4 Things You Must Know Before Amazon’s Prime Day Starts

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Amazon’s second annual Prime Day is less than a day away.

The e-commerce giant is promising more than 100,000 deals — which will all be on this page — for what it’s billing as “the biggest Amazon event ever.”

So here are a few things to keep in mind before hitting this one-day sale set for Tuesday, July 12.

1. It’s only for Prime subscribers — technically

Prime Day is named after Prime, Amazon’s subscription program that offers a host of perks, such as free two-day shipping with no required purchase minimum.

Prime costs $99 per year or $10.99 per month, and Prime Student costs half as much.

You can access Prime Day for free, however, by taking advantage of the free 30-day trial that Amazon offers for Prime. Just click on the yellow “Start your 30-day Prime free trial” button. Amazon offers a free six-month trial for Prime Student — click on the “Start Your 6-Month Trial” button.

As Amazon states, “all Prime members can participate in Prime Day, including free trial members.”

2. It starts at midnight Pacific Time

New deals will also start “as often as every five minutes throughout the day,” according to Amazon.

You can set a reminder for an upcoming Lightning Deal — a promotion that lasts for a short time, usually just a few hours — by adding a push notification in the Amazon App. The app is free and available for Apple and Android mobile devices.

3. Consider an Amazon card

Applying for one of Amazon’s cards could be a smart money-saving move — but only if you shop at Amazon often and pay off debts in time to avoid interest.

Amazon.com Prime Store cardholders earn 5 percent back on eligible Amazon purchases. Prime membership is required, however.

Amazon.com Rewards Visa cardholders earn:

  • 3 percent back at Amazon.
  • 2 percent back at restaurants, gas stations and drugstores.
  • 1 percent back everywhere else.

Prime membership is not required.

4. Use Alexa

Through Tuesday, Amazon is offering Prime members $10 off one purchase made using Alexa, the voice service behind the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap.

Will you partake in Prime Day? Let us know how you plan to save by commenting below or over on our Facebook page.

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