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6 Ways to Save Money on Amazon You Probably Don’t Know About

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We’re all doing a lot more online shopping these days. New quarantine sweatpants? Add to Amazon cart. Noise-canceling headphones for your home office? Thanks, Amazon!

Here’s the thing though: You’re probably overpaying.

We always assume Amazon has the best price, but oftentimes, there are way better deals hiding out there. If you’re not tracking them down, you’re probably getting gouged.

Here’s how to stop overpaying…

1. Find Out if You’re Overpaying

Wikibuy tells you when you’re about to pay too much for an item. For example, you could save $30 on this TV.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you got an alert any time you’re shopping on Amazon and are about to get ripped off.

That’s exactly what a free service called Wikibuy does.

Wikibuy’s free alerts can be added to your browser. Before you check out, it’ll check other websites, including Walmart, Target, eBay and others to see if your item is available for cheaper. It will also show you coupon codes, set up price-drop alerts and even let you see the item’s price history.

Let’s say you’re shopping for a new TV. You’re ready to check out, and you assume you’re getting the best price. Here’s when Wikibuy will pop up and let you know if you’re about to overpay. It will even let you know if you can get it delivered sooner (see photo above).

So far, Wikibuy has saved users more than $70 million.

You can get started with Wikibuy in just a few minutes to see if you’re overpaying online.

2. Stop Deleting Your Emails from Amazon

It turns out deleting your emails could be costing you money. Intrigued?

One of our secret weapons is called Paribus — a tool that gets you money back for your Amazon purchases.

It’s free to sign up, and once you do, it will scan your email for any receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from Amazon, it will track the item’s price and help you get a refund when there’s a price drop.

Plus, if your guaranteed shipment from Amazon shows up late, Paribus will help you get compensated.

Disclosure: Paribus compensates us when you sign up using the links we provide.

3. Get $225 in Amazon Gift Cards for Watching the News

A woman uses an Amazon gift card to shop.
Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder

It’s been a historic year in news, and we’re all constantly refreshing for the latest updates. You probably know more than one news-junkie who fancies themselves an expert in respiratory illness or a political mastermind.

And research companies want to pay you to keep watching. You could get up to $225 a month in free Amazon gift cards by signing up for a free account with Swagbucks.

They’ll present you with short news clips to choose from every day, then ask you a few questions about them.You just have to answer honestly, and Swagbucks will continue to send you gift cards every month.

This might sound too good to be true, but it’s already paid its users more than $429 million.

It takes about one minute to sign up, and start getting paid to watch the news

5. Get Amazon Gift Cards Every Time You Buy Toilet Paper

Grocery shopping was never exactly pleasant. But these days, it’s a downright struggle. Fighting crowds; keeping six feet of space — just buying toilet paper is a feat. Shouldn’t you have something to show for it?

A free app called Fetch Rewards will reward you with gift cards just for buying toilet paper and more than 250 other items at the grocery store.

Here’s how it works: After you’ve downloaded the app, just take a picture of your receipt showing you purchased an item from one of the brands listed in Fetch. For your efforts, you’ll earn gift cards to places like Amazon or Walmart.

You can download the free Fetch Rewards app here to start getting free gift cards. Over a million people already have, so they must be onto something…

5. Shop Amazon’s Outlet Store

A woman walks down the street with an Amazon box.
Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder

Did you know Amazon has an outlet store? Seriously.

It works similarly to your traditional brick-and-mortar outlet stores; it stocks overstocked items and sells them at a discount.

You can find anything from pet supplies to clothing to electronics to grocery items.

6. Take 5 Surveys and Get a Free $5 Amazon Gift Card

Here’s an easy way to get $5 toward your next Amazon order: Take five online surveys through a website called MyPoints.

MyPoints is a research company that’ll pay you to answer questions about different products and services you use. In return, it’ll give you free gift cards. You can even do this from your phone.

To date, MyPoints has paid people more than $236 million in gift cards.

To get your $5 Amazon gift card, just sign up and complete your first five surveys.

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