How to Shop Amazon…and Why…

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Do you shop Amazon?  No!  Well then you are missing out on some Amazing deals!  I like to call them AAA Deals (Another Amazing Amazon Deal).  When most people think Amazon they think of book and movie deals.  And sure, they have those, but there is SO much more!  You can find almost anything on Amazon! (Seriously, Anything!)

There are lots of great deals on Amazon – but don’t trust that just because it’s Amazon you’re getting a great deal.  KNOW how to use it – and if you don’t, just look it up here!

So what do you need to know?  First things first, Amazon has different types of memberships that you can sign up for.  Some will get you extra discounts on different items as well as free shipping!  This can be your key to turning a great deal into a Super Sweet deal!

So the first question is:   What memberships are there, and what do they get me?

1.  Prime – This is the BEST membership you can get – but you do have to pay for it.  A Prime membership will cost you a total of $79/year. If you’re smart, you’ll find one (or a few) family members or friends that you trust to split it with to share the cost.  One person will need to pay for Prime and then add the other people on to their Prime account (don’t worry, they still get to use their own account to purchase items).  If you need help with this, or want more info, just email us at utahsweetsaving@gmail.com and we can give you more details!  So, here is what your Prime account will get you:

  • Free 2 Day Shipping on qualifying items (will say “Ships Free with Prime” next to the price).  This will be everything that Amazon sells directly.  It might also be sold by different companies that have partnered up with Amazon to offer the Prime shipping.  Honestly, the best deals out there have this Prime option, so it really is worth it!  If you split the Prime cost with someone else, you will EASILY make up the cost of the membership!
  • Additional shipping savings on overnight, Sunday, or express delivery.  You will only pay $3.99 for next day shipping!  This is super nice if you need something fast.  It doesn’t matter how large or heavy the item.  We had a dog run shipped overnight!  Awesome!
  • Instant streaming of videos and movies at no additional charge! Check out Amazon’s instant movies!  There are ton,s and with the Prime account tons of them are FREE!  You can also download their app and watch on your Kindle Fire, Android Device, Roku, ect. They just added content from MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, TV Land, and VH1 — adding 2,000 new titles to Prime Instant Video. Together with the existing movies and shows from CBS, Fox, Disney-ABC, PBS, NBC, Sony, and Warner Bros., they now offer, at no additional cost, unlimited instant streaming of more than 15,000 titles.
  • Thousands of titles from Kindle “Lending Library including current and former NY Times Bestsellers.  As a Prime member you can “borrow” books for free!  Yup, FREE!  Download them and “borrow” for as long as you like.  As frequently as a book a month, with no due dates.
  • 1 click purchases.  Fast and Easy!  Love it!
  • See all details here – You can sign up for One Month FREE to try it out!

2.  Amazon StudentFree for students and includes 6 months free Prime shipping.  You must have a valid .edu email address.  You don’t have to use that email address as your main Amazon account address, but you need to have access to it at least once to get the confirmation email.  After the Free 6 months is up, you can continue with Amazon Prime for only $39/year for 4 years.   See all details here

3.  Amazon MomNote:  Amazon Mom is currently not excepting new members.  Head on over here and get on their waiting list.  We have been told they will be offering it again.  If you have one of the other Prime memberships you will automatically get the Amazon Mom benefits. *Accepting new members again!!!  Head over here to claim your free membership!

  • Free membership PLUS 20% off diapers and wipes – when you choose Subscribe & Save.  For the first 3 months you’ll get the Prime shipping benefits.  Each month you order $25 in baby products you will get one more month of this service.

 

What is Subscribe & Save? Many times when an AAA (Another Amazing Amazon) Deal comes along you will see us suggest the “Subscribe and Save” check out option (these will usually be for consumable products – like household items, diapers and wipes, personal care, or even food items).  This is a great option that gets you a LOWER PRICE.  There is a catch here though!  Subscribe & Save will sign you up to AUTOMATICALLY to have this item shipped again in 3 months (or you can choose a different time period) at whatever price is being offered at that time – not the same price you are getting now.  Since prices do change on Amazon you do NOT want items shipped automatically – you want the best deal, right?  It is important to know that when you sign up for this subscription you are under NO obligation to continue or keep your subscription!  As soon as you receive your confirmation email that your item has shipped, cancel your “Subscribe & Save” – about 2 clicks – and you’re done!  Just go to “Your Account” and then “Manage Subscribe & Save Items.”  If you really like the product or think you might want to get it down the road, you can also just set it up to ship every 6 months.  Then watch the price…if it drops to a price that you like to pay, go on and request another shipment.  That way you are always paying the lowest price, but if Amazon decides to remove the Subscribe & Save option from your item (which does happen) you will still be able to get the Subscribe & Save discount.

How do I get Free Shipping without a Prime account? I f you don’t have a Prime account you will need to order at least $25 to get free shipping (on qualified items – Items that would normally ship free if you had a Prime account).  If you order an item that is under the total you need for free shipping, you can search Amazon for items that are the price you need.  Say your total is $23.00 – you can search Amazon for all the $2.00 items to bump you up to $25 and get your free shipping.  Or check out our other great AAA Deals to help you reach your $25.

Does Amazon have Coupons? YES!  You can clip coupons for Amazon items.  When we post an item that has a coupon to clip, we will let you know it is available.  In most cases, the coupon will be about ½ way down the page and you just click it – they are pretty obvious if you know to look for them.  You can also search for “coupon” on Amazon and it will pull up all the coupons that are available to clip.  You might find something that interests you.

Do I have to pay Sales Tax on Amazon? Well, that depends, where do you live?  If you are in Utah the answer is NO!  Most states don’t pay tax on Amazon! Why does that matter?  Because that is a HUGE way to save money!  If you are buying items without paying tax and without driving to the store you just saved money even if the item is the same price as Walmart.  That is one of the reasons I buy from Amazon so much!  Plus, if it is a big ticket item (like a TV) you can save some Serious money not paying any tax!

Does Amazon have Sales? – Amazon has all kinds of special deals and one day deals.  Did you know that Amazon has a Gold Box Deal of the Day?  Not everyone does…it is kinda hidden!  They also run Lighting Deals!  These are “sales” that run until they sell out or the time is up.  These can be a great place to get super deals, but you have to watch them.  If we see a Killer deal, we will post it, but it can’t hurt to check the Lighting Deals page to see if there is something that you are looking for.

Anything else I should know? Amazon prices do go up and down, just like in a store.  They also will price match great deals online from Walmart.com, Bestbuy.com, and others.  So, if you see a great deal online, you might want to check Amazon to see if they are matching the deal. Remember, just because it’s Amazon does NOT mean you are always getting a killer deal.  BUT used the right way, you can score AAA Deals all the time.

Remember to think about the item for a minute and make sure this is your buy price.  Also keep in mind the gas, tax, and time you would spend to drive to a store if you think you can get get a lower price somewhere else.  Even if the Amazon sale price is slightly higher than your store + coupon price – it may be worth it to pay the “extra” on Amazon when you consider the tax and gas– not to mention the time that it saves!  When we find deals that are likely in this category, we’ll post them on our website as well as Facebook, so you can grab it before it sells out.

Ready!  If you can’t remember what something means, just come back here and check or leave us a question – we are always happy to help you make your deals simple and sweet!

 

 



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  1. WOW!! Who knew about AAADeals!! Surely not me!! Thank you for all this information!!!

  2. Kayla Owens says:

    Technically, in Utah, you DO have to pay the sales tax. They call it a “use tax” and you are supposed to report it when you file your state taxes. See http://incometax.utah.gov/use-tax

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