Amazon is the go-to marketplace for everything from televisions to toilet paper, and there are a number of Amazon hacks that can save you even more money on both big and small Amazon purchases.
If you’re one of over 100 million paid Prime members, you probably love the free 2-day shipping as I do. But, you don’t have to pony up $119 a year for Prime benefits to save money with Amazon. Trust me…
Here are 24 legit Amazon and Amazon Prime hacks to cut your costs even more.
1. Use Rakuten when you shop through Amazon
Rakuten, formerly known as Ebates, is a shopping rewards company that gives you cash back on purchases when you shop online at one of over 2,500 different partner stores, including Amazon. That means when you go through Rakuten to shop on Amazon, you can earn up to 5% back on qualifying purchases.
Here are a few of the Amazon cashback categories:
- Amazon Devices 4% cash back
- Furniture 5% cash back
- Cameras 2% cash back
- Luggage 3.5% cash back
To use this Amazon hack, you’ll have to sign up with Rakuten first – new users get a $10 sign-up bonus. After you have an account, log in to Rakuten, click on Amazon, you’ll see a pop-up confirming that you are ready to earn cash back, and then start shopping.
Rakuten adds the cash you’ve earned into your account, and then you get a check or payment via PayPal in three months.
There are no catches with this Amazon hack – Rakuten gets a kickback from Amazon, and they pay you a little as a thank you.
2. Share your Prime account
There’s no reason that both you and your spouse or partner need two separate Amazon Prime accounts. Surprisingly, I know a lot of couples who are overlooking this simple Amazon hack.
Amazon allows for two adults per household to share Prime benefits through Amazon Household. You can both keep your own accounts, but share the perks while paying for one Prime account.
3. Tell Amazon if your packages are late
Amazon prides themselves on on-time deliveries, so if something is late, they want to know about it. If and when your package is late, contact customer service, and you’ll get one month of Prime free as an apology.
4. Know what comes with your Amazon Prime membership
Hack? Maybe not, but I’m adding this one because I know way too many people who pay for Prime and don’t really use it… which is crazy, because an Amazon Prime membership costs $119 per year.
You may have signed up for the free 2-day shipping, but to really get your money’s worth, here are some of the best membership benefits you might be missing out on:
- Amazon Restaurant– Delivery when you spend $20 at qualifying restaurants in over 20 different U.S. cities
- Prime Photos– Unlimited cloud storage for photos and up to 5 GB for videos
- Free same-day delivery– On orders over $35 in over 5,000 cities if placed by noon
- Amazon Music Unlimited– Prime members receive a discount on this streaming service
- Prime Now– Free 2-hour delivery on thousands of different products in qualifying cities
- Prime Video– Amazon’s streaming service comes with Prime
- Prime Wardrobe– You can try eligible clothing items on before you purchase them
- Prime Reading– Borrow digital copies of books, magazines, and more
That’s just the short list of all of the Prime membership benefits, and a lot of those can save you money on other services you might be paying for.
5. Use Subscribe and Save
If there are household products you routinely buy through Amazon, you can save up to 15% on many of them when using Subscribe and Save. These are products like laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, pet supplies, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.
You can shop through the Subscribe and Save store, but Amazon lists this as an option on qualifying products. You select the quantity and delivery dates (monthly to every six months) and you get 15% off when you receive five or more products each month to the same address.
You can cancel your subscriptions whenever you want, and you’ll get a notification before the item is shipped.
Prime members get even more through this Amazon hack – up to 20% off Amazon Family subscriptions for things like diapers, baby food, formula, vitamins, and more.
6. Use FREE No-Rush Shipping to get credits for digital content (my favorite Amazon hack!)
When you’re prompted to pick your shipping preference, click the FREE No-Rush option to get credits for digital products, like movies and ebooks. You’ll usually get your purchase in 3-5 days instead of two.
This is probably my favorite Amazon hack because the reality is that I don’t always need 2-day shipping. Now I bank my credits to rent new release movies.
7. EBT and Medicaid cardholders receive a discount on Prime
If you have an EBT card or use Medicaid, Amazon offers you a reduced price for Prime of only $5.99 per month. You can cancel Prime anytime, and you get all of the same benefits of Prime except for household sharing.
You still get a free 30-day trial of Prime when you sign up. You’ll need to verify your status every 12 months and can get this price for up to 48 months.
8. Use CamelCamelCamel to set price alerts
CamelCamelCamel is an Amazon price tracker website that lets you see historic pricing trends and sends you notifications when items you’re shopping for have a price drop.
9. Filter for the discounts you want to see
When you are searching for items on Amazon, you can easily add certain code to the end of your URL, which then only brings you results for discounted items. And, you choose the discount range.
Here’s the code you will put in at the end of the URL: &pct-off=
Then you pick the discount range and put that behind the = sign. 20-30% off would go in as 20-30, 50-75% off would go in as 50-70.
Say you were searching for “camping chairs.” Here’s what the original search results look like.
But say you wanted camping chairs that were 50-70% off, you put &pct-off=50-70 at the end of the URL, which gives you these results.
10. Shop on Amazon Warehouse
When things are returned to Amazon, they don’t just throw them away – they resell them on Amazon Warehouse.
When you search for products on Amazon Warehouse, you’ll see how many used options there are and what kind of condition they’re in. And even though they’re used, many of them are fulfilled by Amazon, so eligible for free 2-day or no-rush shipping.
11. Find joy at the Amazon Treasure Truck
Amazon says their carnival-themed Treasure Truck is “Spreading joy with one hand-picked, can’t miss an item at a time.” This includes little toys and other fun stuff for the kids too.
There are currently 33 trucks bringing joy in 30 cities across the U.S. and Great Britain, and the idea is that you find out about that day’s deal via email or text, order, and then pick up at the truck.
12. Use Paribus to get a refund if prices drop
Paribus is a money saving app that can help you hack your savings with Amazon. The app is free to sign up and use. Here’s how their price refund works:
- Shop online as you normally would.
- Paribus keeps track of your confirmation emails to watch out for price changes in the products you’ve bought.
- You are notified when prices drop, and Paribus helps you get your refund.
You can use Paribus for Amazon, Target, Walmart, and over 25 different major online retailers.
13. Earn Amazon gift cards with online surveys
Most online survey sites pay you in points that you can redeem for cash or gift cards. As far as side hustle potential, online surveys aren’t always worth your time. But, they can save a few bucks on Amazon purchases if you redeem your points for gift cards.
Here are a few legit online survey sites that pay in Amazon gift cards:
14. Convert old Visa gift cards into Amazon credits
I love gift cards, but I always end up with some that basically have a handful of change left on them. I don’t want to toss them, but it’s hard to remember to spend 73¢.
Good news, there’s an Amazon hack for that! Use those cards to buy an Amazon gift card for yourself and choose email delivery. Put that gift card on your account, and you’re done! The only downside is that the minimum amount you can put on an Amazon gift card is fifty cents.
15. Get Amazon Prime for free if you’re in college
If you’re in college and have a valid .edu email address, you can get Prime Student for free for six months. After that, you can receive a discounted price for Prime for up to four years or whenever you graduate, whichever comes first.
Prime Student doesn’t have full Prime benefits, but it does include some of the most popular ones, like free 2-day shipping, Prime Video, photo storage on Prime Photo, and more.
16. Avoid paying sales tax
This Amazon hack might sound illegal, but it’s not, and there are a couple of options to avoid or pay less in taxes when purchasing items through third-party sellers:
- Check all the offers. Amazon defaults to the lowest rate when there are multiple offers, but depending on where the seller lives, you may end up paying more because of the tax rate. You can click through offers to get the sales tax calculated before adding to your cart.
- Shop from sellers in certain states. Because of the state laws, Amazon only collects tax from 45 out of the 50 states. You can’t browse items by state, but you can make a sales tax comparison when looking at offers. Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon don’t collect sales tax.
17. Use Amazon Locker
Amazon Prime members have free access to over 2,800 Amazon Locker kiosks around the country. There are two major benefits:
- If you’re worried about packages getting stolen from your front porch or apartment hallway, your packages are protected with Amazon Locker.
- It makes returns easier because you can drop off returns at any Amazon Locker, even if you didn’t pick your package up from one.
Not all packages will fit in an Amazon Locker, so know that the size limits are 19x12x14.
18. Delete your search history
This might not be a money-saving Amazon hack, but it’s one that can help out when you’re shopping for gifts and want to keep things a surprise. This is especially good when you’re sharing an Amazon Prime account with your partner.
Here are a few options for deleting your search history on Amazon:
- Go to your history page and delete specific items.
- Remove everything on the list at once by clicking on “Manage history” and then clicking “Remove all items.”
- Don’t worry about tracking by browsing Amazon in private or incognito mode on your browser.
- You can turn off your browsing history through the “Manage history” tab.
19. Ship to charities for free with Give Back Box
With Give Back Box, you can use your old Amazon packages to send items to charities for free. You just sign up with Give Back Box, print a prepaid UPS or USPS shipping label, and send it to the charity of your choice.
20. Abandon your cart
This is a pretty easy Amazon hack that works well if you don’t need an item right away. What you do is put something in your cart and then walk away.
This is called shopping cart abandonment. Amazon, and other online stores may try to entice you to come back and finish checking out by sending you coupons or discounts. This might not always work, but it could be worth a try.
21. Reload your old Amazon gift card for extra cash
For first-time users, you can reload an old Amazon gift card with $100 or more and earn an additional $10. So, if you know you’re about to purchase something from Amazon, reload your gift card, get your $10, and then purchase your product.
No catches, just free money.
22. Sign-up for Amazon Prime Rewards Visa
I know people have mixed feelings on credit cards, but I use mine for nearly every purchase I make because they earn me points, travel miles, and cash. The catch is that you have to use credit cards responsibly, i.e. on-time payments and paying your balance in full.
If your a responsible credit card user and regularly shop on Amazon, the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card has some great perks, like:
- 5% back on purchases made at Amazon or Whole Foods
- 2% back at restaurants, gas stations, and drug stores
- 1% back on all other purchases
There’s no annual membership fee, and you’ll need to be a Prime member to apply.
23. Earn affiliate rewards by promoting Amazon products
If you are a blogger or social media influencer, Amazon has their own affiliate marketing program. It works the same way most affiliate programs work, and it’s a nice way to promote specific products you love.
Learn more at Amazon Associates.
24. Use Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile is basically Amazon, but the difference is that the Amazon Smile Foundation donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to a charity of your choice. You get the same prices on your products, with the nice benefit of a charitable donation.
Final word on saving money with Amazon hacks
Shopping through Amazon can save you money and simplify your life, and I know some Prime users who use the benefits nearly every day. That’s awesome.
What isn’t awesome is paying for Prime if you’re not using it. Remember, $119 per year.
Maybe the best money saving “hack” of all is to quit Prime if you’re not really using it.
You won’t get credit unless you cancel Prime before you start taking advantage of your benefits. If you have, wait until your membership period is over to cancel (you can find your renewal date on the “Manage Prime Membership” page).