17 Crazy Holiday Money Saving Amazon Hacks at Christmas – Shopping on Amazon is so easy around the holidays. You need to know these crazy holiday Amazon hacks that will save you TONS of money at Christmas and the Holiday season.
Amazon has become one of the cheapskate’s best-loved tools for internet shopping (especially on Black Friday and Cyber Monday… and the whole holiday season, too). But it’s so much more than just low prices and free 2-day shipping with Prime (which you can try for FREE for 30 days).
There are some crazy holiday money saving Amazon hacks at Christmas that you need to know before you buy anything from them again.
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First off, you need to get Prime in order to benefit most from Amazon!
I’ve had friends who don’t have Prime and have had products shipped to them after a few weeks. Unfortunately, this seems to be the average for non-Prime users.
So hands down the biggest crazy holiday money saving Amazon hack at Christmas is to get Prime. Again, if you hate it (which you won’t), you can get your money back.
Sign up for it right before Black Friday and then you’ll be able to get rid of it in time for the season to be over without ever having to pay for it! Winning, right?!
Shop Through Swagbucks and Save on Amazon with Cashback
Amazon doesn’t give out too many discounts using cashback sites. Even sites like Rakuten (formerly Ebates) usually only get 1% cashback on obscure categories of shopping.
But if you shop through Swagbucks when you do your Amazon shopping, you can get up to 7% back. Just make sure that you are logged in to Swagbucks before you start shopping. Go to the “shopping” section on Swagbucks. And then click on Amazon.
Once you’re on Amazon, just shop as usual. Everything else goes on behind the scenes and Swagbucks will give you whatever cashback in points that applies to what you bought from Amazon.
Earn free gift cards for your Christmas Shopping for Amazon
I love using my Swagbucks to get Amazon gift cards for Christmas. I get $25 gift cards for (basically) $23 every month and use that to pay for a lot of our Christmas shopping on Amazon. But it’s not just Swagbucks where you can earn bonus gift cards.
Ibotta can give you payouts from scanning your receipts and shopping through their app in the form of Amazon gift cards. All you have to do it use Ibotta, which is free, when you go to the grocery store or shop on Instacart.
Fetch Rewards pays you out for scanning your receipts – any receipts really – in the form of gift cards. Including in Amazon gift cards. It really doesn’t take long at all (especially if you already have a ton of receipts in your wallet from starting Christmas shopping or just from regular-life shopping) to get enough points for gift cards.
You don’t have to do anything extra or work for those points at all. Just take a picture of your receipt and you’re all set to get points.
Use the Deal of the Day tab
Want to know what the best deals are on Amazon this Christmas season? You can find the Deals of the Day right on the Amazon home page.
The flash sales that Amazon runs every day are right there on the home page. Check under the “Today’s Deals” tab. Amazon makes it really nice and easy to save money on sales and deals during Christmas.
Use Amazon’s own coupons
There are some items that have coupons for when you check out. These are the best kinds of coupons in my book. The less I have to do to save money – especially on Christmas shopping – the better.
All you need to do is click and the coupon is automatically added to your cart. Just keep an eye out for them when you add things to your cart.
Compare prices using CamelCamelCamel
Weirdest name ever, but the MOST amazing price comparison tool I’ve found (and it’s free!). CamelCamelCamel.com shows you the history of the price of a product. You can see how much a product is listed for on Amazon right now and see what it was at the same time last year. You can see if it will likely be on sale during Black Friday and the prices to expect to see.
I checked out the prices of the Instant Pot (which is always the most popular thing in recent years for sale on Black Friday and Cyber Monday) and the Price for the Instant Pot was lowest on Black Friday last year… until Prime Day blew it out of the water. But that should lead us to believe that the Black Friday deal on the Instant Pot should be around the same as Prime Day (since that’s what it’s been with Prime Day and Black Friday is kind of similar pricing).
Checking CamelCamelCamel will help you make sure that you aren’t falling for some nonsense marketing trying to convince you that the prices are such a great deal when they really aren’t. You CAN be an informed consumer and save money when you shop on Amazon for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.. and the rest of the holiday season, too. 🙂
Check Amazon’s other buying options (aka – third party sellers)
Did you know that Amazon uses different people to bring them their products to sell? It’s called Amazon Arbitrage or Amazon FBA (and you can actually make a lot of money from doing it for yourself if you’re looking for a way to make some extra cash around the holidays).
Basically, that means that you can check to see if other people are offering a lower price for the same product. All you need to do it click the button that says “New and Used from…” and see what other prices are available. This is especially helpful for books that you can get used for a very steep discount.
Get free Amazon gift cards
Just do some super easy tasks (like watching a commercial or a movie trailer) and you earn your gift cards.
Take advantage of Amazon Lightning Deals
These are a little hit or miss, honestly. But if you can find something that you’ve been eyeing for a while on a lightning deal, you’re in luck!
Lightning deals on Amazon are 15-minute deals that go up and on sale for a “limited quantity” so you have to hurry if it’s a super popular item.
These are especially popular on Black Friday and Cyber Monday on Amazon when almost everything on sale is a lightning deal. The best thing you can do is to add an item to your wishlist and maybe Amazon will tell you if it becomes available. If you’re looking to save money on an item and you can find it on a lightning deal, don’t wait to grab it because it might be gone.
Share your Prime with family
No, this isn’t a scam. You can actually share Prime with your family members.
If you don’t think that you can swing that $99 for the year of Prime right now, go in on it with your family. You can ship to many different addresses with the same Prime account and can store different cards as well.
Use Prime Family
Do you use Amazon to shop for diapers? Then you need to check out Amazon Family and get up to 20% discount on diapers. They also discount things that a family might need (baby food, formula, detergent, cleaning products, etc.) and also – here’s the biggest one when it comes to money-saving around Christmas – they can get you a discount on toys!
This is a big deal! Formula and diapers are so expensive that this can be a huge help for families with kids. Plus, some toys get discounted, too. Talk about a lazy way to save with Amazon to do your Christmas shopping. 🙂
Get no-rush-shipping at Christmas and earn credits for digital movie downloads, Amazon Pantry (and more)
If you’re not in a hurry to get your purchases for Christmas, you can click on the “no rush shipping” option and get either a $5 credit for Amazon Pantry or even a $1 credit for electronic purchases (aka – stock up on digital movie downloads for the holidays).
Basically, if you get enough of those nifty credits for the electronics, you can download movies basically for FREE from Amazon. Every movie in my video library was purchased through Amazon’s credits. And I just needed to wait a few extra days for a package that I didn’t mind waiting for!
It’s also worth mentioning that more times than not, you will STILL get your packages earlier than the time that they quote you. Usually, I still get them within 2 days. And even if that happens, they still give me the credit.
Especially around the holidays, I’ve had them tell me it would take a week to get my package, but had it delivered the next day.
Shop Amazon’s Outlet Store to save big
What’s the “Amazon Outlet“? It’s an area of Amazon that you can find overstocked, discontinued, or clearance items for a big markdown on the original price. Because this is a small part of the Amazon store, it’s a little hit or miss. You can’t depend on the things you want to be there.
But it’s a great place to start looking for an item that might not be the newest model or generation but that will save you big time on the price. You might need to do some digging to find the right items, but if you can get them, they’ll save you a lot of money getting them from the Outlet versus getting them brand new.
If you’re looking for great deals for a super low price, then this is the place to start in Amazon Outlet. See what they have in stock and if you can save on your Christmas shopping.
Check the Warehouse deals for super Christmas deals on Amazon
Warehouse (aka open-box) deals are my favorites around Christmas for saving lots of money on Amazon. You get a VERY steep discount on the same great products from Amazon but at a huge discount just because the box was opened and then someone returned it. There’s nothing wrong with the product (or Amazon will buy it back), the box was just opened.
Meaning that with Amazon Warehouse, you get a great deal and save money for something – usually, a pricey electronic device – for Christmas without the huge price tag and no one knows the difference.
There are still deals on open-box deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, too. This is my first stop when I need to buy a high-ticket item (even kitchen appliances or vacuums) especially right after Black Friday and Cyber Monday (when people buy something and then send it back for some reason or another).
Check out what’s on sale in the Amazon Warehouse section that will save you money.
Shop Amazon’s own brand – Amazon Basics
Did you know that Amazon makes its own brand? YUP – Amazon Basics.
The selection from Amazon Basics has grown so much this holiday season. Last year they really only had some generic office supplies and some basic kitchen tools. But this year, they have a lot of things that are actually on my Christmas list.
I got a comically large cast-iron skillet (we’re a family of 6 so I guess a skillet that big makes sense) from Amazon Basics and I was a little hesitant at first. Would it be any good? What if it’s not heavy-duty? Would it rust?
Thankfully, it was amazing. I think we’re going to have this thing for years. And compared to any other brand, you can’t beat the price. 🙂
Trade-In your stuff for extra Christmas money
Did you know that Amazon has a trade-in program? Yup! For everything from textbooks (yes, even the random ones collecting dust in the closet) to DVDs and more, Amazon has a trade-in program that is a great way to clear out your home AND earn extra money for the holidays.
Now there are a few caveats. It needs to be in good, sellable, working (if electronic) condition. It also needs to be something that they actually accept (I double they’d accept an obscure textbook that’s 8 editions old and no longer in print, but you can always check before you send it).
They pay for the shipping and all you have to do is send it. Disclaimer: they might not accept what you send. If they don’t accept it, they’ll return it to you.
But this a great thing to do especially if you’ve got someone with a new Kindle or a new Echo on their Christmas wish list. They do the trade-in program on your old Åmazon tech. Why not make a few extra bucks on the tech that you’re going to update with the Amazon trade-in program.
Review Amazon items for a huge discount
There are sites that will give you a huge coupon (usually around 50% off the original price) for getting it from Amazon? It’s true. It used to be that you would get an even steeper discount (like 80-95% off or even free), but Amazon changed their policies about the comments and reviews for these products and now, the discounts aren’t as steep.
But you can still get some great items for a great money-saving discount from places like Vipon and Snagshout. I like to get baby swaddle blankets and art supplies from these sites. They also usually have great tumblers for teacher gifts.
But it’s unpredictable what will be on sale. So you can never really go there and get everything on your wish list. If I know I need something generic (like a selfie stick – don’t judge me 😉 ), I’ll hop onto Snagshout and Vipon before I go searching around on Amazon. I can usually find things like that on there without a problem and they will usually save me a lot by just checking first.
If you’re like me, I know that you love to save money on your Christmas and holiday shopping. Thanks to Amazon, there are many ways to save money on shopping this Christmas.
My perspnal favorite thoing to do is to combine these together. I like to get a free gift card from Swagbucks, then see what I can get from Vipon, then check out the outlet and warehouse, then see if there are any deals or coupons from the regular Amazon store. When you put everything together, you can make a big dent in the cost of Christmas shopping. You can go Christmas shopping on a budget, especially when you save money with Amazon.
These are my favorite crazy holiday money-saving Amazon hacks at Christmas that you need to try out today. And don’t forget, you can try Amazon Prime for FREE for 30 days!
(I did this on December 1st so that I could get all of my Christmas shopping done for free shipping!) And remember with Amazon that you can cancel at any time. 🙂
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What is your favorite Amazon hack around the holidays and at Christmas?
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