How to maximize Amazon

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Depending on your love of online shopping and deals, you might even have Amazon Prime.  Even though I love both online shopping and deals, I do not have Prime. I did have it when I was a student and I’ll occasionally take advantage of a few free months of Prime, but generally I find it easy to spend $35 on the website.

Now that we’ve covered that, here is how I shop Amazon.
1. I start my shopping at  -> this link allows you to shop like normal BUT by starting here, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

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2. If I come for a purpose and the total is over $35, then I’m done.  If it’s not $35, I will check a few things:

  • Is the item available for subscribe & save?  Subscribe & save lets you save up to 15% and you receive FREE shipping on thousands of products. You can set how often you want the product mailed and cancel at any time. Sometimes I will order it this way and then immediately put the subscription on hold. (You save even more if you have 5 subscribe & save items a month).

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  • If not $35, I’ll check the subscribe and save coupons to see if I can find a deal.

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  • Next, I’ll check the Amazon deal’s section. The “Outlet” section has some great overstock grocery items!

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  • If I’m in a hurry, don’t need anything else and don’t want to buy something just for the sake of it, then I’ll ask a family member or friend to borrow their Prime, however, this rarely ever happens.

3. Sometimes I just go to Amazon to browse. Most of the time I browse my favorite clothing brands to see if I can find a deal.  For example, I love AG jeans and can often get a great pair over 70% off. Delman shoes can also be a real steal on Amazon.

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