Why pay full price for anything if you can find cheaper options here and there? Wanting to save money does not make a person cheap, but rather economical. Many big box stores offer discounts to their customers and it would just be a bit silly to miss out on them. In physical stores, this is found in Walmart and IKEA in particular, but online, there are also so many hacks on Amazon to save money.
Whether it's toilet paper, a TV, a pack of 100 rechargeable batteries or Justin Trudeau's latest biography, you'll find everything you're looking for on Amazon's website.
Since you're likely spending a lot of time and money there, it's worth looking around for the best deals.
Here are the 12 interesting hacks that could save you a bit, if not a lot, of cash.
1. The Amazon Prime credit card
Are you looking for a new credit card - say for instance if your Tim Hortons double-double visa was just cancelled - and wondering if you should consider the Amazon Master Card? It's a good option if you want to save cash.
With no annual fees, you get 1.5% cashback on Amazon and 1% in restaurants, gas stations and pharmacies. This cashback is offered by default in the form of Amazon credits. 100 points are worth $1.
As a bonus, with the welcome offer on now, you'll get 5% cash back on the first $ 3,000 worth of purchases you make on Amazon and in grocery stores and restaurants for six months after approval.
2. Delete your search history
If you have multiple people sharing the same Amazon Prime account, you are very likely to be offered items that you do not care about when you head to the site.
However, there is a way to avoid those unnecessary impulse buys and see results you actually want.
You only have to delete the search history. It's easy. Just go to your browsing history page and clear it.
3. Complain about shipping delays
While Canadians are stereotypically supposed to be super nice, complaining once and awhile could save you more money. If your ordered package does not arrive on the scheduled day, let Amazon know. The best way to complain is via the contact form on the site.
A user ordered a few items and, due to a strange UPS delay, the package arrived a week later. He started a quick conversation with customer service and within minutes, the employee they contact via Amazon's chat had credited them with a free month of Amazon Prime.
4. Twitch Prime To Cut Back On Subscriptions
It's a pretty random hack, but for some people, it's totally worth it. If you enjoy playing video games and watching people play them, you'll be happy to know that Twitch Prime is included with Amazon Prime.
5. Free Books, Mags and Comics with Prime Reading
Don't waste your money buying physical copies of magazines and books.
Prime members can choose up to 10 titles at a time from over 1,000 options with Prime Reading. The title will be available to view on any of your devices via the Kindle app and some books also come with audible narration.
6. Amazon Prime for Students
If you're a student, you can get Amazon Prime for a lot cheaper! Student Premium is a subscription program created specifically for university and college students.
As a new member, you have the option to purchase an initial 18-month subscription for $39 per year, with the first 6 months included at no charge, or an initial 7-month subscription for $3.99 per month.
You'll even have access to Amazon Music and Amazon Prime Video so you can binge-watch Jack Ryan to your heart's content.
7. Separate orders for fast and less expensive shipping
This hack is not 100% guaranteed, but it works 99% of the time.
To test this one out first, order two (or more) items separately (as two completely separate transactions) within one hour of each other. Select the normal shipping for all your orders except one. On that order, select the one-day shipping option and Amazon will most likely combine all your orders together so that shipping costs are cheaper for them.
If everything works as expected, you will receive your package the next day with all your items in one box, but remember this isn't a guarantee.
8. Amazon coupons
Amazon is the largest e-commerce store in the world. That means there are thousands of discount coupons you can find to get good deals on a wide variety of products. Some of these discounts are reserved for Prime members, but others may be used by non-members too.
You will be able to find them, among others, in the Amazon Coupons section on the site.
9. Custom search settings
Here's where it gets technical. When you browse Amazon, there are great ways to find the best deals when you're in a certain category. Just add certain parameters to the URL and click enter.
For example, if you want to see all products that are between 50 and 80% off, simply add this at the end of the URL:
& Pct-off = 50-80
If you want to display products that are 60% off and up, you'll add this at the end of the Amazon URL:
& Pct-off = 60-
That way, it will only show products in that category with this percentage off discount.
This hack sounds weird than it is. We promise it has nothing to do with animals.
CamelCamelCamel is an Amazon price tracking website that lets you see historical price trends and sends you notifications when the items you want to buy experience a price drop.
11. Shop on Amazon Warehouse
When things are returned to Amazon, they are not thrown away. Instead, they're resold on Amazon Warehouse as "refurbished" products.
When you search for products on Amazon Warehouse, you'll see how many returned products there are and what condition they are in. And even if they are used, many of them come from Amazon still, so they're eligible for free 2-day delivery.
12. Free dress comparison service
Avoid paying for a stylist or wasting your time in the mall dressing room sending pics to everyone you know.
Available in the Amazon app under "Programs," the dress comparison system is a quick service that helps determine which outfit is best for you, regardless of whether the clothing is purchased from Amazon or not.
A fashion specialist thinks about the way clothes go, the colours that suit you best, the style of outfits, and what's fashionable right now.
This article was originally published in french on Narcity Quebec.