A geeky mom's guide to Amazon Prime Day - 510 Families

A geeky mom’s guide to Amazon Prime Day

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Whitney asked me to write to you with all my nerdy control freaky best tips for Amazon Prime Day (This year, July 15 and 16). How could I resist?

First, what the heck is Amazon Prime Day? It is a weird anniversary for Amazon on which they put an epic parade of items on really good sale prices. It’s not even a day this year; it is two days. The challenge is that much of that stuff you don’t want or need, and Amazon wants you to get all excited and over-shop. You don’t need to play that way.

Stuff to do before Prime Day

First, are you already an “Amazon Prime Member”? If not, just do it. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trialir?t=510famz 20&l=pf4&o=1 and take advantage of these swell deals while you decide whether to continue for the year. Prime membership regularly costs $12.99 per month (or $10/month if you paid your $120 per year up front).

Amazon = Whole Foods so shop there. The {510} Families management team meets weekly at Whole Foods on Gilman Street, and we see the specials and deals. Use your Prime Membership to save on groceries on a regular basis, like your club card.

Tips for Whole Foods visitors:

  • Spend $10 at Whole Foods this week and earn $10 credit at Amazon for Prime Day.
  • Extra good deals abound from 7/3 to 7/16. Save $3.50 on a delicious apple pie like I did. Or buy 2 pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for $6.
  • See more Whole Foods Deals here.

Think about what you WANT and NEED for back-to-school and maybe upcoming birthdays and holidays if you’re really a planner. I’m a big fan of the Amazon-brand clothes for kids: Amazon Essentials and Scout + Ro basic kids clothes. These items may or may not be marked down more. Watch this spot for updates!

Amazon Essentials kids clothes

Put some items in your cart and see what happens. Historically, the best deals are on Amazon-branded items like Kindles, Echos, and other pricey electronics.

My m.o. is to put big ticket items in my cart this week and then check my cart on Prime Day to see if the prices make me want to check out.

Where to start for big savings:

Home decor – This Amazon house brand of furniture is fantastic. I’m interested in all the storage things. Whitney has her eyes peeled for light fixtures. Outdoor furniture? You might get lucky.

Strollers and car seats – History tells us there are big savings to be had in the baby gear category. Put all the models you are open to in your cart and see what happens.

Luggage, backpacks and cases – Prime day is a good time to replace rolling suitcases and invest in carrying cases for electronics. I’m loyal to American Tourister for rolling bags, but hear that the Amazon Basics brand is great, too. (Yes, I have an R2D2 suitcase. Did I not already confess I am a geek?)

Home electronics – Printers, DSLR cameras, crazy Christmas lights, and wifi range-extender thingys (ask my husband) are the sort of thing you can save a lot on.

Cooking and cleaning gadgetsjuicers, robot vacuum cleaners, and dyson appliances (we love our air purifier) are pricey investments worth saving on.

Early deals have already started

Ring Video Doorbell + Echo Dot — Prime members save $130. Did you want a fancy video doorbell that you can monitor from your smartphone? Whitney does.

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote plus 2 months of HBO is $40 right now.

Instant-Pot is a fabulous cooking device for busy families and it is already super-marked down. If I didn’t already have this exact model, I would buy it now at 50% off (my page shows a $10 off coupon) and put another in my cart to see if the price drops further.

{510} Families favorite items

We asked our facebook community for some of their top picks for gearing up this summer. If you want a few more ideas for what to put in your cart…


Stuff to do on Prime Day

Buy the stuff on amazon.com that has a great price. Don’t get lured into something you don’t need. The end.


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