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I love Amazon. Who doesn’t? They have everything you could want and then some, at very cheap prices. I am constantly on their buying things, so I figured I would share some of my Amazon tips. Disclaimer: I am compensated if you sign up for some of these links. Thank you for your support!
Shipping is the main issue with Amazon. Since we live in a here and now world, waiting for a package to arrive vs going to the store and buying a product today sounds much less appealing. This is where Amazon Prime comes in.
Amazon Prime gets you free two-day shipping, unlimited streaming of 41,000+ movies and tv shows, and over 500,000 kindle books that can be borrowed for free. All of that only costs $79 a year. Without Prime, 3-5 day standard shipping is free with a $35+ order. If you make multiple orders under $35 a year, or pay for kindle books/movies on Amazon, it is likely you will pay over $79 a year in fees.
Another great feature of Amazon Prime is that you can share your membership with 4 other “household members”. Household members constitutes anyone you want to share it with, from friends and family or complete strangers. In fact on eBay people are selling their “household member” spots on their accounts. With this method, you can get Amazon Prime for under $20.
If you are a college student, you can get a membership for only $39 a year. The only difference with a student account is that you cannot share your account with 4 other household members. You can have an Amazon Prime student membership for 4 years, after which you will need to upgrade to the regular Amazon Prime.
This is the best time to sign up for Amazon Prime, since there are many rumors going around that Amazon is going to increase the cost of Amazon Prime by $20-$40.
If you would like to try Amazon Prime, they offer a free 30 day trial. You can sign up for the trial below.
CamelCamelCamel is an Amazon price watcher. It lets you see every price an item has been, so you can see if you are getting a good deal. It can also price watch as many items as you would like and it will notify you whenever the price drops on those particular items. The best part about it is that it is completely free. There are many other price watchers out there, but I prefer the simplicity of CamelCamelCamel.
There are not many options when it comes to Amazon Portals, however Ebates does offer some cash back for certain Amazon categories. If you want to learn more about portals, you can check out this post.
Say you have an Amazon order for $32.57, but you don’t shop on Amazon enough to justify buying Amazon Prime and you have already used up you free 30 day trial. Since your order is under $35 you will have to pay a standard shipping price that will cost $3.99+ putting you over $35. Fortunately, Filleritem.com lets you enter the amount you need to get free shipping and then recommends some items that you can buy to reach free shipping.