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Prime Day Tips to Make the Most of Amazon’s Summer Holiday

Prime Day doesnt' have to be chaotic, it can actually be very easy.

Amazon Prime Day is a great day to shop for basically anything you could ever want from Amazon.com. While it’s a terrific made-up holiday of savings, it can be a daunting task filled with timers and product pages if you don’t know all of the ins-and-outs. There are dozens of curated lists, Back to School tools, Off to College lists, easy to customize watch-lists and apps that are available to shoppers, but you not everyone follows Amazon on a day-to-day basis like we do.

To get you started, Prime Day runs from July 16 at 12pm PT/3pm ET and the event will run through July 17th. You have 36 hours to shop the one million deals that are available exclusively for Prime members around the world. This year you can even save money at U.S. Whole Foods Market stores, so pop in for lunch or on the way home if you have a Whole Foods near you. The list of deals on Amazon is expansive, and often kept secret until the last moment, but expect to find great prices on TVs, smart
home gadgets, kitchen, grocery, toys, fashion, furniture, appliances and more. Amazon is offering double the deals on Amazon devices this year, and the company promises the biggest deals yet on Alexa-enabled products like Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablets, in addition to new categories from home security to Echo devices with screens.

If you’re not a member yet, you can join Prime or start a 30-day free trial at amazon.com/primeday to participate in Prime Day.

There will be exclusive launches this year for new products, including the Delta Trinsic Touch2O voice-activated faucet (the first Alexa-enabled kitchen faucet); a Coleman RoadTrip LXE portable propane grill; a Fingerlings Light Up Unicorn Mackenzie; an Audible Original production of “Hi Bob!,” where American icon Bob Newhart sits down with special guests Sarah Silverman, Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow and Conan O’Brien; a new Bai Braspberry flavor paying homage to Justin Timberlake’s fruitful creation; and the Moto G6 64 GB, which is an exclusive version of the best-selling unlocked Android smartphone.

A few of the deals that went live early include: Saving $100 on the Amazon Echo Show; saving up to 25% off furniture and décor from Rivet and Stone & Beam; up to 20% off AmazonBasics items across the site; and 30% off everyday essentials from Presto!, Mama Bear and Solimo, among others. Amazon is also offering up to 50% off on popular movies and TV shows on digital, DVD and Blu-Ray. Prime members who haven’t yet tried Amazon Music Unlimited can get four months of the service for just $0.99. Twitch Prime is also giving away a free PC game every day through July 18, including titles like Pillars of Eternity and Brutal Legend. Members will also receive exclusive in-game loot for Warframe and PUBG. Prime members who haven’t yet tried Kindle Unlimited will have access to three months of unlimited reading for just $0.99. Buy your first Kindle book and get a $10 Prime Day credit valid towards eBooks, print books and Audible. Eligible Prime members can get their first three months at more than 65% off for $4.95 a month.

So let’s talk tips and tricks that you will want to use today. Watch A Deal is the Amazon App that ensures you never miss a deal. This is the easiest way to preview, track and shop those limited time Lightning Deals while at home or on-the-go with deal alerts on the Amazon App. You can set everything up and go step-by-step at amazon.com/watched There is also the Prime Day Sneak Peek on the Amazon App. Simply tap the Prime Day banner within the Amazon App for a sneak peek of select products that will have Prime Day deals. You can also explore deals by popular interests. Customers can find deals organized by more than 40 of the most-shopped-for interests. From style and fashion to electronics, cooking, travel and more. That means less time browsing and more time buying what you want. There is also Alexa Shopping, Alexa makes it easy to find the best Prime Day deals without even looking at a screen. Just ask, “Alexa, what are my Prime Day deals?”. You can also track your Prime Day orders with Alexa, just ask “Alexa, where’s my stuff?” or set up Alexa delivery notifications in the Alexa app.

If you’re feeling lucky, you can enter for a chance to win the Alexa Home-Smart-Home Sweepstakes by asking Alexa questions about Prime Day, watching Alexa-related videos, downloading and using the Amazon App, and more. One grand prize winner will receive an Alexa-enabled 2019 Lexus ES, a complete Alexa smart home package, and more. You can get the details at amazon.com/homesmarthome.

The central hub for finding Lightning Deals and browsing is located at amazon.com/primeday. From here you can browse the Deal of the Day, and find the latest lightning deals. You can also sort Lightning Deals by category, so if you want to look for Kitchen gear, you can filter out the toys and everything else. Also, use lists for big-ticket items that you might have on the back-burner. If you want to upgrade your PC, or if you’ve had your eye on something for a while now, add the item to a shopping list from the product page and check on your list throughout the day. If the price goes down during Prime Day, you’ll see the updated sale price.

If you’re shopping for Back to School or Off to College gear, then things are even easier. Visit amazon.com/backtoschool, Amazon’s Back to School store offers an easy shopping experience that allows customers to add must-haves to their shopping cart without navigating between product pages. Parents can shop school list essentials by grade or simply browse curated products within the most shopped-for categories, including School Supplies; Clothing, Shoes & Accessories; Electronics; Everyday Essentials; Toys & Games; and Deals. The Off to College version, available at amazon.com/offtocollege, offers a one-stop shop where parents and students can easily access everything they need for life on campus. From laptops and textbooks to bedding and small kitchen appliances, Amazon has all the furniture, dorm room décor, class essentials, and late-night snacks. Parents, students, and educators can browse popular categories, including College Essentials; Textbooks; Clothing, Shoes & Accessories; Electronics; Study Supplies; Home; and Deals.