Easy Ways to Save Money When Shopping on Amazon
All who know me, and everyone here at Fabulessly Frugal, knows how much we LOVE Amazon! I do all of my shopping on there because let’s be honest, that is where you can find the best deals! Today we have a special guest post coming from Tyler, an expert on deal finding! I cannot wait to share this topic with you because seriously, these tricks will save you SO MUCH money!!
12 Ways to Save Money When Shopping on Amazon
Amazon is the undisputed shopping king of the world. With millions of Amazon Prime subscribers they can offer massive deals across their entire website that saves you and your family money.
With just a little bit of work and elbow grease (ok maybe not elbow grease), you can save even more on your favorite Amazon Products.
Amazon offers dozens of great, yet relatively unknown, services to lower prices even more. Before making your next purchase on Amazon, consider the following eight tips to save a ton of money while shopping on Amazon.com.
Save Big with Amazon Warehouse Deals
The Warehouse section is not a widely known area in Amazon. It’s a little hard to find at first, but that’s how you know you can find the best deals… Just like that popup shop down the street that always has the biggest discounts.
To find the Amazon Warehouse area, simply click ‘Today’s Deals’ at the top of Amazon.
Then you will see a sub menu where you can click ‘Open Box & Used’ to see the Amazon Warehouse section.
If you do not mind buying something used to save a little extra money, Amazon Warehouse is the area where you can find a treasure trove of great items at huge discounts. Amazon’s Warehouse store offers furniture, home goods and electronics that have been opened, damaged or returned in the past, providing substantial discounts in return.
Before worrying that you might receive something dirty or broken, Amazon lets you filter your search based on item condition. There are a number of Amazon product conditions:
- Like New
- Very Good
Also, each item has different comments detailing any defects so you can have confidence in your purchase. For some items, Amazon even offers an extended warranty through Square Trade.
Opened Box Discounts with Amazon Outlet
The Amazon Outlet store is similar to the Warehouse store. Both offer great discounts on opened, defective, and used merchandise from Amazon. Unlike Warehouse deals, Outlet sales focus on smaller goods like clothing, jewelry, and kitchen tools. Like all Warehouse products, Amazon fulfills all Outlet sales themselves, meaning you get to use your free 2-day Prime shipping here as well. Discounts on some Amazon Outlet items can reach 80% or more, so before you purchase something on regular Amazon, be sure to visit their Warehouse and Outlet stores to see if you can save even more!
Amazon Family & Household for Family Savings
If you have a Prime subscription and have infants or small children, then Amazon Family can save you even more on products you use all the time.
In addition to the diaper savings, Amazon Family gives exclusive discounts and coupons on common, everyday items that your family always needs.
You can even get a special Welcome Box when you sign up for a baby registry! It comes with over $35 worth of baby supplies, diapers food and more.
Amazon Household is also great for families. It allows you to share your Prime benefits with your whole family. With Household, you can share your prime account with your spouse and connect all your children’s accounts.
Get access to Amazon FreeTime, Amazon Photos, Amazon Videos and more. Control what your kids can watch and the content they can view.
Note: Your children will not be able to buy on Amazon (or see any products).
Make Money with Amazon Trade-In
Like GameStop and Best Buy, Amazon also offers exchanges or books, movies, and electronics. If you are looking for some extra spending money to spend on Amazon, consider trading in your unused electronics in return for that Amazon credit we all crave.
Amazon makes it super easy. You can enter the item you want to trade in, describe its condition, and get an instant quote on how much Amazon will give you back. Once you tell Amazon what you want to trade in, they will make you a free shipping label for you to mail unused items right to their warehouse. After they have received your goods and verified their condition, they place the funds directly into your Amazon account.
You can even head to the Amazon Trade-In page and often see devices you have signed into Amazon with. It will give you a quote of how much your items are worth. It’s kind of creepy that they know your devices but it makes getting money back really simple.
Some items that people tend to buy frequently like toilet paper, pet food, and toothpaste can be even cheaper if you subscribe to the item on Amazon. Subscriptions are items that Amazon will reorder for you after a specified period. Adding a product to your subscriptions will add up to a 15% discount on that item. So if you want to receive toothpaste every month, you can set up a subscription for your favorite toothpaste and Amazon will send it every month!
Bonus Tip: Combining Amazon coupons with subscriptions are a great way to save even more and save you trips to the store.
Although they may be hard to find, Amazon has a decent number of different coupon areas that help you save even more on Amazon.com.
Here is a large list of all the current Amazon Coupon areas:
- Amazon Prime Pantry Coupons
- Amazon Coupons by Brand
- Daily Kindle Deals
- Amazon Grocery Coupons
- Amazon Subscribe and Save Coupons
- Amazon Prime Exclusive Coupons
Once you found the coupon you want, click “Clip” and add the item to your cart. The discounts will not appear until you get to the final checkout screen so make sure you get the coupon applied.
Amazon Lightning Deals Offer Quick Savings
Lightning Deals are a time sensitive deal area in Amazon.com that features big discounts on items, but only for short amounts of time.
You can get a super big discount until either the time of the deal runs out, or they sell out of the item. Some lightning deals last for 5 minutes while others can last for hours. If you see a great lightning deal, it’s smart to snatch it up before it runs out.
When a lightning deal is activated, you will see:
- The product featured in the deal
- The discount % and final price of the product
- A percentage bar that shows the current amount of claimed deals
- A timer showing how long you have until the lightning deal is over
- An add to cart button if there are available items
On the next page, you will see a new left sidebar with options to select the Deal Type. Select lightning deals and you will see the list of current lightning deals and offers. Browse the selection of lightning deals to find the biggest discounted items on Amazon.
Note: If you cancel your lightning deal order, you will not be able to buy the deal again (even if it is still running).
Receive Amazon Daily Deals
If you don’t have time to scroll Amazon every day to find the best deals, then you may want to check out a daily deals subscription where you can get the biggest and best Amazon Deals! As most of you know, here at Fabulessly Frugal you can do that! Either log on each day to check out the daily deals section or sign up for our email list. When you go to the “Today’s Deals” section on Amazon, it can be hundreds of pages of items! Ideally, you would have time to scroll through that each day, but most of us don’t have that kind of time! That is why people, just like the team here are Fabulessly Frugal, do the work for you! SO, check out FF’s daily deals sections, instagram account, and sign up for the email list so you never miss a deal!
Save on Groceries with Amazon Pantry
Amazon Prime Pantry is a great way to save on groceries and household items. Prime Pantry is a store where Prime members can browse and shop household products like groceries, toiletries and every day products including:
- Auto supplies
- Baby care and food Items
- Beauty products
- Household supplies
- Health care items
- Industrial and office supplies
- Pet supplies
- Personal care products
Prime pantry can save you a ton of money by offering free shipping on bulk orders. Simply fill up your pantry with items until you reach the max weight. When you’re ready to order, checkout and receive free shipping on your pantry.
Amazon will remember all your favorite Pantry items for easier ordering next time. Not only will this save on trips to the grocery store, but it will save you a ton of time as well.
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to check out Amazon Prime Pantry coupons to save even more.
Find the Best Pricing with Price Trackers
Many prices on Amazon’s items fluctuate often. It is common for some item’s prices to change daily. While you could check Amazon every day to see if the price has dropped, there are free, third-party tools to Track Amazon Prices.
One of the most popular sites is CamelCamelCamel. They let you check the price history of most items, let you know if it has even been on sale, and will alert you if the price drops again. You can have notifications sent to your email or Twitter account.
Amazon’s low prices, selection, and convenience can save you time and money. Although having Amazon Prime is necessary to receive maximum benefits, savings, and free shipping, many of the above services do not even require Amazon Prime.
Buy From 3rd Party Sellers and Save
Did you know that Amazon is not the only company selling products on Amazon? There are actually thousands of other businesses, selling their items on Amazon. 3rd Party sellers can use Amazon as a platform to sell their own products and reach millions of other potential customers.Buying from 3rd party sellers can you save you money In a multitude of different ways:
- 3rd party sellers do not charge sales tax, so you save there.
- 3rd party seller prices are often cheaper than Amazon prices (so they can compete).
- Most items from 3rd party sellers can be upward of 15%-20% off the normal price of buying directly with Amazon.
To see 3rd party seller offers and prices for a product, you can click on either of these two options once on the Amazon site:
On the 3rd party offer page, you will see the list of prices and sellers for that certain product.
Make sure you keep an eye on the product condition and read any notes to make sure that the item is in working condition. But don’t worry about not getting the same customer service/shipping speed as Amazon. Even though these 3rd party sellers aren’t Amazon, they often still have their products stored and managed by Amazon.
Bonus Tip: Save even more by finding open box or slightly used 3rd party items.
Some Extra Tips to Save Even More
I know, I know… you have so many good ways to save on Amazon now, you don’t know what to do. Well, we just had to give you a few more ways to save on Amazon.
Add custom search parameters to Amazon product list pages to see the biggest discounts. For example, add the following parameter to the end of an Amazon URL and see all items 70% off and higher: &pct-off=70-
Let’s say you want to see all the products that are between 30%-60% off. You would simply add this to the end of the URL: &pct-off=30-60
This method will only work on product list pages so make sure you aren’t on the homepage, single product pages, or any other pages that don’t list products.
So, are you as convinced as I am when it comes to how AMAZING Amazon is? These tips will make a huge differance in the way you shop and SPEND money! You can save tens, hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars if you just apply these simple tips. We have tons of other posts showing how to get the most out of this awesome website. Be sure to check them out!
And huge thanks to Tyler for sharing his knowledge and giving us these awesome 12 tips!
Tyler Horvath is a serial entrepreneur and master deal finder from Kansas City. When he is not finding the best deals online, he enjoys spending time with his family.
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