15 Simple Hacks to Save Money on Amazon This Christmas

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Want to save money on Amazon this Christmas? Here are 15 hacks to save money shopping at Amazon during the holidays and keep more money in your budget.

I’m a big fan of shopping on Amazon. With the holidays upon us, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save money on Amazon this Christmas. Let’s face it, going out to the mall sucks at Christmas pretty much any time of the year.

Why go fight the crowds to buy Christmas gifts when you can get your Christmas shopping done at home in your pajamas? Not only is shopping on Amazon more convenient, but there are also many hacks that save you money. That’s a double bonus in my book.

Top Ways to Save Money on Amazon this Christmas


Do you love to shop on Amazon? Here are 15 of my favorite ways to save money on Amazon this Christmas to keep more money in your pocket.

1. Shop Through Swagbucks


Amazon already has good pricing, but when you pair it with earning cash back on your purchases, you double your savings.

Instead of going to directly, you shop through Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a cash back affiliate site that gives you a kickback for certain purchases you make on Amazon – in some cases up to seven percent back.

Not every category qualifies to earn cash back, but it pays to check before you shop. You use their portal to do your shopping on Amazon. With each purchase, you earn points to convert into cash back.

**Looking for deals on Amazon devices? Visit the Amazon device deals page to see how much you can save on all their devices this holiday season.**

Swagbucks pays out in Amazon gift cards, or you can redeem points for cash. You can even use any coupon codes or discounts to double your savings – this is the best way to save money on Amazon.

Check out our Swagbucks review to learn more about the portal.

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2. Discounted Gift Cards


Discounted gift cards are a great way to save money on shopping. You can buy discounted gift cards online to sites like Amazon to save money on your shopping.

As Amazon is so popular, there isn’t a lot of opportunity for big savings, but every little bit helps when shopping for Christmas gifts. You can also get free Amazon gift cards to use for Christmas shopping.

The best way to do this is through online surveys. You won’t get rich with online surveys, but you can monetize your downtime and take your earnings in Amazon gift cards. Below are the best survey sites that pay via Amazon gift cards:

Survey Junkie: This is our favorite survey site as they pay cash straight to PayPal or let you redeem rewards for Amazon gift cards.

Pinecone Research: This site pays $3 per survey and you can choose between PayPal or Amazon or gift cards for your payment. They also pay to do product testing.

Inbox Dollars: Earn money for taking surveys, watching TV, or buying items online. Get $5 just for signing up.

3. Two Browser Trick


Amazon has been known to charge Prime members a bit more on certain items vs. non-Prime members. If you’re a Prime member and want to compare those prices you can do that through the Amazon two-browser trick.

**Related – check out Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals for deals on gifts for your family!**

I will give the disclaimer that this method isn’t perfect as Amazon has begun to hide prices until you add items to the cart. However, it’s still a money-saving option to try.

Here’s how it works. You open one browser, let’s say Chrome, go to, find your item but don’t add it to your cart.

Then, you open another non-Chrome browser (after having cleared cookies and cache) to find the item.

If the item is cheaper, throw it in your cart, sign-in and go on your way. You can also accomplish the same thing by using the “Incognito” setting in Chrome.

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How would you like to know the historical pricing on a certain item on Amazon? That’s powerful information to have as you shop for Christmas gifts.

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Thankfully, there is a service called CamelCamelCamel that provides that information for free.

You can also set up price alerts to send you an email or message you on Twitter when a certain item’s price changes. CamelCamelCamel also has a browser extension to provide price history charts as you do your searching on Amazon.

5. Follow them on Twitter


Amazon provides many ways to stay on top of current deals. One popular option is to follow them on Twitter to get current information on special deals. You can follow them on Twitter @Amazondeals to see current Lightning Deals.

There are other Twitter pages devoted to Amazon deals, but this is the only verified Twitter handle I’ve found.

6. Deal of the Day


Amazon makes it relatively easy to find deals, especially during the Christmas season. One way they do this is through the “Daily Deal” section of their site.

Simply go to and at the top of the screen, right in the middle, you should see “Today’s Deals.” Click on that and you go to their deals for the day.

You can also sign up for emails about daily deals if you’d prefer to just receive an email highlighting deals though I like to limit the number of emails I receive so I prefer other options.

7. Amazon Price Protection


I discussed how Amazon limits price protection. They still offer it, officially, on one big-ticket item – televisions. If you buy a television on Amazon and find it cheaper within the next 30 days, you may qualify for a refund of the difference.

Here’s a list of the vendors that qualify for the TV price protection from Amazon. A few things to keep in mind:

  • The seller will refund the difference as an Amazon gift card
  • Third-party sales do not qualify, only those sold or fulfilled by Amazon
  • This does not apply to TVs bought on Black Friday or Cyber Monday

This hack may not work for everyone but it’s worth looking into if you buy a new TV.

8. Shop Through the Rakuten Portal


Swagbucks isn’t the only cash back site you can use to save money at Amazon this Christmas. You can also get cash back on your Amazon purchase with Rakuten, formerly known as Ebates.

You use their portal to do your shopping on Amazon. With each purchase, you earn points that are redeemable for cash back.

What is Rakuten? Rakuten is similar to Swagbucks and gives you cash back when you make certain Amazon purchases.

Not every category qualifies, but it pays to check before you shop. You can also use coupon codes or discounts you may have to double your savings.

What’s even better is using Rakuten to earn cash back at many other stores. It’s not a scam as I’ve used Rakuten numerous times to earn cash back on my shopping.

Check out our Rakuten review to learn more about the platform.

In fact, Rakuten gives you $10 just to sign up.

9. Trade it in


I love getting rid of junk around the house. When I can make money on that junk, it’s even better. If you have old electronics, tablets, wearables, books, etc. you can send them into Amazon to get cash back in the form of a gift card.

You can’t just send in your junk, so keep the following in mind:

  • It must be in working condition
  • If they don’t list your item in the trade-in store, then they won’t accept it
  • It takes up to ten days to receive payment
  • There is no cost to ship

A simple way to see if Amazon is accepting items as trade-ins is to look up the product. Look for the “Sell for a Gift Card” on the right hand of the screen and it’ll walk you through the process.

10. Lightning Deals


Remember the Daily Deals I mentioned earlier? Amazon offers other deals, known as “Lightning Deals.” You can find these deals in the same area as the “Daily Deals” section, and they usually promote them heavily on the front page as well.

What to Know about Lightning Deals

There a few things to keep in mind with the Lightning Deals. They’re a bit different from the Daily Deals mentioned earlier. Below are a few ways Lightning Deals differ from Daily Deals:

  • Lightning Deals are more limited in quantity
  • Amazon allows you 15 minutes to purchase the deal
  • If the item is unavailable, join the waitlist as soon as you can – you might get lucky

Lightning Deals can be a great way to save money if you act fast and find an item you want.

11. Shop Amazon’s Outlet Department


I didn’t know Amazon had an outlet section until recently. I will admit that it can be hit or miss, but it could be a great way to save money on Amazon if you find the right gift.

The items vary on Amazon Outlet. They may have overstocked items, markdowns, or clearance items Amazon is trying to get rid of at a discounted rate.

12. Amazon Warehouse Deals


Similar to Amazon Outlet, they also have a warehouse deals section. Amazon Warehouse offers deals on used items.

You may not want to buy a previously used item as a Christmas gift, but if you don’t care, it could be a great way to save a little money.

You can find the Warehouse Deals section in one of two places. First, you can head to this page which takes you directly to their Warehouse section.

Secondly, you can get there when looking at a specific product page. While looking at the prices, click on “Used” near the top of the page and it’ll take you there.

Just make sure you read the descriptions and seller reviews in full to make sure you’re comfortable with the item.

13. Give Reviews


Most know that the currency for many sellers on Amazon is good reviews. When I buy something on Amazon, I’ll read some of the reviews as a part of my research on a particular item.

With Snagshout you have the opportunity to get items at a significant discount if you leave an honest review of the product on Amazon.

Here’s how it works. After you sign up for a Snagshout account you connect it to your Amazon Reviewer profile. Once in your account, you’re directed to a variety of different discounted deals you can redeem on Amazon.

In return, you must provide a review within two weeks of receiving the item, notating you received the item at a discount in exchange for your honest review. I haven’t used it much, but this could be a way to save a little money on something you’re buying anyway. **Update – Amazon has updated their policy not allowing reviews like this.

14. Join Amazon Family


Amazon Family is for one particular individual: Prime members who have young children. Not only does Amazon Family offer 20 percent off diapers and discounts on other family needs but they also offer a discount on children’s toys.

Amazon also allows you to add grandparents to your Amazon Family account so it can be a nice way for them to save on gift-giving for the little ones.

Want to save money on Amazon this Christmas? Here are 15 hacks to save money shopping at Amazon during the holidays and keep more money in your budget.


15. Kindle Matchbook


Are you a book lover or do you know someone who is? Have you bought any hard copy books on Amazon? You may be able to receive the Kindle version for free or a max of $2.99 through Kindle Matchbook.

I hate to have clutter around the house and like to read on my Kindle so anytime I can move a book to it I’m happy.

Amazon offers the Kindle Matchbook service on thousands of different books and constantly adds new ones. Just keep in mind you must have purchased the print book on Amazon to qualify for the deal.

Save on Amazon this Christmas: Bottom Line


If you’re like me, you love to save money on your shopping. As you can see, there are many ways to save money on Amazon this Christmas.

The best part is you can often combine deals to increase your savings. With a little work, it’s possible to stretch your budget and not overspend this Christmas.


What are some of your favorite ways to save money on Amazon? Do you like to go out to buy Christmas gifts, or do you buy them online? Do you set a budget for Christmas shopping?


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John is the founder of Frugal Rules, a dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry whose writing has been featured in Forbes, CNBC, Yahoo Finance and more.

Passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes, John shares financial tools and tips to help you enjoy the freedom that comes from living frugally. One of his favorite tools is Personal Capital , which he used to plan for retirement and keep track of his finances in less than 15 minutes each month.

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  • Kalen @ MoneyMiniBlog says:

    Hey John!

    Great tips here! I love all of the different websites that help you save on Amazon.

    Another tip is to put items in your cart and leave them there. This doesn’t always work, but often Amazon will send you an email in a few days or a week, reminding you about the time, and offering it at a discount.

    Like Is said, it doesn’t work every time, but it just worked for us about a month ago. We got 20% off two of the items in our cart.


    • John Schmoll says:

      Hey Kalen! That’s another great tip. I actually had included it in my original version, but ended up pulling it. 🙂 Nice work on the 20% off!

  • Holly Johnson says:

    I think I’ll probably do all of my holiday shopping online this year. The stores don’t appeal to me anymore!

    • John Schmoll says:

      We’re going to do our best to do the same. Much better/easier to buy in your pajamas from home than fight the crowds. 🙂

  • Emily @ JohnJaneDoe says:

    Oh, man. Did not know about matchbook and there are a bunch of books I bought back when i bought physical books.

    I also didn’t know the trick about checking to see if I was being charged more because of Prime. Thanks.

  • Amanda @ centsiblyrich says:

    Great tips, Jon! I didn’t realize they sometimes had different pricing for Prime members – I’ll definitely use two browsers next time.

    I do all of the shopping I realistically can on Amazon (Christmas and otherwise). I don’t like going to the store and searching for lower prices. It just seems like a waste of time to me, plus Amazon generally has decent prices. On a recent purchase, they offered me $5 if I loaded $100 onto my gift card. 5 minutes later I purchased the item I needed with the $5 discount. Every little bit helps!

    • John Schmoll says:

      Thanks Amanda! Yep, it’s not as common now, but it’s still occurs enough to try it out.

      Very cool, gotta love the savings for doing nothing!

  • DC @ Young Adult Money says:

    LOTS of good tips here, John! I know you swear by Amazon, especially around the holiday season, and I’m in the same boat. It’s such a convenient service. I learned a few new tricks in this post so thanks for sharing!

  • MoneyAhoy says:

    Lots of really good tips and tricks here. I find that one of the most awesome ways to save money is to watch the deal of the day. Some of those deals are outrageous!

  • DC @ Young Adult Money says:

    A newer one I found recently was the Amazon credit card that gives you 5% off your purchase. I’m surprised more people don’t have it. I have a similar (debit) card at Target and I’ve literally saved hundreds over the years.

    • John Schmoll says:

      That’s another great option DC! I’ve thought about getting the card myself in the past, but have skipped on it as I’d rather go for the bigger sign on bonus cards. That said, if you shop on Amazon a lot it can be a nice little way to save extra money.

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