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Credello: Amazon is Raising Prices but Here is How You Can Still Save

Amazon just announced that it is raising prices on Prime memberships from $119 to $139. But if you're not ready to give up your Prime membership without blowing your budget,

Amazon just announced that it is raising prices on Prime memberships from $119 to $139. But if you’re not ready to give up your Prime membership without blowing your budget, don’t worry; there are still ways to save on your purchases. Here are a few tips for getting your money’s worth while shopping online. 


Change the way you buy things online


Amazon has made it very convenient to buy from them, and that’s no accident. If you’re prone to impulse buying but aren’t ready to completely cut Amazon out, consider making buying from them more difficult. Delete the app from your phone and remove any stored payment methods in your account. You can also block the website in your browser settings if you really just need to take a total break from online shopping for a while.


If things have gotten so bad you need to do the nuclear option of blocking the website, then maybe it’s time to consider changing the way you spend money and focusing more effort on getting out of debt. Research online debt consolidation options to see what the fastest way would be to become debt-free and commit to changing your spending habits for the better.


Compare prices with other e-commerce sites


When shopping for items online, it is always important to compare prices to ensure that you get the best deal. Several e-commerce sites allow customers to compare prices, including Amazon, Walmart, and Target. Additionally, you may be able to find better deals that have the same shipping times Amazon offers without needing to support Amazon at all. Try looking at both major retailers and your local businesses, too. Smaller businesses need your support, so they will often price match or offer better deals that don’t require a paid membership to take advantage of. 


Use coupons and codes


Coupons and codes can be a great way to save money on your Amazon purchases, but be sure to read the fine print. Some coupons and codes will only work with specific products, while others may only be valid for a certain period of time. There are also browser plugins that will automatically scan for better deals or coupons for free.


Shop at Amazon Warehouse Deals


Amazon Warehouse Deals are discounted items available only at the Amazon warehouse. These deals are often 20-50% off the regular price and can be a great way to save on your Amazon purchases, but the selection isn’t very large. Still, it can be a good resource to check out before making your purchase. 


Shop the “Lightning Deals” page


Amazon’s main page typically has more expensive or featured items than things currently on sale. If you’re not looking for something specific and are willing to try similar items, consider shopping on the “Lightning Deals” page. Lightning Deals are flash sales Amazon offers for select items every day, ranging from pet supplies to furniture and everything in between.


Shop with “Subscribe and Save”


“Subscribe and Save” is a service Amazon offers that lets you save on your monthly purchases by automatically ordering the things you reorder regularly. This can be helpful if you’re trying to stock up on items like laundry detergent or paper towels and don’t want to spend a lot of time shopping for individual items.


The bottom line


Amazon may be raising the price of their Prime membership there are still ways to save. Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to keep your spending in check so you don’t end up overspending or getting into debt.

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