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10 Tips Everyone Should Know When Shopping On Amazon

10 Tips Everyone Should Know When Shopping On Amazon

These days, there are few among us who don’t indulge in spending sprees online. Without a doubt, one of the best online market places on Earth is Amazon, where you can get everything you could ever need for discount prices. But are there even more ways to save money when you shop on Amazon? There sure are!

10. Some Credit Cards Get You More Benefits Than Others.

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    One of the first rules of shopping is that not all credit cards were created equal, and shopping online is no different! Some credit cards offer rewards for shopping on Amazon, whilst there are other cards created specifically for Amazon shoppers. For those interested in the entertainment sections of Amazon or Foodies the Citi Forward Visa is the best choice, whilst the Amazon Rewards Visa is perfect for every day shoppers.

    9. Use Amazon Trade-In To Sell Your Old Stuff.

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      Using Amazon Trade-In you can trade your old electronics, books and games for Amazon Credit! This may not seem as beneficial as using a site like Gazelle to trade for money, but you are likely to get a significantly larger amount of money in credit than cash. For example, if you trade an iPhone 5 for money you can get around $75, but if you trade for credit you can get $225.

      8. If Your Package Doesn’t Ship On Time You Can Get A Refund.

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        Before you simply accept that your package is late, make sure you check the delivery dates that you were promised when making your purchase. If you package is shipped or arrives late you may be eligible for a refund or an extended Amazon Prime membership. All you need to do is contact Amazon or the seller to receive the rewards for waiting.

        7. Get Amazon Add-Ons When You Spend $25 Or Over, Or Skip The Minimum Entirely.

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          Amazon’s add-on scheme is a particularly crafty piece of marketing as it promises discount prices but only when you spend $25, which may be more than you ever intended to spend in the first place. To get around this $25 minimum and get your add-ons without going overboard, all you need to do is add a pre-order to meet the price. Pre-ordering video games, movies or books is completely free of charge until they are ready to ship, so just make sure you cancel before they’re released.

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          6. Get A Refund If There’s A Price Drop.

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            If the price of an item you’ve bought drops within 7 days of it’s delivery then you may be eligible for a refund of the difference. Sure, sometimes this may only entitle you to pennies, but you never know and it’s always worth checking!

            5. Get Price Drop Alerts Using CamelCamelCamel.

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              An easy way to check for price drops is to use CamelCamelCamel, a price tracking site that will email you or send out a tweet when items you want or have recently purchased are reduced. You don’t necessarily have to sign-up to CamelCamelCamel, but doing so allows them access to your Wishlist and tailored emails.

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              4. Find Anyone’s Amazon Wishlist Using Just A Name Or Email Address.

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                Speaking of Wishlists, when it comes to what someone really wants there are few better places to check than their Amazon Wishlist. All you need is their name or email address and you should be able to get them what they really want for their birthday, christmas or wedding.

                3. Shop On The Amazon Warehouse, Amazon Outlet Or MyHabit.

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                  If you’re looking for seriously discounted goods then you need to take a look at Amazon Warehouse, the home of returned items. You can also check out Amazon Outlet that stores all new items that are 30% or more off or MyHabit, where designer discounts rule.

                  2. Save By Subscribing.

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                    If you buy your toiletries, hair dyes, nappies or any other products regularly, why not use the Amazon subscribe feature? You choose how often the products are delivered and in the long run it will most probably save you a lot of money, time and energy. More so, if you order five or more subscriptions on the same delivery day you save 15% on your order!

                    1. Get A Replacement Item Or Refund If Your Package Is Lost Or Stolen.

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                      Without a doubt, the most frustrating risk of shopping online is that your package may never turn up. This has happened to me a couple of times, however Amazon is always there to help. A short chat with customer service will usually result in either a replacement order or full refund depending on which you’d prefer.

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                      Published on November 20, 2018

                      The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

                      The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

                      The truth is, there are many “money saving guides” online, but most don’t cover the root issue for not saving.

                      Once I’d discovered a few key factors that allowed me to save 10k in one year, I realized why most articles couldn’t help me. The problem is that even with the right strategies you can still fail to save money. You need to have the right systems in place and the right mindset.

                      In this guide, I’ll cover the best ways to save money — practical yet powerful steps you can take to start saving more. It won’t be easy but with hard work, I’m confident you’ll be able to save more money–even if you’re an impulsive spender.

                      Why Your Past Prevents You from Saving Money

                      Are you constantly thinking about your financial mistakes?

                      If so, these thoughts are holding you back from saving.

                      I get it, you wish you could go back in time to avoid your financial downfalls. But dwelling over your past will only rob you from your future. Instead, reflect on your mistakes and ask yourself what lessons you can learn from them.

                      It wasn’t easy for me to accept that I had accumulated thousands of dollars in credit card debt. Once I did, I started heading in the right direction. Embrace your past failures and use them as an opportunity to set new financial goals.

                      For example, after accepting that you’re thousands of dollars in debt create a plan to be debt free in a year or two. This way when you’ll be at peace even when you get negative thoughts about your finances. Now you can focus more time on saving and less on your past financial mistakes.

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                      How to Effortlessly Track Your Spending

                      Stop manually tracking your spending.

                      Leverage powerful analytic tools such as Personal Capital and these money management apps to do the work for you. This tool has worked for me and has kept me motivated to why I’m saving in the first place. Once you login to your Personal Capital dashboard, you’re able to view your net worth.

                      When I’d first signed up with Personal Capital, I had a negative net worth, but this motivated me to save more. With this tool, you can also view your spending patterns, expenses, and how much money you’re saving.

                      Use your net worth as your north star to saving more. Whenever you experience financial setbacks, view how far you’ve come along. Saving money is only half the battle, being consistent is the other half.

                      The Truth on Why You Keep Failing

                      Saving money isn’t sexy. If it was, wouldn’t everyone be doing it?

                      Some people are natural savers, but most are impulsive spenders. Instead of denying that you’re an impulsive spender, embrace it.

                      Don’t try to save 60 to 70% of your income if this means you’ll live a miserable life. Saving money isn’t a race but a marathon. You’re saving for retirement and for large purchases.

                      If you’re currently having a hard time saving, start spending more money on nice things. This may sound counterintuitive but hear me out. Wouldn’t it be better to save $200 each month for 12 months instead of $500 for 3 months?

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                      Most people run into trouble because they create budgets that set them up for failure. This system won’t work for those who are frugal, but chances are they don’t need help saving. This system is for those who can’t save money and need to be rewarded for their hard work.

                      Only because you’re buying nice things doesn’t mean that you’ll save less. Here are some rules you should have in place:

                      1. Save more than 50% of your available money (after expenses)
                      2. Only buy nice things after saving
                      3. Automate your savings with automatic bank transfers

                      These are the same rules that helped me save thousands each year while buying the latest iPhone. Focus only on items that are important to you. Remember, you can afford anything but not everything.

                      How to Foolproof Yourself out of Debt

                      Personal finance is a game. On one end, you’re earning money; and on the to other, you’re saving. But what ends up counting in the end isn’t how much you earn but how much you save. Research shows that about 60% of Americans spend more than they save.[1]

                      So how can you separate yourself from the 60%?

                      By not accumulating more debt. This way you’ll have more money to save and avoid having more financial obligations. A great way to stop accumulating debt is using cash to pay for all your transactions.

                      This will be challenging, depending on how reliant you are with your credit card, but it’s worth the effort. Not only will you stop accruing debt, but you’ll also be more conscious with what you buy.

                      For example, you’ll think twice about purchasing a new $200 headphone despite having the cash to buy them. According to a poll conducted by The CreditCards.com, 5 out of 6 Americans are impulsive spenders.[2]

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                      Telling yourself that you’ll have the discipline to not buy things won’t cut it. This is equal to having junk food in your fridge while trying to eat healthy–it’s only a matter of time before you slip. By using cash to make your purchases, you’ll spend less and save more.

                      A Proven Formula to Skyrocket Your Savings

                      Having proven systems in place to help you save more is important, but they’re not the best way to save money.

                      You can search for dozens of ways to save money, but there’ll always be a limit. Instead of spending the majority of your effort saving, look for ways to increase your income. The truth is that once you have the right systems in place, saving is easy.

                      What’s challenging is earning more money. There are many routes you can take to achieve this. For example, you can work long and hard at your current job to earn a raise. But there’s one problem–you’re depending on someone else to give you a raise.

                      Your company will have to have the budget, and you’ll have to know how to toot your own horn to get this raise. This isn’t to say that earning a raise is impossible, but things are better when you’re in control right? That’s why building a side-hustle is the best way to increase your income.

                      Think of your side-hustle as a part-time job doing something you enjoy. You can sell items on eBay for a profit, or design websites for small businesses. Building a side-hustle will be on the hardest things you’ll do, be too stubborn to quit.

                      During the early stages, you won’t be making money and that’s okay. Since you already have a source of income, you won’t be dependent on your side-hustle to pay for your expenses. Depending on how much time you invest in your side-hustle, it can one day replace your current income.

                      Whatever route you take, focus more on earning and save as much as possible. You have more control than you give yourself credit for.

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                      Transform Yourself into a Saving Money Machine

                      Saving money isn’t complicated but it’s one of the hardest things you’ll do.

                      By learning from your mistakes and rewarding yourself after saving you’ll save more. What would you do with an extra $200 or $500 each month? To some, this is life-changing money that can improve the quality of their lives.

                      The truth is saving money is an art. Save too much and you’ll quit, but save too little and you’ll pay for the consequences in the future. Saving money takes effort and having the right systems in place.

                      Imagine if you’d started saving an extra $100 this next month? Or, saved $20K in one year? Although it’s hard to imagine, this can be your reality if you follow the principles covered in this guide.

                      Take a moment to brainstorm which goals you’d be able to reach if you had extra money each month. Use these goals as motivation to help you stay on track on your journey to saving more. If I was able to save thousands of dollars with little guidance, imagine what you’ll be able to do.

                      What are you waiting for? Go and start saving money, the sky is your limit.

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