How to find the best deals on Amazon Prime Day

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Can you believe that Amazon Prime Day is in its 8th year? This now-massive sale event kicked off on July 15, 2015, as a 24-hour sale. Each subsequent year through 2019, Prime Day occurred in the second week of July and the sale grew from 24 to 48 hours.

Then the Pandemic hit in 2020, flipping retail on its head in myriad ways.  Prime Day was postponed until October – again as a 48-hour sale – serving as an unofficial start to the holiday shopping season that year.

In 2021, experts and consumers wondered when Prime Day was going to be. Would it return to July? Or perhaps there would be two Prime Days, one in July and one in October? But Amazon surprised us all by holding Prime Day over 48 hours beginning June 21.

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Sales in June 2021 were only a modest jump over 2020, so I’m not surprised that Amazon has returned its big, annual sale to July, where it all began. By doing this, Amazon might re-capture some of that YOY growth they experienced in the earlier years.

And guess what? I’m hearing rumblings that Amazon could have another big sale in the fall. Doing this would be a smart move, given the excitement that was caused by its Prime Day sale in October 2020.

Amazon Prime Day is big, and it gets bigger every year. Despite the fact that we were in the midst of a global pandemic in 2021 with unemployment at dizzying levels, sales reached an estimated 10.4B US dollars worldwide, making it Amazon’s biggest sale event ever.

Here are the Best Amazon Prime Day Shopping Tips:

Amazon Prime Membership is Required

Amazon Prime Day deals are for Amazon Prime members only. If you are not a member, now is a great time to join so you can take advantage of all the Prime Day discounts. The membership is $139 per year (or $14.99 per month) and includes unlimited two-day or in some cases next-day or same-day shipping all year long.

There are also a whole host of other benefits, including access to Amazon Video, Amazon Music, one free Kindle book per month, special discounts, free Grubhub+ membership for a year, and lots more. There’s a 30-day free Amazon Prime trial, so why not give it a try? (Just remember to cancel within that 30-day window if you don’t intend to continue.) And if you’ve done a free trial before, don’t worry – you’re eligible for a free Amazon Prime trial every 12 months!

Amazon Prime Membership Discounts

Students with a valid ID can get a 6-month free trial, and then it’s $6.49 per month or $59 a year, plus a slew of perks from other providers, like the Calm app and Grubhub.

If you are on public assistance and can provide an EBT or Medicaid card, you can get Amazon Prime for $6.99 per month.

Special Offers

Amazon often offers bonuses on top of their Prime Day discounts. This year, Amazon has introduced Prime Stampcard, where shoppers can earn a $10 credit to use on Prime Day after completing four tasks, including making a qualifying purchase, streaming a show on Prime Video, listening to a song on Amazon Music, and borrowing an eBook on Prime Reading.

Certain brands will have their own special deals on Amazon. For example, if you order $75+ of P&G products, you can get a $20 Prime Day Credit.

Last year, you could get a $10 Amazon credit when you purchased a $40 Prime Day gift card. This gift card could be gifted to someone else, or be applied towards your Prime membership or future purchases. Look for offers like this, too.

Sign up for Amazon’s Credit Card

If you are a regular Amazon shopper, consider applying for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card. Periodically, Amazon offers an instant bonus upon approval. Right now, it’s a $100 Amazon gift card (select applicants get $200!!).

This card has no annual fee and allows you to earn 5% back on your Amazon and Whole Foods purchases, and 1-2% back on other purchases. These earnings can be applied to future Amazon purchases.

This year, through Prime Day, you can also earn an additional 25% back on select eligible items just by using your Prime Rewards Visa. Throughout the year, you can earn up to 10% back on select items through Prime Bonus.

There are also benefits for foreign travel, like no transaction fees and travel insurance. Like many store cards, this card has a fairly high APR, so buy only what you can pay off in full each month.

Use Amazon Cash

If you don’t have a debit or credit card, you can still shop with Amazon by using Amazon Cash by adding a Gift Card Balance to your Amazon Account at select store locations (click here for locations). Add between $5 – $500.

Support Small Businesses

Prime Day is a great time to support small businesses, many of which will be offering special discounts on Prime Day. Last year, Amazon also offered a $10 credit when you spent $10 or more with over 300k participating businesses from June 7-20.

Use Amazon Tools

Use the Amazon app or the Amazon Assistant browser extension to search for Today’s Deals or Deals & Savings, and add items of interest to your Lists.  In the past, you’ve been able to receive alerts when items go on sale, so fingers crossed for that!

Deal Spotting

You can also scroll through “Upcoming Deals” and click “Watch This Deal,” to receive alerts for that item.

When Prime Day arrives, click on “Today’s Deals” to see what’s on sale. Most of the deals will be Prime Day exclusives, which will be available to shoppers while supplies last. “Deals of the Day” will only be available for 24 hours, and then there will be “Lightning Deals”, which like lightning, come and go very quickly.

Another smart thing to do is to add things that you want to your cart before Prime Day and click “Save for Later.” That way, on Prime Day, you can easily view all those items and see if they are on sale.

Ask Alexa

If you have any of Amazon’s devices, like the Echo Dot or Echo Show, ask Alexa what the deals are. Once you’ve ordered, you can also track your packages using Alexa. In previous years, Amazon offered exclusive deals on some orders placed with Alexa, so be on the lookout for those again.

Shop Around

Several retailers, including Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Nordstrom, and Wayfair, will be offering competitive deals on Prime Day.  To ensure you get the lowest price, set deal alerts for specific items on Slickdeals.net. You’ll receive a notification when those items go on sale on Amazon or elsewhere.  Also, bookmark the Slickdeals Prime Day page for all the best deals in one place.

You can also compare prices at other retailers by searching for an item on Google Shopping or Yahoo Shopping.

Save at Checkout

If you have CouponCabin’s Sidekick browser extension installed, it will pop up and offer to run coupons for you at checkout. The extension will cycle through several coupon codes to see if any are valid. If there is a valid code, you’ll automatically see that coupon applied to your purchase!

CouponCabin will also have New Member Offers (20% off up to $5) and Member Only Offers ($2 off $2) where users can redeem cashback by providing CouponCabin a copy of their purchase receipt. There will also be a special promotion on July 12-13 where you can visit CouponCabin.com for a chance to earn a $200 shopping credit if you make a Prime Day purchase of $200 or more. Quantities will be limited!

This article originally appeared on Truetrae.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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Being frugal and being eco-conscious often work hand-in-hand. Here are some cheap and affordable ways to be a little more eco-conscious.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

The more use we get out of items the more we save money and the more we reduce our footprint on the earth. Less garbage, less energy when getting new items, less waste. All these things go hand-in-hand.

Doing my part to reduce consumption

I am not what you would call a super eco-friendly person. For example, I do use a lot of plastic dishes and silverware, even though it something that I try to cut down on. Going zero-waste or plastic-free is not really in the cards right now but it is something I can aspire to at one point! Of course, being able to make choices like that is a privilege in of itself.  I do try to do my part to save the earth and save money at the same time.

Here are seven ways to be frugal and eco-friendly.

 

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Cheap, easy, and sustainable. I have an old milk crate (I honestly have no clue where I got it from- possibly from my husband’s previous job) that I fill with all the old papers, leaflets, boxes, etc. that we receive. Plastic packaging, things that we get in the mail, toilet paper rolls, all get dumped into the box. I have also put in some crayons, markers, tape, glue, and safety scissors. My child can sit and play with it for hours. I am always throwing in new materials so there is something new to play with. My kids can sit and create tons of stuff from all the “junk” in there. They rarely get new, white paper to color with. If I have to print out papers for something- the extras and mess-ups get put in as well. Think school notices, old worksheets, etc. all of them have nice clear backs for the kids to color and stick stickers on. The papers from the stickers get colored on or cut when the stickers are gone as well. While a lot of these will still end up in the trash eventually it still gives us a whole entirely new use to it.

 

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Speaking of crafts, are my kids the only ones who destroy crayons constantly? Every so often I go through eh crayons and collect all the small and broken pieces. These get saved until we have a nice amount. We then put them into muffin tins (I actually have some silicon muffin cups) and melt them to create new crayons. It gives them a new life and is an exciting activity as well. Even when things seem to have finished their usefulness there is still something you can do with them!

 

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 I save my kid’s clothes and try to use them as hand me downs as much as possible. Even if you are very particular about dressing your kids nicely or following strict gender norms out of the house there is no reason why pajamas or play clothes can’t be the “wrong color” or a little faded or out of date. Many of the clothes actually remain in great condition so they are perfectly able to be used from kid to kid. White shirts are particularly able to be passed down as they are easy to bleach and keep clean.

 

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Speaking of clothes lasting, I try as much as possible not to use a dryer. I hang all my clothes. (I do dry towels, socks, and underwear). This reduces the number of dryer loads I have to do (save on electricity) and the clothes last much longer when hung to dry rather than put in the dryer. Light clothing, in particular, stays shinier and fresh when hung to dry in the sun. Of course, in winter when there is minimal sun this does force us to be more on top of the laundry so that things dry in time for when we need them.

 

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Clothes that are beyond repair, ripped or otherwise dead get cut up into rags. I have a drawer full of rags of various sizes and materials. I can cut my paper towel supply significantly using the rags I have in my house. Old undershirts and pajamas work particularly well for this, as do kids’ T-shirts.

 

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As I said, I do buy stuff in plastic. Since many spices and other items come in plastic jars I try to reuse them as much as possible. I use them for other food or for toys or to organize the junk drawer. If I can’t find a good use for them I give them to my kids to play with. They can play kitchen or use them for dirt or for water pouring activities. I also sometimes give them old shampoo bottles to use as bath toys.

 

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I wrote about this before but it’s worth re-mentioning. I take fruits and vegetables that are going bad and put them in the freezer for smoothies, pies, or stock. If you save vegetable scraps, like peels or tops and bottoms of vegetables, you can combine it with chicken bones and scraps to make a delicious chicken stock to be used as a base for chicken soup or for other chicken recipes.

 

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When you live a life of frugality and are intentional with your items and your material needs, then I think you are naturally going to be eco-friendly. I also think that it is OK to do these things just to save money.

There are so many things that naturally frugal people do that are also eco-friendly. Think about things like using reusable water bottles so as not to waste plastic bottles. You may do that because of money but it is also eco-friendly.

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Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, parenting, and retail. Trae has been named a Top Voice in Retail by LinkedIn and a top personal finance expert by GoBankingRates and Flexjobs. She is a contributor at Millie Magazine and CNN Underscored, and her writing and expert commentary have appeared in Newsweek, Woman's Day, Forbes, USNews.com, Kiplinger, Marketwatch, MSN.com, Yahoo Finance and numerous others. She has also appeared on TV hundreds of times; including Good Morning America's GMA3: What You Need to Know, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Inside Edition, CNBC and local network affiliates nationwide.