Oh Amazon….I have a long-standing Amazon Prime membership and even thinking about canceling it makes me shudder. I know I can still get free shipping, but I want it in 1-2 days!
If you’re like me, you spend way too much of your money on Amazon. These are my favorite tricks and tips that won’t cost you a PENNY to use. No tricks, just want to help fellow Amazon addicts save all year long.
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Now onto the tricks. These legitimately work, and will not cost you anything.
Be Notified When Amazon Prices Drop with CamelCamelCamel
CamelCamelCamel is a free website with a lot of features regarding saving money on Amazon. Its best feature is the price drop and availability alerts but you can also see price history charts, product searches, and more. It actually has a browser extension too if you don’t want to navigate to the page.
This works best when you don’t mind waiting to buy your product. For more urgent product needs, head over to the next trick.
For example, I love these CC Beanies which are currently $10.99 for the green one. The problem is I don’t want to pay that much for this beanie, so I’m going to set up a price alert.
How to set up a price alert on CamelCamelCamel
- Copy the URL in the search bar from the product you want on Amazon
- Go back to the Camel Camel Camel site and click “Price Drop and Availability Alerts” then paste your URL into the top bar and click enter. You can also search here but I like to do it directly from the Amazon link so I know it’s the right product.
- In the red and white box, you can create your price watch. Put in your email, whether you want to see prices from a 3rd party new/used or Amazon itself, and what the price drops to.
- Click into the “drops to” box to see what prices are realistic and choose one. For example, this beanie might go up to 10% off, so I know the cheapest it will likely be is $9.89. Click TRACK when you’re done picking your price.
You can also scroll down to the Amazon price history chart to get an idea of costs. For this example, I chose to show you the 2019 Kindle Paperwhite, which is an Amazon-made product and has price drops frequently for sales like Black Friday.
This product is currently $129.99. Above you can see that the cheapest its been in the last year was $84.99. Scroll down to see this in table form instead, where you learn that it was $84.99 on 11/22/19, around Black Friday.
Using CamelCamelCamel Successfully
Overall this is a great tool if you’re willing to wait for products to drop in price. It’s nice to not have to go back and look at the product page. This is a no-maintenance alert once you set it up, but it only works on Amazon.
Also, know that sometimes there are pricing changes accidentally so you may get an email about something being SUPER CHEAP but by the time you click on it, the price is back up. There is no way to prevent this, but it’s well worth it to sign up for their free alerts.
This site works best when you don’t need that thing tomorrow but can wait. For example, our wedding is currently 9 months away and I need to buy table runners. I have tracked prices for several different well-reviewed products and will be buying whichever one is the cheapest the soonest.
Vipon is actually a website and an app. Basically, it shows you products that have an Amazon coupon for them.
This is great for when you don’t need a specific brand but rather just a generic product. These products/coupons refresh a few times a week. For example, recently I decided I wanted a laptop stand and searched it on Vipon. I picked one and it shows me the price after the coupon code.
How to use Vipon
Note that you need a (free) account to get your coupon code. Once you have an account you get points for using coupons. I haven’t really used the points program because it’s new, but it seems you can get some free products with it.
You can also see customer comments below the product to see if it really works, only applies to the black stand, etc.
Click on “Get Coupon” and it will take you to a separate page. Click “copy and go to Amazon” to open this product on Amazon.
When you check out on Amazon use the promo code and voila, you saved yourself money!
Rakuten (Formerly Ebates)
I have a whole article on the benefits of Rakuten, but basically it’s a cashback website that you can use for free. As of today, I’ve made almost $1000 from Rakuten, just by clicking the button before I shop. My latest balance is $40.68 right now. Rakuten also applies to MANY other online shops besides Amazon.
To use this site, just sign up and search Amazon in the top box. You won’t always get cashback, but many items offer a good amount of cash. For example, I love the Amazon Essentials apparel line, and it gives 5% cash back.
This is probably the easiest platform to use, and I’d encourage you to install their browser extension so it reminds you whenever you shop.
For even more money-saving tips, check out the articles below!