6 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: 6 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 share your Amazon receipts.
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 Paribus, 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, Target or one of its other 16 retail partners, 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.)
It also checks the tracking info for your online orders. If something shows up late, Paribus will help you get money back for what you paid for shipping — up to a full shipping refund.
Once you sign up, you literally don’t have to do anything. That’s my kind of money back.
3. 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 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 usually rewards cards sometimes 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 $500 within the first 90 days of opening the card (groceries are expensive), you’ll earn $100 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?
4. Earn a $10 Amazon Gift Card
Ebates is an online tool offers consumers up to 40% cash back at more than 2,000 online stores — hello, Amazon.
To date, the site boasts that its members have scored more than $325 million back. So I wasn’t opposed to getting in on that action.
Do note, though, that 40% cash back isn’t as common as the 5% to 10% range. However, it’s money, and I like money.
Plus, you’ll get a $10 welcome bonus for signing up.
Search the site to find your desired retailer, and click “Shop Now.” Within 48 hours, you’ll see the money in your account.
Right now, there are 34 rebate offers for Amazon with up to 25% cash back.
5. Sign Up for MyPoints for a Free $10 Amazon Gift Card
Have you heard of MyPoints? They are a cash-back site that lets you earn rewards by shopping online and printing coupons.
I’s instant way to save on everything you buy (for example, you can get up to 5% cash-back on purchases in some Amazon categories).
Here’s how to get a free $10 Amazon gift card for your next purchase:
- 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 $10 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.
5. Sign Up for Price Drop Alerts
Do you waste money impulse shopping? You need a way to save things you want to buy later — and nab them when they’re on sale.
Yeah, a personal shopper would be fabulous. Who wouldn’t want someone to take care of the less-fun parts of shopping? But a personal assistant is, you know, uber expensive.
The next best thing? A mobile app and browser extension that does it for you.
Through Shoptagr you can save items you want from over 1,600 online retailers to a single wish list.
The app and Google Chrome extension notify you in real time when an item goes on sale (down to specific size and color), so you can always get the best price.
Amazon prices are constantly fluctuating. Make sure you’re not overspending just because you you’ve got an itchy “buy now” finger.
Bonus: 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.
Your Turn: What are your tips for saving on Amazon?
Disclosure: Here’s a toast to the affiliate links in this post. May we all be just a little richer today.
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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.