8 Tips to Score the Best Deals on Amazon Prime Day
Summertime and the savings is easy. This rings especially true if you’re an Amazon Prime member. For bargain hunters around the world, Prime Day is an eagerly awaited event where members can snag the best deals on Amazon’s marketplace.
This year, the biggest shopping occasion of the year falls on July 15 and 16. During what’s thought of as the summer equivalent of Cyber Monday, you might enjoy a gaggle of deals on Amazon’s products, kitchen appliances, vacuums, and gadgets.
Here are eight ways you can score the best deals on Prime Day (without getting swept away in the madness).
Know Your Wants Versus Needs
To avoid getting click-happy and spending more than you want, key in on your wants versus needs. Trust me on this one. It’ll help you stay within your budget. I mentally jog through a list of questions when I’m trying to decide whether to make a purchase:
- Is it the right time to buy?
- Should the money be used toward something else?
- How many times will I use it for it to be worth it?
- When and how will I use/wear it?
- How will this purchase improve my life?
Beyond that, is it something you will use, enjoy, and value? If you said “yes” to all three, then in my book, that trumps any “want versus need” quandary. If you can afford it, and it fits your budget, then, by all means, go for it.
Create a 30-Day List
While you won’t know exactly will be on sale until the day of, create a list of items on your to-buy list. As nerdy as this sounds, I have a “want to buy” spreadsheet where I list things I want, the date, and the price range. Next, I’ll hit “pause,” then wait a given number of days. You can keep a simple list on your phone or a journal. I only update my list every month or so.
Giving myself a cooling-off period from when I set my eyes on something I want oftentimes saves my budget. The majority of items on my list I end up not wanting and scratching off — goodbye, kamado grill!
For the things that do linger, I’ll either see if I can find it cheaper or think of a less-expensive version. For instance, I’ve been wanting a bike for quite some time. But instead of buying a new hybrid bike, which can cost anywhere from $700 to $2,000, I found a used one online.
Prioritize What You Want
After you’ve waded through your list and meted out your “needs” versus “wants,” list what you want in order of priority. What would improve your life the most? Or what would you get the most joy out of? You can think of it as a reverse KonMari of sorts. You can weed out what you don’t want to buy before you even make the purchase.
Set a Spending Limit
Because Prime Day typically lasts longer than 24 hours, you can let the items in your shopping cart sit. Take a breath, and wait a day or so. The benefit of online shopping is that you can quickly see what the grand total is before hitting the “buy” button. This is far easier than doing a mental tally of how much your items will cost while shopping at a brick-and-mortar retailer.
Hunt Around for Deals
Sometimes deals aren’t really deals — you can find a lower price elsewhere. Consider hunting online to do some quick cost comparisons. I personally find it tedious to spend hours on every single thing you buy (you can still get the best deal while making fewer decisions) but it could be worthwhile for more expensive items. f you have a tactic for doing it quickly, then go for it. (And let us know too!)
Use a Browser Extension
Along those same lines, you can use a browser extension, such as Honey or CouponFollow’s Cently. When you upload the Cently browser extension, existing promo codes for that retailer or a specific product will be applied automatically. And Honey works similarly. It will scour the web for the savings and deals, and any discounts and promo codes will instantly be added to your cart. Viola! You’re looking at no-brainer savings.
Check Out Amazon’s Daily Deal Page
You don’t have to wait until Prime Day or be an Amazon Prime member to save money. Amazon lists Daily Deals in different categories.
Besides waiting until the day of to find out what the hot deals are, get a head’s up beforehand. Here’s how: If you have the Amazon app downloaded, you can get notifications for Daily Deals as they pop up. All you need to do is click the “upcoming” tab to get a heads-up on what will soon be featured on Amazon’s Today’s Deals page.
Sign Up for a Trial
You can try Prime, gratis, for 30 days. If you’re not keen on paying for the $119 annual subscription, you could sign up for a free 30-day trial sometime in July. That’ll save you roughly $10 a month, plus however much you save shopping online and getting free unlimited two-day on eligible items. If you’re considering this route, just make sure to cancel before your trial ends.
As you know, it’s quite easy to get overly excited with markdowns and buy things you don’t really want or spend more than you should. By keeping these pointers in mind, you can really score the best deals on Prime Day!