9 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 one 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 — Every Time
These eight 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. Share Your Amazon 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 download an app called ShopTracker by Harris Poll, let us 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 into 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 securely collected by The Harris Poll, a trusted market research company for more than 20 years. Additionally, ShopTracker removes your name, shipping address and any personal payment information before reporting your purchase history.
2. Stop Deleting Your Emails
It turns out deleting your emails could be costing you serious money. Intrigued?
One of our secret weapons is called Paribus — a tool that gets you money back for your online purchases. It’s free to sign up, and once you do, it will scan your email archives for any receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from one of its monitored retailers, it will track the item’s price and help you get a refund anytime there’s a price drop.
Plus, if your guaranteed shipment shows up late, Paribus will help you get money back for what you paid for shipping.
3. Round up Your Purchases and Snag a Free $5
When you’re buying stuff on Amazon, you’re not using cash, so you don’t really expect any pocket 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 $5 bonus for trying it out.
4. Earn Rewards on Your Amazon Purchases
I’m already addicted to earning cash back on my grocery hauls through Ibotta.
But now it’s 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 earn a $20 Amazon gift card.
If you’re already a Prime member, no worries. You can still earn cash back. We’ve found tons of Amazon offers on Ibotta. Here are some examples:
- 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) then shop through the app!
5. 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.
6. Get a Free $10 Gift Card
Believe it or not, some sites will give you free gift cards just for signing up with them.
One of our favorites is Ebates, a cash-back shopping site. It’s giving away $10 gift cards if you sign up as a new member and earn your first cash-back rebate.
You can choose a $10 gift card for Walmart or $10 in Ebates cash for your next shopping trip on the site.
To earn your gift card:
- Sign up for Ebates here with your email or Facebook account.
- Make your first purchase through the site within 90 days, and spend at least $25.
- Your account will be credited with rewards points you cash in for your $10 gift card.
7. Earn Cash Back on All Your Purchases
If you’re looking for a passive way to earn some money throughout the year, a cash-back credit card is perhaps one of the easiest methods.
You just have to be sure you don’t get too carried away with those purchases — and that the card is paid off at the end of each billing period.
If you’re an avid Amazon shopper — like, you look nowhere else for anything — you might want to consider the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card from Chase. You’ll get:
- 5% cash back on all your Amazon purchases.
- 2% back at restaurants, gas stations and drugstores.
- 1% back on everything else.
- Plus, you get a $70 Amazon gift card when approved.
If you don’t use Amazon enough to make that card worth it, here’s another option we like: It’s the Chase Freedom Unlimited card. Its claim to fame? You’ll earn an unlimited 1.5% cash back on all your purchases. Plus, if you spend $500 in your first three months of opening the card (hi, groceries), you’ll pocket a $150 bonus.
There’s no annual fee, and the cash-back rewards don’t expire. We checked Credible’s annual rewards calculator, and it estimates $417 in annual rewards based on our spending habits.* (You can enter your unique spending habits and see what you’d earn, too.)
Get signed up — and 0% intro APR for 15 months — here.
8. Get the Best Deal Every Time You Shop
When you’ve cut your spending down to the last latte, how can we possibly talk about spending even less?
There’s one more step you can take to cut your everyday expenses — earn money back when you shop.
Follow our ultimate guide to deal stacking to get the best deal on everything you buy at Amazon — so good, sometimes you might even get paid to shop.
9. 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.
*Annual Rewards amounts will change based on the amounts you enter. The monthly spending category names and definitions may vary among issuers, and categories may not align one-to-one.
The information for the Chase Freedom Unlimited card has been collected independently by The Penny Hoarder. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. The Penny Hoarder is a partner of Credible.
Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Although she spends too much on Amazon, she considers herself an otherwise financially responsible young adult.