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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RMN = Retail Me Not
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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28 Secrets to Save at Amazon

on 1.22.2024 at 10:35am

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Most of us have probably been using Amazon for years, and chances are you’ve discovered some hacks and tips to help you save money there. But when you really start digging, there are dozens of ways that you can save even more money on the popular online shopping site. From warehouse deals to customer service tips, here are 28 secrets to save at Amazon.

28 Secrets to Save at Amazon

Use Subscribe & Save

You can choose this option to receive regular, automatic shipments of certain products and in return, get free shipping and a 5%-15% discount. You can cancel this at anytime, so you won’t get penalized if you decide the service isn’t for you. Check out our Amazon Subscribe and Save: Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for more info on how Subscribe & Save works.

Sign up for Amazon Prime

For a yearly $139 membership, you can get free 2-day Shipping, Kindle library freebies, stream music, access for select free movies and TV shows, unlimited cloud picture storage and more.

Same-day delivery with Amazon Prime

This could cause you to spend more money if you’re not careful, but for those of you in a more rural area, it might save you some gas if there is an item you need ASAP.


Check for Gold Box/Lightning Deals

You can choose “Today’s Deals” on the main Amazon site to see discounts for the day on several items.

Share Prime benefits with Amazon household

Amazon household allows two adults to share benefits along with teens and kids. This lets everyone have access to free digital content. If you have a roommate, then you can split the cost.

Sign up for Amazon Student

This is a fun way for college students to save. You will need a .edu email address to get the savings, but it basically allows you the same benefits as Prime for a lower cost. The cost is $7.49/month, or you can pay for the whole year at once for $69.

Shop Amazon Warehouse deals

These warehouse deals allow you to shop for open box, near-date, refurbished and returned items offered at discounted prices. The items won’t be in pristine condition, but you can find some nice savings if you’re okay with the condition. The deals are mostly for tech and gadget items.

Clip coupons

Certain personal care or household coupons will sometimes have extra coupons to clip. You will see these coupons on the items that have them available and see the price reflected at checkout, making for some nice discounts. These coupons can be especially nice when paired with S&S discounts.  You can see all of their current coupons here, plus check out our always updated list of Amazon Coupon Deals.

With free returns, order multiple clothing items at once

Recently I needed a black dress for an event. We don’t live close to stores that sell such dresses, so it saved me money to order 5 different dresses from Amazon, keep the one I liked, then return the other ones all at the same time FOR FREE to my local UPS store.

Open two different browsers to compare prices

Rumor has it that prices are sometimes better for those who aren’t Prime members on items because Amazon isn’t having to account for the free shipping. If you’re making a bigger purchase, open two different browsers (such as Chrome and Firefox) and compare prices—on one browser logged in to your account, and on the other not logged in.

Don’t buy the first items that come up in search

Just because an item comes up first when you search for it doesn’t mean it’s the best item. Be willing to scroll onto the next few pages and see what other items are being offered. Sometimes you can find the same or similar item for a lower price.  The first items that appear and usually all paid promotions and the retailer has paid more to have their items at the top of the screen, that doesn’t equal a good deal for you most of the time!

Call customer service if something goes wrong

Always be willing to call or chat customer service if something goes wrong! Their customer service is really amazing. This summer I called about an issue with a package and somehow in the process they accidentally canceled my Amazon Prime membership. When I called to figure  out what happened, they ended up giving me all the months since I had last renewed it (about 5 months) as a refund! There are also others who have said that if shipping takes longer than the advertised 2 days and you call customer service, they will often give you a month of Prime free or sometimes a gift card toward a future purchase.

Keep add-on items in your cart until you can reach $25

If you’re not a Prime member, then you know that some smaller, lower-priced items are “add-on” items that can only be purchased if your total is greater than $25. As you find items like this that you want, add them to your cart until all your add-on items reach $25. This will keep you from buying something you don’t really need just to hit that target number.

Use Amazon Trade-In to declutter and get gift cards

You can trade in electronics and other eligible items and use what Amazon gives you toward a new device or just get a gift card.

Shop Amazon Outlet

Amazon Outlet carries overstocked and clearance items from Amazon across all categories. This is the place to look for Christmas stuff for next year!

Sign up for an Amazon Registry

If you’re getting married soon, make an Amazon wedding registry to get a 20% off completion discount for items that weren’t purchased. There are also other benefits offered!  For everyone else in the next stage… sign up for an Amazon Baby Registry and get a free Welcome box with samples and goodies plus you’ll also get a 20% off completion discount!

Track prices with outside tools

CamelCamelCamel, Tracktor and Honey are all websites/tools that let you keep track of price history on Amazon, compare prices with other sites, and sign up for Amazon price drop alerts. I’m not a huge fan of Honey, but not a day goes by that I don’t pull up the “camels” as we affectionately call them.

Trade in used items for gift cards

Depending on the item, you can get some decent money back by trading things in. Check out our post on How to Sell Used Stuff Online that contains some specific Amazon info.

Make Amazon wish lists

While this may not seem like an obvious way to save money, Amazon Wishlists are a big way I save. It lets me save items that I want without purchasing them right away. For bigger ticket items, sometimes I look back a few months later and realize that I don’t really need it that badly. It is also great for keeping track of gift ideas for the kids, even if I don’t end up buying them on Amazon.

Tip: You can share wishlists with family members, this is the perfect way to help grandparents know what they want for Christmas and maybe for you to drop not so subtle hints to the husband what you want!

Choose the free no-rush shipping option

This is sometimes an option for Amazon Prime members when checking out and choosing shipping options. Instead of free two-day shipping, you can choose free no-rush shipping. The rewards for not being in rush can add up with $3 digital credits or 6% back on your Prime credit card.

Earn gift cards through Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a search engine that gives you “swagbucks” that can be redeemed for points. Usually you can redeem 500 points for a $5 Amazon gift card. I use it for all my searches, even though it’s a bit clunkier than Google, because I can usually earn at least one $5 gift card a month. That gives me $60 each year to use for Christmas presents!

Save items for later

This isn’t a guaranteed way to save, but word on the street is if you save an item for later, sometimes it will force the Amazon algorithm to eventually put the item at a discount to encourage you to buy it. It’s definitely worth trying if it’s an item you don’t need right now!

Use Amazon credit cards

I know that not every frugal person prefers credit cards, but if you’re like us and pay it off in full each month in order to earn rewards, an Amazon credit card may be a good choice.  We earn 5% back on every Amazon purchase and can apply that credit at checkout with the click of button.   You also can earn on non-Amazon purchases depending on what card you get.

Use Buy with Prime to get Prime benefits elsewhere

With their Buy with Prime program, you can get the shipping options you love with Amazon Prime when you shop at certain other online retailers.

Take advantage of Prime Wardrobe

If you’re a Prime member, Prime Wardrobe lets you pick 2-8 clothing items and ships them to you for free. You have a week to try them on and see if they work, and then you can return anything you don’t want for free (even if it’s every single item!). This is basically the Amazon version of Stitch Fix, only you have to pick out the items yourself. Even though the items aren’t necessarily on sale, I love the idea of trying things on at home, which saves you money on gas and/or impulse purchases while out somewhere else. Plus, buying a few pricer, more quality articles of clothing will always save you money in the long run.

Take advantage of special Amazon offerings

Amazon is often offering deals like Kindle Unlimited for 3 months free or deals on Audible audiobooks. We keep you up to date on these deals here at Southern Savers!

Find free or highly discounted ebooks, music, and Android apps and games

Here are the best ways to search for these free items: free Kindle ebooks, free Android apps and games, and free music.

Are there any secrets we missed? Let us know in the comments!

No one can argue with the convenience of Amazon, but is it always the cheapest option? Check out these 28 secrets to save at Amazon!