Amazon Prime Day: Can you really save money?

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Amazon Prime Day could be a great opportunity to save money on things you’re already planning to buy. But, you should use caution to make sure you really do save money.

Amazon Prime Day Life as Mom

While I’ve been a longtime Amazon customera big fan of Amazon Prime services, and even an Amazon affiliate, I’m always a little skeptical when “big Big BIG” sales roll around.

Is the sale really worth all the hype? Is the energy you spend chasing the deals worth the deal itself? Are you just buying more junk that you’ll have to sort through next month when you realize you didn’t really need it?

Prime Day is supposedly when Amazon offers better-than-Black-Friday kinds of specials.

Is it worth your time to keep up? Will shopping on Amazon Prime Day make your life better? Why would you want to spend a lot of time shopping on Amazon Prime Day?

I’m all too familiar with how easy it is to save money on “deals”. When I was heavily addicted to coupons, the adrenaline created from nabbing a great deal was better than a Venti Machiatto with triple shots added.

And when the sales are just a couple clicks of the mouse away — with free shipping! — it’s pretty easy to shop till you drop.

But this year is different. With the economy is a tail spin, we need to exercise even more caution with our hard earned dollars.

So, as we do around Thanksgiving and Christmas, let’s revisit the questions we need to ask before we shop some great big sale.

Can you save money on Amazon Prime Day?

  1. Do I need this?
  2. Do I need this now?
  3. Is this a quality product?
  4. Is this a really good deal?
  5. Is there room in the budget for this purchase?

If you say no to any of these questions, then you should not be buying whatever “great thing” you find today.

The only exceptions to questions 1 & 2 would be if the item is something you really, really, REALLY want and is still a quality, good deal that fits the budget. If not, then just click away.

Just click away.

That said, if I find some really great deals that I think I worth your while, I’ll update this post.

Here are some sales already announced:

Amazon Prime Day Deals

kindle fire

I bought a couple Kindle Fires last month for a really great deal, but on Prime Day they may be available for even less. These would make great Christmas or birthday gifts. The quality is great, the display amazing, and they are cheap enough that you won’t freak out giving one to the kids.

Since we now check out a lot of library books on Kindle, I bought each of my school kids a Kindle. I think I’ll be able to navigate the parental controls pretty well and keep my kids reading.

This deal will most likely NOT last the day. Prime members are allowed to purchase one of each of the four colors for the discounted price.

amazon movies

Digital Movies for a Steal

We have a lot of our favorite movies on digital now. Instead of cable, we buy a TV pass from Amazon when a new season comes out. It’s so convenient to be able to watch something as a family without worrying about returning a movie late (done that), having our favorite dvd or blu-ray get scratched (done that, too), and to watch it from multiple devices at home or on the road.

For Amazon Prime Members, there have been lots of movie specials, like reduced purchases or video rentals for low prices.

In the past I’ve found movies that we really wanted for super cheap.

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  1. I bought each of my three little grandchildren one. They have to make a 5 hour drive to see the “other” family. Hopefully this will help keep them entertained.

  2. Thanks! The Android tablet we let our son use is on its last legs, so we’ve been waiting for a Kindle deal. This will be perfect for his October birthday 🙂