Amazon is the definitive e-commerce monster and the go-to destination for buying anything you could want over the Internet.Here are the tips and tricks we use to make our Amazon shopping easy, painless, and incredibly convenient.
$80 a year will pay for unlimited 2-day shipping on most of the items for sale through Amazon. Want to take it for a test drive? Amazon offers the first month for free.
Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet is a pretty good value at just $199. In addition to getting a tablet, Amazon will also throw in a free trial for Amazon Prime for one month. We have a feeling you'll be sold after that.
You can share your Prime account with up to five friends or family members. From Amazon.com, navigate to Your Account > Manage your Prime account, then invite people from there. They'll have to enter your birthday to confirm that they know you, but after that, they'll enjoy all the same benefits that you do as a Prime subscriber.
Amazon lets you subscribe to certain items you'll need to buy over and over, like toothpaste, paper towels, or toilet paper (yes, toilet paper!). In exchange for agreeing to buy an item on a continuing basis, you get that item at a little bit of a discount.
If an item is available for subscription, you'll see the option upon checkout. You can also set how often you'd like the item delivered.
Amazon will also email you before shipping the item, so if there's still a lot of toothpaste left in the tube, you can delay your order.
Amazon lets third-party merchants sell through its site, often at a decent savings. Browse the 'used & new' offerings on a given item to see what kind of discounts you can get.
As an added bonus, some third-party merchants will boast 'fulfillment by Amazon,' which means Prime subscribers can get those items with free two-day shipping.
Sure, you can save a lot of money by hunting around Amazon, but if you're looking for some old-fashioned coupons, there are a bunch of sites that gather coupon codes. One of our favourites is RetailMeNot. You can find Amazon discount codes from them right here.
If Prime doesn't interest you but you still want free shipping, Amazon offers this on all orders over $25 in the US. To help you break that $25 mark, use a service like SlickFillers to find items at specific prices to push you into the free shipping territory.