Amazon is a great place to save money, but there’s more ways to save on Amazon than you thought. Here are 7 strategies to save even more money at Amazon.
1. Amazon Associates
Amazon Associates is Amazon’s affiliate program. Bloggers and webmasters earn a commission on any item they sell through their website. While you personally cannot buy things under your account and get credit for your own sales, your friends can.
When you sign up for the Amazon Associates program you get a unique url with your ID in it. What you can do is give out your unique link to all your friends and family (and friends on Facebook and Twitter) and ask them to change the Amazon link on their favorites to your link. When any of them make a purchase from your link, you get a commission.
2. Subscribe and Save
For a few years now savvy shoppers have been benefiting from Amazon’s subscribe and save program. With this feature, you agree to receive items on a regular basis, every month or up to every six months. This is great for items you will always need more of. It’s convenient because the orders are processed automatically at the internals you want.
The saving part of this is that Amazon will give you 5% off any subscribe and save order. If you have five or more items going out in any given month this gets bumped up to an impressive 15% off. You can cancel any time and you can change the frequency of your deliveries. It is also possible to place an order to get the subscribe and save discount and then cancel the subscription afterward.
3. Amazon Prime
People who use Amazon a lot may benefit from the Amazon Prime program. For a yearly fee of $99 members get free two-day shipping. Non-members also get free shipping however their items must total over $35 and usually arrive in 5 to 8 days. If you buy a lot of things from Amazon and don’t want to wait a week to get them then this program may be right for you.
You can get a free trial to test it out and see if it is right for you. It may be a good idea to start your free trial in December so you can get free two-day shipping on all of your Christmas presents.
At ebates.com you earn cash back for shopping at the stores you already shop at. You can make some money by shopping at Amazon using the links provided on ebates.com. Typically, depending on the department, you could earn between 3 to 6% cash back.
It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved. Amazon receives orders, Ebates.com receives commission for every purchase you make and you get a piece of that commission.
5. Deals On The Homepage
You can find the best deals right on the Amazon.com home page. There are daily deals, lightning deals and freebies. You can subscribe to get notified on their latest deals. Around the holidays there’s an enormous amount of deep discounts to be had.
6. Amazon Student
Students can get a massive discount off Amazon Prime. At $49 (50% off) students get free two day shipping, they can borrow free kindle books and unlimited streaming of movies and tv episodes. If that’s not enough, students get a whopping free six month trial. All you need is to prove you’re a student, which is typically done by confirming you have a .edu email address.
7. Price Watch
The prices on Amazon fluctuate sometimes on a daily basis. If you keep a close eye on an item you want you can see when the price drops and strike when the iron is hot. But that takes a lot of time to keep checking prices on your own. There are deal tracker websites that will track the price of an item and tell you how much it costs historically. Not only that, but they can send you an alert when the price drops to the amount that you want.
Another small tip. You can add an item to your cart and leave it there. After a few days sometimes the price of the item drops. I have seen this happen to me on two occasions so I don’t know if it’s a proven fact.
Do you have any other tips on how to save money at Amazon? Please share in the comments section below.