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holiday shopping season Every year comes first. In 2021, it’s not just a retailer’s strategy to spend more money. Supply chain disruptions and chip shortages mean that buying specific items will be more challenging and more expensive.

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Here are proven ways to get the gift you want while staying on your budget.

1. Get Discounts on Brand New Technology

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Take a look around your house. Do you have any old gadgets that you are no longer using? Trading in these can get you Amazon credit or a good discount on your next purchase. Even non-working devices can qualify, so it’s worth checking out.

to do that, Go to trade-in page and choose category for your device. You can browse by device and model to see what type of credit you’ll receive.

I have an old first generation Amazon Echo sitting in my garage that is powered on and has no faults. This will get me a $25 Amazon gift card. Not bad for something I haven’t used in years.

Speaking of Alexa, she can do more than just tell you the weather. Use the digital assistant to schedule meetings, set reminders, and more. Tap or click here for 21 Alexa commands you’ll use over and over again.

2. Request their wish list now

It’s hard to plan when you have no idea what gifts to give to your family and friends. Instead of digging through text messages later, ask your loved ones to create an Amazon wish list.

They can do this through their own accounts or your shared family account. To set up a wish list:

  • go to your amazon account page.
  • Click make a list In the yellow box. Give it a name and select list out.
  • You can add items directly from this page or on an individual product page.
  • On the product page, look under the purchase options on the right. You’ll see Add to list.
  • press dropdown arrow and choose the correct list.

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To share a wish list:

  • Navigate to the List page. From homepage, hover accounts and lists > your lists.
  • At the top, click send list to others.
  • to select only see Or view and edit. The second option allows one to add or remove items.
  • Share by copying the link or by email.

Pro Type: New lists are private by default, but you might have wish lists attached to your profile, available to everyone who stumbles upon them. Tap or click here and scroll down to number 3 for steps on how to secure your wish lists.

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3. Use Decreasing Gift Cards

Looking through my wallet and desk drawers, I have a handful of Amazon gift cards with just a few bucks left. You might too. Instead of throwing them out, add them to your account. Hey, every dollar counts.

  • Find the claim code, which is usually 14 or 15 characters long and usually contains letters and numbers.
  • go for redeem gift card.
  • Enter your claim code and select apply to your balance.

4. Use Coupon Codes to Save Even More

If you’re shopping on Amazon without using a browser extension or third-party site to help you get the discount, you’re doing it wrong. There are many solid options.

  • Capital One Shopping Offers handy coupon codes that are instantly applied to your cart at checkout. You can also get exclusive rewards at your favorite stores and earn credits to redeem for gift cards.
  • NS camel camel camel detail Track price drops on Amazon, so you don’t need to keep refreshing.
  • NS Honey Browser Extension Can help you find coupons on products sold by Amazon. It can also automatically apply the discount when you check out.

You can also set up a Google Alert if there’s a specific product you’re looking for. Tap or click here and scroll down to “Keep track of moving forward” for simple steps.

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5. Get Amazon Prime Discount

Amazon Prime is expensive, especially if you don’t use it much. If you order frequently, it’s worth it in the shipping costs alone. Tap or click for all the other benefits that make it worth the money.

There are several ways to save a few bucks or even get Amazon Prime for free:

  • Pay upfront for a year instead of breaking it into monthly payments. A monthly payment of $12.99 will cost you over $150 per year, compared to a one-time $119 fee for an annual subscription.
  • Buy one month only. If you don’t shop a lot on Amazon, keep the subscription only for a month or two until your purchase is complete.
  • If you time it right, you can even get on a free trial. Tap or click here to try Prime Free for 30 days.
  • Those who qualify can get Prime for just $5.99 per month. This includes people from government assistance programs, such as EBT cardholders. Tap or click here to see if you are eligible.

Tap or click here for the full list and direct links to discounted pricing.

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Now, let’s address the spoilers. You don’t want to waste time and cash on a big surprise that may go to waste before you open the gift.

6. Hide Your Searches

Nothing is worse than when our technology strikes us. Take pesky targeted advertising. Say I buy my husband a watch. There’s a good chance we’ll both start getting ads for this because we share an IP address. Tap or click here for a simple trick to stop it: Incognito Mode.

On Amazon.com, your search history may be giving you away. It’s smart to remove gifts from your browsing history. move your cursor up Account and Lists. under your account, click on browsing history. A list of the items you have visited will appear. For everything you want to hide, tap remove from view.

You can also turn off browsing history completely. At the top of that page, click Manage History. toggle Browsing history off.

While you’re done searching around in Settings, it’s time to secure your account. Tap or click to make 5 changes to your Amazon account.

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7. Hide your orders too

Once you shop on a gift, you can even keep it a secret.

move your cursor up Account and Lists > your account and click Order. Find the order you want to hide and click archive order. This will remove the item from immediate viewing in your order history.

It is important to note; Archived orders can still be viewed by visiting your account page and selection stored order.

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