How to Save on Amazon Prime Day 2021

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 is June 21 & 22

Amazon Prime Day has been in July since its inception in 2015, but last year, it was in October after being delayed due to the pandemic. I assumed that it would be moved back to July, but instead, it’s going to be June 21 & 22 instead!

Amazon Prime Day grows every year. Despite the fact that we were in the midst of a global pandemic with unemployment at dizzying levels, sales reached an estimated 10.4B US dollars worldwide, making it Amazon’s biggest sale event ever. 

Here’s how to make the most of Amazon Prime Day 2021:

Here are the Best Amazon Prime Day Shopping Tips:

Amazon Prime Membership is Required

Amazon Prime Day deals are for Amazon Prime members only. If you are not a member, now is a great time to join so you can take advantage of all the Prime Day discounts. The membership is $119 per year (or $12.99 per month) and includes unlimited two-day or in some cases next-day or same-day shipping all year long.

There are also a whole host of other benefits, including access to Amazon Video, Amazon Music, one free Kindle book per month, special discounts and free delivery at Whole Foods, and lots more. There’s a 30-day free Amazon Prime trial, so why not give it a try? (Just remember to cancel within that 30-day window if you don’t intend to continue.) And if you’ve done a free trial before, don’t worry – you’re eligible for a free Amazon Prime trial every 12 months!

Amazon Prime Discounts

Students with a valid ID can get a 6-month free trial, and then it’s $6.49 per month. If you are on public assistance and can provide an EBT or Medicaid card, you can get Amazon Prime for $5.99 per month.

Special Offers

Amazon often offers bonuses on top of their Prime Day discounts. Right now, you can get a $10 Amazon credit when you purchase a $40 Prime Day gift card. This gift card can be gifted to someone else, or you can apply it towards your Prime membership! 

Use Amazon Cash

If you don’t have a debit or credit card, you can still shop with Amazon by using Amazon Cash. And Amazon will reward you with $5 when you sign up and add $20 to your account, which you can do with an ATM machine in the Allpoint+ network. 

Support Small Businesses

Prime Day is a great time to support small businesses, and Amazon will help by offering a $10 credit when you spend $10 or more with over 300k participating businesses from June 7-20. 

Sign up for Amazon’s Credit Card 

If you are a regular Amazon shopper, consider applying for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card. Right now, Amazon is offering a $150 instant bonus upon approval!  This card has no annual fee and allows you to earn 5% back on your Amazon and Whole Foods purchases, and 1-2% back on other purchases. These earnings can be applied to future Amazon purchases. On Prime Day, earn 10% or more back on select items. 

There are also benefits for foreign travel, like no transaction fees and travel insurance. Like many store cards, this card has a fairly high APR, so buy only what you can pay off in full each month.

Use Amazon Tools 

Use the Amazon app or the Amazon Assistant browser extension to add items of interest to your Lists.  You’ll receive alerts when those items go on sale. Make sure you have your personalized notifications enabled.

Deal Spotting

You can also scroll through “Upcoming Deals” and click “Watch This Deal,” to receive alerts for that item.

When Prime Day arrives, click on “Today’s Deals” to see what’s on sale. Most of the deals will be Prime Day exclusives, which will be available to shoppers while supplies last. “Deals of the Day” will only be available for 24-hours, and then there will be “Lightning Deals”, which like lightning, come and go very quickly.

Ask Alexa

If you have any of Amazon’s devices, like the Echo Dot or Echo Show, ask Alexa what the deals are. Once you’ve ordered, you can also track your packages using Alexa. In previous years, Amazon offered exclusive deals on some orders placed with Alexa, so be on the lookout for those again.

See What’s New

To commemorate Prime Day, Amazon usually launches a whole host of items, many with introductory pricing.

Shop Like a Celeb

Amazon typically partners with celebs to introduce new products or special deals on popular products just for Prime Day. I just heard that Billie Eilish will be playing in a special Prime Day virtual concert. Let’s see who else they team up with this year.

Set Slickdeals Alerts

Several retailers, including Target and Walmart, will be offering competitive deals on Prime Day.  To ensure you get the lowest price, set deal alerts for specific items on Slickdeals. You’ll receive a notification when those items go on sale on Amazon or elsewhere.  Also, bookmark the Slickdeals Prime Day page for all the best deals in one place.

Compare Prices

Don’t check out on Amazon before using a price comparison tool like Google Shopping to compare prices elsewhere.  Just because something is on sale on Prime Day, doesn’t mean you’ve found the best price. Retails, like Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, Best Buy, and Home Depot will be hosting competitive sales, so you might find a better deal somewhere other than Amazon.

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