I am an Amazon Prime member, so I do a good deal of my shopping (and watching free movies...) at the mega-retailer.
And, yes, sometimes I feel like I've traded my soul for free shipping, although I usually do so only when I can get the best price on things I need.
But, really, you just can't beat having your order delivered to your door in two days.
Well...lucky you...as a Boomer Nation! regular, you will now know what they are!
Here's 8 extra-savings programs the site has to offer.
Amazon's Subscribe & Save function won't just save you time, it'll also save you a decent amount of cash over time. Subscribe & Save allows you to sign up for recurring deliveries of products you know you'll need ahead of time—like toothpaste, pet food, or garbage bags—at a discounted rate.
2. No Rush Shipping
Amazon Prime members who opt for no-rush shipping when they check out (instead of free two-day shipping) will score rewards for discounts on future Amazon purchases (usually electronics). As soon as the item ships, a credit (usually about 5 bucks) automatically posts to your account (and towards your next big Amazon order).
This one is also for Amazon Prime members. Reload is basically an upfront payment plan—with money-saving potential. If you load your account with a lump sum balance directly from your checking account, Amazon will add an extra 2 percent of what you added whenever you reload. Translation: Reload $200 to your Amazon account and they'll give you $4 for free.
4. Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card
Turns out that when you sign up for a Prime Rewards Visa card, you won't just get 5 percent back on all your future Amazon purchase–redeemable as cash, gift cards, and Amazon credits –you'll also get an Amazon gift card (worth up to $70) once you get approved. Even better, you can use your Prime Rewards Visa to save some serious cash while shopping at Whole Foods, too.
Amazon offers gift cards and discounts to customers who trade in certain types of items—think: old textbooks, video games, smart phones, and tablets—to use towards future purchases. There's even a trade-in page where you can search for eligible trade-in items and that tells you which (if any) of your past Amazon purchases are acceptable.
6. Prime Student
Have a college student in the family? Well then consider this nifty program. Prime Student students offers 50% off Prime membership fees and free two-day shipping—not to mention up to 90% off textbooks. All they’ll need is a functioning college email account.
Yep, Amazon has a special sample store, filled with everything from beauty to baby care products, exclusively for Prime members. And if that news weren't exciting enough, Amazon will issue you a credit for every sample you buy, redeemable when you purchase the full-size product. Translation: You can try out a product for cheap and get money knocked off the full-size version if you like it.
And last, but certainly not least:
8. Amazon Coupons
Don't forget to check out Amazon's coupon page before your next big shopping spree. It includes discounts on everything from electronics to toilet paper - it's an easy way to save some extra cash on items before you checkout.
You have been officially alerted