Amazon.com is a great place to shop for pretty much anything you need on the cheap. But wouldn’t it be great to get the things you need for even cheaper? Check out some secrets to saving even more on Amazon from Daily Finance:
- Click for Golden Deals: looking for some exceptional deals on Amazon? Just click on the treasure chest at the top of Amazon’s homepage. Each day, you’ll find a Gold Box Deal, some Lightning Deals and other personalized discounts. The best part about these deals is they are customized based on your purchase history, so you can frequently find deals on the things you’d normally buy.
- Protect Yourself from Price Swings:
It’s a little-known secret that Amazon prices change frequently, in some cases daily. The best way to play the price swings? Add items to your shopping cart in the “save for later” section and check back often. A yellow box at the top of the page will alert you to any price changes. It requires a little patience, but I’ve scored deals of up to 50% off using this strategy. Price drops from the Gold Box and Lightning Deals don’t show up on the Shopping Cart page, so you’ll still want to click the Gold Box icon for those.
- Scout the Bargain Basement: Amazon’s warehouse, warehousedeals.com, if full of refurbished and open-box items featured at dirt-cheap prices. The best part is that all Warehouse purchases are completely covered by Amazon’s standard 30-day return policy.
- Snag Free Shipping on Everything:
Prime is a decent deal, but it’s even better when you get it for free. Amazon offers two programs that let you do just that. If you have a .edu email address, Amazon Student gives you a free year of Prime. Don’t qualify? Try “Amazon Mom.” You don’t have to be a mom, or even a parent, to qualify. You’ll get three months of Prime for free, 30% off on diapers, and you earn an additional month free for every $25 you spend on qualifying items (up to a year). Here’s the quirk: While most of the qualifying items are kid-related, not all are. Just look for the “Amazon Mom” banner on the product page. I’ve found it on a seemingly random assortment of furniture, electronics, and household items.
Find more savings secrets and tips over at Daily Finance’s 10 Secrets to Saving at Amazon.com.