5 Slick Ways to Save Money on Amazon You Probably Don’t Know About

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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

I’ll share with you a few ways I’m working through my Amazon addiction by saving some money.

And by the way, all these strategies are super quick and easy. Trust me, I have no patience for a 10-step sign-up process…

1. 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.

2. Snag a Free $10 Gift Card

One of our favorite ways to save on Amazon is with Ebates, a cash-back site that rewards you nearly every time you buy something online.

For example, Ebates gives you up to 5% cash back on Amazon. All you have to do is click “Shop Now” on Amazon through the Ebates portal. You’ll get redirected to Amazon, and your cash back will automatically be applied once you check out.

Plus you’ll get a free $10 Ebates gift card (which you can use for any of its connected retailers) for giving the site a try.

To earn your gift card:

  1. Sign up for Ebates for free. You can do this easily with your email or Facebook account.
  2. Use the Ebates portal the next time you need to buy something.
  3. Make your first purchase on Amazon through Ebates within 90 days and spend at least $25. Your account will be credited with rewards points you can cash in for your $10 gift card.

3. Get a Free $5 to Spend at Amazon

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 free $5 after uploading your first receipt.

4. Use Amazon Coupons — Yes, They’re a Thing

Coupons rule.

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.