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Amazon's annual Prime Day has been announced for July 12 to 13 this year. Here's how to navigate Amazon Prime Day so you can save money on your summer shopping this year.
The annual Prime Day deal event is only for Prime members, so your first step in taking advantage of the deals is signing up for Prime membership.
It's free to join for 30 days, after which it's $14.99 per month or $139 per year. If you don't think you'll use the membership beyond Prime Day, you can choose to do the trial. However, do keep in mind the perks that come with being an Amazon Prime member for those who often shop online.
As a Prime member, you can benefit from the below:
- Prime Delivery: Get your packages as soon as today. Prime Delivery offers fast, free shipping on all your purchases, including one-day delivery, same-day delivery and 2-hour grocery delivery. Speedy delivery certainly comes in handy around the holidays.
- Prime Video: If you're caught up on all your favorite Netflix shows, perhaps it's time for a new streaming service. Prime Video offers thousands of movies and TV shows, including its exclusive Amazon originals.
- Amazon Music: Prime members can access more than 2 million songs, ad-free, along with top playlists and podcasts from Amazon Music. For more song choices, they can also upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited with a 20% discount.
- Prime Wardrobe: If you don't feel like visiting a clothing store any time soon, Prime Wardrobe lets you try before you buy clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Prime members can choose up to eight items at a time and only pay for what they keep.
If you're an Amazon Prime Day beginner, know that some things sell out quickly. It's important to mark the items you want so you increase your chances of scoring them at a good deal.
Once you download Amazon's free mobile app, take some time to scroll through what you want to purchase. Prime Day deals will have a blue badge on Prime Day. You can get alerted when the price drops by tapping "Watch this deal" in the Amazon app. When the deal becomes live, add the item to your cart immediately and you'll have 15 minutes to complete the purchase.
For items you want that don't have a blue badge, add them to a wish list and Amazon will send a push notification to your phone if it becomes part of the Prime Day deals. To compare prices on items, use Amazon Assistant so you save time. The service will indicate items that are low-priced, as well as provide a 30-day price tracker and personalized shopping recommendations.
With the mobile app, you can get notified about your delivery arrival so you can easily track your orders in real-time and a 24/7 chat feature is available to connect to customer service.
Once you signed up to be a Prime member and downloaded the Amazon mobile app, you may want to consider maximizing your savings on Prime Day by opening one of their credit cards geared toward members.
Users of the Amazon Prime Store Card earn 5% back on Amazon.com purchases or a chance to pay for their purchases over time. Cardholders have the option to forgo 5% cash back on their Amazon purchases over $150 in exchange for the ability to pay for their purchases over six, 12 or 24 months with 0% interest. With this interest-free financing option, however, you'll want to make sure you make your equal payments on time and in full each month to avoid paying deferred interest.
Cardholders of the more robust Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card earn 5% cash back on purchases made at both Amazon.com and Whole Foods. They also receive 2% cash back on purchases made at restaurants, gas stations and drugstores. All other purchases earn 1% cash back.
With Amazon Prime Day just around the corner, set yourself up now to save some money during the approaching 48-hour event. It's the perfect time to stock up on electronics, clothing/accessories, shoes, jewelry and kitchen appliances that you have been wanting to buy.
If you do decide to become an Amazon Prime member for its 30-day trial just for Prime Day, consider shopping with other rewards credit cards that will still put money back into your pocket: the Citi® Double Cash Card or the Capital One QuicksilverOne Cash Rewards Credit Card.
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