Posted by William Charles on December 28, 2017
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Published on December 28th, 2017 | by William Charles

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Complete Guide To Saving Money On Amazon (Save 8% – 27%+)

Reposting for increased visibility. Let us know if anything needs to be added.

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.

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.

Credit Cards

You might also be eligible for one of these offers:

Gift Cards

There are three promotions that are always available, but you can only do them once. Plus other limited time bonuswa

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.
  • 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.

Checking Account

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.

Shopping Portals

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. In addition to this JetBlue offers 3 JetBlue points on all Amazon purchases, this is great because it means at minimum we’re getting 3 JetBlue points per $1 spent on all Amazon purchases and up to 6% cash back.

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

Discount Codes

It’s possible to get discount codes for Amazon that work on all purchases. In particular there are three worth keeping in mind:

Amazon Prime Offers

You can usually get a discount on new Amazon Prime subscriptions. Here is what is currently available:

Other Promotions/Discounts/Freebies

Amazon often has specific discounts that might be of interest to some readers, we will post the more popular ones here.

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. 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.

Price Check

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.

Misc

This is just for miscellaneous pieces of information.

Our Verdict

Let’s do a quick run through of two purchases, one will assume you’ve never done any deals before and the other assumes you’ve done all the deals.

All The Deals

This is for people that have used all of the limited time promotions before. Let’s pretend we’re purchasing something that costs $100

None Of The Deals

This is for people that have done none of the promotions before. We’re also going to assume that you’re eligible for all promotions. Let’s pretend we are purchasing something that costs $100:

In total you’d end up paying $56.4 plus you’d still having a $10 bonus gift card to use later. Realistically I don’t know if you could really stack all those discounts, something more realistic would be:

For total discount of up to 25%.

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 JetBlue 3x points or even 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.



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TravelingOn
TravelingOn

How would you get 6% cash back AND 3 jet blue points? Doesn’t one negate the other?

Aaron H
Aaron H

I buy Amazon GCs at office supply stores (Staples) to get 5 point/$ spent, than load those onto my Amazon account. I value to 5 chase UR points/$ spent with Ink > 5% cashback Amazon chase card.

Nick
Nick

Has anyone had problems finding Amazon gift cards at Staples? I just went and there were non in stock. Store clerk (not very reliable looking) said they don’t carry them any more.

chenyuetian
chenyuetian

When you got some AMEX offers like $150 – $30 at Lowes, $50-$10 at HomeDepot and $50-$10 at Jo-Ann, buy some Amazon GC there and save 20% at Amazon regularly. If have more than one AMEX CC, you may add multiple offers at one time. For me, my Amazon balance from the GC usually can be used up within several weeks/months.

Franholio
Franholio

Believe the ‘All the Deals’ section should read ‘300 JetBlue Points’ and not ’30 JetBlue Points.’

Also, I’d love to hear any DPs on stacking Smile with the JetBlue portal. My inclination is it wouldn’t work, but I’d be happy to be proven wrong. I suppose if it doesn’t work, you can always use the JetBlue portal and donate to your charity separately.

Chuck

Fixed, thanks.

I seem to recall that it’s explicit that affiliate commission stacks with Smile, but I’ll have to search to find it.

Evan
Evan

I just saw an offer in my account getting 2% bonus on any reload made using a checking account. I am also eligible for an extra 5% on the first load.

Chuck

Can you send me a screenshot of the offer (maybe a link as well)? I’m aware of the 2% deal, but wasn’t aware of the 5% deal.
Is this the offer that you’re seeing, perhaps? https://www.doctorofcredit.com/ymmv-receive-a-bonus-of-up-to-5-when-you-automatically-reload-your-amazon-balance/

Evan
Evan

Hi Chuck. The 5% is for first time users only, so very few people are going to be eligible. I thought it was for first time loads using a bank account, like the 2% deal, but it is first time overall which is not interesting.

Chuck

Sure, but not everyone has used reloads before. Sounds pretty interesting to me for someone who hasn’t loaded before: can get 5% off with the deal + 5% back using an Amazon CC for a total of 10%.

If you have a screenshot, I’d be interested in seeing 🙂 (chuck@doctorofcredit.com)

Chuck

Oh, I see, it has a limit of $5. That’s an old offer for first-time reloaders to get a $5 bonus on $100 reload.
https://slickdeals.net/f/10128808-amazon-gc-reload-100-get-5-possibly-targeted?utm_source=rss&utm_content=9&utm_medium=RSS2

Chuck

He had a 5% deal for first time users. Wonder what that deal is.

Jack
Jack

Do not forget the discount related to wedding and baby registries

5150
5150

Hey Doc: You missed the best way to save…..
Amazon constantly changes the prices of every item as they use a Dynamic Pricing Model.
Best way to save is to put items in your Cart THEN click Save For Later.
They will appear below.
THEN every time you log on LOOK at your Cart and a banner will tell you what has changed price.
If you like the lower price then click on the item and it will be moved up in your Cart to purchase.
NOTE: Amazon pricing and comparisons are suspect and not real.
Use this method to make sure you are getting best price.

AB
AB

Easier option us camelcamelcamel.com’s Amazon tracking. I’ve saved $200 on pool equipment by waiting a week

5150
5150

Use Amazon “STORE” credit card.
Rebates 5% on all purchases at Amazon (can only be used at Amazon).
Managed by SyncBank.
Statements (online and paper) actually itemize and name every purchase individually so you can make sure you have been charged correctly.
Easy to reconcile against Amazon Orders page.
Rebates automatically credited back to your Store credit card account at end of month.

Aahz
Aahz

It’s a little outside of DoC’s normal offerings, but I also use the S’more lock screen app to earn $3 per month in Amazon credit. It’s not much, but it’s also incredibly minor work to get. [removed referral link]

Jess
Jess

I thought Jet Blue was going to stop giving commissions on Amazon…?

Chuck

Only on gift card purchases, other purchases still earn 3x.

Audrey
Audrey

All gc? I thought it was Amazon gc only.

Chuck

Right

blue9
blue9

I might have missed it, but it is worth mentioning the Kroger/Other grocery stores 4x Fuel Points + % reward on CC grocery category. It is an easy way to get 10+% off.

Pete
Pete

I always have a moral dilemma about whether I should use smile.amazon.com to donate to a charity, or a shopping portal. Haha.

Jivepicnic
Jivepicnic

Get the cash back, and then donate as much as you want to the charity with cash (or better yet a CC). Then you get to deduct the contribution from your taxes if you itemize.

Randy
Randy

Neither jet blue nor any portal links to smile, it only goes directly to Amazon.com. There’s not a way of getting around it that I found, so there is no stacking if you use smile.

Gabe
Gabe

I’ve been able to successfully stack JetBlue and Smile. I start by going through the JetBlue portal, but I have the “Amazon Smile Redirect” add-on in Firefox, which just adds “smile” to the beginning of any Amazon URL. I’ve checked my previous purchases and they all gave me JetBlue points in addition to Smile donations.

Randy
Randy

I’ll give it a try. Thanks Gabe

T
T

Any good way to track Jet blue earnings on Amazon? I just started 2 weeks ago using the portal link for my regular purchase and have yet seen any miles posted. When can I expect the points to post and do people have to contact customer service from time to time to get the points?

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