Money Saving Tips

How to Save Money on Amazon

Save Money On Amazon
Written by Oana Schneider

In case you really like shopping on Amazon but would do anything to lower their fees, we have a few tricks for you. However, you should now that Amazon is considered to be more trust worthy than eBay because it has its own system through which they verify every seller. However, the prices are also higher than on the other site.

We found 10 ways to save money on Amazon and, more than that, to make money and here is how:

1. Find Out More About Amazon Associates

Amazon Associates is an affiliate program through which whoever refers buyers to Amazon gets paid. In fact, this is how things work: a blogger talks about this or that item on Amazon, you click on the link and make a purchase. This brings the blogger who advertised the product a revenue. You can do that yourself.

Be careful though: this system doesn’t work for your own purchases, so talk to a friend about this. You could both start blogs and use one another to purchase items. You will get a revenue for your friend’s purchases, your friend will get one for yours. The more friends you convince to do this, the bigger your revenue will be!

2. Amazon Fees: Subscribe and Save

There is a Subscribe and Save policy on Amazon that can save you from 5% to 15 percent. Here’s how it work: you sign in and accept automatic shipments for certain products every now and then in exchange for a discount on your regular purchases. The items have to be of the same kind.

If you qualify for 5 types of items, you get a 15% discount. But you don’t have to go through all of that: just sign up for the Subscribe and Save policy, receive one shipment and cancel (it’s free to do it whenever you want). This way, you automatically get a 5% discount without having to do…anything!

3. What is Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime is for all die-hard shoppers out there. Or is it? An all-year round membership costs $99 and you get two days of free shipping (so useful if you’re shopping for Christmas presents, for example!), a great Kindle library for free, TV shows and movies stream online for free, plus free music.

If you think it’s not worth the money, you’ll be glad to find out that Amazon gives you a one-month trial (during which you get to try and see how things work without having to pay anything): now how many of you want December to be that month and then decide Amazon Prime is not for you? If you think about it, you get two days of free shipping, one month of free movies, music and cloud storage without having to pay anything! It’s just so easy to save money on Amazon!

4. Use Deal Tracker Sites

How do you know if the price displayed on Amazon is the best you can find online? This is what deal tracker sites are for: they scan the market and show you your options. Also, they can show you if Amazon prices are higher or lower than usual right now. This way, you’ll know just when to buy an item.

You might have to buy mittens in the summer and swimsuits in January, but if that saves you money, who cares? Two of these sites are CamelCamelCamel.com and TheTracktor.com. You have the option to create a wish list and ask the tracking site to keep an eye on the prices for you. Pretty cool, isn’t it?

5. Amazon Mom

If you are a mom, you are going to love this! With Amazon Mom you get a 20% discount on diapers and wipes plus all the benefits you get for Amazon Prime: free music streaming, two days of free shipping, and free cloud storage for your pictures. If you already have Amazon Prime, you get Amazon Mom privileges for free. After signing up, you get a free 30-day trial at the end of which you will have to pay $99, just like for Amazon Prime.

6. Amazon Student

You can save money on Amazon if you are a student, did you know that? People at Amazon must know what it’s like to be a student and that’s why they decided to give students all the benefits of an Amazon Prime subscription for half the price! And something extra: special student offers and promotions! Plus, your free trial is 6 months for Amazon Student compared to Amazon Prime. You don’t get access to the Kindle library or free music streaming, but you get the two days of free shipping! Not bad, right?

7. Find the big discounts

There are a few ways to save money on Amazon that you probably didn’t know. For example, you could buy used items from a third-party seller (Amazon allows this!) and the items are most of the times brand new, just sold at a very low price.

Also, check the Deal of the Day section (get up to 75% discounts on a certain item every day!).

And let’s not forget the Amazon Outlet (most people complain about how hard it is to find it on the website, so here is the direct link) – a place to shop for discounted items.

8. Check out Warehousedeals.com

Yes, we are still talking about how to save money on Amazon. In fact, this website is where Amazon stores all the open box and refurbished items, so looking through their stuff sure can’t hurt!

9. Get Amazon Freebies

In the Amazon Deals Section, you can find free music, movies, TV shows and so on. What you probably didn’t know is that some items come with built-in freebies. All you have to do is look for them (and be quickly, they disappear after just 24 hours!).

10. Rethink Your Strategy

If you’ve tried to save money on Amazon by using all of the above and still feel like the price is too rich for your blood, you may want to rethink your strategy. How about you try a different approach? There are many websites that offer discount points for Amazon, so look for those! Here are our favorite sites when it comes to saving money on Amazon: SwagBucks.com and MyPoints.com, EBates.com (you get 8% of your money back, depending on your purchased items).

Do you shop on Amazon? Did you know about these 10 ways to save money on Amazon?

About the author

Oana Schneider

Oana Schneider is a published author located in Chicago, Illinois, who currently works for DontPayFull.com as a communication specialist and blog editor. She writes about lifestyle, family budget, has a degree in Communications and advocates for women’s rights. Her future plans include getting a Labrador and losing a few pounds.

11 Comments

  • Tips two through nine are great tidbits of information, but the second-half of tip number one is a dangerous idea. That’s expressly against the terms of service for Amazon Associates, and it’s not that hard to catch two people doing that type of transaction multiple times. Amazon Associates is a great way to earn some extra money from a blog, but two people trading off referrals is going to get both accounts banned.

  • I’m so glad I read this. I was aware of Amazon Prime, and am learning about affiliates, but had forgotten about Deal of the Day, and didn’t know at all about warehouse or outlet deals, so I’ll be sure to check those out. Thanks for the names of the tracker programs, I think I’m going to check into that, as well.

  • Sometimes I also use Ebates when I go to show at Amazon and other websites just to get some cashback even if it is very tiny amounts it still is worth it in my book.

  • I don’t shop on Amazon very often so while I’m vaguely aware of Amazon Associates and Amazon Prime, I wasn’t aware of most of these tips. Especially Amazon Outlet and Warehousedeals.com, those look incredibly useful. Thank you for the article!

  • Informative post here. It really jots down some good ways to save back some money while shopping on Amazon. Perhaps, Amazon Prime is worth the price for all that convenience that comes tagged along with it. Thanks for the enlightening article.

  • Some cool tips there. I’ve been an Amazon affiliate since many years but failed to get any money. Of course, I don’t much traffic as it’s a non-performing sports niche. However, the idea to buy on my friend’s blog and vice-versa is cool. I was so dumb not to have thought of such a simple idea. I’d check out other strategies too and try to make some money. Thanks Oana!

  • In my country, you are eligible for a one month free trial of Amazon Prime, which means that you can get free delivery for the whole of the month. I signed up to that just before I wanted to start my Christmas shopping, and then ordered everything that I would need. That way, I didn’t have to pay for any of it, and I found it a really great way to be able to save money. I probably saved around £30 in total for the whole of the Christmas period, and that’s a great amount to be able to either save in a bank account or spend on something else if you want to treat yourself.

  • I personally have never put forth the money to utilize Amazon Prime, even though as a student I would get a whopping discount. However, I do like the idea of two days of free shipping during the Christmas season; that would be the best for me as I have relatives in Jordan (and shipping to there is pretty pricey). I know that my dad is an avid user of Amazon Prime, but I’ve never heard anything about Amazon Associates from him. I might consider trying that, although obviously I don’t want to get banned by using my friend to purchase items.

  • Amazon Prime is a really good deal, especially if you get a lot of things you need from Amazon. Free shipping is a really nice thing to have.

  • I get quite a few items using the Subscribe & Save service from Amazon and I save a considerable amount of money compared to buying them on the High Street. I also got six months free Amazon Prime as I am a student; my free trial is up now but I can still take advantage of a good deal on Prime if I want to purchase it for 12 months.

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