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Super-savvy old-school shoppers can turn saving money into an art form, staying on top of coupons and sales — and even negotiating in person if something gets marked down just after they bought it.
Online, of course, it’s a little trickier. Getting ahold of the best coupons is not as straightforward as clipping them out of the newspaper. There are all sorts of software extensions to download, or pages and pages of promo codes to sort through. None of that will trouble you right now. Because we found out that Amazon has a secret page full of coupons you can use immediately.
What it is
It’s pretty simple. Like your good ol' clipped newspaper coupons, Amazon offers up various discounts on things like tools, pet supplies, electronics and fashion. Once you 'clip' the coupon of your choice, it’s automatically added to your cart and the discount is applied once you check out. And just like that, you’ve saved some money without giving away a ton of your time.
How it works
You can find Amazon’s coupon page by clicking on the Today’s Deals section that’s found right under the homepage search bar. Once you land on the deals page, the coupon section can be found on the top left, right under where your delivery location is typically shown. (Coupon categories can be found on the left sidebar.) Once you find something of your liking, simply press 'Click Coupon.' The discount is automatically saved to your cart, but you won’t see it reflected in the price until you check out, so don’t freak if the full price is still displayed. To make sure the coupon will be applied, view the item and check under the price. The amount to be saved should be right under the total cost.
After that, all you have to do is pay, pat yourself on the back and wait for your (now-discounted) delivery!
Tips and tricks
Just because you clip a coupon doesn’t mean you have to immediately buy the product. You can save your coupons and apply them when you decide to close the deal on the item, so don’t stress out about how much time you’re spending browsing the page; your coupons will be there waiting for you at checkout.
If you’re searching for a particular brand, you can type the name into the search bar to view all of the related savings.
The 'Sort By' drop-down menu on the right-hand side can help you find the biggest deals, expiration dates and the most popular items — all great things to note while browsing.
Above the list of categories on the left side of the page, there’s an option that allows you to view all of the coupons clipped, which can help you compare discounts and rates easily.
If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? Well, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here. (And, of course, even those without Prime get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)
Things to remember
Coupons are only eligible for one item, which means if you buy six packs of toilet paper, only one pack will receive the discount shown on the coupon.
New coupon offers are constantly added, so check the page regularly for up-to-date savings.
There is an expiration date on Amazon coupons, so if you find something you want, buy it!
If you return an item bought with a coupon, the amount you saved might be subtracted from the return credit.
There’s an option to share a coupon on social media or via email, so if you find a discount your friend will love, send it their way (it won’t take away from your ability to use the same one).
Can't-miss deal: Levoit H13 Air Purifier
This Levoit H13 Air Purifier is Amazon's No. 1 bestselling air purifier and it's super easy to use — just push one button for power and speed and you’re all set. With a multi-layer cleaning system and a True HEPA Filter, it can remove up to 99.97 percent of allergens, pollen, dust mites, mold and more in your home. It's ideal for spaces up to 215 square feet. And pet owners love it.
"Hands down, this is the best air purifier on the market right now," raved a delighted and relived five-star reviewer. "As someone with severe seasonal allergies that run March-November, and a pet cat and dog, plus asthma...I cannot recommend this product enough. Don't bother wasting your time with bigger, bulkier, more expensive models like I did in the past- this little guy can handle it all so much better than any other one I've tried..."
Shop it: Levoit H13 Air Purifier, $90 with on-page coupon (was $100), amazon.com
Can't-miss deal: Kyvol Air Fryer AF60
On sale for $88 with the on-page coupon (was $110), the Kyvol Air Fryer AF60 (six quart) can quickly cook your favorite foods with less oil. In fact, it can cut up to 85 percent of calories and fat from foods. The 'auto shutdown' feature means you don’t have to 'babysit' it — the very essence of set it and forget it. The air fryer also comes with a 60-recipe guide to get you started.
"My life has never been easier," raved a savvy shopper. "My kids love anything fried and myself too but anything too much is bad. Now no more oil splatter and oil spill..."
Shop it: Kyvol Air Fryer, $88 with on-page coupon (was $110), amazon.com
Can't-miss deal: FitIndex Digital Body Fat Scale
Packed on the quarantine 15? Keep tabs on your weight and other health stats like your BMI (body mass index) with the FitIndex Digital Body Fat Scale, right now a paltry $21 at Amazon. The sleek, ultra-thin scale can sync to iPhones, Android smartphones, Fitbit, Apple Health, and Google Fit via Bluetooth to give you info on the go.
"A must in your weight loss journey! I love this scale! I gained a lot of weight after marriage and kids and was hesitant to get back to my healthy weight. It took years to make the decision," raved a five-star reviewer. "...It arrived quickly and setup was a breeze. I was so shocked at how modern these things are nowadays. I mean, it connects to an app? Sign me up! The app is pretty straightforward too. You turn the app on then step lightly on the scale to turn it on and sync it to the app. It takes like two seconds, literally...Overall, I really love this product and how sleek it is, how easy it is to hide in your bathroom, and how it keeps me motivated to stay healthy!"
Shop it: FitIndex Digital Body Fat Scale, $21 with on-page coupon (was $30), amazon.com
Can't-miss deal: Govee LED Dimmable Light Bulb (60W)
On sale for $8 with the on-page coupon (was $14), the dimmable Govee LED Light Bulb (60W) lets you adjust the brightness from your phone. It can even change colors, depending on your mood. In fact, this smart home light bulb has a special setting that can actually pulsate and strobe to the beat of just about any song. This is great if you're looking to set the mood with ease.
"This bulb makes my life easier and colorful," reported a five-star reviewer. "Every night before I go to sleep...I only need to click my iPhone screen to turn off the light. Besides, I also like the romantic mode very much!"
Shop it: Govee LED Dimmable Light Bulb (60W), $8 with on-page coupon (was $14), amazon.com
Can't-miss deal: Vankyo MatrixPad Z1
On sale for $60 with the on-page coupon (down from $75), the Vankyo MatrixPad Z1 is one of the best wallet-friendly Android tablets out there. It's sleek and lightweight, with a roomy seven-inch display and aGB of memory paired with 32GB of on-board storage, which is expandable up to an impressive 128GB with a microSD card. Now, that's something you can't do with the Apple iPad.
"I bought this tablet mainly to read novels," wrote a delighted shopper. "I am so surprised that it's very light and much easier to use than my phone. It gives me easy access to Google Drive...And it's so cool to give it to the kids to play with because the iPad is too heavy and expensive for them."
Shop it: Vankyo MatrixPad Z1, $60 with on-page coupon (was $75), amazon.com
Can't-miss deal: Ewedoos Women's Yoga Pants with Pockets
Want to save big on Amazon's No. 1 bestselling yoga pants with a secret coupon? Who wouldn't! The Ewedoos Women's Yoga Pants have a flattering rise (hello, tummy control!). They're comfy, stretchy and moisture-wicking too. Another bonus? They have pockets! Shoppers love how they fit and that they come in so many fun colors (18 to be exact).
"These leggings are amazing," raved a five-star reviewer. "They are so comfy and soft. They are a little thick but that is perfect since I do yoga. They are also squat proof! They don’t roll at the waistband AT ALL. Stop second guessing and get these!!"
Shop it: Ewedoos Women's Yoga Pants with Pockets, $18 to $20 with on-page coupon (was $27, depending on size), amazon.com
Can't-miss deal: Hill's Science Diet Adult Dog Dry Food
These nuggets, designed for the mature pooch in your home, smell and taste just like salmon with rice and oats. Science Diet from Hills, a longtime leader in the quality-dog-food field, is made entirely in the USA with fresh salmon as the main ingredient.
"We have a German Shepherd that is quite finicky with his food," shared a happy pet owner. "My daughter and I share having him at our homes. I brought him to my home the other day and had this bag of dog food sitting on top of his food keeper. He immediately went over to the unopened bag of food and started sniffing on it. He waited with eager anticipation as I opened the bag and began putting some in his bowl. He did not hesitate to dig right in! Winner, winner! He, as do a lot of German Shepherds it seems, has a sensitive stomach so I was anxious to see if it was going to settle okay with his...This food has been a complete success thus far. The ingredients are what one would hope for when buying a healthy food for their fur baby."
A 22-pound bag is on sale for just $46, or $20 off with the on-page coupon.
Shop it: Hill's Science Diet Adult Dog Dry Food, $46 with on-page coupon (was $66), amazon.com
Can't-miss deal: Crest 3D Whitestrips Glamorous White — Teeth Whitening Kit
Who says you need to make an appointment with a pro for sparkling white teeth? The Crest 3D Whitestrips Glamorous White — Teeth Whitening Kit needs no introduction. These guys gently but efficiently lighten and brighten your teeth, removing up to 14 years of stains. The bundle comes with 16 treatments (32 individual strips), plus two bonus one-hour express treatments, for a great smile in a flash. They seriously work, according to more than 15,000 five-star reviewers. Here's just one testimonial:
"I've been using these for years. They never fail," reported a five-star fan. "I have sensitive bottom teeth and semi-sensitive top teeth...I drink 5 to 8 cups of coffee everyday and these strips keep my teeth white."
Shop it: Crest 3D Whitestrips Glamorous White — Teeth Whitening Kit, $32 with on-page coupon (was $40), amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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