Prime Day 2018 Is Finished!
Have you been eyeing an Instant Pot, but waiting until November to pull out your wallet?
What about a new television ahead of football season in September?
Once upon a time, Black Friday was the only day we could get almost anything our hearts desired at dirt cheap prices, but not anymore. Amazon Prime Day, or Black Friday in July as many lovingly call it, allows you to get rock bottom savings on hundreds of items without waiting in massive lines on a full stomach.
But, as with Black Friday, it’s important to shop smart to get the best deals. Today, we’re going to show you how to do just that.
When Is Prime Day?
Prime day 2018 began on July 3pm ET and ran through July 18. It’s was an epic day and a half of Amazon’s best deals and promotions.
What is Prime Day?
Prime Day is a one-day-only shopping event hosted by Amazon where they offer substantial discounts on most of their products. The event is much like Black Friday. However, the main difference being that Prime Day is only hosted online via the Amazon store. That means you won’t need to risk your life trying to snatch up a great deal on a flat screen T.V.
As the name implies, Prime Day is geared towards serving Amazon Prime members, offering them exclusive and early deals on electronics, baby gear, home goods and more.
As the name might suggest, Amazon Prime Day is exclusively for prime members. But don’t fret you don’t necessarily have to shell out the 119 right away to get these deals. Here are a few tips that can help you save big, without spending a ton of money to have access to Prime Day.
30 Day Trial Period
If you are brand new to Amazon Prime, the company offers a 30 day free trial period to introduce you to the program. During that trial period, you have access to free two-day shipping, all Prime Video options, and Prime Day deals if you play your cards and calendar right. Just remember to cancel the subscription if you do not want to keep it after the trial period as your credit card is automatically debited at that time.
If you are new to Ibotta and know that you want to keep prime for more than the 30 day trial period, consider signing up through the Ibotta App. This app not only gives you cash back on everyday items from your favorite stores, but it also gives you a 20.00 Amazon gift card when you sign up for a year of Prime through the app.
Swagbucks is a program that gives you points, which you can then redeem for prizes or gift cards, in exchange for doing surveys, playing games, and watching short videos. They also have an entire section of deals, where if you sign up for a service you can get a gift card or a certain amount of points.
If you sign up for a one-year membership through Swagbucks, you can get a 15.00 Amazon gift card. This is a great option for those who already have the ibotta app and can’t sign up that way.
Amazon knows that the 119 a year can be expensive, and they raised the rate hoping to cover improved features like same day delivery in many cities (source). But they know that the price can be impossible for families already struggling to pay their bills.
That’s why Amazon Prime offers a discounted program to families who are on government assistance such as TANF, Medicaid, or SNAP (also known as Food Stamps). All you have to do is prove you are in one of these programs and you can get Prime for 5.99/month.
Short Term Plans
Already had Prime before, but don’t want to sign up for a year? You can sign up on a monthly membership to allow you to get Prime benefits during Prime Day. The monthly fee is only 12.99 a month, which you can easily get back in Prime Day Savings. Just make sure to cancel at the end of the month so your card is not charged again.
Share With Family And Friends
Sharing is caring, and Amazon Household allows you to do just that. With Amazon Household two adults, or even an adult and a teen, link their Amazon accounts together to form a household. The adults retain their separate accounts but agree to share the Amazon Prime fees. Sounds like a good idea to me!
Set An Alarm
You don’t want to miss this event, trust us. And we know motherhood can be a busy and hectic experience. Heck, I can’t count the times I have forgotten to take the clothes out of the washer, much less remember the dates of a sale.
So set your alarm right now, although it seems Amazon has not officially announced when Prime Day will be, many sources are predicting it will start July 10th since it is the second Tuesday of July, the day when previous sales were held (source). If the sale follows last year’s trend, you will actually be able to start shopping on the evening of July 9th though.
Yay for shopping when the kids are in bed!
Make A List
With hundreds of items going on sale it is easy for mouse, and your budget, to get out of control fast. This is why I suggest creating a list of things you want to purchase ahead of time, you can do this on Amazon’s site as well. That way you know what you want to spend and don’t go overboard. In theory at least.
Also, many deals will be available to see 24 hours before the sale launches, so keep an eye out and use those previews to make your list.
But Don’t Be Too Brand Loyal
You might be disappointed to find that the item you want did not go on sale in the brand you wanted. But, if you expand your horizons a little, you might find a similar item at a deep discount. So, if the Kitchen Aid Tea Kettle doesn’t go on sale try out the Cuisinart one instead. The items are similar prices with similar reviews and will look just as good on your stovetop.
Spotlight Deals Are The Main Thing
Spotlight Deals are the main deals on Prime Day. These deals include the top brands, with the most popular items, and the largest inventory. These deals, unlike Lightning Deals, last until all are sold out.
If the sales start on July 9th, as is being predicted, you will be able to view the Spotlight Deals as early as July 8th to start making your list.
Lightning Deals Are Your Friend
Lightning deals are amazing, the discounts are deep, and the products are awesome. But the kick is that they only have a limited supply and last for only 5 minutes, which is not a lot of time to do your shopping.
You can view Lightning Deals 24 hours before they are launched though, and go ahead and put the item both in your list and in your cart. Lightning lists in your “list” on Amazon will ping you when they go live, making sure you don’t miss out.
You Can Also Ask Alexa
Do you have an Alexa, Amazon’s handy-dandy virtual assistant that can do everything from play music to order your goodies? If you do, she might be of help when it comes to this year’s Prime Day.
Last year, Amazon rolled out some Alexa exclusive deals. They also rolled out some extra savings through Alexa on products available online. These discounts are limited to one product per account, but the savings are worth it. And who needs 37 televisions anyway?
The Savings Await
Having a kid born in October, Amazon Prime Day has been a lifesaver for me. I can buy all his birthday stuff at a discount while also getting a jump start on my Christmas shopping (yes, I’m one of those moms). But even if it’s a new Keurig or some windshield wiper fluid, Amazon Prime Day can be a savings godsend for any mama.
Do you have any tips for getting the best deals and discounts during Prime Day sales? Leave us a comment below, we’d love to hear your ideas. And don’t forget to share this article with all of your frugalista friends. Everyone loves a good deal, we just want to help you find them.