Amazon is the favorite online shopping destination for people over 50. The majority of baby boomers say that they're shopping on Amazon at least once a month, so I thought you’d appreciate learning about some of Amazon's "hacks and perks" for saving more money.
Consider investing in a Prime Membership. With an Amazon Prime membership you get free 2-day shipping on all Prime eligible items. There are so many items that are eligible! And there are many more money-saving benefits to Prime membership too. More are being added all the time. Here are a few examples:
Snag the best prices on things that you would go to the grocery or drug store for by shopping in Prime Pantry. Fill up a box and have it shipped right to your doorstep. Not only a money saver but a time saver too! Along with low-priced items you will also find Weekly Deals and Coupons. For more information, go to, Amazon Prime Pantry.
Don’t lose the value of your gift cards, worry about their expiration dates, or end up paying fees. Use those prepaid cards to load or reload your Amazon Wallet. Any prepaid card that features a VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover logo can be used. For more information, go to, Apply a Gift Card to Your Amazon Account.
Set up scheduled deliveries and earn savings with Subscribe & Save. It’s a great way to save money on those necessary, non-perishable items. It’s so simple. Choose from thousands of eligible products, select your delivery frequency, and create your subscription. Skip or cancel deliveries as needed. With five or more items you unlock extra savings on your monthly delivery. For more information, go to, Subscribe and Save at Amazon.
Install Amazon Assistant to your browser and save time and money. This is Amazon’s official browser extension. It will show you price and product comparisons and daily deals as you shop. Amazon Assistant is available for all the major browsers. For more information, go to, About Amazon Assistant.
Go to Today's Deals to reveal links to all kinds of special prices and promotions on Amazon. From here you can find coupons, limited time sales, and much more.
Woot! Deals is an Amazon subsidiary. This is where over-production, surplus, and end-of-life products are up to 70% off. Shop new deals everyday at Woot Deals.
Keep track of deals that you’re interested in by clicking on "Watch this Deal" to save it to your Watching list. Next, download the Amazon App and you’ll be notified on your app when the deal is about to start. If you're using an iPhone and would like to receive notifications when a deal you are watching is about to start, go to "Settings", select the Amazon app, then "Notifications, and "Allow Notifications".
It's easy to use price tracker extensions, apps or websites to save money on Amazon. CamelCamelCamel is a popular price tracker and one that I use all the time. It shows you the price history of an item so that you can decide if it’s a good time to buy or not. Create an account and set up price drop alerts via either email or Twitter.
If you like this idea then also check out these other price tracking tools for Amazon shoppers:
Amazon brings top-selling products to the marketplace under its own brand, Amazon Basics. You can find tech and more for a lot less. Check out their batteries!
Amazon is becoming a great place to buy used items. Products in many categories may offer items in conditions other than new: Refurbished, Used - Like New, Used - Very Good, Used - Acceptable. Refurbished items are guaranteed by Amazon to look and work like new. They have a minimum 90 day limited warranty. The Shop for Certified Refurbished on Amazon page is organized by category. You can also find refurbished items by clicking on the link under a product’s description for New & Used or Used. Then select Refurbished under Condition (left side of screen). For more information, go to, Certified Refurbished on Amazon.
Amazon has its own digital currency that allows you to buy Android apps, games, and in-game items for less. The more Amazon Coins you buy, the greater the discount. Spend them like money on apps and games from the Amazon Appstore. The Appstore is available for the Android phone or tablet, including Fire tablets. Earn Free Amazon Coins by purchasing in-app items. For more information, go to, About Amazon Coins.
If you use Amazon’s Echo or Echo Dot (aka "Alexa") and you are a Prime member then you have access to special deals through Alexa Voice Shopping. First, enable Voice Shopping on your Alexa app under Settings. Then you can ask "Alexa, what are your deals". Alexa will describe a deal and then ask if you want to buy it. Alternatively, you can view Alexa’s Exclusive Deals on the website and then give Alexa the command that corresponds with the deal. Again, you must enable Voice Shopping on your Alexa app first. Make sure 1-click ordering is enabled too.
Prime Members can choose no-rush shipping on Prime items and get shopping credits. For every order where you select No-Rush Shipping you’ll receive a promotional credit that will be automatically applied to your account once the package ships. This promotional credit applies only to the type of items indicated in the offer at checkout. It does expire. So far I’ve seen rewards ranging from $1-$5. Learn more about Amazon's no-rush shipping rewards here.
Shop at Amazon Warehouse and get deals on open-box and pre-owned products. These items are fulfilled by Amazon and have a 30 day money-back guarantee.
Amazon Outlet has low prices on markdowns, clearance items, overstocks, and more.
The Add-On Program allows Amazon to offer thousands of items at a low price point that would be cost-prohibitive to ship on their own. Look for the little blue Add-On Item logo while shopping on Amazon. Add-on items must be part of an order containing $25 of items shipped by Amazon.com (inclusive of the Add-on items and including items sold by other sellers that are shipped by Amazon). Your order can include a mix of Add-on items and other items shipped by Amazon, or be entirely made up of Add-on items. If you’re a Prime Member and you include Add-on items with over $25 of Prime items shipped by Amazon, you’ll also receive Prime shipping benefits on these Add-on items. Prime items shipped by other sellers do not apply towards the $25 minimum to purchase Add-on items. For more information, go to, Buy Add-On Items.
Shop Amazon's Digital Deals to find discounts and special offers on Kindle books, apps, digital music, Audible audiobooks, Amazon video, digital video games, and software downloads.
If you’re not an Amazon Prime Member you can get free shipping if your cart contains $35 worth of eligible items. Also, orders that contain at least $25 of eligible books ship free. For more information, go to, About Free Shipping by Amazon.
The Amazon Trade-In Program allows customers to receive an Amazon Gift Card in exchange for hundreds of thousands of eligible items including phones, electronics, video games, books, DVDs, and CDs. Find your item, select "Trade in this item", answer the questions about your items condition, learn the trade-in value, and proceed as instructed if you choose to accept.
Do a Google search for "Amazon promo codes" or "Amazon coupons" to view Amazon’s money saving codes, coupons, and sales organized by sites like Groupon, Bradsdeals, CouponCabin, DealCatcher, RetailMeNot and others.
Honey finds you the best deal by automatically comparing every seller in the Amazon marketplace. Download the extension to your browser and you’ll start seeing a Honey badge on the product page with the information you need to save money. You can even earn cash bonuses for using Honey.
There are often listings for the same item in more than one of the Amazon categories. You can see these options show up in the suggestion box below the search box as you enter your terms. Go back and search for an item in any of the other Amazon categories that were listed. Check for price differences. Using Honey is faster though -- tip #23.
Wikibuy is kind of like Waze for shoppers. Over a million members of Wikibuy share the best Amazon prices and coupons that they find, in real-time. When one member tries a coupon code that works, the next member gets that code applied at checkout, automatically. When a member finds a lower price on a product at Amazon, Wikibuy shares that knowledge with the next member who visits the same product page. At Wikibuy they promise immediate results. When you sign up, you’ll see the best prices the community found for the last 20 products in your Amazon history within 5 seconds!
Amazon Household allows you to share Amazon digital content using Family Library. It also allows you to manage profiles of children in the Household. Setting up a Household gives Prime members the ability to share certain benefits of Prime. These include FREE Prime Shipping, Prime Video, other digital benefits, and exclusive offers. For more information, go to, About Amazon Households.
InvisibleHand finds the lowest price when you’re shopping online for products, flights, hotels, and rental cars. When you’re shopping on Amazon, it will automatically show you if a different site has an item at a cheaper price. Add the Invisiblehands extension to your Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browser. When you're shopping it will show a yellow notification at the top of the page when there are lower prices or alternative deals. It will give you a link to the lowest price.
Give a one-time or recurring Amazon Allowance to yourself, family, friends, or employees that are age 13 and above. Amazon Allowance is a great way to set aside a budget or save up for shopping on Amazon. For more information, go to, Amazon Allowance.
Amazon Cash lets you add cash to your Amazon Balance at thousands of participating convenience, grocery, and drug stores by purchasing and automatically claiming an Amazon.com Gift Card to your account. To use, visit a participating store, show the cashier your barcode to scan, and then pay the amount you want to add to your Amazon Balance. It’s simple, quick, and there are no fees. Your Amazon Balance can be used to shop for millions of eligible physical products and digital content. This is another great tool to use to set a budget for yourself. For more information, go to Amazon Cash.
Start, pay for, and manage all of your subscriptions to third-party services and content all through your Amazon account. You’ll find special offers, savings for Prime members, and free trials. For more information, go to Subscribe with Amazon.
Nugget is an app that aims to help you discover the best new products on Amazon at great prices. All deals are curated by a staff of pickers and have free or Prime 2-day shipping.