How to Save Money on Amazon

There are a lot of good deals to be had on, but first you have to find them. Here's where to look if you want to save BIG:

Snatch Up Warehouse Deals

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Shop Amazon's Warehouse Deals for deep discounts on near-date, open-box, refurbished and slightly damaged merchandise. For even bigger savings, look for items that qualify for FREE Super Saver Shipping.

Shop the Outlet Store

Pick up merchandise at closeout prices by shopping Amazon’s outlet store. You'll save at least 25%; and, in many cases, more than 70%.

Search for Clearance Bargains

Looking for a real steal? Then, check out This site allows you to search for deals in all Amazon departments by the percentage off—anywhere from 10-90% off.

Check the Deals and Bargains Section

The Deals and Bargains page is your one-stop spot for all of the latest information on sales, markdowns and special promotions. Be sure to check it regularly.

Where to Find It: Click on the "Today's Deals" link at the top of any Amazon page, and select "Deals and Bargains" from the menu.

Let Someone Else Track the Deals for You

Looking for an easy way to stay on top of the latest deals? Then, let someone else do the work for you. Several websites dedicated to bargain hunting track and post the best Amazon deals throughout the day. A few to try:

Sign Up for E-mail Notifications

Want to be the first to know about deals? Then, sign up for one or more of Amazon's e-mail alerts. Newsletters to choose from:

Join Amazon Prime

 Pay $99 a year for an Amazon Prime membership, and you'll get:

  • Free two-day shipping on most items
  • Access to thousands of free TV shows and movies in the Amazon Instant Video library
  • One free Kindle book each month from both the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, and the Kindle First program
  • Unlimited photo storage
  • Unlimited access to millions of songs and albums

Activate Digital Coupons

 Check the coupons page before you place an order to see if there are any coupons that you can activate. These include coupons for groceries and household essentials, as well as coupons for housewares, electronics and more.

Grab the Daily Digital Deals

 Amazon offers several freebies each day, and we aren't talking about junky stuff. Visit the Digital Deals page to view the current offers, which could include free apps, eBooks, song downloads and more. This page is also shows all the current discounts on movies, eBooks and more.

Sign Up for Subscribe and Save

Are there items that you buy from Amazon on a regular basis – shampoo or toilet paper perhaps? Then, schedule reoccurring deliveries through the Subscribe and Save program and you'll receive an extra 15% off the purchase price, plus free shipping.

Buy Used

Find an item that you want on Amazon, but not thrilled with the price? Then, check to see if you can buy it used. Amazon allows private sellers to post their used items up for sale alongside the new items. Just look for the link that says "# used and new for sale" and click on it to see what's available.

Take Advantage of Super Saver Shipping

Buy $35 in qualifying items (those marked as "eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping") and enjoy free shipping on those items.

Tip: If you find yourself a bit short of the $35 needed to qualify for free shipping, you can use the Amazon Filler Item Finder run by to search out an item that will bring you to the $35 threshold.

Check the Gold Box Deal of the Day

Amazon offers an extra discount on one item each day, the Gold Box Deal of the Day, and that discount can be quite substantial – sometimes as much as 75% off. Get in the habit of checking the deal each day, and you may just find a bargain on something that you need.

Where to Find It: Click on the "Today's Deals" link at the top of any Amazon page, and select "Gold Box" from the menu. The Gold Box Deal appears at the top left corner of the page.

Look for a Lightning Deal

Be lightning quick, and you'll be rewarded. Amazon's Lightning Deals promotion offers an extra coupon savings on a single featured item – but only for four hours or until all of the coupons are used.

Where to Find It: Click on the "Today's Deals" link at the top of any Amazon page, and select "Gold Box" from the menu. The "Top Lightning Deal" appears in the right corner of the page, and the rest of the Lightning Deals run below it.

Get Free Gift Cards

There are lots of ways to earn free Amazon gift cards – recycling an old cell phone, answering surveys, the list goes on and on. Make sure you're taking advantage of all the opportunities that apply to you:

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