Plan to Shop Amazon Prime Day? Read These 5 Tips First

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Amazon Prime Day is almost here.

But with such a variety of goods, it’s hard to make heads and tails of it all.

How do I know what’s a good deal? How do I know what I should jump on right now? Did I order a Roomba just for my cat to enjoy? 

Luckily, we’ve got some tips to help you navigate this sales event.

5 Tips to Get the Best Amazon Prime Day Deals

Just because this year’s 48-hour event takes place on July 16 and 17 doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels until then.

Early deals on tech and select Amazon devices kicked off already and discounts are going on until the official Prime Day begins.

If you use Alexa, it’s even easier to blow your money on Amazon.

Prime members can add products to their wish list, cart or save for later, and then ask Alexa to notify them about the deal when it’s live. Amazon’s AI assistant will even order products for you if you want.

These big discounts are in limited supply, so you’ll want to act fast to claim a deal that piques your interest. If you miss it, you can join the waitlist to be notified if extras become available.

Here’s how to maximize these days of tempting deals.

1. Get a Trial Amazon Prime Membership

If you haven’t been an Amazon Prime member in the last 12 months, sign up for a free 30-day Prime trial and take part in Prime Day before you commit to the service.

College students and some people who receive government assistance can get half off an annual membership.

2. Make a Shopping List

Just because something is half-off with free shipping doesn’t mean you need it.

If you’re planning to purchase specific items or upgrade what you already have, write it down. Check that list during Prime Day to make sure the items in your cart are good spending decisions instead of a bunch of stuff you’ll regret buying in a week.

You can even save Amazon items to a wish list to make it easier to spot if any discounts magically appear on Prime Day.

You can also subscribe to receive deal alerts related to your recent Amazon searches and recently viewed items.

Simply visit the Amazon app between now and July 16 to create deal alerts. When the big day arrives, you’ll get push notifications on available sales.

3. Check In On Lightning Deals

Some deals are only available for a limited time. Keep an eye out for those, and act quick if you find a deal on something from your wishlist.

4. Compare Historical Prices to Get the Best Deal

Sellers have been known to increase prices before a discount event so that you think you’re snagging a great deal — when really you’re paying the standard price.

Be a savvy shopper and use a price tracker like CamelCamelCamel to show you the historical price of an item on Amazon over time.

You can even download the CamelCamelCamel browser extension and check it while you shop Amazon Prime Day to see a chart of past prices.

5. Follow Amazon on Social Media

The company posts frequently on X, formerly Twitter, and Facebook, so stay tuned on July 16 and 17 to catch any extra-special or surprise deals.

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Rachel Christian is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance and a senior writer for The Penny Hoarder. Lisa Rowan, a former Penny Hoarder writer, also contributed.