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Amazon already often sells items for less than many other retailers’ prices. But some online tools are out to save you even more money.
The following websites, smartphone apps and browser extensions can increase your savings when shopping on Amazon. They’re also all free.
All apps mentioned are available for Android and Apple devices. All browser extensions mentioned are available for multiple web browsers.
1. Amazon App
One of the best ways to take advantage of deals is to have the opportunity to check them instantaneously. The Amazon App connects to your Amazon account, so you can use it to check the latest deals and place orders right away. For Amazon Prime members — who have access to some deals before other shoppers do — this can be especially helpful.
You can also use the app to update your Amazon shopping list and track your orders.
To start using the Amazon App, download it.
The app Ibotta offers cash rebates and sometimes other discounts on things you buy at many brick-and-mortar and online retailers, including Amazon. We recently saw Ibotta offer 2.5 percent to 5.5 percent cash back on certain purchases from Amazon.
To start using Ibotta, sign up for an account and then download the app.
To view the app’s current cash-back offers and deals for Amazon, just open the app and select Amazon.
If you don’t want to use a smartphone app like Ibotta to earn cash rebates, at least use a cash-back website like Ebates when shopping online. Otherwise, you’re missing out on free money. Even if you don’t think it’s much, cash back adds up over time.
We recently saw Ebates offer 3 to 5 percent cash back on certain Amazon purchases.
To start using Ebates, sign up for an account and then do one or more of the following:
- Visit the Ebates website.
- Install the Ebates browser extension.
- Download the Ebates app.
This cash-back portal is similar to Ebates, though it tends to offer higher cash-back rates. We recently saw TopCashback offer 4 to 10 percent cash back on certain Amazon purchases.
TopCashback also offers more payout options than Ebates. For example, you can opt to receive your cash back as a gift card instead of cash. It also gives you the option of a direct deposit into your bank account.
To start using TopCashback, sign up for an account and then do one or more of the following:
- Visit the TopCashback website.
- Download the TopCashback app.
Swagbucks, like other cash-back sites, allows you to get money back when shopping on Amazon. Technically, you collect points called “SBs” for Amazon purchases, but you can redeem them for cash via PayPal or for gift cards.
We recently saw Swagbucks paying as much as 5 SBs for every dollar spent on Amazon — the equivalent of 5 percent cash back.
But Swagbucks is more than just a cash-back site. You can also earn money for taking surveys, watching videos and playing games through Swagbucks. To learn more about this, check out “5 Ways to Score Free Gift Cards and Cash in 1 Place.”
To start using Swagbucks, sign up for an account and then do one or more of the following:
- Visit the Swagbucks website.
- Install the Swagbucks browser extension.
- Download the Swagbucks app.
This price-tracking service can help you get a partial refund if something drops in price after you buy it.
Paribus scans your email inbox for receipts and monitors for price drops on items you have purchased from designated retailers. If a price drops within the time window specified in the retailer’s price adjustment policy, Paribus will try to get back the difference, or do the heavy lifting to help you get back the difference.
So, if an item’s price drops from $50 to $40 shortly after you buy it, Paribus would contact the retailer and request a $10 reimbursement on your behalf.
To start using Paribus, sign up for an account and then connect it to your email account. Paribus will take it from there.