Amazon Prime Day starts July 16 this year at 2 p.m. (Central) and continues through July 17.
It’s kind of like a Black Friday in July, but it’s open to Amazon Prime members only. If you don’t have a Prime account and want to see what all the fuss is about, sign up for a free 30-day trial here.)
What you’ll find on Prime Day:
- Early access deals on Alexa-enabled products, including Echo, Fire TV, and Fire tablets, and $100 on the new Echo Show.
- A 3-month subscription to Kindle Unlimited for only 99 cents (regularly $29.97)
- $10 off a purchase of $10 or more at Whole Foods
- Free trial of Amazon Fresh, with $30 off your first order by July 17 when you use the promo code 30FRESH
- A 4-month subscription to Music Unlimited for only 99 cents (regularly $7.99 per month for Prime and $9.99 for non-Prime!)
- Discounts on millions of products beginning at 2 p.m. Central
- Lightning deals that last only 15 minutes or until they sell out (which is often less than 15 minutes)
What you get with Amazon Prime
Besides Prime Day Deals, a subscription to Amazon Prime can save you money. We have a subscription primarily because we ditched cable TV and Prime gives us access to more shows and channels than other subscription services. We do have other streaming services, but if I had to choose one it would be Amazon Prime, because that also gives us some free e-books each month, some free streaming music, and of course the free 2-day shipping when we buy Prime-eligible products. There are other benefits too, like free online photo storage.
Prime Day Deals
While some of the deals may sell out quickly, you can find good bargains. This year’s Prime “day” is really more like a day and a half, and will continue until July 17. My personal opinion is that you’ll get the best value from these Black Friday-like sales if you already have a list of things you need or want and search for deals on those. (This helps you avoid impulse buys!)
Once the deals begin, Amazon Prime Day homepage usually has categories of Lightning Deals you can click on to help you narrow your browsing to a specific category, like Electronics or Photography.
You can also click Watch This Deal on any products Amazon gives you a preview of:
I’ve been eyeing these food storage containers for a while now, because I want to prep lunches at the beginning of each week to save money and time. These are already inexpensive and get fairly good reviews, so I’ll grab it (if I’m fast enough!) when the deal starts.
Another way to do it is to make a Shopping List. That’s great if you’ve already narrowed your search to a specific product you want with all the features you want, because you can click right through if you see the item is on sale. However, remember it may be that another model of that item is the one on sale, so decide ahead of time which product features are really important to you so that in the end you’ll be happy with your purchase!
Also be sure to look for Back to School bargains! Whether you need calculators, backpacks, clothing, or office supplies, Prime Day is one possible way to save – particularly on those big-ticket items kids need for school.
What will you be shopping for on Prime Day? Let us know in the comments!