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, browser extensions and smartphone apps can increase your savings when shopping on Amazon. They’re also all free.
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.
Honey is a browser extension that scours the internet for coupon codes for items you’re buying. Basically, you shop like normal and Honey automatically searches for discounts for items that you have put in your shopping cart so you can apply the best discount that Honey finds to your purchase before checkout.
To start using Honey, add it to your browser.
If you want to be rewarded for doing small tasks while shopping, try the app Shopkick. You’ll earn points called “kicks” for doing certain tasks at brick-and-mortar stores or when shopping online. For example, you can earn kicks online for visiting a retailer’s site, or viewing or purchasing certain items.
You can redeem kicks for free gift cards, including Amazon gift cards.
To start using Shopkick, download the app.
4. Cash-back portals
The app Ibotta offers cash rebates on things you buy at many brick-and-mortar and online retailers, including Amazon. We recently saw Ibotta offer 3% to 5% cash back on certain purchases from 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 Rakuten or TopCashback 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 TopCashback offer up to 8% cash back on certain Amazon purchases.
To start using any of these cash-back portals, sign up for an Ibotta account, a Rakuten account or a TopCashback account — or all three.
Swagbucks, like other cash-back sites, allows you to get money back when shopping on Amazon. Technically, you collect points called “SB” for Amazon purchases via Swagbucks, but you can redeem them for cash via PayPal or for gift cards.
We recently saw Swagbucks offering up to 4% cash back on Amazon purchases.
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 “6 Ways to Score Free Gift Cards and Cash in 1 Place.”
To start using Swagbucks, sign up for an account.
This Amazon price tracker will email you when an item you’re watching drops to the price you want to pay. Set up an account, add links to the products you want to watch, and then set a desired price.
The site will also show you a product’s price history, which might help you set a reasonable price-drop amount.
I find CamelCamelCamel especially helpful during the holidays, when specific items I’m looking to get for family and friends go on sale.
To start using CamelCamelCamel, visit its website. You do not have to sign up for an account, although doing so will give you access to more features, including the ability to receive price-drop alerts by email.
Say you’ve found the product you’ve been searching for at an amazing price. You’ve checked the reviews, and they seem great. But what if they aren’t real?
Fakespot analyzes Amazon reviews and grades them on an A-to-F scale based on how reliable Fakespot considers the reviews. So, if you’ve found something that you like but don’t want to take the product reviews at face value, using Fakespot can help you decide whether to make the buy.
To start using Fakespot, copy and paste a link for an Amazon product into Fakespot’s website and click the “Analyze” button.
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