Amazon Prime Day is here!
Starting today, July 12th and lasting until midnight Pacific time July 13th, Amazon Prime Members can shop major deals that rival Black Friday.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to prepare for Amazon Prime Day so you can approach it mindfully and intentionally.
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Plan to Skip Amazon Prime Day
It can be so easy to get caught up in all the buzz or feel like you’re missing out.
But, spending money or time you don’t have ends up becoming not just physical clutter, but mental, financial, and emotional clutter as well. It’s just not worth it.
That doesn’t mean participating in Amazon Prime Day is bad or wrong, especially if there are items you want or need that you can save on, and you have the money to spend. In that case, read on.
Sign up for a Prime Membership
You have to be a member in order to take advantage of the deals.
We’ve had a membership for, I don’t know, at least ten years, probably longer. We particularly enjoy:
- the free shipping (two day, one day, same day, no rush)
- watching Amazon video
- getting cash back on our Prime Rewards Visa card
- discounts on Whole Foods
- try before you buy (receive clothes and shoes to try on before purchasing, with the option to send back without buying.)
- Prime Day shopping
There are so many benefits we haven’t even touched, but I feel like we get our money’s worth just from the benefits we do use.
You can sign up for a free 30 day trial now, and still take advantage of Prime Day.
Make a Shopping List
Know what you’re shopping for and write a list. Here are ideas for your Prime Day shopping list.
- Holiday shopping Doing this will take some of the financial pressure off of the holidays plus save time and stress from running around shopping at the last minute. If you need gift ideas, be sure to check out this gift guide that has ideas for everyone on your list.
- College dorm/first apartment essentials. Amazon is a very affordable way to furnish a dorm room or apartment, and stock it with dorm essentials.
- Hobby supplies that you might be running low on. Or maybe stock on items you need to finally start a hobby.
- Items to support daily rhythms and routines like exercise clothes, an electric kettle for morning or evening tea, or a journal.
- New Home – If you’re settling into a new home, Amazon is perfect for all those little things you need as you move into a new home. I had constant deliveries for a couple of months after we moved last Fall.
- Household items – upgrade or replace household items like disappearing beverage glasses, missing forks and spoons, or ratty old towels, and bare thread sheets.
- Home projects – shop for materials for your current DIY, decorating, or organizing projects. Be sure to browse my Amazon storefront for home decor and organizing product recommendations.
- Wardrobe Items – This is a great opportunity to shop the Amazon fashion deals to fill in gaps on your wardrobe, upgrade on quality, or replace worn items.
Set a Budget
This is self-explanatory. I will say though, that writing it down will help you stick to it.
Also, determine if you’re budget is cash only or if you’re okay with using credit. If you do use credit, have a plan for paying it off quickly.
Set up Alerts
If there’s something in particular you’re looking for, you can set up alerts through the Amazon app.
Once you download the app:
- go to the menu
- tap settings
- go to notifications
- turn on watch and waitlist deals
- find an upcoming deal and add it to your watchlist
Doing just these few things will simplify the shopping process and keep you focused on your goals.