30+ Amazon buying tricks
Including short-lived codes, free delivery loophole & sharing Prime
Latest short-lived Amazon sales, codes & promos
Every so often we spot Amazon offering sales, 'free' credit or short-lived promos. These won't always be for everyone, but it's usually quick to check if you qualify. Generally, you need to have an Amazon account already (some require Prime, though we'll make it clear if you do). Below are current hot short-lived promos we've spotted...
From today (Wednesday 15 September) Amazon Prime members can get a year's unlimited free Deliveroo delivery on takeaway and grocery orders of £25 or more.
You get a year's free Deliveroo Plus Silver membership – it's normally priced at £3.49/month and means you don't pay the up-to-£5 delivery fee providing you've met the minimum spend threshold.
The free delivery will be available from all of the 50,000 restaurants Deliveroo works with (including big chains such as Pizza Express and KFC), as well as supermarkets – handy for last-minute groceries. Note you still need to pay Deliveroo's service fee (typically 50p-£1).
You'll need to be an Amazon Prime member (it includes those on a free trial)
Visit this Deliveroo link and select 'Claim with Amazon Prime'. It will prompt you to sign in to Deliveroo (or create a free account), then enter the email address linked to your Amazon account. You should see a 'Welcome' screen, confirming your Plus membership.
The free Deliveroo Plus membership lasts 12 months unless you cancel your Amazon Prime membership. See full terms.
As this has just been announced, we're still waiting to hear back from Amazon on the full details, including if your Deliveroo Plus membership will automatically renew after 12 months (there's nothing in the T&Cs stating it will) and the offer's end date. We'll update this guide as soon as we know more.
If you've got an Amazon account, you may be able to get a free £6 to spend when you buy £50 of Amazon Top Up credit via this Amazon* link.
This is where you add funds directly to your own gift card balance. It's valid for 10 years, so this is essentially £6 free credit as long as you'll spend £50 on Amazon at some point in the next decade.
- You haven't topped up your gift card balance in the last three years.
- You have made a purchase at Amazon in the past 12 months.
- You add at least £50 to your Amazon account via Top Up by 11.59pm on Thursday 30 September.
The 'free' £6 will be automatically added to your Amazon gift card balance – you'll get an email to confirm this has been done.
Some credit/codes Amazon gives can be quite restrictive in what they can be used on, but this one isn't and can be used regardless of the seller (so Amazon AND third-party sellers, though you can't use it to buy gift cards or towards the cost of Prime membership).
If you have Prime (needs to be paid for, not a free trial) and have never used the Amazon Fresh* grocery delivery service before, you can get £10 off a £60 shop until 11.59pm on Sunday 31 October. Simply enter code HELLO10 at checkout.
The minimum spend excludes baby formula, alcohol, gift cards, Amazon devices, electronics and video games.
Amazon Fresh is a grocery delivery service, offering same-day or next-day delivery from 7am to 11pm for Prime members. It stocks thousands of items from big brands and Morrisons' own brand, so you can do a full shop here. Delivery's free on orders of £40 or more.
It's currently available in selected UK postcodes but covers big cities and towns including Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, London etc.
£10 off £60 on first Morrisons shop via Amazon Prime
If you're a Prime member (excluding a free trial) who's never shopped at Morrisons on Amazon*, you can get £10 off a £60 or more shop until 11.59pm on 31 December 2021. Once you've selected your delivery slot and reached the qualifying spend (excludes alcohol and baby formula), enter code 10FIRSTOFF at the checkout. Delivery's free for orders over £40.
Morrisons on Amazon is slightly different from buying directly from Morrisons. Its groceries are handpicked by Morrisons but delivered by Amazon, with same-day delivery when you order before 3pm. See Morrisons' special offers* for extra savings on your shopping.
It's available in a number of areas across the UK, including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Southampton, Swansea and Wrexham.
The code only works for Morrisons items ordered via Amazon's website or app. Even if you've shopped from Morrisons' own website, as long as you haven't ordered from it via Amazon, you count as a newbie and will be eligible for this offer.
Quick way to check your 'personalised' short-lived Amazon offers
Amazon's short-lived promos are often only available to selected accounts, so it's not always easy to know which offers you can get.
Handily, there's a hidden page on Amazon's site which shows you all the short-lived offers you're currently eligible for, as long as you're logged in.
Simply take a look at your 'personalised' promotions* page. You can then activate any offers you want to use.
Long-term & ongoing Amazon cost cutters
Here are our top tips and tricks for saving money at the online giant – let us know yours in the Amazon Buying Tips forum thread.
Grab a free Prime trial to beat delivery charges, access free TV shows/movies and more for 30 days
Prime gives you several benefits including free one-day delivery on many items, access to TV shows, movies and some Premier League games, music streaming and more. Amazon offers newbies a free one-month trial* of the service.
The beauty is you can sign up, then just cancel the trial before Amazon charges you – forget to cancel and you'll be charged the normal £79 for a year's Prime (or £7.99 if you selected monthly billing).
If you only want Prime to stream TV shows and movies, or Premier League games, then there's a cheaper £5.99 a month Prime Video-only option.
Signing up to a free trial can be a good way to beat the delivery charge for non-Prime members (norm 99p-£4.49) as if you don't have Prime, Amazon only gives free delivery if spending £20 or more (unless your order includes £10 of books, which will get you free delivery). However, you can get free delivery on many items via Prime (excluding those dispatched by third parties), even if your spend is under £20 – including those on a free trial.
You can get a free one-month Amazon Prime Trial* (usually £79/year) if you're a Prime newbie, though a few previous triallists may be offered another trial. To check, log into your Amazon account, click on 'Prime' and see if you're offered a 30-day free Prime trial.
Prime only works on products sold by Amazon.co.uk itself, not Marketplace sellers. If you're unsure, add the product to your basket and make sure delivery's free before checking out.
How to cancel
To cancel, go to Your Account, then Prime Settings and click 'Manage Membership', then 'End Membership'.
Is it worth paying for Prime?
Unless you're subscribing for the TV and film/music streaming services or are a mega-shopper, Amazon Prime is not worth your dough. Better to be organised, order early or wait until you need £20 worth of goods.
Important: If you don't cancel before the trial ends, Amazon will take £79 (or £7.99 if you selected monthly billing) from your account. Check your bank statement once you've cancelled, because mistakes happen. See below for how to get a refund if you forget to cancel your Amazon Prime subscription before your free trial's up.
Ditch multiple Prime subscriptions or split the cost by sharing Prime benefits with another adult for free
Amazon allows one person with Prime to share their membership benefits for free with another adult via Amazon Household. You can also add up to four kids profiles – you won't be able to share all the Prime benefits with a child, but you can share some digital content, eg, books and games.
The other adult needs their own Amazon account and once you've authorised each other, you'll be able to share selected benefits including free one-day delivery on many items, Prime Video streaming and more. It means you can save on the cost of multiple subscriptions, and even split the cost of Prime membership without having to share login details.
Despite being called Amazon 'Household', nothing in the T&Cs state you have to live at the same address as the person you want to share Prime benefits with – we asked Amazon to confirm if you need to be living together, and it just pointed us back to the T&Cs. It does state you have to agree to share payment methods – so only do this with someone you trust.
What you can share with the household
- If you have Amazon Prime: Prime Video streaming; one-day delivery; early access to lightning deals and Prime Day deals; selected Amazon Family discounts. Note: any children added won't be able to shop at Amazon.
- If you make digital purchases: Kindle e-books; apps and games downloaded from Amazon Appstore.
What you can't share
- Digital films, TV shows, music or audiobooks bought or rented from Amazon.
- Amazon Prime Student members and anyone with just a Prime Video subscription can't share their benefits.
How to share your Prime benefits
- Start by creating your Amazon Household and linking the adult Amazon account you want to share with, or if you want to share content with a child, simply add a profile for them.
- Both adult account holders will need to authorise the other to use the existing payment cards on the two accounts. There's no need for authorisation when adding kids, as what you're sharing is less sensitive.
- You can choose what services/digital content you do or don't want to share – see the Amazon website for detailed info on sharing and accessing shared content.
When setting up an Amazon Household, you'll get to use your separate Amazon logins, so you won't see the other person's purchases for example. However, it's worth noting if you have an Alexa device such as an Echo, each person in your Amazon household will be able to see what you've asked Alexa to do.
- If you have Amazon Prime: Prime Video streaming; one-day delivery; early access to lightning deals and Prime Day deals; selected Amazon Family discounts. Note: any children added won't be able to shop at Amazon.
Explore Amazon Warehouse to discover returned or mildly damaged products at knockdown prices
Amazon Warehouse* is a hidden treasure trove within Amazon's website where its returns are resold with big discounts.
It doesn't have every product, and those it does will be in limited numbers, but it's worth checking if there's something you're after and don't need brand-new. In the past we've spotted an £84 trike for £44, £30 off a Nespresso machine and £250 off an HP laptop.
You'll get an idea of an item's condition before buying, but often it's just the odd blemish on the box or some cosmetic wear-and-tear most wouldn't care about. What's more, you still have a right to return the goods in 30 days, as you normally would at Amazon.
Search for discounts on 1,000s of overstocked items in Amazon's little-known outlet
It's common for a retailer to have surplus stock of certain goods, especially following a shopping event such as Christmas – and Amazon is no different – in fact, it has thousands of overstocked items in its little-known Outlet*. You can bag some decent discounts here, up to 50% off from what we've seen (sometimes even more), as they're items Amazon is keen to shift.
The products on offer change regularly but can include electricals, books, home and kitchen items, baby products, toys, clothes and more. Here are some examples of products we spotted when we checked between June and August 2021:
- Mini silicone ice cream moulds – £4.99 (was £10.65)
- Exercise resistance bands – £5.99 (was £19.99)
- Set of 40 solar string lights – £7.59 (was £19.99)
- Inflatable play mat for kids – £8.50 (was £22.99)
- Uncle Ben's microwave rice mixed selection, pack of 12 (250g each) – £8.73 (was £12.20)
- Men's professional hair clippers – £18.99 (was £38.99)
- Babyliss curl pods – £25 (was £60)
- Homgeek juicer machine – £27.22 (was £38.99)
Tool finds cheap items to help you hit the £20 free delivery threshold for non-Prime members
If you don't have Prime, Amazon charges for delivery on orders under £20 in most cases. But there's a trick to help you get free delivery if your item doesn't reach that threshold and is sold and dispatched by Amazon itself. It doesn't work for Marketplace items, unless they're dispatched by Amazon.
Standard delivery can be anything from 99p to £4.49, so it may be worth buying something small that you need which costs less than that, to take you over the £20 free delivery threshold. The threshold drops if your order includes £10 or more of books from Amazon – in that case, all other items from Amazon in the order will be delivered free too.
To help, a cunning Super Saver Delivery tool (developed by ex-MSE team member Adam) scours Amazon for small filler items to bump up your order to £20. Simply enter your basket total and it displays a list of items with prices close to the cost of the difference. For example:
Imagine Lois Price wanted a £19.63 hairdryer – she'd face £4.49 delivery, a total of £24.12. The tool reveals she could add a 45p birthday candle, so she'd only pay £20.08.
Items bought from third parties on Amazon's Marketplace count towards the £20 free delivery threshold if they are marked as 'fulfilled by Amazon'.
Also see how to beat delivery charges with a free Prime trial.
Free tool checks Amazon's price history – is it really cheap now?
Just because Amazon lists a price as reduced, it doesn't make it cheap. Before you buy, plonk any item's Amazon URL (its web address) into free price history tool CamelCamelCamel, which charts Amazon price changes, to show how the current price compares, and if the 'was' price is realistic.
As an example, we found a Philips iron at '44% off' costing £44.99, but the tool showed it was actually £40 three months ago, so the deal wasn't all that.
Results can be fascinating. Use the tick-boxes to add and remove different seller types or drag the slider to adjust the date range.
There's also a version of the tool as a free web browser extension called 'The Camelizer' for Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox on desktop/laptop. Once you've downloaded the extension, it'll appear in the address or extensions bar of your browser – when you visit an Amazon page you can then click the extension's icon to see that product's price trend.
If you only have Prime for TV, movies or Premier League streaming, save up to £24 a year with Prime Video-only subscription
As we showed you above, Prime membership comes with several benefits, but if you don't use them all then paying the full £79 a year may not be worth it.
If you only have your Prime subscription for streaming TV shows, movies or Premier League games via Prime Video, then you can get it cheaper with a Prime Video-only subscription*.
It costs £5.99 a month – there's no option to pay for a full year, but if you have it for 12 months it still works out £7.12 cheaper than an annual regular Prime subscription (with one-day deliveries etc). If you'd normally pay monthly for full Prime membership at £7.99, then you'll save up to £24 a year signing up to Prime Video only.
Know when to pounce on Amazon's biggest sales of the year
Of course, Amazon has a large selection of 'deals' every day, but there are a few times a year where it has big sale events – when in theory it offers its best discounts – though don't always trust everything is a good deal, as we usually always spot some duds.
As retailers are creatures of habit, we're able to look back at when these sales have happened previously and predict when they'll happen again. Here's when we expect Amazon to have its big sales:
It's marketed as the biggest shopping event of the year, and some credit Amazon as bringing it over to the UK a number of years ago.
Black Friday 2021 will be Friday 26 November and for the past couple of years Amazon has offered 10 days of deals starting a week earlier, so we predict this year its Black Friday offers will start on Friday 19 November.
In previous years, deals have generally been on par with 'Prime Day', though last year we did spot some items, eg, the Fire 7 tablet cheaper during Prime Day.
Like many retailers, Amazon has a sale towards the end of the year, which usually starts on Boxing Day. It doesn't tend to have a blanket 'up to' amount, but this year we saw discounts of up to 50% off.
It's a bit of a mixed bag of one-off deals, and while there have been some strong offers in the past, we aren't usually as impressed by this sale compared with Prime Day and Black Friday.
This tends to kick off around the third week of March and usually lasts for about a week and a half. The deals usually aren't as strong as what we see during 'Prime Day' or Black Friday, but if there's an item you're after and don't want to wait till later in the year, it could be worth looking out for this sale.
This is usually when we see Amazon's best deals overall, especially on Amazon devices which will often be the cheapest we've seen them, though these deals are only available to Prime members (or those on a free trial).
For some products, we've seen Prime Day prices matched during Black Friday later in the year. Traditionally, Prime Day (which spans two days) happened in mid-July, but in 2020 it was moved to October due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in 2021 it was earlier than usual, on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 June. That gives us a bit of doubt for 2022, so at this stage we're predicting June or July.
For the last few years, Amazon has launched an 'end of summer sale' during the third week of August, lasting for about nine days. In 2021, it ran from Thursday 26 August to Friday 3 September.
This sale isn't usually quite as hot as the weather tends to be in August, but we've still seen some decent deals (plus the usual duds). If you can wait though, you're likely to see better deals during Black Friday in November.
Take 30 seconds to check Amazon is REALLY cheapest
Amazon* aims to be a one-stop shop, and while it's tempting to do all your shopping in one easy sweep, you can often undercut it.
In the same time it takes to search Amazon, comparison sites whizz through scores of online retailers to find the cheapest price.
We find Google Shopping is the most consistent at tracking down the cheapest price – but there are other decent options, such as PriceSpy and PriceRunner. For full help, plus more tips to slash the cost of buying anything and everything online, see our Cheap Online Shopping guide.
'Is it cheaper on Amazon?' fun checker app
Whether you've spotted some trainers on a blog or seen a playhouse in a shop, we've a nifty trick to check if similar items are available on Amazon for less (though of course, be mindful that feeding the giant can threaten smaller businesses).
The best way to try this is to download the free Amazon app and have a play. Tap the search bar followed by the camera symbol, point your phone's camera at an item and hit 'Start'. The app will search Amazon for matching objects and list lookalike items for sale.
When we tried it, the app found similar items with varying degrees of success. Products it worked well on included a leather handbag, pink piggybank, electronic calculator and yellow cushion – on other items though, including a pair of shoes, it failed to find a match.
When it does work, it can be a handy way of finding a visually similar item. For example, we snapped a £595 John Lewis chandelier, and it produced a similar one for sale at £53, including delivery – though of course, there's no guarantee of quality.
Use your phone as a barcode scanner
You can also use the app to scan barcodes, which can be a more reliable way of getting a closer match. So if you've seen something with a barcode, such as a game or a coffee machine, scan that instead.
To do it, open the Amazon app, tap the camera icon in the search bar, then scroll right until it says 'Scan barcodes'. Your mobile now becomes a barcode scanner, via its camera.
Point your phone's camera at the code and you'll see it on screen – the app will scan the code and then list identical items for sale.
Don't just check Amazon – other tools can price-check too
Never assume Amazon will be cheapest, so while this is a fun tool for a quick check, if you're doing a serious price comparison, look elsewhere too.
It's also worth searching Google Shopping to see if you can find an item cheaper elsewhere.
Are other biggies, eg, John Lewis, Currys and Argos price-matching Amazon? Look at what extras are offered
Competition is stiff in the online retail market, but there's not always an obvious cheapest price winner as several of the big retailers often price-match each other on popular items. We've noticed on many occasions when looking at selected items on Amazon, that same item will be the exact-same cheapest price at one or more other retailers, namely Argos, Currys and John Lewis.
In this case, don't just look at the price – also see if any extras are being offered, such as a longer warranty, a 'freebie' when you purchase the product or free music streaming for a certain number of months.
Can you get money back if an item drops in price after you've bought it?
Amazon's prices go up and down more than a yo-yo in 1998, so it's possible to buy a product from its site and then notice the price drop within days.
While Amazon has no official policy on refunding the difference in price if this happens, some MoneySavers have reported success when contacting Amazon about price drops that occurred within seven days of purchase, including Keith who told us:
I bought an office chair for £118, then by chance on the very day it was delivered I noticed it was £98. I logged on to the online chat and politely asked about this. They immediately answered with a £20 credit to my card. Five minutes. £20 saved 😁
We can't guarantee you'll have the same success, but if you notice an item dropping in price within a few days of buying it, it may be worth turning on the charm and getting in touch with Amazon's customer service to ask if it'll refund the difference.
Grab more discounts at Amazon's special voucher page
A clever bit of retail spin, this. Amazon's voucher page* lists scores of discount vouchers for specific products, which you click on to collect (they're then applied at the checkout). Sign in to your account to see all available vouchers, as some are specifically targeted at different users.
When we checked, many of these 'vouchers' were similar to its bog-standard online discounts, for example, 5% off a wicker pet basket or 10% off a doormat.
Yet dig through the list and some deals are quite decent. For example, in the past it had a 74-pack of Finish All-in-One Max Dishwasher Tablets for £5 when you used Subscribe & Save. The next cheapest was Morrisons, on offer at £10. You can sort by 'Discount Percentage' to see the biggest discounts first.
Keep your eyes peeled for easily missed vouchers on product pages
When doing your general Amazon shopping, it's worth taking a look to see if the product you're after has a voucher available for it – you can do this in the search results or on the item's page. These are easily missed as they're in a small font and quite hidden, plus you have to opt in.
If a voucher is available, you'll see it underneath the price, eg, 'Save 15% with voucher' or 'Apply £5 voucher', and this will be accompanied by a tick box which you'll need to select to have the discount automatically applied at the checkout – you won't get it unless you tick the box.
Get up to 40% off phones, laptops, Amazon devices & more 'as new' refurbs
Similar to Amazon Warehouse, this is a way to bag big discounts on previously owned products. Amazon Renewed* are products that have been tested and refurbished to work and look like new, and come with a separate one-year warranty. These can be smartphones, laptops, tablets, cameras, home and kitchen items etc, and often include brands such as Apple, Samsung, Dell, HP and Sonos.
As refurbished products are limited, there's not always a big selection and it can be hit-and-miss as to whether the item you're after is available.
When we previously checked, we spotted:
- Sonos Play 1 – £229.99 refurbished (£314.50 brand new)
- Apple iPhone XR 64GB – £285 refurbished (£499 brand new)
- Canon EF 50mm-f/1.4 USM lens – £299.99 refurbished (£399 brand new)
- Apple iPad Pro 10.5in 64GB 4G – £499 refurbished (£619.99 brand new)
Check if you're buying from Amazon or its Marketplace, as delivery can cost more
If goods say 'sold by' someone other than Amazon, then they're on its Marketplace, ie, listed by a third-party trader selling via Amazon.
Delivery can cost more, so always check. Many items bought from Amazon Marketplace aren't eligible for Amazon's free delivery offer (which you normally get on items costing £20+). However, they will be eligible if they're sold by Marketplace sellers, but dispatched/fulfilled by Amazon.
If there's a problem with an item bought via Amazon Marketplace and/or you want to return it, you need to go to the seller first, not Amazon. Items must be of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose, and as described. See the Consumer Rights guide for more.
Marketplace purchases are also covered by Amazon's buying guarantee. It reimburses you if goods don't arrive or aren't as described (including delivery).
But you won't be covered under Section 75, which usually covers items worth between £100 and £30,000 which are paid for with a credit card. The fact Amazon takes money then passes it on to the retailer means you don't get that protection.
Been hit by a £79 charge for unwanted Amazon Prime? How to get a refund
We're swamped with complaints from people who unwittingly paid £79 for Amazon Prime membership, so we wrote a Reclaim unwanted Amazon Prime guide.
Forumite Tianna is just one of the successes: "I followed instructions from your weekly email and got £79, thanks."
Access 'must-read' Kindle books free for a month (some offered longer)
A bit like Spotify for readers, Kindle Unlimited* is a £7.99/month subscription service that gives you access to a library of a million books. You can borrow up to 10 titles at a time – goodies right now include all seven Harry Potter books, The World's Worst Children by David Walliams and Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah.
But even better, if you're new to Kindle Unlimited, you can take advantage of its 30-day free trial* (sign in to Amazon to view offers, as it offers some people longer). The catch is you'll need to finish any books you're reading by the end of the trial, as they disappear after that. Remember to cancel if you don't want to keep it – otherwise you'll be charged £7.99 each month until you cancel.
Kindles can cost £70-£230, but you can turn your phone/tablet into a 'Kindle' for FREE
A Kindle's main advantage is its special screen being optimised for reading and allowing you to read in bright sunshine with no glare, but if you can live without this, you can get the same functionality just by downloading the free Kindle app*.
It's available on any compatible tablet or smartphone (iOS / Android), or even for a PC/Mac, and this gives you the same access to millions of e-books to read whenever, wherever you like, completely free of charge. Many modern phones and tablets will have a built-in 'reading mode' which will alter the display to make it more suitable for reading a book.
For more Kindle tricks, see MSE Jenny's 11 novel MoneySaving tricks to get must-read Kindle books for FREE (or just 99p).
Choose less popular colours to save up to 25%
This tip won't work for everything, but for some products such as Fitbits, suitcases and travel mugs, the colour you choose can make a big difference to the price.
For example, when we checked, we noticed an up to £60 price difference between different colours of the same Fitbit – the model and features are identical, it's just the colour and price that differ. Some colours were even very similar – on Tuesday 6 July, we spotted a £60 price difference between the Fitbit Versa 2 with a pale pink strap versus the one with a darker pink strap...
Never pay full price for audiobooks at Amazon
Buying one-off audiobooks can be costly, sometimes £30+ per book. Amazon's audiobook seller Audible tries to push you to subscribe, which can cut the cost to £7.99 per book. Yet we've tricks to slash the price even further...
Never had an Audible subscription? Get one book totally free
If new to Audible, you can take advantage of its 30-day free trial* to get a free audiobook (which you can keep). If you're also a Prime member, you'll get a second audiobook for free.
You'll need to give payment details to sign up, so make sure you remember to cancel if you don't want to continue with your subscription, otherwise you'll be charged £7.99/month.
Reclaim over 20 YEARS of lost music
If you've bought CDs or vinyl, you're entitled to the downloads of most of them for nowt back to 1999. Amazon's Autorip service* lets you stream or download the MP3 version for free.
You can potentially recover over 20 years of forgotten music – from CDs you've lost, damaged or thrown away, and MP3s you downloaded that have since been wiped from your devices.
Check your Amazon Music* library to see if you've any past albums available to stream and download. Bear in mind it can take a while for Autorip to locate your music. It's also worth noting only CDs and vinyl which were sold and dispatched by Amazon, and have the Autorip logo displayed alongside them are eligible to be reclaimed.
Many Forumites have discovered thousands of tracks, as JHL1959 told us:
Crikey, it's given me 182 albums, that's 2,367 tracks. Amazingly, I still like a lot of them – cheered me up.
It's not always such a success though. GingerJuice says:
Thought it was brilliant then realised I'd bought the mother-in-law a Susan Boyle CD... ugh.
Send your mates a FREE Audible book and vice versa
If you've bought any Audible books (from Amazon's audiobook service), there's a trick which allows you to gift copies of them to friends and family.
To send a book, you'll need to own it already and have it in your 'My Library' section of the Audible app – but what's good is to do this trick you don't need to be a current Audible subscriber, and neither does the person you're sending it to.
Select the three vertical dots next to your chosen title and hit 'Send this book', then you can pick whether to send it by email or messaging app.
You can send as many of your audiobooks as you like, but bear in the mind the person you're sending it to will only be able to download and listen to it for free if it's the first time they've been sent an Audible book, so whichever you send them, make sure you pick wisely.
The recipient can send the book to others themselves in the same way. You're also able to download your first book sent by a friend for free.
Got an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to free popular audiobooks & short stories every month
If you've got an Alexa-enabled device, such as an Echo smart speaker or Fire TV stick, you can listen to selected audiobooks each month completely free – just say 'Alexa, what's free from Audible?' to hear what's available. You don't need to have an Audible subscription or give it any payment details.
Alexa, what's free from Audible?
Past free titles have included Aladdin, Harry Potter, Oliver Twist, Pinocchio, Planet of the Apes, Treasure Island, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Free short stories – though you can only pick the genre, eg, mystery, sci-fi, kids
It's very easy to listen to short stories narrated by the likes of Stephen Fry, David Jason, Juliet Stevenson and more on your Alexa-enabled device.
To get it to work, say 'Alexa, open Audible Stories'. You'll then be asked to choose a genre, eg, mystery, sci-fi, horror, kids – Alexa will then randomly select a short story for you to listen to. Examples include The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Dracula's Guest, and The Trial for Murder.
You can pay monthly for Prime – but it'll cost you £16.88 more if you have it for a year
You're able to opt for a monthly subscription of Amazon's one-day Prime delivery service (plus other benefits) for £7.99/month, instead of the £79 annual fee.
While this means paying less upfront, it'll cost you more over the course of a year – £95.88 compared to £79 upfront. This is still a lot of money, so consider whether you really want Prime. You may find it encourages you to spend more online (precisely what Amazon wants you to do).
Of course, if you just want to try it out for a bit or want it for a particular reason, such as access to 'Prime Day' deals or in the run-up to Christmas (and you've already used the free trial), paying monthly might be a better option, especially as you can cancel at any time.
Get free Amazon vouchers with credit cards
Some credit cards reward spending with loyalty points that can be swapped for Amazon vouchers. These aren't necessarily our top-pick rewards cards though – see Credit Card Rewards for full details.
The Amex Gold* credit card gives you 20,000 reward points if you spend £3,000+ on it within three months, enough for a £100 Amazon gift card. There's normally a £140 annual fee, but it's waived in year one, so if you don't want to pay, cancel before year two.
Make sure you repay IN FULL every month or you'll pay 24.5% interest (59.9% rep APR incl fee), which'll quickly wipe out the rewards gain. The easiest way to do this is to set up a direct debit to repay in full. You'll be subject to a credit check when you apply.
How to grab 'free' Amazon gift cards
There are loads of ways to earn free Amazon vouchers, and even better, most don't take much effort. If you're saving up for something big (and it's cheapest on Amazon), this can be a great way to nab a discount, or even get it completely free.
MSE Sarah's Eight ways to grab 'free' Amazon vouchers blog includes doing quick online tasks and signing up to survey sites.
If you're feeling lucky, another potentially rewarding hobby is to enter free online competitions to win Amazon vouchers. Read our Comping Tips guide for full details on how to do it.
Students can get six months' free one-day delivery and video streaming
Prime Student* is a version of Prime specifically for, well, students. It gives those aged 18+ who are in higher education access to free one-day delivery, Amazon's video and music streaming services, and photo storage.
It costs £3.99 a month or £39 a year for membership (compared with £7.99 or £79 normally), but students can get a six-month trial free.
You need to sign up with a valid .ac.uk email address or other form of student ID. Don't forget to cancel if you don't want to be charged £39 (or £3.99 a month if you selected that option). Go to Manage Your Prime Membership to do that.
Have your own website or blog? Tap into free cash with Amazon Associates
If you've a blog or website, set up a free account with Amazon Associates, a scheme where you earn Amazon vouchers or cash for linking to the site. Just follow the steps to add links and banners to your website.
When someone clicks on Amazon from your site and makes a transaction, it's recorded and you're paid different rates of commission depending what products you sell and what categories they're in.
Get up to 15% off household products you regularly order
For regular household product purchases, there's an easy way to get 5% off – and it's possible to boost this to 15%.
From loo roll to vacuum cleaner bags, pet food to bin liners, Amazon's Subscribe & Save* service covers a host of items that you might order regularly.
The service is free – simply select the item and how regularly you want it delivered. Amazon will automatically send it out and apply the 5% discount when it charges you. You do need to save your payment details to your account.
If you have five or more subscriptions, Amazon boosts the discount to 15% on all your regular deliveries. There is no minimum subscription length, so you can set up your order, get the discount, then cancel.
It's possible to bag up to 25% off on your first delivery of some popular items
You can also collect vouchers giving up to 25% off selected products on your first Subscribe & Save delivery (future deliveries will be the usual 5% or 15% discount). You'll need to select the product's 'Collect Voucher' button in order to receive the discount. When we checked in June 2021, we spotted 25% off vouchers for Andrex Supreme quilted toilet roll, Burt's Bees moisturising lip balm, Wagg dog treats and more.
Use a cashback credit card
You can earn up to 5% every time you spend by using a cashback credit card, although always ensure you pay it off in full to avoid interest charges. For the current top payers, see the full Cashback Credit Cards guide.
Combine Subscribe & Save with Amazon Family for 20% off nappies
You can combine two Amazon discounts to grab a big saving on nappies and baby food, when you have five or more subscriptions delivered on the same day to the same address. Don't assume Amazon's cheapest though – compare first.
- Step 1: Get 5% off with Subscribe & Save*. Amazon's Subscribe and Save service gives 5% off selected household items when you place a repeat order, including nappies and wipes. There's no minimum commitment, so if you want, you can simply cancel after your first delivery.
- Step 2: Extra 15% off with Amazon Family*. This'll boost savings to 20%, but you need to subscribe to five items and get them delivered on the same day.
Confusingly, Amazon Prime and Family are essentially the same thing. The difference is Family members get Prime automatically, while Prime customers can get Family membership by clicking to sign up free to the club.
How much can I save? When we checked, Amazon was selling a jumbo pack of 174 Pampers Baby Dry Size 4 nappies for £20.23 full price. With Subscribe & Save and Amazon Family discounts, it drops to £16.18.
Get Amazon to give to charity as you shop
OK, so this isn't a MoneySaving tip exactly, but it is possible to give charities a boost at no extra cost to you. Simply click through to Amazon from a charity's special link, log in and click on the product you want.
When you buy something, it's recorded and Amazon pays the charity at least 1% of your purchase in cash.
Click through to Amazon from there BEFORE you put anything in your basket, otherwise the charities won't get the money. Charities doing this include Epilepsy Action.
If you work for a registered UK charity, add it to the Amazon Charity Clicks MSE Forum thread, so MoneySavers can help their favourite causes.
Donate 0.5% with Amazon Smile
Alternatively, you can sign up at Amazon Smile and select a charity to donate to. When you do your shopping through that URL rather than the normal co.uk site, it donates 0.5% when you purchase eligible items. You will see eligible products marked 'Eligible for Amazon Smile' on their product detail pages.
It excludes VAT, returns and shipping fees, as well as Subscribe & Save items.
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