I am an Amazon-oholic. There, I said it. Yes, I am addicted to Amazon. Addicted to online shopping, in fact. And Amazon pretty much stocks everything in the world, which saves me from schlepping out to hunt through the shelves, which I hate doing.
And they sell literally everything – you could buy a Bentley Mulsanne for $335,600 if you so desired. Now, that’s something to consider for a birthday gift!
Oh, and yes! If you would be kind enough to click on that link and buy the car, I would get a commission, since I am an Amazon Affiliate. In fact, I am in the process of building my curated Amazon Shopfront… if you would like to hop on here and tell me what other product lists you would like to see, drop me a comment!
So, as a compulsive shopper and an Amazon Affiliate, Prime Day is my personal nirvana.
What is Amazon Prime Day, you ask? Just the day (actually two days) when Amazon rolls out the top carpet of sales for its members. Last year, the site logged 89 million visits on Prime Day, with estimated sales of $4.2 billion. Out of the more than 2 billion items that were ordered around the world, the Fire TV stick was the most purchased.
Amongst beauty products, Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray was the highest selling item – and since it’s a personal favorite, I would say great choice!
Not to forget that Amazon Prime members bought enough organic apples from Whole Foods to bake a whopping 350,000 pies. Wow!
And now that Amazon Prime Day 2019 is round the corner (from midnight PT on July 15 through July 16), here are the life tips you are going to need for making the most of it.
For example, did you know that Amazon will actually give you up to $70 for Prime Day – if you only look in the right place? Or that you can shop the members-only sale without being a Prime member?
Game? Set? Shop. Save.
Make Amazon give you money
Buy products worth more than $10 in a single bill from Whole Foods (either in-store or on Prime Now) between July 11-17 and you will get a credit of $10 from Amazon.
Prime users who download and sign in to Amazon’s shopping app for the first time (before July 31st) will receive a promotion code for $10.
Make your first purchase from the app and you get an additional $10 (I told you, Amazon is literally giving away money here).
Use the camera and Alexa features in the app for the first time? That’s another $5.
Another app to download: Amazon Photos. Amazon Prime customers who upload a photo for the first time to this app are eligible for a $15 promotional code.
You can also earn a $10 bonus when you reload at least $100 to your gift card balance for the first time.
And, finally, install the Amazon Assistant browser extension and get $10 off your first order of $50 or more.
It’s all basically free money. Isn’t it?
How to shop Amazon Prime Day without shelling out for a Prime membership
Not keen on spending $119 on an annual Amazon Prime membership, even for the two-day delivery and access to video and music streaming?
Step 1: Sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial from an email address you have never used for the membership before
Step 2: Shop
Step 3: Cancel your membership before the month is out
Or, you can sign up for a month’s membership at $12.99 – an amount that’s easy to recoup during the Prime Day sales.
Another way to save money on a membership is by opting for an Amazon Household account, where you can split the fees with one more adult and shop simultaneously. Which is basically a 50% discount. Only caveat: Your other half will know how much you are spending – which is a surefire pathway to war in my household.
Put items in your cart ahead of Prime Day
Like with any major shopping marathon, preparation is key. Make your shopping list in advance. In fact, I actually put products in the cart a few days ahead of time, so all is ready as soon as the sale hits.
Remember: Lightning deals, which have some of deepest discounts, only last for a limited amount of time, so they’re often gone in just minutes.
Having shopping lists also prevents buyer’s remorse later. Else, it’s just too easy to fall into the trap of impulse buying during a major sale like this. And if you didn’t need it in the first place, getting it cheaper is not a real saving. It’s just a waste of money.
Missed a deal? Join the waitlist
You might just get that second chance! Lightning Deals drop suddenly and can get sold out within minutes. If you miss the product you wanted, click Join Waitlist. This will give you access to the sale price if someone else doesn’t complete the purchase in time (items are automatically deleted from a cart after 15 minutes if the purchase isn’t completed) or decides not to buy it after all.
This won’t save you any money but signing up for AmazonSmile means Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to a charitable organization of your choice. And it costs you nothing extra. Amazon has netted more than $100 million via AmazonSmile to date – $134,890,393.33, if you are living for specifics. I’m rooting for The Nature Conservancy, which is a global organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.
Do you have a secret hack? Let me know… will you, please?