Amazon has quickly become one of the biggest e-commerce sites in the world. And many people find themselves shopping on Amazon frequently. But, did you know there are ways to not spend as much, even on necessities? Here’s how to save money on Amazon, even on the purchases you make regularly!
How To Save Money On Amazon
There are so many different ways to save money on Amazon. Let’s talk about them.
1) Subscribe & Save
First things first, you can subscribe and save on the items that you buy regularly. From diapers to toilet paper to your favorite brand of noodles, you can easily save 5%-15% on the purchases you already make on a regular basis. If you find yourself consistently ordering a specific item, think about adding it your subscribe and save list.
2) Sign Up For Amazon Student
Did you know that college students can get Amazon Prime for free for 6 months? And then, after the trial, the Amazon Student membership is just $6 a month. As long as you have an .edu email address, you can sign up for Amazon Student. And the best part? You get the same perks as all other Amazon Prime members. You can sign up for Amazon Student here.
If you’re not a student but have a new baby (or baby on the way), you can sign up for Amazon Family and save up to 20% off of all baby items (including diapers). And, you don’t even have to be a prime member to get this deal. You just need to make sure to create your baby registry with Amazon in order to qualify for more discounts.
4) Add Family Members
I don’t know about you, but my entire family loves taking advantage of my Prime account. So, they all chip in for it. And yes, if you didn’t know that, it is possible to add family members to your Amazon Prime account. It’s a great way to save money (for everyone) because each Prime account holder can have up to 6 family members under their account.
Think about that. If you have 6 people under your account, each person can essentially pay you $15 a year, and you can spend less on membership but still get all of the perks! You can find out how to add family members here.
5) Use The Prime Coupons
Yes, Amazon has coupons, and yes, you should be utilizing them! I’ve been able to get many products for up to 40% off just by checking the coupons ahead of time. Now, not everything will have a coupon, but it’s worth looking for before hitting the add to cart button.
6) Check Out Amazon Warehouse
I’ve used Amazon Warehouse quite a bit over the years, and it’s one of my favorite secret finds. I’ve been able to get my blender, crockpot, and even tool kit for less money, just by checking out the warehouse options.
Basically, Amazon Warehouse has open-box or pre-used items that are steeply discounted. This is a way for Amazon to reduce their waste, but also give you a good deal. Since they can’t sell anything that’s been opened for the “brand new” price, you get the deal!
From what I’ve found, none of the items I’ve purchased from Amazon Warehouse had been used before. They were all open-box, which meant someone opened the box and realized that the product wasn’t what they wanted or wasn’t the specific item they ordered.
I highly suggest using Amazon Warehouse for bigger purchases you may have, like appliances, electronics, and more.
7) Use Their Credit Card
While I don’t think everyone can or should use a credit card to purchase items, it may work for you. I think that as long as you’re responsible and aren’t being charged more to swipe, you might as well take advantage of the savings.
Not only will you get cash back on Amazon, but you can also get up to 3% cash back on Whole Foods purchases if you shop there. That’s a pretty big savings if those are two of your favorite places to shop.
8) Earn Free Gift Cards
If you want to spend $0 of your own dollars on Amazon, do a few side hustles to earn free gift cards. There are many side hustles out there that give you gift cards in exchange for your work, and you can choose Amazon to make it super easy for yourself.
The best part about this is you can just keep stacking gift cards until you need to purchase something. One year, I was able to get all of my Christmas presents just by using the Amazon gift cards I’d earned!
9) Utilize ALL Of Your Account
Amazon Prime offers a lot more than just free shipping.
You qualify for:
- more discounts,
- can earn free e-books (via Kindle),
- get access to Amazon video, and so much more.
Take advantage of what you can and make sure you’re receiving all of the perks you’re paying for. That way, your money stretches a lot farther than just shipping savings.
10) Wait To Buy
When the item reaches a low price or falls under your budget, these sites will alert you so you can grab it before the price goes back up. Prices on Amazon change almost daily, so this is great if you don’t mind waiting and like getting the best deal possible.
11) Not An Amazon Prime Member? Bundle!
I’ll be honest with you, I usually don’t pay for Amazon Prime. This is mainly because I don’t shop online much, and don’t really enjoy supporting the e-commerce site. However, I understand that most people prefer to shop online. But if you don’t have the money to pay for Amazon Prime, or if you don’t want to have another subscription service, you can still save money!
You don’t need to be an Amazon Prime member to get free shipping. As long as you spend $35 (and don’t mind waiting 5-9 business days), you can get free shipping. This is a great option if you only shop on Amazon a few times a year. You can just bundle the products that you want to buy, and once you reach $35, you’ll automatically qualify for free shipping.
Save Money On Amazon: Bottom Line
Saving money on Amazon is super easy, and you can save whether you’re an Amazon Prime member or not. These tips and tricks can save you up to 50% off the items you already buy!
AUTHOR Kimberly Studdard
Kim Studdard is a project manager for online entrepreneurs and small businesses. When she isn't spending time with her daughter and husband, or reading her growing pile of horror books, you'll find her working on her HR degree and working towards FIRE.