Sometimes, it's not easy getting a deal on Amazon.com. While certain products may sell for a bit below retail price, there are still taxes, shipping and handling charges, and other fees that can drive the price of your order back up. If you're the kind who likes to save every cent that you can, Amazon coupons may be what you're looking for.
There are two general kinds of coupons that you can use on Amazon: on-site discount coupons, and external promotional codes.
Amazon offers coupons right on its own website that give you one-time discounts on products that you buy directly from Amazon (i.e. not third-party sellers). To find and use them:
Go to www.amazon.com in your web browser and log in (if you haven't already).
At the top of the screen, click Today's Deals.
On the next screen, click Coupons.
You will now see a list of items that Amazon has on-site coupons for. You can click on one of the options in the menu on the left-hand side to narrow down your search by the type of product, what's popular, and so on. You can also use the arrow buttons on either side of each category to scroll through coupons for products in that category.
When you see a product that you want that you want to save some money on, click Clip This Coupon underneath it.
The button will change to say Coupon Clipped. Click this button, or click on the product's picture, to take you to that product's page.
(NOTE: You may have to choose a specific product if the coupon applies to a group of similar products.)
You will notice on the product page that there is a new section labelled "Coupon" which tells you that a coupon is being applied to the purchase of this item, and how much it's worth.
Now, continue making the purchase as you normally would. (See our How to Buy on Amazon tutorial if you need help.) When you get to the page where you're asked to select your payment method, make sure the check box beside "Use Your [amount] Promotional Balance" is marked. If it isn't, click it to mark it.
The amount of your coupon will be subtracted from the sale price, before fees and taxes are applied.
Promotional codes are sometimes found in emails and flyers from Amazon, but are more easily found on retail discount websites such as Coupons.com and Retail Me Not. They will usually give you things like free shipping or 10% off your order. To find them:
Type "amazon coupon codes" or "amazon promo codes" into your search engine of choice (one will most likely find results for the other). Then click on a link like the ones highlighted in the screenshot below.
In the example here, we've found a promotional code on Coupons.com (they shouldn't be too hard to find; you may need to click a button that says Get Code or something like that). Write the code down for use later, and make a note of what products you can use it on.
Now, go through the process of ordering an item that you can use the promotional code for. (See our How to Buy on Amazon tutorial if you need help.) When you get to the final checkout screen, before you confirm your order, click in the box labelled "Gift Cards and Promotional Codes", type in the code you wrote down, and click Apply.
Note that the code may not work if you use it on an ineligible product, or the code has expired. In that case, try a different product, or try a new code.
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