Published on November 22nd, 2018 | by William Charles91
Complete Guide To Saving Money On Amazon (Save 8% – 27%+)
I’ve fully updated this page ahead of Prime day and plan to keep it updated on a more regular basis. The majority of readers will spend a lot of money on Amazon. There are a lot of different ways to save money on Amazon purchases so I thought I’d create a post that lists all of the different ways to save on these purchases so readers can book mark this page and quickly reference it whenever making purchases from Amazon. Links marked with * contain our affiliate link and we receive a commission based on your purchases.
Credit Card/Gift Card
The first step is to decide whether to use a credit card or gift card. This option will depend on what promotions and credit cards you have available.
- Some American Express cards currently offering 2,000/$20 points when you spend $50+
- Change your 1-click settings to Citi & get $10 credit
- Best credit cards to use for Amazon purchases
- Citi Cards: Get $30 Statement Credit when Spending 3 x $30 at Paypal or Amazon [Targeted]
- [YMMV] American Express Hilton Cards: Get 13x Points per $1 at Amazon [Max $500 in Purchases]
You might also be eligible for one of these offers:
- [YMMV] Amazon: Get 20% Off When You Use At Least One Membership Rewards Point ($100 Maximum Discount)
- [YMMV] Amazon: Use One Chase Ultimate Rewards Points & Get $15 Off $60 [Works On Giftcards]
- Amazon $30 off $60 when Using MR Points, Works on Gift Cards! [Targeted] – Extended Through 2018
There are three promotions that are always available, but you can only do them once. Plus other limited time bonuses:
- Reload your Amazon balance with at least $100 & get $10 bonus
- Purchase $50 in Amazon gift cards and receive a free $10 promotional credit on Amazon. Use promo code: 1118GCARDS at checkout*
- Amazon Cash: Reload $40 & Get $10 [First Time Users]
- Citi Easy Deals: $100 Amazon Giftcard For $90 (AT&T Access, Simplicity & Diamond Preferred Only)
- Amazon: Purchase $100 Amazon Giftcard & Get Free Pair Of Happy Socks [Works Once Per Day]
- CardCash lets you sell other third party gift cards for Amazon gift cards. These rates are better than their cash rates, but make sure you compare to other third party gift card buyers.
- KwikTrip: Buy Any Giftcard From Participating Partner & Get 10¢ Off Per Gallon (Amazon, Lowe’s, Netflix, eBay, Uber & More)
- [Highly YMMV, Prime Only] Purchase $50 In Amazon Giftcards & Get A $15 Promo Credit
Your best option with the first two of the above promotions is to still use a credit card that earns at a high rate on Amazon purchases. Lots of stores also sell Amazon gift cards and if you have a credit card that earns a category bonus for those stores then you could easily purchase Amazon gift cards there. For example if you had a Chase Ink Cash card you could buy them at Staples.com and earn 5% cash back. You can view all the credit cards that earn at least 4%/4x here.
Additional some stores will have discounts that might be useful for stocking up on Amazon gift cards:
- American Express regularly have AmEx offers that can be used to purchase Amazon gift cards, we will update this section when one of these promotions is available (currently one available here)
- A lot of grocery stores have fuel rewards programs and usually Amazon gift cards will trigger points for these programs. Sometimes they have increased offers for up to 4x points.
If you don’t have access to a credit card or debit card you can link your checking account to Amazon. They’ll also give you a 2% bonus, more details here.
Most shopping portals (e.g Topcashback) will offer 6% in specific categories. These categories change from time to time and the portal offering the best rates also changes from time to time. You can view the best rates here. Keep in mind Ibotta usually has some extra categories that other portals do not have. JetBlue used to offer 3 JetBlue points on all purchases, but that is unfortunately no longer the case.
If you’d like to support this site, you can also do so by using our Amazon link found here*. Just keep in mind you won’t earn any portal rewards if you do use our link, we greatly appreciate readers who do support us in this way.
Card Link Programs
Spent lets you link your debit & credit cards to their loyalty program. You earn 1% cash back on these purchases and Amazon is an option. Update: Spent removed Amazon as an option at the start of July 2018. Drop lets you link your debit & credit cards to their loyalty programs and choose five merchants to earn points on . Amazon is one of those options and you’ll earn 20 points per $1 spent (plus 2,000 for your first Amazon purchase). Points are worth 0.1¢ each when redeeming for gift cards meaning you effectively get 2% back.Update: Amazon is no longer an option for new Drop users.
It’s possible to get discount codes for Amazon that work on all purchases. In particular there are three worth keeping in mind:
- Up to 15% off ($1,000 in purchases) when you change your address
- Create Amazon Baby Registry – Get Free Welcome Box & Up To 15% Off Amazon
Amazon Prime Offers
You can usually get a discount on new Amazon Prime subscriptions. Here is what is currently available:If you’ve never had Prime or used a free trial, you can get free trial for 30 days.
- [YMMV] American Express: 3 Months Of Amazon Prime For Free
- Students can get six months for free* (requires .edu e-mail address)
- You can get a monthly membership for $12.99*
- EBT or Medicaid users can signup for a cheaper $5.99 monthly plan*.
- A yearly subscription costs $119. I’d recommend against using our link though as if you go through a shopping portal you can get cash back. Best rate is currently $20 through Ibotta, then Mr Rebates is $15, Topcashback offers $15 (let me know if you see better in the comments)
If you’re new to Prime then I recommend reading this guide to maximizing your Prime account. As a prime member you also get discounts at Whole Foods.
Amazon often has specific discounts that might be of interest to some readers, we will post the more popular ones here.
- Amazon frequently sell $50 third party gift cards for $40. You can see what’s available by clicking here*.
- Save up to $20 on Whole Foods or Amazon Prime Now Online Order
- Buy An Amazon Sample Box – Get Equal Amazon Credit [Household Sample Box Now Available, Prime Only]
- Amazon: Print Books $5 Off $20+ With Promo Code NOVBOOK18
- Amazon Subscription Boxes – 10-75% Off (First Month Only)
- [YMMV] Amazon Prime: Try App Camera Features & $5 Off Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals
- Amazon Music Unlimited: 3 Months For $0.99 + Echo Dot (3rd Gen) For Another $1 [New Subscribers Only]
- Amazon: FreeTime Unlimited 3 Month Plan For $2.99 + Free Headphones
- Amazon: $5 off $10 with Browser Assistant
- Amazon: Sign In To Amazon App & Get $15 Off $30+
Give To Charity For Free
AmazonSmile is Amazon’s charitable arm, by enrolling you can select a charity and they will receive 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Your shopping needs to start with smile.amazon.com to be eligible.
You can stack this with JetBlue according to this comment (JetBlue portal no longer works, but other portals should work on specific categories). This is also officially confirmed by Amazon here. Read more about Amazon Smile and how to stack it with a shopping portal in this post.
Prices on Amazon fluctuate constantly and it can be difficult to know if you’re getting a good price or not. I use camelcamelcamel to easily see the price history for specific items. You can also set up alerts if it’s a non urgent item.
Opening A New Account
There are several perks to opening a new account. This is discussed in detail here.
This is just for miscellaneous pieces of information.
- How to Use an Amazon Gift Card with a Shop-with-Points Order
- Bypassing Amazon’s ‘Add-On Item’ Restriction with Alexa
- How To Use Amazon Dash Wand To Purchase Alexa Only Deals
- Amazon Launches ‘Amazon Day’ Shipping – Choose The Day Items Are Shipped [Prime & Invite Only]
Hopefully you learned a new way to save a bit of money on Amazon purchases. As I mentioned earlier, we do appreciate readers who use our Amazon links* but at the end of the day I like to think that our job is to save and make you as much money as possible so I think it’s important to point out that by using our links you are forgoing other options (e.g possibly 6% cash back). Did I miss any ways to save money on Amazon? As mentioned I’ll be keeping this up to date, so feel free to bookmark this page for later reference. Also I’ve marked links that are our Amazon link with a * throughout this post.