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7 Amazon Prime Day 2018 Hacks That Save Time & Money, Because Strategy Is Key

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, at least for people who absolutely love online shopping. But watching all those deals can start to drive even the most devoted shopper a little batty. That's why the Amazon Prime Day hacks to help you save big will mean so much today. You can save time, money, and effort when shopping for those precious Prime Day deals. Hey, it's smart to use any competitive edge you can get today.

Starting at 3:00 pm ET, 2018, Amazon Prime Day offers special deals exclusively to people who are already Prime members. So if you aren't a member yet, the first step is to sign up for Amazon Prime. The membership service gives you free two-day shipping on a whole lot of items, access to Prime Video, and tons of other benefits. At this time an annual plan to Prime is about $99, or you can choose a $13 monthly rate, as noted by Fortune. For many families, the fast shipping and deals offered by a Prime membership are well worth the cost.

Whether you're a newcomer to the sale or a veteran who waits for it every year, there are a ton of ways to shop the Amazon Prime Day sale wisely. Read on to learn the best way to save big on this annual sale.

1Get The Amazon App

You don't have to spend all day actively watching for deals with the help of this tip. Simply download the Amazon App and it will notify you when the sale is live on products that you add to your cart. It does all the watching for you. The app even lets you make lists and comparison shop easily. It's a great way to stay organized on Prime Day.

2Get Access With Alexa

Need an easy way to check out your discounts? Just ask, "Alexa, what are my Prime Day deals?" to access info about all your deals, as noted on Amazon's Prime Day shopping primer. Let the virtual personal assistant do all the work.

3Check Whole Foods

Some exclusive Amazon Prime deals can only be found inside your local Whole Foods Market, so drop in your nearest WH to see what's available. Also, spending $10 in store will give you $10 to spend on Amazon, which is a pretty great score.

4Use The Camera Search

Again, downloading the Amazon app is well worth your time (and money). By using the camera search on the Amazon App, you can unlock a $5 discount on certain Prime Day deals, as noted by Amazon. It's a simple step that can earn you a little cash back.

5Look For The Badge

Want to see whether a particular item is on sale this Prime day? Just do a regular Amazon search and look for the Prime Day Deal badge. Hopefully, you'll be able to save big on something you've had your eye on for a while.

6Share Your Benefits

If you want to share your Prime benefits with another family member, well today is the perfect day. Add an adult, teen, or child to your Amazon Household to share Prime benefits at no cost. This also includes access to digital content.

7Use Amazon Assistant

It's a great day to let apps and digital assistants do all the work. In fact, by installing Amazon Assistant, you'll get desktop notifications on the deals you're watching, as well as $5 off a Prime Day order totaling $25 and up, as noted in the Amazon Prime Day guide. It's a nice little reward for shopping wisely.