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Amazon Prime Day: Pro tips to help you get the best deals

Amazon Prime Day: Pro tips to help you get the best deals
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If you're feeling a little extra excitement in the air today, I probably know what it is. Amazon Prime Day gets underway tomorrow.

That's right, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday, July 16 the scrambling for savings will begin. It's even better this year as we get a day and a half to enjoy the extravaganza.

The massive sales event goes through Tuesday, July 17 and millions of Americans will be taking part. But not everyone knows how to score the biggest savings. Don't worry, we'll help you. Keep reading and we'll give you some Prime Day pro tips to get you the best experience.

Saving big on Amazon Prime Day

Deals for non-Prime members

If you're not an Amazon Prime member, you can still take advantage of some Prime Day sales. Not all of the discounted items during Prime Day are exclusive to members.

Keep an eye on the sales and you'll find plenty that are available for purchase without a membership. You won't get the free 2-day shipping like Prime members but the savings could be enough to not worry about that.

Stay sharp my friends

The challenge on Prime Day, besides sorting through the many, many items, is making sure you are able to take advantage of whichever deals you are after. While some deals are your typical sales, others will be Lightning Deals and therefore will need to be purchased as soon as you see them.

If you are unfamiliar with Lightning Deals, the general premise is they are provided on very specific items and usually last for a set amount of time. That could mean they are available for just a few minutes, or possibly whenever the item sells out.

Lightning Deals show up frequently, but randomly. There will also be Prime Day Spotlight Deals, which have a greater inventory and thus are available longer, as well as Gold Box Deals of the Day, which will be around for 24 hours before being replaced.

Secret promo most people don't know about

Amazon is running a promo tied to its iOS and Android apps. You can get an extra $5 off select deals just by using the app's camera function. The promo is actually running six different times throughout Prime Day, so you can save a total of $30 if you take advantage of each promo.

Tap or click here to learn all about the promo and how to take advantage of the additional savings.

Alexa to the rescue

If you happen to own an Echo or other device with Alexa, you will be able to ask it for some help. Simply say, "Alexa, what are your deals?" and you will gain access to exclusive deals that are not available elsewhere.

You will also have the chance to shop for certain deals a little earlier than those who are only using Amazon's website.

Great deal for music lovers

One of the best Prime perks is Amazon Music. Much of Amazon's music collection can be heard through its streaming service, almost like Spotify.

Unfortunately, not all of your favorite music is included with the free version. You will need to pay for Amazon Music Unlimited for that.

There are millions of songs available to stream and they are ad-free and on-demand. which you can get at a discounted rate with your Prime membership. For non-Prime members, it costs $9.99 per month, but as a Prime member, you get it for $7.99 per month.

Even better, there is a Prime Day special going on right now. As a Prime member, if you subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited right now you'll get four months for just 99 cents.

This deal is for new Music Unlimited subscribers only. After four months, you will be charged the regular subscription fee of $7.99 per month or $79 per year, but you can cancel at any time.

Don't miss our own Komando Day sale

That's right, we're having our very own Komando Day sale! (PssT! We're actually doing 2 full days.)

Everything in the Komando Shop is being discounted by 20 percent. The sale begins Monday, July 16 at 12 a.m. Pacific and ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Tuesday, July 17. Keep reading for some examples of the amazing deals you'll find in the Komando Shop.

HOW YOU CAN SHARE AMAZON PRIME WITH FAMILY MEMBERS

Amazon Prime recently got a much-scrutinized 20-percent price increase that has many people reevaluating their commitment to the online retailer’s subscription service. While Amazon packs a lot of features into that $119 annual fee, you might be looking to get a little more out of it. One way to do that is with Amazon Household.

Tap or click here to learn a way to share Prime benefits with your family.

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