We are an online shopping family! It saves us time and money and makes my life so much easier to have packages show up on our door step. Our #1 place to shop online is Amazon. We have become quite savvy with our skills so I thought it may be helpful to you if I share our Best Tips for shopping on Amazon.
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Best Tips for Shopping on Amazon
1. Purchase Prime
Purchasing the Amazon Prime membership is a must. The Prime membership is $99 for a one year subscription but totally worth it once you start using all of the benefits. The 2 day free shipping on any prime item regardless of price is worth it alone. Other benefits included in the membership are unlimited streaming to tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, ad-free music, and much more. You can try it out for 30 day free trial if you aren’t certain but I will say, it is completely worth the fee if you shop online.
2. Buy often used household supplies
One thing I love the most about Amazon Prime is the ability to buy so many different things in one place. Anything from household supplies and college textbooks to Farmhouse Kitchen Decor. Our son started college last week and we were on the hunt to find the best deals for his textbooks. Have you priced text books in a college bookstore lately? WOWZA! We were able to rent a couple of very expensive text books from Amazon for around $25 dollars instead of the $100 plus new book price tag. Plus we bought 2 others, one of which cost $120 at the bookstore and we paid $80 through Amazon. Shipped to his apartment in 2 days.
3. Read the Reviews
The product reviews are there to give you an idea of other buyers experience when purchasing that product. I look for at least a 4 out of 5 as well as lots of reviews. If a product scores a 4 and has thousands of reviews then you should expect to be satisfied with that purchase. If you click the reviews you can actually read what others had to say. Some people give a 3 or 4 review because the color wasn’t exactly what they thought. They may be very important to you or not really so reading through a handful should give you a good idea of the response.
4. Product Search
Searching for an item can be done easily in the search bar if you type in an item. I have found that if I am looking very a very specific product I can go to the store website that sells that item then copy and paste the product name from there. You may be wondering why go to all of the trouble. Almost always if Amazon sells the item it is at a cheaper price plus I can get 2 day shipping.
A great example would be these Teva sandals I bought early spring. I was actually out shopping with my daughter 4 days before spring break vacation and I tried these on in a local store. I needed a half size which this store didn’t stock. So I came home, went to the Teva website to get the name of the shoe, copy and pasted it into the Amazon search. They were the same exact price BUT I could get them in 2 days free shipping which I needed because we were heading to Fripp Island. They ended up coming the very next day!
I wanted to point out the 3 these sandals received on the reviews. When I bought them back in early spring they were new and there weren’t any reviews. I had tried them on in the store so I knew how they felt and how they fit. After reading some of these reviews now about the buckle I have to agree.
5. Great Gift Idea
I think purchasing Amazon Prime for a gift is a great idea. Think parents, couples wedding gift, grown children, twenty somethings, etc. Of course, make sure they don’t already have a subscription. If they do you can offer to pay and have it extended for a year.
In case you missed it or are new to the blog, I shared a blog post where I gathered up for you lots of affordable Farmhouse Kitchen Decor from Amazon (click HERE.)
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