amazon prime http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/16809/all en-US Flashback Friday: 49 Smartest Amazon Hacks That Will Save You Big http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-49-smartest-amazon-hacks-that-will-save-you-big <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-49-smartest-amazon-hacks-that-will-save-you-big" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_tablet_61297790.jpg" alt="Woman using smartest Amazon hacks that will save her big" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to recent data, <a href="http://www.statista.com/statistics/266282/annual-net-revenue-of-amazoncom/">Amazon's net revenue for 2015</a> was over $100 billion in the U.S. alone. And I'm only responsible for half of that.</p> <p>It's an online retail powerhouse for a reason. It offers convenient shipping options, low prices, and a selection of virtually everything you've ever wanted to buy. But as a regular Amazon shopper, it's important to know some tricks on how to save even more on every purchase.</p> <p>Here are the 49 smartest Amazon hacks we've ever shared.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_thinking_000059983456.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys?ref=fbf">These Secrets of Amazon's Pricing Strategy Will Help You Find the Best Buys</a> &mdash; It's easy to believe that Amazon wants their customers to always get the best deals because they treat us so well! But it's a business like any other, so they're out to make money. Knowing their pricing strategy will make you a much smarter shopper though, and will enable you to track down all the best deals.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know?ref=fbf">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a> &mdash; You might be a proud Prime member, but are you getting the most out of Amazon's services? You can score free books, get free delivery on groceries with a trial membership to Prime Pantry, and so much more!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kitten_food_000019035736.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-order-on-amazon?ref=fbf">10 Things You Should Always Order on Amazon</a> &mdash; Sometimes it'll be hard for Amazon's low prices to beat those at Target and Wal-Mart, but pet food and diapers are just two of the items that Amazon will always have better prices on.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-amazon-pay-you?ref=fbf">7 Ways to Make Amazon Pay YOU!</a> &mdash; You might be spending lots of money as an Amazon shopper, but with these brilliant tricks, you can actually make Amazon pay you. And there are few things greater than <em>getting</em> money from your favorite retailer.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_finding_online_deals_000067130921.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks?ref=fbf">5 Little Known Amazon Shopping Hacks</a> &mdash; Amazon's customer service might be the best around, because they are constantly trying to keep their customers happy. If you need an item to be replaced, or would like a free prime extension, it's worth it just to ask.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-amazon-prime-perks-youve-forgotten-to-use?ref=fbf">7 Amazon Prime Perks You've Forgotten to Use</a> &mdash; Free two-day shipping isn't the only benefit Prime members get to enjoy. So get the most of that annual membership fee and try out their unlimited data storage, early access deals, free video streaming, and more!</p> <p><em>What are some other Amazon shopping hacks? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-49-smartest-amazon-hacks-that-will-save-you-big">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-44-sneaky-shopping-traps-to-avoid">Flashback Friday: 44 Sneaky Shopping Traps to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness">Flashback Friday: 30 Brilliant Ways to Survive Black Friday Madness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-47-best-back-to-school-shopping-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: 47 Best Back-to-School Shopping Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-160-gift-ideas-for-everyone-you-know">Flashback Friday: 160 Gift Ideas for Everyone You Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-skills-you-must-have-to-survive-autumn">9 Frugal Skills You Must Have to Survive Autumn</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Shopping Amazon amazon pantry amazon prime fbf flashback friday frugal living saving money shopping Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:00:07 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1779932 at http://www.wisebread.com Should You Borrow Student Loan Money From Amazon Prime? http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-borrow-student-loan-money-from-amazon-prime <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/should-you-borrow-student-loan-money-from-amazon-prime" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_thinking_pencil_86188509.jpg" alt="Woman borrowing student loan money from Amazon Prime" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon Prime has several money-saving benefits for students, including discounted student memberships and textbook rentals. Now, Amazon Prime is offering discounted student loans to its list of perks.</p> <p>Hold up &mdash; Amazon is selling student loans right alongside a <a href="http://amzn.to/2b3wvM0">yodeling pickle</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2bzCWDg">unicorn meat</a>? Is that even legal?</p> <p>Amazon is not the actual lender of these loans. Instead, Amazon is partnering with Wells&nbsp;<a href="https://welcome.wf.com/amazonstudent/">Fargo</a> to offer Student Prime members loans at a discounted rate of 0.5%.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-amazon-prime-perks-youve-forgotten-to-use?ref=seealso">7 Amazon Prime Perks You've Forgotten to Use</a></p> <h2>Is There a Catch?</h2> <p>Both Amazon and Wells Fargo are for-profit businesses that are continually looking for creative strategies to increase profits. It was a smart move for both companies, since Amazon will be able to use this perk to increase student prime membership to $49 a year, while also gaining free media coverage. Wells Fargo also benefits from being connected to the largest e-commerce business and its loyal customers.</p> <p>The partnership will allow the bank to have better access to student consumers who can be targeted for many banking products. Overall, it is a win-win partnership for both companies, but will these loans actually benefit borrowers?</p> <h2>Are Student Loans Through Amazon a Good Deal?</h2> <p>Don't get too distracted by the discount Amazon is offering. The loan is still a private student loan through Wells Fargo. Private loans are not eligible for debt forgiveness programs like many federal loans, and sometimes federal loans even have better rates.</p> <p>Private student loans shouldn't be your first choice when seeking to finance a college education. Students should exercise all of their options before driving into debt, including the following:</p> <ul> <li>Federal aid through FAFSA;</li> <li>Scholarships;</li> <li>Grants;</li> <li>Accomplishing the first two years of their degree at a community college;</li> <li>Choosing a state university rather than a private university;</li> <li>Work-study programs;</li> <li>Employment tuition reimbursement programs;</li> <li>Paid internships.</li> </ul> <p>After all of these options are exhausted, then it is best to apply for federal student loans, which have more flexible payment options after graduation. Of course, federal loans have limits on how much a student can borrow, which is why many students turn to private loans.</p> <h2>The Problem With Amazon's Student Loans</h2> <p>Don't be blinded by a discounted interest rate. The 0.5% discount is subtracted from Wells Fargo's usual rates, which are not the lowest among private lenders.</p> <p>Many credit unions will offer discounted rates for being members and enrolling into autoplay, so if private loans are something you are considering, shop around before settling for the Wells Fargo loan.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know?ref=seealso">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></p> <h2>What You Need to Know About Private Student Loans</h2> <p>After graduation, many uncontrollable issues can come up. For example, graduates can struggle getting a job, make less than they expect, or even have a period of illness or disability that does not make work possible. Graduates with federal loans are granted forbearance or deferment. Federal loans can also be eligible for income-based repayment plans to make the monthly payments affordable for each borrower.</p> <p>Many private lenders have forbearance programs in place for cases of unemployment or disability, but acceptance to the program is dependent on the lender. Also, most private lenders will limit the duration of forbearance for unemployment and some might even charge forbearance &quot;fees.&quot; And income-based repayment programs are limited to federal loans.</p> <p>Is foregoing these benefits a risk you're willing to take?</p> <p>UPDATE (September 02, 2016)</p> <p>Just six weeks after announcing their partnership, Amazon and Wells Fargo have ended their private student loan program. Although specific reasons were not given, the end of the partnership was announced shortly after Wells Fargo revealed it had agreed <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/wells-fargo-to-pay-4-million-to-settle-student-loan-servicing-probe-1471899134">to pay a $4 million penalty</a> to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in response to allegations of illegal student loan servicing practices.</p> <p>For more information about private student loans and how to find the best financing for your college degree, please see the following helpful articles:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-every-college-student-must-know-about-private-student-loans?ref=internal">6 Things Every College Student Must Know About Private Student Loans</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-things-you-must-know-about-repaying-your-private-student-loans?ref=internal">3 Things You Must Know About Repaying Your Private Student Loans</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-private-lenders-that-can-really-save-you-money-on-your-student-loans?ref=internal">3 Private Lenders That Can Really Save You Money on Your Student Loans</a></li> </ul> <p><em>What do you think of Amazon and Wells Fargo's partnership to offer discounted student loans?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-borrow-student-loan-money-from-amazon-prime">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-every-parent-should-know-about-the-new-college-financial-aid-rules">What Every Parent Should Know About the New College Financial Aid Rules</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/css-is-one-source-of-college-financial-aid-you-cant-afford-to-overlook">CSS Is One Source of College Financial Aid You Can&#039;t Afford to Overlook</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-graduate">5 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Graduate</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-financial-aid-might-not-cover">6 Things Financial Aid Might Not Cover</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-unique-ways-millennials-are-dealing-with-student-loan-debt">7 Unique Ways Millennials Are Dealing With Student Loan Debt</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Education & Training Amazon amazon prime college private loans student loans students Wells Fargo Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1777930 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Make Amazon Prime Day Actually Worth It This Year http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-amazon-prime-day-actually-worth-it-this-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-make-amazon-prime-day-actually-worth-it-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_57678276_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="making the most of amazon prime day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Were you disappointed by Amazon's Prime Day last year? You're not alone. Even though the company sold 34.4 million items during its special promotion day, many shoppers felt that the deals were not that great.</p> <p>Amazon is bringing back Prime Day on July 12 with over 100,000 deals going live that day. While some deals will be worth buying, most of the deals are only bought because of consumer overspending. How do you know if you should participate in Amazon's shopping holiday? Here are some tips and strategies to save the most money on Prime Day, as well as how to avoid the compulsion to spend.</p> <h2>Make a List and Avoid Temptation</h2> <p>Before you look at any Prime Day deals, it is best to make a list. Is your vacuum on its last leg? Perhaps you need a kitchen-type gift for a bridal shower and your budget is $30. Your list will help you stay within your budget and only buy things you need or were planning to buy in the next three months.</p> <p>Amazon excels at creating hype around deals, making the average shopper feel that they need to buy something immediately so they don't miss out. During last year's Prime Day, Amazon sold 47,000 TVs, 28,000 Rubbermaid 42-piece food storage sets, and 24,000 pressure cookers. There is no way that 47,000 people needed a new TV. Instead, many people bought several items that they did not need, just like they would during&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home">Black Friday sales</a>.</p> <p>After you make your list, stick with it. When you get tempted by a sale on toys or fun gadgets you don't need, remember to look back at your list. Yes, a basketball hoop would be fun, but if it wasn't on your list, then chances are you weren't thinking about it before the sale started.</p> <h2>Add Deals to Your Cart Immediately</h2> <p>If you are still on the fence whether a hot deal is really a good deal, then be sure to add it to your cart as soon as the deal goes live. Once it's in your cart, you have 15 minutes to decide if the deal is worth purchasing. Here are a few questions to ask yourself in this time frame:</p> <ul> <li>Do I need this?</li> <li>Can I afford this without accumulating more debt or making this month's budget too tight?</li> <li>Is this the best deal I can get?</li> <li>Can I find it cheaper used or refurbished?</li> </ul> <h2>Check the Price History</h2> <p>You can check the price history of an item with different price tracking sites. One of the most popular price tracking sites for Amazon products is<a href="http://camelcamelcamel.com/"> CamelCamelCamel</a>.</p> <p>For example, the Nest Learning Thermostat, third Generation was advertised as a deal of the day from the end of June through the first week of July. This Nest was marked down 20%, making the price $199. I wasn't sure if this was the lowest price possible for the third generation Nest, so I looked up the ASIN on CamelCamelCamel. The price tracker showed that this was the lowest price this model of the Nest has ever been listed on Amazon, and it also showed that a third-party merchant through Amazon was selling a new and used Nest for a cheaper price.</p> <h2>Take Advantage of Slow Shipping</h2> <p>Since Prime Day will be a busy day for Amazon, the company will most likely offer a bonus for choosing slower shipping methods. In the past, Amazon has offered Prime Members $1 credit for ebooks, movies, and music, as well a $5.99 credit for Prime Pantry.</p> <p>Select the slower shipping method for your deal to get the bonus offer and to have extra time to change your mind. With the slower shipping option, you will be able to cancel your order easily within one to two days, as long as the item did not ship yet. So if you do have buyer's remorse, it will be easier to reverse the damage. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-save-with-amazon-prime-pantry?ref=seealso">Can You Really Save With Amazon Prime Pantry?</a>)</p> <h2>Do Research Ahead of Time</h2> <p>Doing a quick scan before the deals go live will allow you to determine what you want before the buying rush begins. Be sure to look up reviews for the item and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-buy-and-sell-on-ebay">check eBay</a> and Craigslist for used and less expensive options available.</p> <p>Once you know the deals you want to get, set notifications for them. Simply download the Amazon app for free and sign onto your account. Then go to &quot;notifications,&quot; then &quot;Your Watched and Waitlisted Deals.&quot; From there, you will be able to search the upcoming deals to see what you want to watch and receive notifications for. This will save you time and help you avoid impulse buys at the last minute.</p> <p><em> Will you be shopping Amazon's Prime Day deals?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-amazon-prime-day-actually-worth-it-this-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-49-smartest-amazon-hacks-that-will-save-you-big">Flashback Friday: 49 Smartest Amazon Hacks That Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks">5 Little Known Amazon Shopping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-times-spending-more-will-save-you-money">21 Times Spending More Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-can-do-right-now-for-a-frugal-holiday-season">9 Things You Can Do Right Now for a Frugal Holiday Season</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping Amazon amazon prime Amazon Prime Day amazon shopper saving money shopping on amazon Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:30:31 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1748326 at http://www.wisebread.com Can You Really Save With Amazon Prime Pantry? http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-save-with-amazon-prime-pantry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-you-really-save-with-amazon-prime-pantry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_food_computer_000081803795.jpg" alt="Man learning if he can really save with amazon prime pantry" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon is the go-to website for many looking to save money. I am a huge fan of using Amazon to price-match Target and Walmart merchandise, and I take full advantage of the <a href="http://amzn.to/1RUayN8">Subscribe &amp; Save</a> program. However, one newer program, Prime Pantry, has a lot of shoppers confused.</p> <p>At first look, Prime Pantry does not seem to be that great of a deal. Many of the prices are the same as your local retail store, but what's with the $5.99 shipping? And do you have to fill your box to 100%? Prime Pantry can score you great deals on essential pantry items, but you need to know how to take full advantage of the program. Use these tips to get the best deal on Prime Pantry items.</p> <h2>Earn Pantry Credit</h2> <p>First things first, you do need to be an <a href="http://amzn.to/1S6Vnge">Amazon Prime</a> member. You can easily get a free trial or a discounted membership if you are a student. As a Prime member, every time you order a Prime item, you can choose &quot;Free No-Rush Shipping.&quot; In exchange for choosing a slower shipping speed, Amazon rewards you with either a $1 credit for eBooks and digital videos, or a $5.99 Pantry credit.</p> <p>I try to make it a habit of choosing the no-rush shipping option when I can wait a few extra days to receive my purchase. I will also separate orders to get the most credits possible. Once you have the $5.99 credit, do not use it until you can pair it with a free shipping promo.</p> <h2>Wait for Free Shipping</h2> <p>Usually once a month, Amazon offers free shipping on their Prime Pantry box if you buy five selected items. This will automatically save you $5.99 on your order. The free shipping code can be stacked with other coupons and your no-rush shipping credit.</p> <h2>Buy Items With Clippable Coupons</h2> <p>I used to be really good at using coupons and getting things like toothpaste and deodorant for free. I honestly just do not have time for that anymore. That is why I love that many of the Prime Pantry items come with clippable coupons. Sometimes the coupons are minimal, and other times they can dramatically reduce the cost of your purchase. I try to find items I need that have a clippable coupon and that also qualify for the free shipping promotion.</p> <h2>Wait for Additional Savings</h2> <p>Often Amazon will also offer their Pantry boxes for an additional 20%&ndash;30% off. Last month, I was able to get $60 worth of razor refills, cleaning products, and personal products for about $20 after stacking a 30% coupon, free shipping coupon, clippable coupons, and no-rush credit.</p> <h2>Slickdeals Is Invaluable</h2> <p>It can be time consuming searching through all of the Prime Pantry items to get the best possible deal. Thankfully, there are usually posters on Slickdeals.net that put together scenarios. As long as you need the Pantry items they post, using their scenarios minimizes a lot of the time and guesswork.</p> <h2>Don't Be Afraid to Contact Customer Support</h2> <p>When I was able to buy $60 worth of Pantry items for about $20, my 30% off code would not go through, even though I was doing everything correctly. I simply contacted customer service. All I had to do was give the representative screenshots of my order and tell them the page the code was on (which was Amazon's Prime Pantry's homepage). The customer service person told me to submit my order and then issued me a refund for the 30% once my order shipped.</p> <p>If the coupon codes are not working for you, don't get discouraged. Just reach out nicely to customer service via chat, and usually they are more than accommodating.</p> <h2>Submit More Than One Order</h2> <p>Unfortunately, you cannot use multiple no-rush credits on one order. You can take advantage of the free shipping and percentage off coupon more than once, though. If I have more than one no-rush credit, I will typically order the bare minimum to meet the coupon requirements, and then order another five items separately. This allows me to use both of my Prime Pantry credits.</p> <h2>Your Box Does Not Have to Be 100%</h2> <p>Every time you add something to your Pantry box, it tells you what percent of the box you have filled up. A common misconception is that you need to get your box total to 100%. This is not true and will cost you more than you need to spend. There is no minimum percentage that you need to fill your box.</p> <p>I really like Amazon's Prime Pantry, but I would not use it if I did not have coupons to stack. The more coupons you have to stack, the lower your price will be.</p> <p><em>What do you think about Amazon's Prime Pantry?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fcan-you-really-save-with-amazon-prime-pantry&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FCan%20You%20Really%20Save%20With%20Amazon%20Prime%20Pantry-.jpg&amp;description=Can%20You%20Really%20Save%20With%20Amazon%20Prime%20Pantry%3F" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Can%20You%20Really%20Save%20With%20Amazon%20Prime%20Pantry-.jpg" alt="Can You Really Save With Amazon Prime Pantry?" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-save-with-amazon-prime-pantry">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks">5 Little Known Amazon Shopping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-surprising-things-you-can-have-delivered">12 Surprising Things You Can Have Delivered</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-get-coupons-for-healthy-foods-too-heres-where">You Can Get Coupons for Healthy Foods Too — Here&#039;s Where</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-cut-your-food-bill-without-clipping-a-single-coupon">7 Ways to Cut Your Food Bill Without Clipping a Single Coupon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping amazon prime coupons food delivery grocery service prime pantry shipping stacking Tue, 03 May 2016 09:30:24 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1698664 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Best Hacks for Amazon and Amazon Prime http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-best-hacks-for-amazon-and-amazon-prime <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-best-hacks-for-amazon-and-amazon-prime" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_online_000051347316.jpg" alt="Woman learning best hacks for amazon and amazon prime" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on the best Amazon hacks, ways to save money this year, and over 60 mostly-free ways to entertain yourself at home.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://wallethacks.com/amazon-prime-hacks/">The Best Amazon &amp; Amazon Prime Hacks</a> &mdash; You can get a $5 credit just for downloading the Amazon app! [Wallet Hacks]</p> <p><a href="http://www.becauseimcheap.com/10-frugal-ways-to-save-money-in-2016/">10 Frugal Ways To Save Money In 2016</a> &mdash; Shopping online is easy &mdash; maybe TOO easy! If you block your favorite online retailers' websites, you'll be forced to think twice before you can buy anything. [Because I'm Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Free-Ways-Entertain-Yourself-Home-30926585">68 Mostly Free Ways to Entertain Yourself at Home</a> &mdash; Need to pass some time at home? Gather some photos and create a collage! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0207/When-should-you-hire-someone-to-do-your-taxes">When should you hire someone to do your taxes?</a> &mdash; Hiring a CPA is a good idea if your tax situation is complicated. Are you divorced with children? Do you own a small business? Do you have high-net-worth investment portfolios? [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/valentines-day-budget/">Valentine&rsquo;s Day on a Budget</a> &mdash; Join Experian's #CreditChat on Wednesday, February 10 at 3 pm ET for a discussion on frugal ways to celebrate Valentine's Day. [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://naturemoms.com/blog/2016/02/08/20-herbs-to-grow-for-medical-home-remedies/">20 Herbs to Grow For Medicinal Home Remedies</a> &mdash; Aloe is a succulent with thick gel that is perfect for soothing burns and skin irritations. [Nature Moms Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.morewithlesstoday.com/not-so-extreme-couponing-tips/">12 Not So Extreme Couponing Tips</a> &mdash; You don't need to spend a lot of time clipping and sorting coupons to reap the savings. Don't try to have a perfect system right from the start. Just choose a few items to always clip and go from there. [More With Less Today]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/4111/aphrodisiac-foods">31 Aphrodisiac Foods to Put You in the Mood on Valentine's Day</a> &mdash; Rich in zinc, pine nuts have been used in the Mediterranean as an aphrodisiac for a long time. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.northerncheapskate.com/what-uses-the-most-energy-in-your-home/">What Uses the Most Energy In Your Home?</a> &mdash; Almost half the energy consumed in a home goes to heating and cooling. [Northern Cheapskate]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/9-ways-to-respectfully-parent-your-child">9 Ways to Respectfully Parent Your Child</a> &mdash; When you see your child is struggling, look for the underlying cause and validate their feelings. They'll feel understood and less alone. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-best-hacks-for-amazon-and-amazon-prime">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks">5 Little Known Amazon Shopping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-amazon-prime-perks-youve-forgotten-to-use">7 Amazon Prime Perks You&#039;ve Forgotten to Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-avoid-sneaky-online-price-changes">6 Ways to Avoid Sneaky Online Price Changes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys">These Secrets of Amazon&#039;s Pricing Strategy Will Help You Find the Best Buys</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon amazon prime best money tips online shopping Tue, 09 Feb 2016 20:00:05 +0000 Amy Lu 1653328 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Little Known Amazon Shopping Hacks http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_finding_online_deals_000067130921.jpg" alt="Woman discovering little known Amazon shopping hacks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of us already know you can score great deals shopping on Amazon &mdash; but there are some secrets that can make these great deals even better. These Amazon &quot;shopping hacks&quot; will help you get things like a free Prime membership extension or digital credits, and even seven-day price protection on purchases. Here's what you need to know to make it happen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know?ref=seealso">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a>)</p> <h2>1. Score a Free Prime Extension</h2> <p>While <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QQ5FBWNQYNKZHIBY">Amazon Prime's</a> two-day shipping guarantee is pretty darn reliable, there will undoubtedly be times when you don't get your package on time. When they don't deliver on their guarantee, simply hit up&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&amp;nodeId=508510">customer service</a> via a phone call, email, or live chat, and explain the situation. By doing so, you'll likely end up with a one month Prime membership extension ($8.25 value), or a $5 or $10 credit to your account. What you receive from Amazon as &quot;compensation&quot; will depend on how late the package was delivered and the size of the order.</p> <p>Whether the delivery delay is caused by bad weather, a problem at the Amazon warehouse, or a combination of both, you should hold Amazon's feet to the fire if they don't deliver on their two-day guarantee. After all, you're paying $99 annually for the membership and they're &quot;guaranteeing&quot; two-day delivery, so there should be consequences if they can't deliver on their promise.</p> <h2>2. Get a Replacement Item Without Sending Back the Original</h2> <p>Most shoppers are unaware that if delivered goods are damaged or broken, you can contact Amazon customer service and they'll immediately send you a replacement item. Better yet, if you politely ask, they'll often send it via overnight delivery. Even better than <em>that</em>, if the item is valued at less than $50, they'll often tell you to keep the broken or damaged item. This is really a sweet deal if the item is still useable or can be salvaged with a little elbow grease.</p> <p>It's important to realize this will only work if the item is sold directly from Amazon and not a third party seller. If the item is from a third party seller, you'll have the option of either getting a full refund, or a replacement item delivered to your home in three to four business days.</p> <h2>3. Get Amazon Price Protection</h2> <p>Are you aware that Amazon has a price protection policy in place? Because it's not advertised openly on their website, most shoppers have no idea it exists. If you bought an item from Amazon and noticed the price has later been lowered, you stand a great chance of getting the lower price. As long as you're within seven days of the delivery date, and the item was sold by &quot;Amazon.com LLC,&quot; you're entitled to the lower price and a credit back to your payment method in the amount of the price difference, or a gift card added to your account for the difference in the price. The best way to get your credit is via live chat &mdash; just be sure to have your order number on hand so they can look up the current price.</p> <p>Because Amazon is famous for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-avoid-sneaky-online-price-changes">constantly changing prices</a>, I highly recommend checking on the new price of items you've recently purchased, especially on significant purchases. Personally, I like to set up an alert on my smartphone calendar to remind me to check pricing on the seventh day after delivery. By doing so, I've been able to take advantage of the Amazon price protection policy several times and earned a good chunk of change in the process.</p> <h2>4. Score Free eBooks, Movie, and Music Credits</h2> <p>If you frequently buy digital content like eBooks, digital music, and videos from Amazon, I have a great hack to get free credits added to your account. If you're an Amazon Prime member, and don't necessarily need an item delivered within two days, you can opt for &quot;FREE No-Rush Shipping (five business days)&quot; and get a $1 credit for digital content by doing so.</p> <p>I have also occasionally seen credits up to $2 along with credits for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/pantry/info/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OPZWDLBI3WUNS6DQ">Amazon Prime Pantry</a>. They tend to rotate their &quot;No-Rush&quot; credit option with $1 for digital content being the default offer. Also, it's important to point out that you'll get your credit added to your account after the item has shipped. Plus, credits are stackable and there is no limit on the number of credits you can receive.</p> <h2>5. Get an Amazon Price-Match (Sort Of)</h2> <p>While Amazon doesn't have an official price match policy in place, you can still request a lower price if you find one on a competing website or from a local brick and mortar retailer. This is done by informing them of the lower price on the Amazon product page &mdash; under &quot;Product Details,&quot; simply click on &quot;Tell us about a lower price&quot; and follow the instructions.</p> <p>Next, monitor the item for a couple days and you stand a good chance of them lowering the price based on your information. Your odds of success rise significantly if the lower price you found is from a popular online competitor, as it becomes very easy for Amazon to confirm their price. Since this hack requires a few steps and some patience, I only recommend trying it on significant purchases where you can save enough money to make it worth your time and effort.</p> <p>It's important to never assume Amazon offers the lowest price around. Or worse yet, to settle for a higher price because they make online shopping extremely easy and convenient. There's no reason why you can't take advantage of the above hacks to save money in addition to taking advantage of the conveniences Amazon offers. Do that, and you've officially become a smart Amazon shopper.</p> <p><em>Have you tried any of these Amazon shopping hacks? If so, how did it work out?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-strange-ways-online-shopping-has-changed-the-world">6 Strange Ways Online Shopping Has Changed the World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-even-more-freebies-in-exchange-for-a-review">How to Get Even More Freebies in Exchange for a Review</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazons-secret-30-day-price-guarantee">Amazon&#039;s secret 30-day price guarantee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-save-with-amazon-prime-pantry">Can You Really Save With Amazon Prime Pantry?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon amazon prime freebies hacks online shopping price matching shipping Thu, 24 Sep 2015 15:00:23 +0000 Kyle James 1567488 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Get a Free Month of Amazon Prime http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-get-a-free-month-of-amazon-prime <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-get-a-free-month-of-amazon-prime" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-cardboard-box-Dollarphotoclub_64076561.jpg" alt="man cardboard box" title="man cardboard box" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on how to get a month of Amazon Prime for free, this month's food and drink freebies, and better laundry habits that will lower your power bill.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0227/Amazon-Prime-How-to-get-one-month-for-free">Amazon Prime: How to Get One Month for Free</a> &mdash; If you're an Amazon Prime member and a package did not arrive by the guaranteed delivery date, you can request a one-month membership extension. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T071-C011-S001-food-freebies-in-march.html">5 Food and Drink Freebies in March</a> &mdash; Today is National Pancake Day! You until 10 p.m. tonight to get a free short stack of pancakes at IHOP. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.onesmartdollar.com/how-better-laundry-habits-can-cut-your-power-bill/">How Better Laundry Habits Can Cut Your Power Bill</a> &mdash; Don't forget to empty the lint trap! Your dryer runs more efficiently when the trap is nice and clean. [One Smart Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Items-Encourage-Productivity-36318541">Throw These 9 Things Into Your Bag for a Productive Day</a> &mdash; Keep a pack of peppermint or cinnamon mints on you for the times when you need a quick boost to your mood and energy. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/life-style/saving-money-at-the-movie-theater-5-ways-to-indulge-without-overspending">Saving Money at the Movie Theater: 5 Ways to Indulge Without Overspending</a> &mdash; It's worth it to join a theater's rewards club if you watch movies there at least three times a year. [MoneyNing]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/psych-yourself-into-saving/">5 Ways to Psych Yourself Into Saving Money</a> &mdash; A 2013 study found that people with one liquid account saved more than those with several. If you want to save more, then merge your accounts. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/easier-good-linking-spending-favorite-charity.html">It&rsquo;s Getting Easier to Do Good by Linking Your Spending to Your Favorite Charity</a> &mdash; The AmazonSmile program donates an amount equal to 0.5% of most purchases to a charity of your choice. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/consider-using-foreign-exchange-specialists-for-international-transactions/">Consider Using Foreign Exchange Specialists for International Transactions</a> &mdash; Foreign exchange specialists allow you to make secure international payments anywhere in the world, at any time. They often cost less than comparable services offered by international banks. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-ideas-for-new-family-traditions">7 Ideas for New Family Traditions</a> &mdash; Chronicle the growth of your family by taking family photos every year. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/signs-you-might-lose-your-job/">6 Signs You Might Lose Your Job</a> &mdash; If you're increasingly out of the loop at work, it could mean you'll be out of a job soon. [Money Smart Life]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-get-a-free-month-of-amazon-prime">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-save-with-amazon-prime-pantry">Can You Really Save With Amazon Prime Pantry?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks">5 Little Known Amazon Shopping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-amazon-prime-day-actually-worth-it-this-year">How to Make Amazon Prime Day Actually Worth It This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-books-diapers-and-much-more-with-an-amazon-membership-program">Save on Books, Diapers, and Much More With an Amazon Membership Program</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-prime-benefits-and-how-to-avoid-the-price-hike">Amazon Prime Benefits and How to Avoid the Price Hike</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping amazon prime best money tips Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1320427 at http://www.wisebread.com ENDED: One Year Amazon Prime Offer with Credit Cards http://www.wisebread.com/one-year-amazon-prime-offer-with-american-express-credit-cards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/one-year-amazon-prime-offer-with-american-express-credit-cards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/200407114-001.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>Note: This offer is currently unavailable.</strong></em></p> <p>If the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-prime-benefits-and-how-to-avoid-the-price-hike">Amazon Prime price hike</a>&nbsp;made you cancel your membership or change your mind about signing up, here's a way for you to get one year without the fee. Sign up for one of these credit cards and get one year (plus additional rewards) after spending $1,000 within the first three months:</p> <ul> <li><b>THIS</b><strong>&nbsp;DEAL HAS ENDED</strong></li> </ul> <p>If you haven't already heard, there are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-best-reason-to-sign-up-for-amazon-prime-hbo-shows">great reasons to sign up for Amazon Prime</a>, beyond just the free two-day shipping, which is great. Free books, music, and unlimited streaming of tv shows and movies make the $99/year more than worth it. I didn't think twice about renewing after I heard about the price hike. I use Amazon Prime services every single day.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/one-year-amazon-prime-offer-with-american-express-credit-cards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-0-balance-transfer-credit-cards">The 5 Best 0% Balance Transfer Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">5 Best Cash Back Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-secured-credit-cards">The 5 Best Secured Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-rewards-credit-cards-for-newbies">Best Rewards Credit Cards for Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards amazon prime Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:45:01 +0000 Lynn Truong 1246354 at http://www.wisebread.com The New Best Reason to Sign up for Amazon Prime: HBO Shows! http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-best-reason-to-sign-up-for-amazon-prime-hbo-shows <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-new-best-reason-to-sign-up-for-amazon-prime-hbo-shows" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tv-475063995.jpg" alt="watching TV" title="watching TV" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="165" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Prime</a> and HBO are now bosom buddies, and that means even greater benefits for Prime members. Starting May 21st, all Amazon Prime members will have access to free unlimited streaming of a wide variety of HBO shows, movies, and series. Get excited! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-everyone-can-cut-cable-and-still-watch-what-they-love-even-sportsfans?ref=seealso">Cut Cable Without Cutting Your Shows</a>)</p> <h2>Included Shows, Movies, and Series</h2> <p>Beloved and award winning series:</p> <ul> <li>The Sopranos</li> <li>Six Feet Under</li> <li>The Wire</li> <li>Big Love</li> <li>Deadwood</li> <li>Oz</li> <li>Eastbound &amp; Down</li> <li>Family Tree</li> <li>Enlightened</li> <li>Flight of the Conchords</li> </ul> <p>Early seasons of current shows:</p> <ul> <li>Treme</li> <li>Boardwalk Empire</li> <li>True Blood</li> </ul> <p>Epic mini-series:</p> <ul> <li>Band of Brothers</li> <li>Angels in America</li> <li>The Pacific</li> <li>Parade&rsquo;s End</li> <li>John Adams</li> </ul> <p>Hit original movies:</p> <ul> <li>You Don&rsquo;t Know Jack</li> <li>Too Big to Fail</li> <li>Game Change</li> </ul> <p>Powerful documentaries:</p> <ul> <li>Autopsy</li> <li>Iceman</li> <li>Ghosts of Abu Ghraib</li> <li>When the Levees Broke</li> </ul> <p>Exclusive comedy programs:</p> <ul> <li>Lewis Black</li> <li>Ellen DeGeneres</li> <li>Louis CK</li> <li>Bill Maher</li> </ul> <p>What about shows like <em>Girls</em>, <em>The Newsroom</em>, and <em>Veep</em>, you ask? They will be available about three years after they air, as will current seasons of all the other shows mentioned above.</p> <h2>More Prime Benefits</h2> <p>Access to these great shows is just one of the many valuable benefits that make Amazon Prime a great value. With <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Prime membership</a>, you get free two-day shipping, free books through Kindle Lending Library and Kindle First, Music Streaming, as well as unlimited streaming of over 40,000 movies and shows through Amazon Instant Video. (See Also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-prime-benefits-and-how-to-avoid-the-price-hike?ref=seealso">How to Get Amazon Prime for Cheap</a>)</p> <p>Mark May 21 on your calendar for the beginning of a HBO binge-fest.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-best-reason-to-sign-up-for-amazon-prime-hbo-shows">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-modern-love">The High Cost of Modern Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-famous-houses-from-film-and-tv-you-can-buy">7 Famous Houses From Film and TV You Can Buy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment amazon prime HBO movies streaming tv shows Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:00:18 +0000 Christa Avampato 1136960 at http://www.wisebread.com Amazon Prime Benefits and How to Avoid the Price Hike http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-prime-benefits-and-how-to-avoid-the-price-hike <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/amazon-prime-benefits-and-how-to-avoid-the-price-hike" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-465517439.jpg" alt="online shopping" title="online shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Prime</a> is set to raise its annual fee from $79 to $99. To be fair, this is the first rate hike since it launched nine years ago. Still, customers and fans are letting their feelings about this be heard loud and clear on Amazon Prime forums and the feedback isn't pretty. Rather than grumbling about this change, let's examine the benefits that come with Amazon Prime and the discounts available. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know?ref=seealso">Amazon Deal Hacks You Don't Know About</a>)</p> <h2>Benefits of Amazon Prime</h2> <p>There are quite a few benefits included in Prime Membership &mdash; not just the 2-day shipping which is its most popular perk.</p> <h3>1. Two-Day Shipping</h3> <p>This is the central benefit of Amazon Prime that is well-known by everyone who uses it. For the entire year, members receive free and unlimited two-day shipping on almost everything sold by Amazon with no minimum purchase required. (There are <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=short_url?nodeId=13819201">exclusions</a> to this.) Given the ugly prices of shipping on many sites, this is a significant savings for frequent shoppers, even with the annual fee hike. If Amazon delivers after the two day mark, Amazon Prime Members<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201117450"> may be eligible for a free one month extension</a>.</p> <h3>2. Streaming Television and Movies</h3> <p>Amazon Prime members have free access to unlimited streaming of over 40,000 movies and television episodes through <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Instant-Video/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=2858778011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Instant Video</a>. Granted, the selection doesn't include the newest properties, but it provides plenty of options.</p> <h3>3. Kindle Owners' Lending Library and Kindle First</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=154606011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">The Kindle Store</a> boasts 500,000 Kindle titles. Amazon Prime members can borrow one book a month for free to read on a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007HCCNJU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007HCCNJU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Kindle</a> or Kindle mobile app. Think of it as a personal mini-library with all of the latest and greatest titles at your fingertips. Additionally, Amazon Prime members receive a free <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/digital/kindle/botm/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Kindle First</a> book every month. Each month, Amazon Publishing editors select four new books each month that will be released the following month. Kindle First subscribers can choose one of these four titles for $1.99 to read a month before it's released to the general public. Amazon Prime members get their Kindle First choice book for free.</p> <h3>4. Share the Shipping</h3> <p>Amazon Prime Members can <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200444180">share their shipping benefits</a> with up to four additional household members. Small business owners who subscribe to Amazon Prime can invite up to four co-workers to shop with the corporate account. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses?ref=seealso">Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a>)</p> <h3>5. Amazon Prime Music Streaming</h3> <p>Amazon is considering the possibility of getting in on the <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/music/amazon-prime-music-streaming-news/#!APPql">streaming music</a> act. The company is rumored to be in negotiations with a number of record labels though the details are fuzzy at best, and the agreement, if there is one, may take quite a while to unfold. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-ways-to-listen-to-music-for-free-or-cheap?ref=seealso">Free or Cheap Ways to Listen to Music</a>)</p> <h2>Discounts on Amazon Prime</h2> <p>Here are a few ways to get Amazon Prime free or at a discount.</p> <h3>1. Amazon Student</h3> <p>It pays to be a student. With a .edu email address or<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1000896051&amp;ref=sm_st_join_no_edu"> proof of student status</a>, you can sign up for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Student</a>, which offers Prime Membership at a reduced price of $49. Amazon Student provides all of the benefits of Amazon Prime plus special deals and promotions and a $10 refer a friend credit. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-student-discounts?ref=seealso">Student Discounts</a>)</p> <h3>2. Amazon Mom</h3> <p>Moms, Amazon Prime has you covered with<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/mom/signup/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"> Amazon Mom</a>. For three months, moms have a free trial of that includes 20% off diapers, wipes, and family essentials that are ordered through the Subscribe &amp; Save Program, free two-day shipping, and 30 days of instant-streaming video. After the trial, Amazon Mom costs $99 and includes the discounts listed above, all Amazon Prime benefits, and a 15% baby registry completion discount.</p> <h3>3. Try It for Free</h3> <p>Everyone loves a free sample. Amazon Prime provides a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">free 30-day trial</a>. Amazon automatically registers people who take advantage of a free trial after the 30-day mark. To cancel, you must<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201118030"> take action and contact Amazon</a> prior to the trial's end.</p> <h3>Other Ways to Save on Amazon Shipping</h3> <p>Amazon Prime isn't the only way to save on Amazon shipping costs. Shipping is free for all orders that total $35 or more. (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/help/id=sss">Some restrictions apply</a>.) Amazon also has a<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/subscribe-and-save/details/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"> Subscribe &amp; Save Program</a>: pick eligible items that are subscription eligible and then choose the quantity and delivery frequency of each item. The Subscribe &amp; Save Program doesn't require any upfront fee and can be cancelled at any time without penalty. If you choose to have 5 or more Subscribe &amp; Ship items delivered on the same day, there is a 15% discount on the entire order.</p> <p>All these benefits and discounts make <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Prime</a> a great value for those who are frequent shoppers. Also remember that many items on Amazon cost less than those found in brick-and-mortar stores and they're delivered right to the door, no lugging required. If Amazon Prime still feels like less than a bargain, some viable competitors such as <a href="https://www.shoprunner.com/non_member/home/">ShopRunner</a> are on the rise and eager for disgruntled Amazon Prime members. (And if you're a current Prime member who hasn't renewed at the higher rate yet, get one year FREE membership!) After all, where there's a will to save, there's always a way!</p> <p><em>Are you an Amazon Prime subscriber?&nbsp;Will you maintain your subscription even after the price hike? Tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-prime-benefits-and-how-to-avoid-the-price-hike">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-amazon-prime-perks-youve-forgotten-to-use">7 Amazon Prime Perks You&#039;ve Forgotten to Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks">5 Little Known Amazon Shopping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-amazon-prime-day-actually-worth-it-this-year">How to Make Amazon Prime Day Actually Worth It This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year">7 Best Discount Shopping Days of the Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon amazon prime free shipping online retail Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:03:51 +0000 Christa Avampato 1132981 at http://www.wisebread.com Save on Books, Diapers, and Much More With an Amazon Membership Program http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-books-diapers-and-much-more-with-an-amazon-membership-program <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/save-on-books-diapers-and-much-more-with-an-amazon-membership-program" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2507355507_e0a8cff9d6_z.jpg" alt="Amazon box" title="Amazon box" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since its inception, <a href="http://amazon.com">Amazon</a> has dominated cyberspace in terms of print book sales and nowadays, e-book sales. It is a frugal source of literature for millions of bookworms looking to stock their shelves (or Kindles) with books. For the rest of us, it's a good source for everything else, from tools to toiletries. Recent programs &mdash; such as Amazon Prime, Mom, Student, and Local &mdash; have made Amazon&rsquo;s wares even more affordable to customers who fit within these demographics. Thinking of becoming a member or subscribing to one of these services? Check out the following to determine whether one of Amazon&rsquo;s membership programs is right for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/filler-strategies-for-amazon-s-free-super-saver-shipping">Filler Strategies for Amazon's Free&nbsp;Super Saver&nbsp;Shipping</a>)</p> <h2>Amazon Prime</h2> <p>The biggest program that Amazon offers is <a href="https://www.amazon.comprime" target="_blank">Amazon Prime</a>. For $79 per year, Prime members have access to a vast array of deals and freebies. For instance, why pay extra for shipping if you can get free two day shipping on most items on the website? This is the most-raved about benefit offered to its members, and this alone makes it worth the monthly or annual cost if you purchase enough physical goods in the span of a year. And instead of paying for a video streaming service such as <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">Netflix or Hulu</a>, Prime offers unlimited streaming of over 25,000 television episodes and movies. Both Hulu and Netflix charge $7.99 per month for streaming, but can they claim the same added benefits as the Amazon Prime program? Clearly Amazon Prime is the winner when you factor in everything else.</p> <p>Let's not forget that you can save money with the Kindle lending program, which offers Prime members one free book per month through the Kindle Owner&rsquo;s Lending Library. With over 180,000 books to lend out, you&rsquo;re guaranteed a steady supply of exciting digital literature at no additional cost.</p> <p>Unsure if you want to take the leap with Amazon Prime? Check out the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/prime">free trial offer</a> listed on their website.</p> <h2>Amazon Mom</h2> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/mom" target="_blank">Amazon Mom</a> started as a simple concept &mdash; give mothers more discounts for products mothers buy a lot of, such as diapers and baby wipes, as well as the benefits of Amazon&nbsp;Prime. It offers 20% discounts on &ldquo;diapers and wipes subscriptions,&rdquo; as well as exclusive, family-oriented deals sent via email. Although it sounds like a great deal, it's probably not too cost-effective for mothers of kids older than 10 or 11, as the discounts are mostly targeted at younger families. </p> <h2>Amazon Student</h2> <p>Though many companies offer small student discounts, few can compare to the Amazon Student program. Amazon is very college student-friendly in terms of discounts on school supplies and textbook offerings (they even offer a textbook buyback program). Through <a href="https://www.amazon.com/student" target="_blank">Amazon Student</a>, members get partial access to Prime benefits (e-book lending and free, two-day shipping) at a lowered cost of $39 per year for four years (assuming you graduate upon the fourth year, after which the rate rises to Prime&rsquo;s regular $79 per year). Only those currently enrolled in college with a valid .edu email address are eligible for Amazon Student.</p> <p>Note that Amazon's textbook buyback program isn't always the best option. Sometimes you could get a better deal through <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/back-to-school-saving-on-college-textbooks">other buyback programs</a>, such as through Chegg.com or BookScouter.com.&nbsp;</p> <h2>AmazonLocal</h2> <p>Created to compete with daily deal giants such as LivingSocial and Groupon, <a href="http://local.amazon.com" target="_blank">AmazonLocal</a> lists a variety of restaurant, entertainment, and product deals as well as <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-groupon-getaways-a-good-idea">getaways</a>. By entering your zipcode, you may browse deals based in your region (or on a national level, if your state isn&rsquo;t listed). Discounts generally range between 20-75% off the retail or actual value of the item, vacation package, or event. It&rsquo;s as easy as subscribing to AmazonLocal, browsing through the updated selections, and purchasing vouchers when you find something you like. They even offer a 24/7 customer service hotline for those who are new to AmazonLocal or have questions. The only downside is that, due to its newness, AmazonLocal does not operate on as great a scale as its competitors, and it's advised that you always compare deals through other outlets before finalizing your decision to purchase a deal. Getting AmazonLocal's deals does not require paying a fee.</p> <p><em>What about you? What&rsquo;s your favorite Amazon money-saving tip? Tell us in comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-kehoe">Kelly Kehoe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-books-diapers-and-much-more-with-an-amazon-membership-program">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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