24 Things You Should Always Buy on Amazon
Amazon’s really been upping their competitive pricing game lately—what with free shipping with Prime membership, Prime Pantry, Deals of the Day, Lightning Deals, and Instant Coupons. But with such a vast array of choices, we thought it wise to speak with a personal finance expert to find out the BEST deals on Amazon year-round!
Always buy from Amazon when…
Ashely Dull, editor-in-chief of CardRates.com, tells Reader’s Digest there are four scenarios when you should always buy on Amazon, even if the prices are comparable elsewhere:
- Shipping is free
- Return-shipping is free
- You want to try on clothes before you commit to buying them, in which case it’s worth considering Amazon Prime Wardrobe
- You have an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa, which offers 5 percent
Outside of those scenarios, you still can’t go wrong with any of the following items. Meanwhile, get to know these 15 little-known Amazon hacks to make your money go even further when buying from the online giant.
Bulk batteries: AA
One thing Amazon always saves you money on is bulk batteries, Dull tells us. For example, you can get a 48-count package of AmazonBasics AA Performance Alkaline Batteries for $13.99 (plus they’re eligible for Prime free 2-day shipping, as are many of the items on this list). Compare that with the same size package of AA alkaline batteries from MegaBatteries.com, which range in price from $21.99 to $37.99, depending on brand. Find out about 17 Amazon Prime benefits you need to start taking advantage of ASAP.
Bulk batteries: AAA
As impressive as Amazon’s deal on AA batteries is, its deal on AAA batteries is even better: a 100-pack of Amazon Basics AAAs is a mere $20. For an off-brand at Best Buy, you’ll pay nearly double ($37.99). On Megabatteries, you’ll pay anywhere from $41.99 to $63.99, depending on brand. Speaking of crazy deals, you can buy all these things on Amazon for less than a buck!
Oral B Rechargeable Toothbrush
Dull tipped us off that Amazon has plenty of dental care deals that are worth a bite. For example, you can score this Oral B Pro-Health 3000 Rechargeable Toothbrush with Bluetooth connectivity for as little as $84.95, with free shipping (despite that it’s not available via Amazon Prime). At Target, you’ll pay $99.
Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush
The manufacturer suggested retail price on this electric toothbrush is $69.99. A number of retailers, such as Best Buy, sell it for $58.99, but Amazon offers an additional $10 off, bringing the price to $48.99, which is a truly outstanding bargain.
TCL 65-inch UHD Smart TV
Amazon often has great deals on Smart TVs, Dull tells us, especially around the holidays, which is when you’ll find the best prices on 55- to 66-inch ultra high definition (UHD) models. (Word to the wise: they sell out quickly!) We checked the current prices on UHD Smart TVs and found some great savings right now on Amazon. For example, this TCL Series 5 65-inch Smart TV can be had for $749, whereas it will cost you $899 directly the TCL website.
LG 65-inch UHD Smart TV
For the same price as the TCL, you can get a 65-inch Smart TV made by the more well-known brand, LG. It has an MSRP of $896.99, although you can get it for around $800 on New Egg. But why wouldn’t you buy it for Amazon’s lower price of $769? Find out the Amazon products with practically perfect reviews.
Torras slim-fit iPhone case
When it comes to mobile device accessories, it’s difficult to beat Amazon on sheer variety alone. Want a case for your iPhone? You’ve got over 50,000 choices right out of the gate. Want one for under $10? You’ve got close to 200 choices. The one Amazon, itself, recommends is this Torras ultra-slim-fit case, which you can have for $9.75. Find out all the cell phone accessories guaranteed to make your life easier.
Otterbox Commuter Series iPhone Case
Want a higher-end iPhone case? How about the Otterbox Commuter Series, which comes highly rated and withstands some serious abuse. Otterbox lists the price at $39.99, but on Amazon, you can add it to your cart for $14.73.
LifeProof Waterproof Case for Galaxy s7
Galaxy fans also have plenty of options for phone cases on Amazon. For example, this LifeProof FRE Series Waterproof case retails for $79.99 on the LifeProof website. On Amazon, it’s only $33.
Mophie Power Reserve 1X
Dull also recommends we shop Amazon for mobile chargers/power packs. One of the most well-known brands, Mophie, sells this easy-to-carry-around model for $24.95. But it seems silly not to buy it on Amazon, where you’ll pay only $10.35.
Beats Solo3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
With your smartphone safe from destruction and all powered-up, there’s nothing left but to enjoy its superior technology. And there’s no better way to do so than with a pair of high-quality, Bluetooth-enabled headphones. Although Dull tells us Amazon is the place to buy most brands of headphones (and earbuds), we just about fainted when we saw how much Amazon could save us on these Beats by Dre over-the-ear headphones. Available for $349.95 on the Beats website, you can score them for $197 on Amazon.
For those who love to be connected… all… the… time, there’s no better solution than an Apple Watch. Since Apple’s iPhones seldom come at a discount (except as part of a 2-year wireless plan), it came as a big surprise to discover Amazon offers significant discounts on some Apple Watches. For example, this Series 1, which costs $279 at Best Buy can be yours for $218.19 on Amazon.
Sure, your Apple Watch comes with a nice band, but nothing says you can’t change it up sometimes, and Amazon has a huge variety of Apple-compatible watchbands at astoundingly low prices, including:
- A genuine leather strap that goes around the wrist twice. On Amazon, you can have it for under $20 (as compared with the Hermes-designed version that Apple sells on its website for around $1,200). Buy now
- Silicone sport band (available in many colors). On the Apple site, you’ll pay close to $50, while a comparable version on Amazon will cost just $7.99. Buy now
Amazon often has astounding deals on kitchen items, such as this Cuisinart 11-piece cookware set, which includes four covered saucepans, two skillets (8-inch and 10-inch), and a pasta insert that fits the largest saucepan. On Prime Day, this dishwasher-safe set was a steal at $150. Since then, the price has only gone down… to $127.76. Don’t miss these Amazon products with lifetime warranties.
KitchenAid Slow Cooker – 6 Qt.
Slow cookers are key for putting together stress-free weeknight one-dish dinners. And on Amazon, you won’t have to break the bank to get a top model. This KitchenAid slow cooker, with an MSRP of $149.99, is available on Amazon for $84.95.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
With an MSRP of $429.99, it’s hard to imagine finding a good deal on a KitchenAid stand mixer. But this one, which is available on the KitchenAid site for $269.99, is an even better deal on Amazon, where you can order it for $200.
Rada 7-piece starter knife set
Since 1948, every knife made by Rada, including those in this set (a paring knife, vegetable peeler, tomato slicer, super parer, 6-inch bread knife, cook’s knife, and slicer knife) has been made in Waverly, Iowa, which is why Rada knives made our list of 100 amazing things made in the U.S.A. And here’s why you have to buy the set on Amazon: First, it’s only $40.50, compared with prices of $60+ at Wayfair and Walmart. Second, it’s out of stock at those stores, but there are plenty available on Amazon.
Cuisinart 14-cup food processor
This baby can shred, slice, chop, emulsify, and puree, and on Prime Day, it was a steal at $127. But you can still get it at for $147.34, which is more than $51 off the MSRP of $199.
The Original Donut Shop Keurig K Cups
Looking for a low-priced laptop to access the internet? A Samsung Chromebook 3 with an 11.6-inch screen does the job for only $189.99 if you buy it from Amazon; whereas the MSRP is $219, according to the Samsung website.
Canon Inkjet Printer
The Canon Pixma MX922 is a pretty advanced printer for the money, at least for the money you pay on Amazon, which is $68. You can’t beat that price considering the MSRP is $179.99, although it’s available directly from Canon for $99. Seriously though, why would you not want to save over 30 percent and get free two-day Prime shipping? Be sure to check out these Amazon Prime benefits you might not know about.
At Staples, a great deal on printer paper is $9.99 for 500 sheets of what they call “96 Bright” (that’s your standard copy paper). But it still can’t top the deal Amazon’s offering: 5,000 sheets for $48.99. (We’ll do the math for you: to get the same number of sheets from Staples, you’d be paying twice as much.)
Amazon’s the best source for Alex-enabled products, Dull tells us, and that makes sense because Alexa happens to be Amazon’s virtual voice assistant. But she isn’t just talking about the inventory, she’s also talking about the prices. For example:
- The Alexa-enabled Fire TV Cube, which Best Buy sells for $119, is available on Amazon for $89.99. Buy now
- The Alexa-enabled Echo Show, which has an MSRP of $229, and which Best Buy sells at a steeply discounted $129, is still less expensive on Amazon, which sells it for $119 (and includes free 2-day shipping with or without Amazon Prime. Buy now
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