Prime Day 2016: 10 Questions & Answers to Help You Save Money

Amazon Dash Button on top of an Amazon Prime Box

If you're an avid Amazon shopper such as myself, you know all about Prime Day and what deals are being offered. However, if you're busy or haven't had the time to research Prime Day, certain details about the global shopping event may not be clear. So, I'm going to answer 10 questions that will help you save money on Tuesday, July 12th! You'll definitely want to be informed; many analysts are predicting that Amazon's Prime Day could double in sales compared to last year.

Let's get into the questions and answers:

10. What is Prime Day and how long does it last?

Last year, Amazon decided to start Prime Day to celebrate its 20th anniversary, which is essentially "a one-day only global shopping event exclusively for Prime Members" according to Amazon. It begins on Tuesday, July 12th at 12am Pacific Standard Time and lasts one day.

9. Can anyone shop on Prime Day?

No. You must have an Amazon Prime account in order to have access to the 2016 Prime Day deals. My suggestion is that you get a Prime Account ASAP. Then, once you've done that, quickly create a shopping list so that you're able to take advantage of the best deals. Since there will be over 100,000 items on sale for Prime Day, it's critical that you're organized because the hottest deals will be the hardest to get! Did I mention you may win $1,000 by creating a Shopping List?

8. How will I know when an item from my Shopping List goes on sale?

You need to download the Amazon app on your phone immediately. Stop what you're doing now if you don't have it yet, and get that app on your phone. Once you've done that, enable notifications so you know when a deal is on sale. Here's how it will work: Amazon will send a notification to your phone if an item in your Shopping List is a Prime Day Lightning Deal. You will then need to place the order.

7. Should I purchase a $99-a-year Prime Membership?

Absolutely! And, Amazon is NOT paying me to say that. I avoided getting a Prime account for a long, long time. When I finally did, I realized how much money and time I was saving by using it. You're going to read many websites that tell you to get the Prime Membership and then cancel it after Prime Day. But, I think you should keep it! Why? You get access to Prime Pantry, which allows you to save major bucks on household, beauty, and other products. You also get free photo storage, discounts on diapers, access to Amazon shows, and much more. Email me at Lauren@TheLHFactor.com with any questions.

6. What kind of items are going to be on sale for Prime Day?

Since there will be over 100,000 items on sale for Prime Day, I can't go over each one. But, here are some of them: televisions, watches, Kindle products, and even special experiences with musical artists such as Flo Rida and Blink 182. Amazon is saying that products from almost all departments will be going on sale on July 12th. So, I would just expect that whatever you have in mind will be offered at a discounted rate on Prime Day. 

To give you an idea of what you may be saving, for last year's Prime Day there was a deal that gave Amazon Prime customers 30% off Xbox Ones. There were also deals that included 47% off headphones, 30% off cameras, and 50% off Kindle Fire HDs. 

5. Do I have to purchase a product right away, or can I wait since it's in my cart?

If you want to ensure that you get the deal for that product, you should definitely make the purchase immediately. When you're shopping on Amazon, please remember that simply placing an item in your cart does not reserve it. You have to place an order to complete the purchase. So, make sure you receive a confirmation email on Prime Day to make sure you placed the order. 

Do not get caught up in the other deals and start wasting 30, 40 or 60 minutes. You don't have time for that!

4. Am I actually saving money by shopping on Prime Day?

Unless you have access to MAJOR discounts on popular electronics, fitness equipment, music, and much more the answer is YES. This week, Amazon rolled out an early Prime Day deal: a 32-inch television with a Fire TV stick for only $120. oh, and a Dell Desktop was on sale for around $700. See more of the deals you missed out on here. So, on certain items you may be able to save up to 60% if not more.

ADVICE: Do research before you start shopping and creating your Shopping List. Although I believe you will find awesome deals, it doesn't mean you are getting the best deal. So, make sure to do comparison shopping! Go on other retail websites and look at what they are charging for the items you'd like to purchase on Prime Day.

3. Can I just sign up for the Amazon Prime free trial?

Of course you can! Amazon offers a free 30 day trial period that you can use for Prime Day. Take a look at the terms and conditions if you decide to go that route. Keep in mind: You will have to give payment information in order to begin the free trial. After the 30 days, you will be automatically charged if you don't cancel in time.

2. Will other websites have good deals on that day?

Maybe. Many sites want to compete with Amazon's big day, and will offer decent deals. I would encourage you to start researching those websites now so that you don't waste time on Prime Day trying to figure out your options. In order to save the most money, it's important that you know the answer to this question before July 12th. 

1. Any other ways I can save money?

Use Prime Now. Prime Members who make their first order through Prime Now (using promo code 10PRIMENOW) will save 10 bucks AND also get a promo code for an extra $10 to shop on Prime Now in the future. This is only in select cities so make sure you check the list first!

With the above questions now answered about Prime Day 2016, you should be on your way to save money! It's all about being organized and doing your research ahead of time. Make sure to create your Shopping List and download the Amazon shopping app. Make sure to enable notifications AND 1 click ordering.

Have more questions? Email me: Lauren@TheLHFactor.com!

Amazon Dash Button - How to Set It Up & My Review

Amazon Dash Buttons came out last year in 2015. They are small, plastic pods that allow you to order your home food, drink, health, and beauty essentials with the click of a button. So basically, if you run out of laundry detergent and you have a Tide button above your dryer, simply press it and more detergent will be delivered to your doorstep. No device needed! There are currently over 100 brands that have an Amazon Dash Button, and that list is growing fast! 

I just purchased my first Amazon Dash Button, and got it in the mail. My first impression: cute, small, and great packaging. When I took it out of the box, I pressed the button a few times (not on purpose) and proceeded to panic. Note: If you press the button, don't worry; you have to set up your Amazon Dash Button first! I then grabbed the directions at the bottom of the box. Make sure you don't miss them because they are easy to miss. I didn't see them the first time! 

Setting Up Your Amazon Dash Button

  1. Download the latest version of the Amazon shopping app on your iPhone, Android, or Fire phone.
  2. Launch the Amazon Shopping app on your phone and then click "Menu" on the top left (it's the icon that looks like three bars). Scroll down and click on, "Your Account." Then, under "Dash Devices" press, "Set Up A New Device." From there you simply have to follow the directions. A few things to keep in mind: You must have a WiFi connection, and you must have an Amazon Prime Account to order/use the button. TIP: Have your WiFi password on hand as you will need it in order to set up your Amazon Dash Button.
  3. Once you've successfully set up your button, you just have to figure out where to put it. I would suggest a place that allows you to easily see the button so you can use it as a reminder. However, it's up to you. Place the button wherever you'd like!
  4. When you're ready to reorder, all you have to do is press the button. Red means it didn't go through, and green means you've successfully made the reorder!

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Turn ON notifications. When you're setting up your Amazon Dash Button, you have the option of being notified after you've made a reorder. This is great because if you accidentally press it, you'll get a notification on your phone and be able to cancel it before it's shipped.
  2. Use the adhesive. This ensures that it will stay in one place and not move around. You don't want to lose your button! 
  3. Make sure the details are correct. When you're setting up your dash button, double check that your name & address are correct. It never hurts to take another look.

Let's get into the pros and cons of the Amazon Dash Button:

THE CONS

  • You have to pay $4.99 for each button. So, as a Prime member, when you order a Dash Button, you're charged $4.99. However, after your first "click" you get a $4.99 credit. Note: You get the $4.99 credit for EVERY button after the first "click." Although I understand that the button is essentially free (if you click it), I still believe the cost should be lower. 
  • The button could be smaller. Yes, it’s already small. But, imagine if you have one in each room. They start to stick out. And if it’s something that goes on a small appliance like a coffee maker, it’s not cute boo. My suggestion is that they make different sizes.
  • Need more brand selection. Since buttons just came out in 2015, there’s not a huge selection.  
  • Put a magnet in it. The first thing I did when I got my button is try to put it on my fridge. It fell. I get that Amazon wants you to put the button near the item you’ll be reordering, but I want it in a place I often go to so I don’t forget. 
  •  Lastly, I'm still mad about these buttons being $4.99!

THE PROS

  • Makes life easier and saves time. Press a button and BAM! You get your package without even getting out a device. Now, that's love!
  • It’s a great reminder. Seeing one of these is a great reminder to reorder whatever I need.
  • It’s easy to set up and use. It took me under 10 minutes to set up my button.

Overall, I think the Amazon Dash Button is worth it ESPECIALLY if you live a busy and active life. However, Amazon needs to figure out a way to make them cheaper. If I wanted 10 of them, there's no way I would spend $50. After all, each time I press the button, I'm spending money. Hopefully, the price will go down to $2 each or less. 

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. Also, I made a video that details the set up process here:

 

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