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8 clever ways to find hidden deals at Amazon in time for Prime Day

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Seeing Amazon packages on your doorstep is a sweet feeling — but it's even sweeter to see how much money you've saved. (Photo: Getty)

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Is Amazon is your go-to retailer for the best prices on absolutely everything? Well, we have some news for ya — you're probably not saving nearly enough money as you could be. There are so many secret ways to save on Amazon beyond the site's already low prices. Amazon has lots of hidden deals, and we've uncovered eight easy ways to find them.

And not a moment too soon, as Amazon has confirmed that Prime Day 2022 will be on July 12th and 13th in more than 20 countries, returning to its customary month after a two years of pandemic-related shifts! As always, the stellar sales event will include markdowns on thousands of products: tech, kitchen essentials, vacuums, apparel, beauty must-haves and so much more.

So you have at least a month to learn these secret-shopper strategies for scoring incredible deals on Amazon — because in some cases, you can stack these discounts onto Prime Day deals! Ready? Here goes:

Sign up for a Prime membership

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An Amazon Prime membership is a must for Prime Day. (Photo: Amazon)

First things first: If you’re not yet a Prime member, sign up now. It’s the only way to take advantage of Prime Day deals. Prime plans are $14.99 per month (or $139 per year), and you get a free 30-day trial at signup. Prime member benefits include free two-day shipping and delivery, and same-day or even two-hour shipping for eligible items and locations. It also comes with access to Prime Video, Amazon Music (2 million songs, ad-free!), free two-day delivery on prescriptions from Amazon Pharmacy, free video games via Prime Gaming (formerly Twitch Prime), unlimited full-resolution storage with Amazon Photos and so much more. You’ll also get exclusive access to deals. Check out all the Amazon Prime 2022 perks here.

Shop the secret Amazon Outlet

Amazon has a secret overstock outlet that’s home to massive deals on furniture, appliances, electronics and more goodies for the home, and you can even filter by best-sellers. We’ve routinely seen prices slashed by more than 80 percent.

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The Amazon Outlet is a treasure trove of deals. (Photo: Amazon)

Scour those overstock discounts because who knows? Amazon Outlet might even have sales that rival Prime Day’s. And sometimes Outlet picks and customer favorites overlap. Case in point: this Merokeety cable knit cardigan (above) — an Amazon favorite and the perfect thing to throw on for a chilly evening — is over 20% off.

$39 $50 at Amazon

We also love this set of 24 four-ounce Zunmial small mason jars with lids (above) for 36% off, or $14 (down from $22).

$14 $22 at Amazon

Look for on-page coupons

On-page coupons (look for them in green!) are the seller’s way of giving you an instant discount, and you might see them pop up on the pages of your favorite products or Prime Day deals, but you can also go directly to the Amazon Coupons landing page.

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Grab this deal on an all-season comforter and best-selling pillows. (Photo: Amazon)

Here you can search for coupons by category and even clip and save coupons. The selection is amazing, too! Like this unreal deal on the Meritlife Queen Size Cooling Comforter, which has nearly 4,000 five-star reviews and is an Amazon’s Choice product. The $70 comforter ia already 51% off, but with Amazon’s on-page 50%-off coupon, it’s only $17!

$17 $70 at Amazon

Why not throw in a set of Amazon’s #1 best-selling pillows? A set of two is usually $43, but with Amazon’s 40%-off on-page coupon, the pair is just $26.

$26 $43 at Amazon

You’ve just given your bed a luxury makeover for only $43, thanks to Amazon Coupons. Now imagine the savings on Prime Day.

Use Brickseek.com to identify the biggest discounts fast

The price-checking app Brickseek is a secret (savings) weapon for in-the-know bargain shoppers, who use it to hunt down the best deals across top retailers like Amazon. First, create an account (it takes less than a minute). Then click on "Sort & Filter." Choose Amazon.com in the “Retailer” field. Then filter by “Trending” or “Newest” for most up-to-date deals. You can even filter by category and brand.

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Brickseek, Amazon Prime Day

Keep a close eye on Brickseek this July so you can make a beeline to the hottest Prime Day deals.

Check the Amazon Warehouse for Open Box Deals

Who doesn’t love a bargain bin? Amazon Warehouse is packed to the gills with items that were used, pre-owned or open-box items. Most of the products are electronics like smartphones, laptops and tablets, but you’ll also find home goods like kitchen appliances. Amazon Warehouse products go through rigorous testing for physical appearance and functionality. Each item is then rated on its condition: “Like New”, “Very Good”, “Good” or “Acceptable”.

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The Instant Pot Duo is a Prime Day best-seller. (Photo: Amazon)

On a regular day, you can find discounts of up to 25% on Amazon Warehouse, but on Prime Day you can add additional savings, sometimes up to 20% more. A perfect example of that is the Echo Dot 4th generation, Amazon’s #1 bestselling smart speaker. Echo Dot tops the list of Prime Day deals each year, and this one is already 25% off in the Amazon Warehouse if you trade in a qualifying Amazon product.

Likewise, another Prime Day superstar year after year, the Instant Pot Duo 6-quart 7-in-1 multicooker is almost 21 percent off retail.

$79 $100 at Amazon

Sign up for Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program for up to 15% off

There are certain items you constantly replenish, whether it’s your favorite detergent or a set of supplements you take regularly. If you score a great Prime Day deal on something you use all the time, don’t just buy it once — select Subscribe & Save to set up repeat shipments. The program saves you up to 15% on your most-loved products. You decide the delivery schedule and Amazon will ship the products automatically. You can cancel at any time.

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Be fuzz-free with perfectly arched eyebrows thanks to your new travel companion. (Photo: Schick)

You can also go straight to the Amazon Subscribe & Save page to see subscriptions for $10 and under, subscriptions that come with coupons, and the most popular subscriptions, such as the #1 bestselling Schick Hydro Silk Touch-Up Multipurpose Exfoliating Dermaplaning Tool, which is just $5 for a set of three “life changers.”

$5 $6 at Amazon

Score Lightning Deals before everyone else by navigating to Prime Early Access Deals

Lightning deals are fleeting Prime Day sales that are gone in a flash — some in as few as four hours and while supplies last, so you’ve got to act fast. It’s best to get ahead of the game by navigating to Today’s Deals, then scrolling down to Prime Early Access Deals, where Prime members can see and shop lightning deals up to 30 minutes before they’re released.

Of course, Prime Day made Lightning Deals famous, but they’re actually available year-round. Here’s the Lightning Deals landing page.

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Amazon always has Lightning Deals, like 50% off this best-selling shower speaker. (Photo: Amazon)

The Lightning Deals on electronics are always fun: we routinely see up to 50% off best-selling projectors, smart watches, earbuds and more. We found this super cool XLeader SoundAngel Mate - Premium 5W Shower Speaker for 50% off.

$13 $26 at Amazon

Use CamelCamelCamel to detect the steepest price drops

Another great tool for tracking Amazon sales is CamelCamelCamel, a site (you can even install it as a browser extension) that keeps track of Amazon price drops — you can even set up real-time alerts for your favorite products. It also provides a price history, so you’ll know if that Prime Day deal is the product’s all-time lowest price.

Import your Amazon Wishlist to CamelCamelCamel, or search by category, popular products, top price drops, most recent price drops and more.

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CamelCamelCamel is a bargain shopper tool that makes you a smart consumer. (Photo: Amazon)

We’re in love with this Pyrex set, on sale for just $33. You wouldn’t know judging by the Amazon product page that this five-piece bundle was $125 just one week ago, because the on-page discount doesn’t reflect that price drop. But CamelCamelCamel keeps track of everything!

$33 $125 at Amazon

We also found this popular NutriChef Nonstick Cookware Set, in beautiful blue, for almost 50% off. It’s just $61, down from $117. And it’s only $2 away from its all-time lowest price.

$61 $117 at Amazon

Looking for more great Amazon deals? Check these out:

Home theater deals:

Headphone, earbud, smartwatch and tablet deals:

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Smart-home deals:

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