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In recent months, I’ve become obsessed with shopping on Amazon.

It started last Christmas when I ordered presents through Amazon Prime. Everything from a butter churner to an Instax Instant Film camera were delivered to my front door within 24 hours.

It was exhilarating.

Unfortunately, the exciting feeling continued — and I still spend way too much money on impulsive buys.

However, there are ways I’m redeeming myself — or at least justifying my spending…

How to Save Money on Amazon: 8 Online Platforms to Use Now

These eight online apps are helping me work through my Amazon addiction and save some money. And they’re actually really easy to use — and free.

Trust me, I have no patience for 10-step sign-up processes.

1. Earn a Rebate on Your Amazon Purchases.

I’m already addicted to earning cash back on my grocery hauls through Ibotta.

But now it’s recently expanded well past groceries and into other realms — like Amazon.

If you sign up for Amazon Prime (highly recommend if you’re an addict) through Ibotta, you’ll earn a $20 Amazon gift card.

If you’re already a Prime member, no worries. You can still earn cash back. Right now, Ibotta has these Amazon offers:

  • 5% cash back on home services
  • 3% cash back on fashion
  • 3% cash back on home and kitchen
  • 3% cash back on pet supplies
  • 3% cash back on luggage
  • 3% cash back on devices

All you have to do is (you’ll snag a $10 cash-back bonus right now) then shop through the app!

2. Get a Refund on Shipping Delays

There are few things more frustrating than selecting that two-day shipping option and getting your package, well, not in two days.

If you paid for shipping but didn’t receive your goods in a timely fashion, turn to Paribus. Paribus will monitor shipping times. If it detects a delay, it’ll work hard to get you the refund you deserve.

Hey, a promise is a promise, right?

3. Round Up Your Purchases and Snag a Free $10

When you’re buying stuff on Amazon, you’re not using cash, so you don’t really expect any pocket change.

However, when you use a service like Acorns, all of your purchases are rounded up to the nearest dollar and the digital change is put into a savings account. You can let it add up, or let Acorns invest it for you in a portfolio of stocks you believe in.

Either way, if you sign up through this link, Acorns will give you a free $10 bonus for trying it out.

4. Share Your Purchase History for a Free $36

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If you’re a regular Amazon shopper, you can earn money each month contributing to research to help companies understand what people are buying online.

Download and connect Shoptracker to your Amazon account.

It’ll instantly send you a free $3 Visa gift card, plus another $3 for every month you keep it installed.

5. Pay With a Rewards Credit Card

Yeah, I’m with you: Credit cards are sorta intimidating.

But I signed up for my first rewards card last year, and since I pay off my balance each month, it’s awesome.

Right now, Barclaycard is offering a fee-free cash-back card. It’s called the — which makes me feel like a very legitimate adult when I say it out loud.

Free is emphasized here because rewards cards can come with annual fees. However, this one does not.

You’ll also get unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase. And this isn’t restricted to gas or groceries — it’s for any purchase you make.

If you manage to spend $1,000 within the first 90 days of opening the card (groceries are expensive), you’ll earn $200 in cash rewards. Perf for Amazon spending.

So if you’re a financially responsible adult and can afford to pay off your credit card each month, why not get a rewards card and ?

6. Hunt Down Cash-Back Offers

Have you heard of ? It’s a cash-back site that lets you earn rewards by shopping online and printing coupons. It’s an instant way to save on everything you buy (for example, you can get up to 6% cash-back on purchases in some categories on Amazon).

But, enough about that, here’s how to get a free $10 that you can use to buy pretty much anything:

  1. using your email or Facebook account (it’s free).
  2. Use the Ebates portal the next time you need to shop online (it’s connected to thousands of stores including Walmart, Amazon, and Target).
  3. As long as you spend $25 at any of those stores, Ebates will reward you with a free $10!

7. Collect Points for Gift Cards on All Your Amazon Purchases

There’s a new rewards platform on the market.

Drop is a financial tech company that rewards for your purchases.

As , all you have to do is link your credit and debit cards. When you make a Drop-qualified purchase, you’ll automatically earn points whether you’re grocery shopping, hailing an Uber or ordering a pizza. The points will add up, and you can then exchange them for gift cards to popular retailers like Amazon and Starbucks.

It’s the ultimate loyalty card — without the card.

Once you get signed up, you’ll receive a one-time Amazon offer that lets you earn 2,000 points if you spend at least $20.

8. Earn Kicks Good For Amazon Gift Cards

Here’s a simple way to earn money towards your next Amazon purchase: Download the Shopkick app.

Shopkick rewards you for completing various tasks with “kicks,” which you can then exchange for an Amazon gift card.

For example, walk into T.J. Maxx, and earn 50 kicks. Or scan barcodes at Target — no need to buy anything — and earn kicks. You can also connect your debit or credit card to earn kicks per dollar spent at various retailers.

Not only will your turn your errands into a game, you’ll also earn Amazon gift cards; 2,500 kicks earns you $10.

Bonus: Use Amazon Coupons — Yes, They’re a Thing

Coupons rule.

If only you could use them on Amazon, right?

Spoiler alert: You can, from right within the site.

Amazon Coupons lets you clip coupons in a bunch of categories, including groceries, personal care and household products. When you click on the coupon, it’s automatically added to your cart and applied when you check out. Easy peasy.

Please stop giving me more incentive to shop on Amazon.


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Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. Although she spends too much on Amazon, she considers herself an otherwise financially responsible young adult.

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