stimulate you to purchase! Once an item is in your cart Amazon’s algorithms go to work to lower the prices just for you and entice you to finish the purchase! It is a sneaky way for the consumer to regain a bit of control in the online shopping environment:)
[Leaving an item in your cart] doesn’t work for every person every single time… It is all based on your past purchasing behavior. If you purchase frequently Amazon will most likely reward you with a lower price… All based on their algorithms.” – Susan C. L.
“I’ve been told to put something in my cart and wait and wait and the price will magically change. But I was never lucky at saving on Amazon.” Scott D.
Reducing Impulse Purchases
“Put it in the cart for at least 24 hrs to slow down impulse purchases.” – @alethearg
“For shopping items, I try to wait at least 12 hours before I actually buy something. If I still remember it, then I probably do really want/need it. – Melissa U.
“My best way to save is to put all items I’m considering purchasing on a wish list and forcing myself to wait a few days before purchasing. I have spent more money on Amazon on impulse purchases than anything else. Making myself wait usually results in not buying so many things. Also, sometimes the items on my list will drop in price and I can get a better a deal on the items I do buy. :)” – Brandi M.
“If it’s something you want, put it in your cart, then click save it for later and let it sit there a few days.” – Stacey C. W.
“What I do is have everything in my cart before and after purchase. Once purchased, I put the item back in my cart to watch prices. That way I can view and see when prices fluctuate and know when it’s a good time to buy as I can see price trends of each item over time.” Lesley S.
5. USE THE “SAVE FOR LATER” FEATURE
“I put things in my cart and then click save for later. Later usually never comes ;)” – Elizabeth A. L.
“I put things in my ‘save for later’ bucket or on my wish list for at least a week (or more…some stuff has been in there for months) before I click order. It helps me avoid impulse purchases.” – Katie P.
“I’m always using the Save for Later and Wish List features to delay my purchases.” – Anna Newell Jones
6. RETURN ITEMS
“…No shame in returning items!!” – Melissa U.
“If something isn’t perfect or exactly what I need I have absolutely no problem turning the shipping bag inside out and return the item(s).” – Anna Newell Jones
While the “ethics” of this tip is debatable, a friend told me this tip: “When you need to make a return always select ‘inaccurate website description’ and you’ll get free return shipping” – Anna Newell Jones
7. CANCEL YOUR AMAZON PRIME MEMBERSHIP
“Dump that Prime subscription! Seeing that shipping cost with every purchase helps you understand the true cost of what your buying and makes you ask yourself if you really need it.” – Rebecca D.
“Get rid of your (Amazon) Prime membership! It stopped me from impulse purchasing so many small things on a monthly basis. Also, you can still get free shipping without prime from many vendors. It just takes an extra day or two. Patience, friends!” – Zena W.
8. SIGN UP FOR AMAZON PRIME
“Depending on how often you order from Amazon I think Prime is worth it.” – Michelle V.
“We live in a small town and have found Amazon Prime to be absolutely necessary.” – Anne C.-D.
9. SIGN UP FOR AMAZON PRIME THEN CANCEL IT
You can try out Amazon Prime for 30 days then cancel it before you get charged the $99 fee.
10. SPLIT THE COST OF AN AMAZON PRIME MEMBERSHIP
“Split a Prime membership with family members- or offer a trade. We use my parents’ prime account, while they get access to movies on our Vudu account.” – Rachael T.
“I split the cost of my Prime membership with a family member. Makes me feel less guilty about the yearly fee.” – Anna Newell Jones
People that live in the same house are eligible to participate in the Amazon Household program.
11. BE SURE YOU’RE GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR AMAZON PRIME BENEFITS
“…I listen to the music and watch the movies on it too….plus the shipping is great!! I also have utilized the Prime Wardrobe three times now…ordered four different pairs of winter boots for my son to try on for his Christmas gift…and my daughters boyfriend also tried them on…sent back the two pairs that weren’t picked…only paid for what we kept! Love that service!!” – Brandy S. R.
“Make sure you know all of your Prime perks. It’s NOT just shipping. It’s streaming movies and TV–and some pro football games for sports fans, music, Prime reading has a lot of books and magazines, the lending library books (if you have a Kindle or Fire tablet), you get a free book to keep every month, some image data storage, Prime pantry, some games, and more. I’ve only listed the ones we use.
At a $9.91 per month (I pay annually)–and using 7 of the many benefits that’s only $1.42 per perk we use. That means no cable bill, no Spotify subscription, no need to buy books if my library doesn’t have them (we both get a lot of use out of this aspect), items we can get locally delivered, no extra money paid for data backup, and we’re gamers so it spares us buying some new titles.
Never assume they have the best prices–because sometimes other companies are trying to compete. Likewise, just because it’s online doesn’t mean you should buy it online. We use it to read reviews on some items and then buy locally.
The last thing will sound odd to mention, but Alexa devices are a great aid in our home. Having a smart home has been extremely helpful with my disability and I’ve also introduced it to other people with various degrees of physical limitations and memory struggles. You can certainly have a smart home without Prime, but the many of the included perks take it from good to outstanding.” – Susan G.
Prime TV and Free Trials
“We (…) use our Prime TV instead of cable and have added on a few subscriptions (Starz and Noggin) so we get out movie/tv/kid shows fix without needing cable.” -Melissa U.
“Amazon offers TONS of free trials that come with bonuses. My free trial of Amazon music earned me a free Echo Dot, and my Prime Pantry free trial earned me an almost free box of food.” – Amanda G.
12. MAKE AMAZON WORK FOR YOU
“If you have Prime and something doesn’t arrive on the ‘guaranteed’ date let them know as they will discount the price. Just ordered a portable washer for my sister, the tracking showed it wasn’t coming when it was supposed to. They took 20% off for not coming as originally stated.” – Patty P. B.
“If something does not arrive in time and you call them they will add a free month onto your membership. Those free months add up!” – Tiffany B.-S.
“I use it for window shopping, when I have the urge to buy something I just add it to one of my Amazon lists and it satisfies my bad shopping habit without me actually buying it, and if I have some fun money later on I’ll treat myself and go back to my list.” – Jordan F.
Save on your groceries with Prime.
”The Amazon credit card offers 5% back in points which you can then apply to purchases. And, Whole Foods offers a percentage discount for Prime members. You have to link your Amazon account to their app.” – Elizabeth W.
13. BECOME AN AMAZON AFFILIATE
“Sign up as an Amazon affiliate. When you recommend things to others share your affiliate link so you get affiliate credits which get paid out 1x a month as a gift card.” – Anna Newell Jones
14. ONLY ORDER ONCE A MONTH
“Do an order once a month for everything you need, instead of many small, impulsive ones.” – @mishaaay24
If you don’t have Amazon Prime, “Wait until I have a big enough order to get free shipping!” – Whitney R.
“I only place 1 order a month. For the rest of the month, I keep a running list of things I might want to purchase from Amazon in the Notes section of my phone. This cuts down BIG TIME on impulse purchases and usually I don’t end up buying 99% what I’ve written down.” – Anna Newell Jones
15. COMPARISON SHOP
“Login, browse items from multiple locations and devices…and remove them from your cart…the deals will get better over time:)” – Paul J.
“If I do not need it like today I say it is ok to wait and that alone saves you a $1. When I am in Walmart I do scan the products to see if Amazon is cheaper first.” – Heather W.
“Compare prices across sites.” – Lillian P.
“Check the prices of the third party sellers as well. Sometimes you can score a deal. 🤗” – Mandy L. H.
“If it’s something you need, and can buy second hand, check eBay for a better price.” – Stacey C. W.
“Check Ebay to compare prices.” – Marcia W.
16. USE EBATES AND IBOTTA WITH AMAZON
“I love having Prime because not only do I save on shipping but I also get the streaming with it. I also use Ebates with it to get some money back!” – Renee R.
“Get money back from apps like Ibotta or Ebates!” – Megan H.
“I order on Amazon through ibotta for cash back.” – Jennifer S.
“I always shop through Ebates.” – Lauren B.
“I order Amazon through the Ibotta app too. Then I put the rebate money earn back into my Amazon account. I had a lot saved up around Christmas and I was able to get quite a few gifts for free!” – Mindy Z.
17. DELETE THE AMAZON APP FROM YOUR PHONE
“Delete the app from your phone. Amazon can be like facebook. When you’re bored, you cycle through all of your apps to fill your time. If you end up on Amazon you’ll start browsing without anything pressing you need to buy. This can be dangerous because things start popping up and you get trapped thinking ‘this might be nice to have’.” – Alyssa M. C.
“Take the app off your phone!!!” – Elizabeth A. L.
“Remove the app from my phone and forget it ever existed. I save a ton of money on the things I don’t buy. 😉” – Linda A. R.
“Hands down the #1 thing that I’ve done to curb my impulsive and mindless Amazon spending is to remove the Amazon app from my phone.” – Anna Newell Jones
18. USE THE HONEY CHROME EXTENSION FOR AMAZON
“Use honey chrome extension it will tell you if you are getting the best deal or if the price has changed.” – Ashli A.
“Use the honey chrome extension or watch the price drop feature as well.” – Jennifer D.
“I use Honey to watch prices on things i can wait for and to make sure I’m not missing coupon codes. It also shows the history of the prices of items so I can get a feel for what to expect.” – Kate H.
“Use the extension called Honey, which finds the best price at a slew of stores and culls coupon codes for you.” – Elizabeth W.
“Use the Honey app.” – Alex L.
“I use the Honey app to me find discounts, but you should also keep an eye things that you have (already) bought from Amazon. If the price goes down within 30 days of you buying the item, they can give you a refund for the difference. Have to ask for it though.” – Katelyn E.
“I shop around for everything before buying. I have Honey but I also do my own searching; and I like that I can buy things that are gently used when it’s appropriate- like textbooks.” Anne C.-D.
19. USE CAMEL CAMEL CAMEL WITH AMAZON
“Use CamelCamelCamel to set reminders for lower prices.” – Shannon C.
CamelCamelCamel is a price tracker to help you save money on your Amazon purchases.
20. USE THE WIKIBUY PLUGIN WITH AMAZON
“Using Wikibuy plugin to tell you if there’s a better price to be found elsewhere.” – @sarahmph
21. USE PARIBUS WITH AMAZON
“Use Paribus!!! It’s a service that will monitor if your shipment arrived on time and if not they let you know and give you a template to send to them to get either a price adjustment or giftcard or prime extension. I’ve also gotten notifications from them about price drops from Target purchases and been able to contact them for price adjustments 😁” – Melissa U.
22. USE BOOKBUB for YOUR AMAZON KINDLE BOOK
“BookBub, which alerts you to super cheap Kindle books in your genres daily.” – Genevieve W.
23. USE THE “SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE” FEATURE
“When my Littles were in diapers, the Subscribe and Save option was cheaper than clipping coupons and shopping in stores.” – Amanda G.
“Subscribe and save (especially for diapers!) But also things you wouldn’t really think of like printer ink, fridge filters, dog food, those baby food pouches.” – Melissa U.
“The Subscribe and Save option offers really good discounts, especially on diapers, wipes, etc and then they’re delivered to your door. You can often safe between 5 and 20 percent.” – Jen P.
“There are very few things I need regularly, but you can also schedule things any increment of months, like monthly or every four months. The more things on the subscription the bigger the discount. The only con is that if you WON’T need something to postpone or remove it asap. Amazon sends reminder emails about what’s scheduled, but in my experience the email goes out a only few hours before it is packed and shipped.” – Eden P. E.
24. DON’T USE THE “SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE” FEATURE
“Don’t sign up for autoship.” – Stacey C. W.
25. HACK THE AMAZON “SEARCH” BAR
“After Hurricane Maria most products on Prime (would appear to be) ‘unsearchable’ for residents of Puerto Rico (…). You can put the exact name of the item and nothing shows up. I have to put my old NYC zip code and then switch to my P.R. address right before checkout. They deliver the items (always within 5-6 days, not) but they are impossible to search for. I know this is not 100% related to your topic but something I’ve been annoyed by. And it’s still my way of saving.” – Mariangie R.
“I don’t use the searches within Amazon. It used to be better and allow for advanced criteria. If it still does, I can’t find it. I put very specific searches into whichever browser I am using and the term amazon. I save time by not scrolling through Amazon’s suggestions and since I don’t see what I am not after, there is not temptation to buy it. This is not foolproof, but it helps.” – Ash D.
26. UTILIZE THE “WAREHOUSE DEALS” FEATURE
“…Warehouse Deals! If I have to buy a rather expensive item, I always try to find an open-box discount. Basically, if an item shipped to them with a damaged box or if an item was returned but it’s still in decent condition, they sell it at a discount. I’ve purchased electronics and small appliances that way and even got an Instant Pot for my mother in law that way. The discounts amounts vary, but they tell you the condition of the item accurately in my experience.
The only thing wrong with my MIL’s gift: the taped seal was opened, but the IP was never even taken out of the box. I doubled up on savings by getting it during a sale, and they mark the Warehouse deals down too, so it was a steal. It’s tricky to find, but you can see images and a more detailed explanation here.” – Susan G.
27. USE THE “AMAZON COUPONS” FEATURE
“The Amazon Coupons home page lists out all the items that have coupons available – just be careful not to buy things you don’t need!” – Amanda G.
Also be on the lookout for “Today’s Deals” which are linked at the top of Amazon pages. The Daily Deals include “Deal of the Day” and Lightning Deals”.
28. USE AMAZON FAMILY
Amazon Prime members can get up to 20 percent off diapers and family items.
29. TURN LOOSE CHANGE INTO AMAZON CREDIT
Take your loose change to your local Coinstar kiosk (we have one in our grocery store) and you’ll have the option select that your change is turned into Amazon credit.
30. USE PRIME PANTRY
“We have Prime but we use Amazon a lot especially the pantry items that we can get cheaper. We also use Paribus. So, if the price goes.down they ask Amazon for an adjustment.for.me and they keep up with shipment days and ask for consideration. We shop through ebates or other site so we earn point . We use another other site, cannot remember the name, that does check across the web to see if that is the best price. – Cathy D. J.
31. GET AN AMAZON STUDENT ACCOUNT
As a college student you get Amazon Prime perks for free for 6 months. After the 6 month period you can get a regular Prime membership for half price!
32. GET PERKS THROUGH YOUR AARP MEMBERSHIP
As an AARP member you get to save money on Kindle books and through the AARP website you can also find out about other deals that are available to you.
33. STICK TO THE NECESSITIES
“Don’t buy anything but absolute necessities!” – Emer P. F.
“Don’t look or browse, order only exactly what you need.” – @danisullivan1i
34. SAVE MONEY BY SHOPPING “USED” WHENEVER POSSIBLE
“I never found that I saved that much money for it to be worth it. If you by used, on Amazon, then yes, definitely saves money, even with shipping.” – Christin M.
“Don’t forget to look at used items!” – Alex L.
35. OPT FOR NO-RUSH SHIPPING TO GET PERKS + SHOPPING CREDITS
“…If you pass up fast shipping sometimes you get credit you can spend on book/music or Prime pantry. I just got $6 off Prime pantry ordering something we needed that I’ll spend on stuff we need.” – Susan G.
“I have Prime and if it’s a Prime item I don’t need in 2 days, I choose ‘No Rush Shipping’ at checkout which gives me a $1 credit to use on digital items. If I have multiple items I need to buy I just do one item per transaction- getting that $1 credit each time! The digital credits can be used for ebooks, music and movies! (And even though it sets the delivery date farther out it has NEVER taken me that long to get my orders!)” – Lauren B.
36. CHECK OUT THE AMAZON OUTLET FOR MASSIVE DISCOUNTS
37. UTILIZE AMAZON’S TRADE-IN PROGRAM
38. LA LA LA LA YOU DON’T EXIST AMAZON – AKA THE “JUST STAY AWAY FROM AMAZON” ABSTINENCE TECHNIQUE
“Don’t go on the site! Saves me tons 😄” – Kristin C.
“Don’t look at it…lol” – Holly S.
“I’ve only ordered once from Amazon a few years ago. My advice: you don’t need it.” – Mindy A.
“Don’t shop online 😆” – Steph F.
BONUS TIP 1: FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOUR AMAZON PURCHASES
“Not a saving tip, but many people don’t know that Amazon donates a portion of your purchase to a charity of your choice if you use smile.amazon.com” – Crystal J.
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