5Ways to Save
Money on Amazon
The retail giant Amazon offers many
ways to be a smart online shopper.
Here are just a few:
1. Subscribe and Save.
zon feature gives you discounts on
regularly ordered household items.
2. Amazon Prime.
service pays you back with free
two-day shipping, unlimited
access to videos and music, and
free photo storage.
3. Today’s Deals.
Click the Today’s
Deals link at the top of the Ama-
zon screen and find discounts for
electronics, apparel, kitchenwares,
4. Gift Cards.
Purchases shipped to cer-
tain states are subject to sales taxes.
But not when you use a gift card.
5. Price Matching.
Use this program
to get cash back if you find out an-
other retailer is selling your newly
purchased TV at a lower cost.
Goodreads Offers Great Deals for Bookworms
Book sharing application Goodreads isn’t a retailer, but it can save you money on books.
In your account, go to
. Under DEALS, check the boxes
for what kind of deals you’d like Goodreads to send you. Under RETAILERS, choose the
sources where you normally purchase books. You’ll get email alerts with a link to your
favorite retailer when a book that fits your criteria goes on sale—often for much less
than the usual price!
Money-saving Tips for
Savvy Online Shoppers
Just like in the physical world, smart online shoppers can save big.
Here are a few tips and tricks to get you aboard the saving train.
1. Outsmart the algorithms.
websites use algorithms to present
different prices to different shoppers
according to your previous shopping
activity. Get around this trap by clear-
ing your browsing history before you
shop or using your browser without
2. Know when to shop.
offer better deals on certain days.
For example, Tuesdays are typically
the best day to buy computers, while
Saturdays bring specials from book
retailers Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
3. Subscribe to email alerts.
ers are more than happy to let you
know when the bargains are to be
had. Just sign up for each one’s news-
letter to receive offers and sale alerts.
4. Abandon your cart.
To use this strategy,
log in to the account of your favorite
online retailer and add an item to
your cart. Leave it there for a couple
of days, and see if you get a coupon
for a better price in your email inbox.
5. Buy a discounted gift card.
Use a gift
card swapping service like
to purchase a discounted
gift card. Then use it to get a great deal
on your next purchase at that store.