Readers start your engines. One of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, Amazon’s annual Prime Day event, is finally here. Lasting 48 hours only, from June 21-22, online shoppers everywhere will converge on Amazon and the Amazon app in the hopes of scoring (and saving) big on all of the best deals Prime has to offer. The two-day shopping extravaganza celebrates Amazon’s birthday by offering its members mega deals across every category: electronics, fashion, home, fitness, toys and so, so much more. Not to mention that there are early bird deals and promos already taking place.

Read on for tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Prime Day experience. Whether your goal is to find early deals, save big, support small businesses or just shop around for fun, we’ve got all the info you need to help label this year’s Prime Day a success.

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When is Prime Day?

Prime Day kicks off on June 21 and runs through June 22. The 48-hour event is open to Prime members only.

How to Shop Amazon Prime Day

1. Make sure you’re an Amazon Prime member

So, you want to shop Prime Day, score some deals, and save money? Well, tip number one-and probably the most important-is to become an Amazon Prime subscriber. Only Prime members are able to score big on the deal for Prime day, so you better get to signing up.

Not yet a member? Never fear. Amazon is offering a 30-day free trial that also allows you to take advantage off all of the perks included in being a Prime member (Prime Day included). Or, if you already are a member, but have noticed that your membership has expired, you can pick up a new monthly membership for the low cost of $13. And, if you’re looking to get a head start and shop the early discount deals that are available you must be a member.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up now and start saving! Besides, the benefits are totally worth it. (Unless saving money isn’t your thing of course.)

2. Take advantage if you’re a college student

If you’re a college student looking to save money and take advantage of all that Amazon Prime has to offer, you can get a six-month free trial and become a member for $7 a month. Plus, students get access to tons of student-exclusive deals curated just for them.

3. Get the app

Once you’re a member you’re going to want to have access to the mobile app year-round so you can take advantage of all the discounted prices, but the app is especially helpful for Prime Day.

After downloading, open the app and head on over to the “Deals” section. Scroll through everything that is being offered and select which ones pique your interest the most. Once you’ve narrowed it down to two or three-or ten, hit “Watch this deal” and the app will ping you with an alert once that sale goes live. Whether you’re on the go or chilling at home, it’ll help you snag all the best deals you want before they’re gone.

4. Get bonus credits before Prime Day

Amazon has a few different ways that shoppers can earn some credit to use for purchases during the two-day event. Here is what you can still cash in on:

5. Shop small businesses

If you’re looking to support small businesses this year, Amazon has made that easy with offerings from more small business selling partners than ever before. Take a look through the shops, where sellers are offering over a million deals this Prime Day. Or, say “Alexa, shop small businesses” and she’ll take you right to where you want to go. Here’s a few more tips and tricks to take advantage of:

  • Curated storefront: A super easy to use storefront that lets shoppers browse through all of the small business collections, including Black-owned, woman-owned, and military family-owned small businesses.
  • Spend $10, get $10: From now through Sunday, June 20, Amazon is offering a $10 credit to use on Prime Day to members who spend $10 on select U.S.-based small businesses through Amazon’s storefront including products from Amazon Handmade and Amazon Launchpad.
  • Earn 10% cash back: During the Spend $10, Get $10 promotion, Prime members with an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card or Amazon Prime Store Card will earn 10% cash back on purchases made through small businesses.

Deals on electronics

Deals on Music

Deals on Reading

Deals on home

  • Save up to 40% on certain home essentials like hangers, storage, bedding and towels
  • Save up to 40% on furniture deals including sofas, mattresses and office furniture
  • Save up to 40% on kitchen products including Dutch ovens, kettles, baking accessories and knives

Deals on fashion

  • Spend $100, get $15 off
  • Save up to 30% on Men's & Women's Fashion from Amazon Brands
  • Save 40% on Diamond Studs from Amazon Collection

Additional Ways to Shop

As per usual, Alexa knows exactly what to do. If you have a device nearby that supports Alexa, simply say “Alexa, take me to Prime Day deals” and she’ll help you shop through all of what’s offered and score big. She really always has our back, doesn’t she?

Or step into the future by shopping virtually through Amazon Explore. For up to $50 using the code FREEFUN, Prime members can try their first live virtual experience.This gives you the ability to shop locally in dozens of other places around the world: Costa Rica, Florence, you name it.

And for customers that have an Amazon retail store nearby including Whole Foods Market, Amazon 4-star, Amazon Books, Amazon Pop Up, Amazon Go and Amazon Fresh can also save at these locations for Prime Day too. Just hop in your car and go!

Prime Day is rapidly approaching and the time to save is now. Get signed up to be a member today and save your hard-earned cash come June 21 and June 22. Plus, having all of your holiday shopping done in the summer is a major boss move. Your mother will be seriously impressed. Happy shopping!

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