Amazon Prime Day may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't still score amazing deals on the online retailer giant, as Money pointed out in a recent article. While we like to assume that Amazon is the go-to site for saving money online, it isn't always the case—but with a few clever shopping tactics, it's possible to save big.
"The most common mistake shoppers make is assuming that Amazon is the lowest price available," Benjamin Glaser tells Money. "You might stop checking other sites because it is so convenient to just shop on Amazon, but this is a mistake. Always shop around." Wondering how to sharpen your Amazon shopping skills? Start with these four clever hacks:
Pay for Prime part-time: a yearly Prime subscription is $99, but Brad Turtle of Money recommends concentrating your Amazon purchases during just a few key months in the year (like the Winter Holiday shopping season). By subscribing to Prime by the month for $11, you could save big—as long as you remember to cancel your membership each time.
Time your purchase right: Amazon's prices can fluctuate at any moment and can easily get inflated, says Turtle, but sites like CamelCamelCamel tracks the pricing history of items and can send you alerts for price drops so you never overpay.
Accept slow shipping: While free two-day shipping is tempting to Prime members, Amazon sometimes offers credits for slower shipping—that way you can save on your next purchase.
Search the coupon section: Amazon's coupon section is an ever-changing array of timely deals on anything from laundry detergent to toothpaste. Better yet, if you choose to "subscribe & save," you get an ever deeper discount on recurring essentials.
Want even more Amazon shopping hacks? Read them all on Money.
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