If you've already traveled down the Amazon wormhole to trade your soul for free shipping, you know how convenient it can be to shop an online mega marketplace that can get you anything you need in two days flat. It's good, then, that Amazon is constantly coming up with new ways to help you save more money on the stuff you're buying. It just takes a little research.
To save you some time, we rounded up all of the awesome money-back programs the site has to offer. Read ahead for eight ways to pinch even more pennies while you're shopping online.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Amazon's Subscribe & Save function won't just save you lots of time, it'll also save you mucho cash. Kind of like a digital grocery list, Subscribe & Save allows you to sign up for recurring deliveries of products you know you'll need ahead of time — like toothpaste or kitchen trash bags — usually at a discounted rate.
Looking for an easy way to turn free Amazon shipping into a money-saving opportunity? 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. As soon as the item ships, a credit (usually about five bucks) automatically posts to your account (and towards your next big Amazon order).
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Amazon Prime members rejoice: Amazon Reload is basically like 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 two percent of what you added whenever you reload. Translation: Reload $200 to your Amazon account and they'll give you $4 for free.
Turns out that when you sign up for a Prime Rewards Visa card, you won't just get five 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.
If you weren't already hip to Amazon's Trade-In program, now's the time to smarten up. 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 function that allows you to search for eligible trade-in items and that tells you which (if any) of your past Amazon purchases are acceptable.
Fret not about book and shipping costs, my broke college student friends. Prime Student offers 50 percent off Prime fees and free two-day shipping — not to mention up to 90 percent off textbooks — to college students. All you need is a functioning college email address.
Believe it or not, 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: Don't forget to check out Amazon's coupon page for discounts before your next big shopping spree. Brimming with discounts on everything from electronics to toilet paper, it's an easy way to save some extra cash on items before you checkout.
This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 8 Little Ways You're Leaving Money on the Table with Amazon
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