How To Save Even More Money When You Shop On Amazon
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We all know that you save money shopping on Amazon. Their crazy low prices and fast shipping have taken the shopping world by storm. Amazon offers everything you need for any situation; in some places with shipping times that rival just going to the store and buying it off the rack yourself.
It might seem quite a feat to save even more money when you shop with Amazon, but I promise you there are a few ways that you might not know about yet.
Saving More Money on Amazon
Shop Through Rakuten (aka eBates)
You know I’m a huge fan of saving money shopping through Rakuten for any online purchase. On a typical day, Amazon offers up to 6% cash back on purchases made through your Rakuten account! Occasionally (typically around holidays, hint hint), there is a special deal where the percentage back is increased to 10% or so. The amount varies based on purchased item category, so some things get the full amount, while others might not get any. I don’t think I have ever made a purchase that didn’t have some sort of percent back, and every little bit helps.
Be sure to read my tutorial for how to use Rakuten for instructions on getting started (and a $10 rebate with your first purchase).
Choose the Subscribe and Save Option
Yes, even if you know you don’t want to auto-ship the coconut oil each month. It still lets you choose the option, save the money, and be on your merry way.
Just be sure to actually cancel the subscription before you end up with 16 gallons of coconut oil stacked up around your house. Or, you know, whatever else you might be ordering with an auto ship option.
Free Shipping to a Dropstation
I signed up for Amazon Prime when I was a student and I could get it for half price. It was a lovely deal! Now that I am no longer a student, and we limit our online purchasing, I do not use Prime enough to justify spending $14 a month for it.
However, I’m also used to the Prime free shipping deal, so paying for shipping brings me physical pain. Enter: The Dropstation.
Has anyone else seen the blue Amazon delivery trucks gliding up and down their highways? In effort to provide faster service to their customers, Amazon has significantly expanded their delivery systems by building more warehouses and dispersing a small army of delivery trucks. These trucks do not replace the mail system, but rather, their job is to deliver packages from the warehouse to the local drop stations within local businesses.
The business strategy part of me is just blown away by the beauty of this idea, but I digress.
Anyways, back to saving money with the drop station, shipping is free if you pick it up from a drop station! To find one near you, choose the “pick up at drop station” option during checkout, then type in your zip code. Mine showed 3 options within a 20 mile radius, most of which are in directions I already go on an almost daily basis anyways. So super convenient.
Discounted Prime for EBT and Medicaid Card Holders
As I was researching my account for little-known ways to save money on Amazon, I came across a new offer I hadn’t seen before.
If you have an EBT and/or Medicaid card, you can sign up for Amazon Prime for just $5.99 a month. This is over a 50% discount on the usual rate! Amazon has two departments related to food: Amazon Pantry offers non-perishable food items (many organic options), and Amazon Fresh (not available in all regions yet) delivers fresh, perishable food options.
If you live in a high cost of living area, or in a food desert, or you just get lost in Costco, Amazon Prime is an easy way to supplement (or replace) your usual grocery shopping routine, all while providing healthier meals for yourself and your family.
Since a Prime membership also includes things like free movie and music libraries, you can also save money on entertainment.
If you have an EBT or Medicaid Card, be sure to sign up for discounted Amazon Prime!
Wait Until Prime Day
If you’re honest, there is probably a list of at least a couple things that might be nice to have, but you can’t justify the expense. This is where Prime Day deals come in. Usually held in mid July (for 2019 the dates are July 15 and 16), these two days of deals often hold some intense discounts.
For instance, I bought my Instant Pot on Prime Day two years ago for $40 (after a Rakuten rebate, of course!). You do need to have a Prime account to qualify for the Prime Day deals. Luckily, you can sign up for a free 30-day free trial in time for Prime Days, then cancel it after (or continue it if you feel it would be a good financial choice for you).
If you’re wondering if the deals are worth it, they rival Black Friday in amount discounted. Some years I think they actually exceed the amount of items discounted on Black Friday!
Also, as a Prime member, you get access to early bird Prime Day deals – sometimes days before the actual Prime Day sale.
General money saving tip: Shop Prime Day with a list of specific things you are looking for, and only shop for those items. Otherwise, on July 18th you might find yourself with some towels, candle holders, headphones, bath mats, and a soup ladle that looks like the LockNess Monster.
I am a huge fan of Amazon, and all the benefits of Amazon Prime. For this minute, holding an Amazon Prime membership does not make financial sense for our family, and it was one of the first things to be cut from our budget during our last budget trimming session.
While I do love and encourage shopping local as much as possible, Amazon offers a wide variety of products to make a healthy and eco friendly lifestyle on a budget available to everyone, and for that I am forever grateful.
What are other ways that you save money on Amazon? Let me know in the comments!
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