SAVINGS: Brilliant Tips for Frugal Shopping 

{OR Frugal Living Tips to Help You Save Hundreds of Dollars}

When your aim is to save as much money as possible, it can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many ways to do it. Where does one start? 

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I spent a lot of time avoiding the entire concept of trying to save money. We earn money in order to spend it on things, right? But after I woke up from that stupid attitude, I’m now on a mission. I found money saving tips that worked for me, and I tried to find as many ways to save money as possible, through frugal shopping – that are relevant to me and my lifestyle – and have begun carefully following through. I mostly shop online, so Amazon is the obvious starting point to tackle for savings. But as you look around, you realize there are many opportunities to save, through careful, frugal shopping.

**The Amazon links on this page are affiliate links. This means I will earn a small commission if you shop through these links, at no extra cost to you. Thank you.

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PART 1: Amazon – “The Everything Store”

I’m not a raving fan, but I admit it’s very convenient to shop on Amazon. Which is their intention, and why most people do it, right?

While I only buy very specific things on Amazon (preferring to do a lot of my shopping at the local market, or, shockingly, not at all), the company has its unique strengths. For example, did you know you can check out used or refurbished goods on Amazon? So, this is Tip #1:

1. Amazon Warehouse Deals (Open Box Deals)

This includes products that have been returned, damaged at the warehouse, or are used and have been refurbished. When I found out buying a brand new phone is more damaging than keeping and using your existing phone, I delayed buying a new one. But eventually, I had to get a new one, and this is where I looked. Used phones in the Warehouse Open Box deals.

The ‘Open Box’ refers to the packaging having been opened and/or damaged, or the product having been rejected due to some minor defect (that I personally have no problem with as long as it’s functionally okay). Amazon does go to great lengths to describe the condition of the item accurately so that you don’t get any nasty surprises.

The discounts are steep, but browse around a bit before you zero in on what you want.



2. Amazon Outlet Store

This store carries brand new items, but at heavily discounted prices. The catch is that these items are either older/outdated models, markdowns, overstocks, or closeouts. The steep discounts are great incentives to get people to buy unsold stuff that are outdated but in perfect and mint new condition. Look here for great bargains on clothing and kitchen gadgets.


3. Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card

Sign up for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature card to get 5% cash back on everything every time you shop on Amazon (whether the item is on sale or not). It’s a $0 annual fee card.

Plus, when you sign up, you get a $50 Gift Card instantly upon approval.*


Bonus: Amazon Prime Membership

Finally, as a separate point, I need to mention Amazon Prime. It costs a bit in annual fees, but the benefits more than make up for the fee in sheer numbers. Prime members get two-day free shipping, early-bird offers, and more. Plus, you have access to Amazon Music, Video, Dropbox storage space, free books on Kindle, and more.

I’m in my second year of Prime membership, and I haven’t regretted it yet.

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If you’re an EBT or Medicaid cardholder, or a student, there are discounts for you, as well.

**The Amazon links on this page are affiliate links. This means I will earn a small commission if you shop through these links, at no extra cost to you. Thank you.

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