Today I have a really short, but totally killer, Amazon hack for Prime members. A tip that will quite often get all of your items delivered to you via 1-day shipping for only a small extra cost. Here are the easy steps to make it happen:
1. Add Several Items to your Cart
The first thing you have to do to make this work is to add more than 1 item to your Amazon cart. If you’re purchasing a single item, unfortunately, this hack won’t help you.
2. Select 1-Day Shipping on Any 1 Item
Next, select the 1-day shipping option on any item in your order. Leave all of the other items in your cart at 2-day Prime shipping.
3. RESULT: All Items May Be Shipped Together via 1-Day
Because of the way Amazon shipping works, they save money by packaging all of your items together. So this means, for a small surcharge, you stand a great chance of getting all of your items delivered via 1-day shipping.
How to Increase Your Chances of This Working:
- Make sure the items are fulfilled by Amazon and not a 3rd party seller. Items need to be packaged at an Amazon warehouse for this to work.
- I’ve noticed that if you select the largest item (by weight) to get 1-day shipping, it increases your chances of this hack working. In other words, Amazon is more likely to throw smaller items into the box and ship it all to you via 1-day delivery.
- I have a success rate of this shipping trick working about 60% of the time.
- This hack is always worth a shot, especially if you need at least 1 item delivered to your home very quickly, in which case you have nothing to lose by trying it!
By Kyle James
Starting today, October 1st, 2015, Target has updated their price-match policy and you can now price-match like a crazy person at your local Target location. Target will now match the online pricing of 29 websites, up from a messily five. The five websites they did price match were the big players you’d expect: Amazon, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, and Walmart.
But now they price-match a whole new slew of specialty stores that often offer strong sales events and provide a terrific opportunity to get the same price at Target, even if the competing store is not in your town. (See also: The Stores With the Best Price-Match Policies)
The 29 Websites Target Will Now Price-Match
Here they are in alphabetical order:
- Babies ‘R’ Us.com
- Bed Bath & Beyond.com
- Best Buy.com
- Barnes & Noble.com
- Buy Buy Baby.com
- Costco.com – Not clear yet if you’ll need a Costco membership to be eligible for a Target price-match.
- Dick’s Sporting Goods.com
- Office Depot.com
- Sam’s Club.com – Again, similar to Costco, not sure if you’ll need a Sam’s membership to get a price-match.
- Sports Authority.com
- Toys ‘R’ Us.com
How to get the Target Price-Match:
- I highly recommend arming your smartphone with the RedLaser app so you can quickly scan the bar-code of the item and see what other online (and brick & mortar) retailers are selling a particular item for.
- If the retailer is one of the 29 listed above, and has the item cheaper than Target, simply show evidence on your mobile device to a Target employee. You can also bring in a print-out of the product page and show it to an employee.
- I recommend starting at the customer service desk in the front of the store as these employees are typically well acquainted with the Target price match policy and can quickly help you get the lower price.
- The product must be “in-stock” on the competitor’s website at the time the price-match is requested.
- There is a limit of 1 competitor online price-match, per identical item, per guest.
Caveats to Target’s Policy:
- Target won’t match the price of a 3rd party seller on Amazon.com.
- Alaska and Hawaii Target stores are excluded from price matching online competitors.
- For obvious reasons, you can’t get a price match on exclusive Target brands as other retailers simply don’t carry those products.
It’s also worth noting that you can get an in-store price match if the lower price is found on Target.com. Surprisingly, the price in-store is sometimes higher than Target’s online price. Make sure you do your research and get the lower of the two. Happy savings.
By Kyle James
Photo by Mike Mozart.
While it’s always fun to talk about the best buys at Costco, it can often be more helpful to breakdown the items that provide the least value. The stuff you’ll simply want to buy elsewhere and save money in the process. Here are the 12 items that are a bad buy at Costco, many of which will probably surprise the heck out of you.
Big Vats of Almost Anything
Due to the expiration dates on things like mayo, mustard, yogurt, eggnog, and ketchup, it’s often a bad buy to purchase these in large quantities at Costco. After all, saving a few bucks upfront is not worth it if you end up throwing it away before consuming it all. This advice extends mainly to those without a household full of hungry kids.
Here are the average expiration dates on some of these popular items to help you determine if you should be buying them at Costco or not:
- Mayonnaise: Once opened, it will store safely in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
- Yogurt: Will typically keep for 7-10 days after the sell by date.
- Ketchup: Will keep for up to 6 months in the refrigerator.
- Peanut Butter: Opened PB will last up to 3 months in the cupboard.
- Pickles: Surprisingly, these will last for an entire year in the fridge.
- Sour Cream: You only have 2 weeks to consume a tub of sour cream.
- Mustard: 1-2 years past its expiration date when left unopened in the pantry.
- Butter: It will last 2 weeks past the expiration date.
While it can be enticing to stock-up on diapers at Costco, you should look at Amazon Mom, a subscribe and save program, and get them for 20% less on average. Throw in the fact that you’ll get them delivered for free to your front door, and it makes Amazon a really good deal. For example, at Costco you can get Huggies (size 2) for $0.18/diaper, compare that with an Amazon Mom subscription and you’ll only pay $0.14/diaper. May not seem like much savings, but for a box of 246 diapers, you’ll save a significant $9.84 by staying away from Costco. Similar savings exists for other popular brands like Pampers and Luvs.
When it comes to feminine hygiene products, Costco is usually not your best option. For example, Costco currently has Always Pantiliner Xtra Protection Long Dailies (160ct) for $9.99 and Amazon has the same exact product for $7.55. Also, because of the printable coupons you can find at drugstores like CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid, you can often end up with a lower price on tampons, pads, and other similar products.
I always see shoppers walking around the Costco warehouse with shopping carts full of “snacky” food like granola bars, chips, crackers, jerky, and the like. I often wonder what the heck they’re doing as the per-unit price of most of that stuff at Costco is more expensive than at your discount grocery stores. Also, you risk buying more than you’ll actually eat, and end up having to throw some of it away, or end up feeding it to your chickens.
With 3 kids in the house, we buy a lot of cereal. Cheerios, Frosted Flakes, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Corn Flakes, the occasional Fruity Pebbles…you get the idea. We always find it cheaper at our local Winco Foods discount grocery store, ALWAYS. The savings with a coupon is even greater. Don’t let the bigger boxes at Costco fool you, they’re almost always more expensive per serving then what you can find at the cheapest grocery store in your town. Do the math on your next shopping trip and you’ll see the difference too.
Are you aware that sunscreen can actually expire and lose its effectiveness? I sure wasn’t. Some dermatologists actually suggest “using up” a bottle within two months as the active agents can decompose over time. For this reason, it’s risky buying sunscreen in-bulk from Costco unless you’re lathering up several kids every morning. Instead, look for deals at Walmart or Target on more reasonably sized sunscreen bottles.
Media: Books, CDs, and DVDs
While many shoppers think Costco is the best place to score a deal on books, music, and DVD/Bluray movies, the fact of the matter is you can typically find lower prices on Amazon or at Walmart. Also, let’s not forget about your local thrift store as it’s a great place to pick up “new to you” books for pennies on the dollar.
Instead of buying in bulk from Costco, use a printable coupon, along with a sale, and stock-up for less at the grocery store. Besides the grocery store, look for deals at Walmart, Target, and even drugstores. We’re talking significant savings too. Up to $0.20 a laundry load less when compared to a Costco Wholesale club.
Paper plates, napkins, and plastic silverware, you’ll almost always find them cheaper when they go in sale at grocery stores. This is especially true when you can combine store and manufacturer coupons on your paper goods. These paper products are pretty easy to store in bulk, so be sure to stock up when the price is right and you’ll get them cheaper then if you made a trek to Costco.
Name-Brand Clothing and Shoes
Beware that whenever you see name-brand clothing or shoes at Costco, they are often made specifically for the warehouse club and are of lesser quality. Brands where I personally have noticed lesser quality include Levi, Reebok, Hanes, Champion, and Adidas. Instead, buy higher quality name-brand clothing, at a major discount, from stores like TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls.
Tasty fruit like peaches, tangerines, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are typically darn expensive at Costco. Be sure to check the price per pound as most grocery stores will beat their price by 15-20%.
Towels and Sheet Sets
Due to limited colors, thread counts, sizes, and a higher price point, Costco is not the best place to shop for bed sheets, comforters, and towels. Compared to Costco, you can typically save 30-40% more by shopping for these items at TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls. Also, keep an eye out for sales and coupons at stores like JCPenney, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Macy’s to score a deal better than what you’ll find at your local Costco.
Ask the Reader: What items on my list do you agree with? Also, let me know if you disagree on any of these and I’d be happy to investigate further. My goal is to keep this information up-to-date and accurate. Thanks.
By Kyle James
Photo by J Brew.
On Friday, September 25, 2015 starting at 12:01 AM ET, and ending at 11:59 PM PT, you can save a cool $32 bucks on a 1-year Amazon Prime membership. For 1-day only, you can get Prime for $67, instead of the regular $99. Makes for a great time to buy a membership as we head into the holiday shopping season. The price is actually lower then what Amazon sold a Prime membership for prior to the rate increase to $99/year. Sign Up Here.
Why the odd number of $67? It’s in reference to the 67th Emmy Awards which saw Amazon win 5 awards this past Sunday. A bit gimmicky for sure, but a great way to save $32 if you were considering Prime anyways.
UPDATE: I have gotten a lot of questions about who is eligible for this price, and unfortunately, this offer is for “New Prime Members” only.
What Exactly Do You Get With Amazon Prime?
For those that are still a little fuzzy about what comes with a Prime membership, here is exactly what you get:
- Free 2-Day Shipping: Get 2-day delivery on millions of “Prime” eligible items. If you don’t get the product delivered on time, you can get a bunch of cool things.
- Prime Music Streaming Service: Unlimited, ad-free access, to Prime Playlists and more than a million songs and albums at no additional cost via Prime Music.
- Unlimited Photo Storage: Unlimited cloud storage with a service called Amazon Prime Photos.
- Same Day Delivery in Certain Areas: 2-day shipping not fast enough? Use Prime Now to get delivery as fast as 1-hour in select markets.
- “Prime Only” Early Access Deals: Amazon owns a website called MyHabit.com which specializes in limited time discounts (up to 60% off) on apparel, shoes, jewelry, handbags, and home items. It’s a “members only” website and Prime members get access to the deals 30 minutes earlier than everyone else.
- Free Streaming Video: Instantly stream Prime Instant Video titles from your computer’s web browser, Fire phone, Fire TV, Fire Tablets, Apple devices, Android phones, Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players, and gaming consoles.
- Kindle Lending Library: From Amazon.com, “With Amazon Prime, Kindle owners can choose from more than 800,000 books to borrow for free with no due dates, including current and former best sellers and all 7 Harry Potter books.”
Ask the Reader: Does the $67 price point for a 1-year Prime membership seem like a great deal to you? The truth of the matter is you may never see it this cheap again.
By Kyle James
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