Amazon – where would we be without it? The saviour for last minute gifts, cheaper goods than on the high-street, and above all – convenient. In an age where students are faced with sky-high tuition fees and rising living costs, saving money at University is crucial. Amazon is used so frequently nowadays, that it is useful to know some of the hidden secrets of the site. Following the advice in this article can help save you considerable money during University. After all, Amazon isn’t going anywhere, so take a look at the best ways to utilise Amazon as a student!
1. Amazon’s Daily Deals
These deals, as the name suggests, update every 24 hours. It is always worth checking the daily deals, they are commonly from a broad range of departments – meaning there should be something for everyone!
2. Track the Price Drops
The prices of goods on Amazon fluctuate regularly. Some items will change price daily – owing to a complex algorithm Amazon operate. While often prices will rise, other times, they can lower. There are some great browser extensions which will track any products you request, as well as notifying you when they lower. Camelizer has great reviews and would be a sound choice. By price tracking, over the course of several years, you can easily save considerable money!
3. Subscribe & Save
Amazon’s great ‘subscribe & save’ option is available on countless items. This is best for items you regularly use – e.g. toiletries, cosmetics etc. The premise is simple – instead of buying an item once a month at a normal price, you make a subscription, which will end up saving you money in the long-term. For areas like shower gel, this can end up saving you a lot!
4. Amazon Prime
The great thing about Amazon Prime is all that is included in your subscription! The free one-day delivery is great – and hugely helpful when you need something quickly. But aside from this, you get access to Prime Music – which can potentially act as a replacement for Spotify. You’ll also get access to Prime Video – which as before could be a substitute for Netflix. What’s more, as a student, you can get this cheaper….
5. Amazon Student
All of the above benefits, plus more, for half the price of regular prime! For just £39.99 per year, you can enjoy the benefits of Prime. Plus, you even get a free six-month trial too! What’s more, several textbooks will be cheaper with an Amazon student subscription. For £39.99, this is a great bargain! If this acts as a replacement for Spotify and Netflix, you immediately save a huge amount! Click here for more details.
6. Free Super-Saver Delivery
If Prime isn’t for you, then another great way to save money is through the free super-saver delivery option on Amazon. This is where you spend over £20.00 worth of eligible items – helping you to secure free delivery. For non-Prime members, delivery can quickly become expensive with Amazon. Yet by spending over £20.00, you can easily avoid this!
7. Amazon Marketplace
On several popular items, it is worth checking around for prices! On some products there will be multiple sellers, sometimes selling goods cheaper than Amazon. This is especially useful if you are a non-Prime member well below the £20.00 amount, as some sellers will offer free delivery. As we see in the option above, Amazon offers the second cheapest option, yet the first option will still be fulfilled by Amazon – meaning you still have all the same rights. It is always worth checking the Amazon marketplace for more options!
8. Warehouse Deals
The Amazon warehouse is an excellent location to find a bargain. This section of the website deals with returned items, or items that have slight damage to them. Amazon have rigorous standards for items they sell, and therefore the slightest damage to an item will see it sent to the warehouse. Often these items will have very little wrong with them. It is well worth checking, especially for electronics! See the Amazon Warehouse here.
9. Amazon Pantry
Amazon is offering a service to rival the likes of Sainsbury’s and Tesco. The Amazon pantry offers several items cheaper than its supermarket rivals. While Amazon may not have the breadth of items supermarkets have, it is still worth checking. For Prime members, Amazon are currently running an offer where you get £3.00 free credit towards an Amazon pantry delivery when you select a no-rush delivery option.
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10. Get Something For Free?!
Building on the point above, the no-rush delivery option has its perks. If you are ordering something that you won’t need immediately, you will get something in return. As mentioned above, this is currently money off a pantry order. In the past, it has been free credit to spend in Amazon’s vast video catalogue. This great benefit is all just for giving the folks down at Amazon’s depot a bit more time to source the item. In general, it arrives within three days anyway! While this isn’t always an option, it often is. As this guide has shown, there are several benefits to using Amazon as a student. You can save a lot of money with these tips! Good luck using them!