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6 Ways To Win Prime Day 2021: The Cheapskate’s Top Tips



As you have no doubt heard by now, Amazon Prime Day 2021

takes place in June. That gives you plenty of time to plan your shopping strategies and learn the secrets to a successful outing. Gather around the playbook, team – let’s get out there and save, save, save!

Buy Prime Day even if you are not a Prime subscriber

You might find Prime Day a member affair, which requires an active Amazon Prime subscription to take advantage of all the discounts.

Not necessary. If you don’t have a subscription, you may still see sale prices on many products – just without the one or two day free shipping that Prime members offer. (But you can usually still ship for free if your cart hits at least $ 25 in total – again, no membership required.) While there are many items that are exclusive to Prime – especially Amazon items like Kindles and Echos – there are others that are just discounted for Prime Day.

That said, consider signing up for one free one-month trial of Amazon Prime (only available if you’ve never tried Prime). You can cancel the service after 29 days and avoid being billed, but you will still get the full benefits of Prime Day.

This option is even better if you’re a student: Amazon is still partnering with Sprint to offer students a free six-month trial on Amazon Prime.

Of course, Prime offers many other benefits, not the least of which is the aforementioned fast shipping for most Prime Video products and many movies and TV shows. So if you don’t have an account yet, it’s totally worth it.

Don’t assume Prime Day deals are the best deals

It’s important to remember that products are on sale always, and any deal that happens during Prime Day is likely to be repeated – if not right away, certainly during the Christmas shopping season. Don’t let the event’s inherent sense of urgency overwhelm your common sense.


Use the CamelCamelCamel browser plug-in to quickly view the price history of any Amazon listing – and set a price monitor to get notified when there’s a drop.

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Indeed, for a particular deal you are looking for, you should check if the price has been the same (or lower) in the past. A great tool for this is CamelCamelCamel, which keeps track of Amazon’s pricing history. Just copy the URL of the product, paste it into the search field of CamelCamelCamel and check the results. (There’s also a desktop browser plugin, which saves you all that tedious copy and paste.)

I also like browser plug-in honey, which can notify you immediately if third-party Amazon sellers have the same product at a lower price. (It doesn’t happen often, but it’s worth checking). It also shows pricing histories, just like CamelCamelCamel. You also have to check out PriceBlink and OctoShop, which show you at a glance if other stores can beat Amazon’s price.

Remember there are other shops


Stores like Best Buy can get super competitive during Prime Day, even on Amazon-branded products. This is an old ad, but you get the idea.

Best Buy

Speaking of which, Amazon may be the biggest game in town, but it’s not the only game. Best Buy and Walmart are among the retailers that will be making competitive sales, and if recent years are any indication, they’ll have some better-than-Amazon deals up their sleeve.

Receive a notification when a product goes on sale

Part of Prime Day’s challenge is keeping track of the deals that interest you, especially those that start later in the day. If you forget, you may miss.

Fortunately, the Amazon app allows you to track upcoming deals and get notifications when they start. It is available for Amazon Fire, Android and iOS in their respective app stores. The app also has useful features such as voice search and shipment tracking.

Amazon app deal alert

Let Amazon’s app notify you when a particular deal is available.


Speaking of warnings, follow @cheapskateblog on Twitter and CheapskateRick on Facebook – not just for Prime Day deals, but year-round deals too. And here’s something new – you can now sign up for Cheapskate deal alerts via SMS! That is arguably the best way to receive critical Prime Day news.

Watch out for waiting lists

Like Amazon’s daily Lightning deals, many Prime Day deals are available in limited quantities – and once they are ‘claimed’, they are gone. Or maybe not: you may see a Join the waiting list button that you queue to grab an item when it becomes available.

How did that happen? Sometimes other customers add an item to their cart and decide not to buy it (or fail to complete the purchase within 15 minutes) – at which point it goes to the next person in line. That could be you, so don’t be shy about getting on the waiting list if you really want to.

Take advantage of cashback options

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TopCashback gives you an 8% discount on almost any Amazon device you buy, including those on sale.


Before you buy anything, whenever and wherever you want, you should always see what cash back options are available. I am a fan of using services such as Rakuten and TopCashback, which can easily give you additional savings on your purchases, including Amazon’s.

Right now, Rakuten doesn’t offer any of that, but TopCashback is currently giving 8% back on Amazon device purchases, 7% back on Amazon Home Security and Smart Home devices, and a $ 15 discount when you sign up for one year of Amazon Prime (at the regular price of $ 119).

Meanwhile, now is definitely the time to get one Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card, and not just because signing up will get you a $ 100 Amazon gift card (!). Rather, it’s because the visa with no annual fee from Amazon will refund you 5% on just about anything you buy from Amazon. (Whole Foods, too.) Amazon sometimes increases that to 10% or even more for certain product categories, and often offers Prime Day-specific bonuses as well.

And please, my tips for winning Prime Day! If you have any of your own tips to share, head over to the comments section and let them spill!

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