10 Ways to Save Money on Amazon Purchases

How to Save Money on Amazon

Last updated August 28, 2016

Amazon sells pretty much everything imaginable. You can find everything from hygiene products, to home goods, to food. Many items are discounted and allow you to save money while getting things that you use every day.

Because there are so many different items to choose from, supply and demand virtually guarantees that you will save money. Here are some specific ways that you can save money shopping on Amazon:

Free Music on Amazon

Free Stuff

If you know where to look, Amazon has a variety of free books and music. You can find the free books at the Kindle store and the samples are in their respective categories. Definitely download the Free Kindle Reading app to read on your mobile device. You can also check out the Amazon lending library for more books that can be read for free. This section alone can save you tons of cash over the course of one year.

Free Amazon Prime Trial and Free Shipping

Get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime now!

Amazon Prime

For $99 a year, you can become an Amazon Prime member. If you shop at Amazon often, this is a good deal. It comes with free two-day shipping, free book lending, free streaming of tv shows, and other perks. While you have to put out some money at first, but it pays for itself in a very short period of time.

If for some reason, your delivery date is not met as an Amazon Prime member, you may be eligible for a free one-month extension to your prime membership!

Start your free trial of Amazon Prime here.

Amazon Mom 3 Months Free Trial

Start your free 3-month trial of Amazon Mom here.

Amazon Family

Very much like prime, Amazon Family offers other perks. New members can also sign up now and receive 3 months of benefits completely FREE! Some of the benefits include:

    • 20% off diapers and wipes subscriptions.
    • Exclusive discounts and deals for Amazon Mom members.
    • FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items.
    • Unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows.

When your free Amazon Mom trial ends, you will revert to Amazon Prime but still maintain the Amazon Mom benefits. If you are expecting, I would suggest creating an Amazon baby registry. Just send the link to friends – so much easier than having to visit the store!

Amazon Student 6 Months Free Trial

Sign up for the free 6-month Amazon Student trial period now!

Amazon Student

If you are a student, you better take advantage of Amazon Student! Not only will you receive a free 6-month trial period with any .edu email address, but when that ends, you can purchase an Amazon Prime membership for 50% off – that’s just $39!

As part of your Amazon Student membership, you will receive exclusive offers and discounts on items you love, need, and want. You’ll also be eligible for sweepstakes, giveaways, and contests. And you can get a $5 credit for referring friends via email and social networks with no limit on the number of referrals made.

Warehouse Sales

There are always things you cannot buy used like hygiene products, but many other items are just as good new. These include items like textbooks for school, games, furniture and home decorations.

The Warehouse sales page was created to offer great deals on returned, warehouse-damaged, used, or refurbished products that are in good condition but do not meet Amazon.com rigorous standards as “new.” Prior to offering an item for sale on Amazon Warehouse Deals, we verify physical and functional condition. Because we do not order inventory like a traditional store, we cannot guarantee availability of any item.

The warehouse sales function like any other “Fulfilled by Amazon” merchant with items listed under the link on an item’s detail page. Be sure to read reviews on the seller and consider the shipping costs to ensure that it is a good deal. Most of the time you can save significant dollars if you are patient and willing to wait on the the right seller.

You can review the Amazon warehouse standards and definitions here.

Amazon Free Super Saver Shipping

Super Saver Shipping

Many items on Amazon do qualify for this constant shipping promotion. Just put $49 worth of qualifying items ($25 of books) in your cart and shipping will be no cost to you. Just be sure that the items qualify so there is no surprise when you are checking out. Right out-of-the-box you are saving money just by ordering through Amazon. The shipping program is second to none.

Today’s Deals

When you login to Amazon, always head to the “Today’s Deals” link first. You can often find major steals here including Gold Box deals and Lightning Deals. Some items will be offered at deep discounts for a set amount of hours, so check back frequently.

The daily deals increase even more during Black Friday on Amazon, Cyber Monday and beyond! Typically those deals come every 10 minutes so it’s always good to keep an eye out! Read my tips for how to get Amazon lightning deals to make sure you can grab those hot deals!

Amazon Grocery Deals

Shop the grocery section on Amazon to find some great sales!

Bulk Groceries

When you look at the household and food products on Amazon, many of them are available in bulk sizes. You can also find hygiene products like this.

You will want to compare the item prices against those in your local stores and ensure that you are getting a good deal because not all bulk deals are good deals. If you have a local wholesale club, compare the bulk prices to these to make sure that you are saving a few bucks.

Amazon Coupons

Find the grocery coupons on Amazon here.

Amazon Coupons

Yes, Amazon does have coupons! Many of the coupons are valid on food or hygiene products but you can find them all conveniently on the coupon page. Just sort and filter to find the ones that you want. Here are the Amazon coupons by category:

Amazon Subscribe and Save Discount and Benefits

Find qualifying products on the Subscribe and Save page here.

Subscribe & Save

Receive discounts when you set up Subscribe & Save for qualifying products at Amazon. If you have more than 5 Subscribe & Save subscriptions set up, you will save 15% more on your entire order! Your subscriptions can be cancelled at anytime. You can also use Amazon coupons on these Subscribe & Save options to save even more!

See more details on the Subscribe & Save service here.

Amazon Wedding Registry Discount

Amazon Wedding Registry

Got an upcoming wedding? Register a discount on select items on your registry as a registry completion discount. The discount is 10% for non-prime members OR 20% discount for prime members, again on select items on the registry. The additional discount for Prime members is definitely worth the membership!

See more details on the Amazon Wedding Registry here.

What other ways do you save money shopping on Amazon?

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by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on December 16, 2013


  • Carrie This Home - January 27, 2014 @ 9:56 pm

    I joined Amazon Moms when I had my first child and it did save a lot on diapers! These are great tips! Thanks for sharing!
    I would love it if you’d link this up to the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop–we love money saving ideas like this!

  • the cape on the corner - January 29, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    did not know about the coupons! thanks!

  • Mommy on Demand - February 03, 2014 @ 6:58 pm

    I never knew about all these discounts! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, hope to see back on Thursday.

  • Alena - August 25, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    I keep items that I don’t want to buy at full price in a wish list. Then, I periodically check it. I did this recently with a purse I’d been wanting. I checked it and it was 52% off.

  • Janell - November 18, 2014 @ 6:16 pm

    Wow I shop on Amazon all the time. I never realized they had coupons! I love being a Prime member! It saves a lot of money!
    Visiting from Frugal Friday Link up Party.

  • Suzanne - November 28, 2014 @ 10:54 pm

    I use the Camelizer. You can set the price you want for an item on Amazon, and Camelizer will notify you if and when the item hits that price.

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  • Michelle R - November 29, 2014 @ 3:27 am

    I recently figured out that if I opt for a slightly slower shipping I get a $1 ebook credit. I have taken that to the extreme today with the black Friday deals. Just thought I would share because I would have been doing that a lot sooner if I had realized it.

  • Tina - December 05, 2014 @ 12:04 am

    Amazon Prime is one of my best investments.

    One thing to add to your list is that if you sign up for Amazon Smile, a percentage of your purchase is donated to your favorite charity of choice. That’s savings because your donating by buying the things you would buy anyway.

  • David - February 09, 2016 @ 3:54 am

    majority are good

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  • Amber - April 23, 2016 @ 3:36 am

    What if I am a student AND a Mom? Can I sign up for more than one program?

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  • Marianne Fiedler - May 14, 2016 @ 12:10 am

    I save money on Amazon just by staying out of Walmart! I have some mobility issues and just pulling into Walmart’s parking lot and thinking about going in exhausts me. Plus I save time, gas and aggravation. If I can’t get it on Amazon, I don’t need it very badly. Prime pays for itself in free returns and the hassles saved.

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