8 Slick Ways to Save Money on Amazon You Probably Don’t Know About
In recent months, I’ve become obsessed with shopping on Amazon.
It started this past Christmas when I ordered presents through Amazon Prime. Everything from a butter churner to an Instax Instant Film camera were delivered to my front door within 24 hours.
It was exhilarating.
Unfortunately, the exciting feeling continued — and I still spend way too much money on impulsive buys.
However, there are ways I’m redeeming myself — or at least justifying my spending…
How to Save Money on Amazon: 8 Online Platforms to Use Now
These six online apps are helping me work through my Amazon addiction and save some money. And they’re actually really easy to use — and free.
Trust me, I have no patience for 10-step sign-up processes.
1. Earn a Rebate on Your Amazon Purchases.
I’m already addicted to earning cash back on my grocery hauls through Ibotta.
But now it’s recently expanded well past groceries and into other realms — like Amazon.
If you sign up for Amazon Prime (highly recommend if you’re an addict) through Ibotta, you’ll snag a $20 Amazon gift card.
If you’re already a Prime member, no worries. You can still earn cash back. Right now, Ibotta has these Amazon offers:
- 5% cash back on home services
- 3% cash back on fashion
- 3% cash back on home and kitchen
- 3% cash back on pet supplies
- 3% cash back on luggage
- 3% cash back on devices
All you have to do is download Ibotta (you’ll snag a $10 cash-back bonus right now) then shop through the app!
2. Get Paid to (Privately) Share Your Purchase History
If you’re a regular Amazon shopper, you can earn money each month contributing to research to help companies understand what people are buying online.
Companies use this information to improve the online shopping experience.
Before you start the simple download process, let me give you the basic requirements:
- This will be a waste of time if you don’t shop on Amazon.
- You must be 18 and live in the U.S.
- You’ll need at least a Windows 7-compatible PC. If you have Windows XP or a Mac, it won’t work.
All good? Time to download.
To earn your first gift card today:
- Sign up and download the ShopTracker app on your Windows computer and Apple or Android phone. It takes about two minutes. You’ll need to answer a few questions about your Amazon use to qualify.
- Open the app and log in to your Amazon account to automatically share your purchase history.
- You’ll receive your Visa e-gift card code for $3 via email within 48 hours.
- Take a couple of minutes to share your purchase history to earn another $3 each month.
Your information is collected securely by The Harris Poll, a trusted market research company for more than 20 years.
ShopTracker removes your name, shipping address and any personal payment information before reporting your purchase history.
3. Take Advantage of Price Changes
You know that guilty pull in your stomach when you know you’ve done something wrong?
I get that feeling when I’ve spent a lot of money — especially when I get an order confirmation email. My natural inclination is to delete it. Get it away.
But, when you sign up for Earny, you won’t want to do that.
Basically, this free platform scans your email archives for receipts. It might sound scary, but we use it here at The Penny Hoarder.
If it detects purchases from Amazon or one of the other major retailers listed on its site, it tracks the item’s price and issues a refund as soon as the price drops. (Because the dread is even worse when you realize something you bought went on sale.)
Once you sign up, you literally don’t have to do anything. That’s my kind of money back.
4. Round Up Your Purchases and Snag a Free $10
When you’re buying stuff on Amazon, you’re not using cash, so you don’t really expect any change.
However, when you use a service like Acorns, all of your purchases are rounded up to the nearest dollar and the digital change is put into a savings account. You can let it add up, or let Acorns invest it for you in a portfolio of stocks you believe in.
Either way, if you sign up through this link, Acorns will give you a free $10 bonus for trying it out.
5. Pay With a Rewards Credit Card
Yeah, I’m with you: Credit cards are sorta intimidating.
But I signed up for my first rewards card last year, and since I pay off my balance each month, it’s awesome.
Right now, Barclaycard is offering a fee-free cash-back card. It’s called the Barclaycard CashForward™ World MasterCard® — which makes me feel like a very legitimate adult when I say it out loud.
Free is emphasized here because rewards cards can come with sign-up fees. However, this one does not.
You’ll also get unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase. And this isn’t restricted to gas or groceries — it’s for any purchase you make.
If you manage to spend $1,000 within the first 90 days of opening the card (groceries are expensive), you’ll earn $200 in cash rewards. Perf for Amazon spending.
So if you’re a financially responsible adult and can afford to pay off your credit card each month, why not get a rewards card and snag some cash back?
6. Earn a $10 Amazon Gift Card
Have you heard of MyPoints? It’s a cash-back site that lets you earn rewards by shopping online and printing coupons.
It’s an instant way to save on everything you buy (for example, you can get up to 5% cash-back on purchases in some categories on Amazon).
But, enough about that, here’s how to get a free $10 Amazon gift card:
- Sign up for MyPoints here using your email or Facebook account (it’s free).
- Use the MyPoints portal the next time you need to shop online (it’s connected to thousands of stores including Walmart, Amazon, and Target).
- As long as you spend $20 at any of those stores, MyPoints will reward you with 1,750 bonus points which you can redeem for a free $10 Amazon gift card.
7. Collect Points for Gift Cards on All Your Amazon Purchases
There’s a new rewards platform on the market.
Drop is a financial tech company that rewards for your purchases.
As an exclusive Drop user, all you have to do is link your credit and debit cards. When you make a Drop-qualified purchase, you’ll automatically earn points whether you’re grocery shopping, hailing an Uber or ordering a pizza. The points will add up, and you can then exchange them for gift cards to popular retailers like Amazon and Starbucks.
It’s the ultimate loyalty card — without the card.
Once you get signed up, you’ll receive a one-time Amazon offer that lets you earn 2,000 points if you spend at least $20.
8. Use Amazon coupons — yes, they’re a thing.
If only you could use them on Amazon, right.
Spoiler alert: You can, from right within the site.
Amazon Coupons lets you clip coupons in a bunch of categories, including groceries, personal care and household products. When you click on the coupon, it’s automatically added to your cart and applied when you check out. Easy peasy.
Please stop giving me more incentive to shop on Amazon.
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Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. Although she spends too much on Amazon, she considers herself an otherwise financially responsible young adult.