There is a running joke among my friends and family about my love for Amazon. Any time anyone asks me where I purchased something, they immediately follow that question with another. Amazon? When I am looking for anything I start at Amazon. Their prices are typically lower and the reviews are incredibly helpful.
If you’ve shopped at Amazon, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you about their customer reviews. I believe it’s maybe Amazon’s best asset. I can’t even name how many times I have gone to Amazon looking for a product to fulfill a need. I begin reading a review on the product and read about a suggestion for a different item that works much better for my needs. I also never read a book without first checking out the reviews on Amazon. I may not read all of them, but if a book has an average review of 3 stars or less, I seriously consider if it’s worth my time and money.
Subscribe & Save
Over the years, I have used Subscribe & Save to purchase a variety of items, from shampoo to potato chips. I recommend checking Amazon for all the products that you purchase on regular basis. Many items, especially grocery items, are available at a subscription. You tell Amazon how often you would like to receive the item and they send it to you on a regular basis at a discount with free shipping. If you don’t need the item when it’s due to ship you can reschedule the shipment. You can also cancel at any time.
iTunes is nice, but I purchase most of my music at Amazon’s MP3 Store. Amazon is always offering special deals, this month they have 100 Albums for $5. On the front page of the store they always have a free song of the day and at Christmas time, they typically offer a free Christmas song every day. And through today (June 30), you can use CLOUDMP3 to get a $2 MP3 credit. In addition to Amazon’s MP3 store usually being less expensive than other online music stores, the files are non-proprietary files, meaning they can be played on any device. I used to purchase all my music at iTunes. Now I own a lot of music that I cannot listen to on my Tivo, because it won’t play iTunes proprietary files.
I have purchased a couple of pairs of shoes from Amazon. But I think the only time I’ve bought clothing was from Old Navy, through the Amazon site. This will probably change soon. By signing up to receive emails from Amazon’s clothing store you can receive 20% off your next clothing purchase. Sounds good to me!
I currently have an Amazon Visa credit card where I earn cashback in the form of an Amazon gift card. I have it saved in my Amazon account and use it for Amazon purchases only. After reading this Lifehacker article, I am seriously considering switching to the Citi Forward Visa. They classify Amazon as a bookstore, so any purchases made there earn the card user 5 points for every $1 spent.
I have been a fan of Amazon for many years and would not tout the site if I didn’t truly find shopping there can save you money. Amazon is so much more than a bookstore. By thinking outside of the box, and shopping the website for everyday household items, you can save quite a bit of money. And not only are you saving money, you’re saving the gas and the time it takes to go to the store.