If you know me, you know I don’t like to leave my house much. I also like things that are convenient. So Amazon Prime Day is basically a holiday. My favorite holiday… and yes, you find the best deals here – not on Black Friday. (Trust me. I did a story about it for NBC back in the day.)
It’s not in most people’s calendars, but it’s in mine. In 2022, it falls on July 12th and 13th. A two-day event! Like any important holiday, you need to prepare and that’s exactly what I’m going to help you with here… plus, you don’t want to miss the early deals!
Remember to scroll down to the bottom of this page to grab my favorite Prime Day deals on Amazon. You’ll thank me later 😉
But first, understanding the big day if you’re new to it.
Become an Amazon Prime Member
First, it helps if you’re an Amazon Prime member.
To do this, you will pay $119 a year or $12.99 a month. (Trust me. It’s sooooo worth it.)
If you’re not a member, you will want to sign up for an Amazon Prime account free trial for you can take advantage of the Amazon Prime Day deals.
Also, be on the lookout for insane deals from Amazon products, like the Amazon Echo Dot (which I have and love), Amazon gift cards, Amazon Prime membership, and other select Amazon devices.
Shopping on Amazon Prime Day
1. Compare Prices on Amazon
Oh yes, the deals aren’t just happening on Amazon.
These big-box stores like Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are starting to catch on that people like to shop online, so they are being competitive!
Some online retailer sites like eBay are also trying to drive you away from Amazon.com.
So while something may look like a great deal on Amazon, it’s worth doing a Google search to see what you can get that same thing at a lower price somewhere else.
Remember, we’re talking about online shopping here. This will take you 30 seconds. You’re not driving to another store to price check. Your shopping cart is online… which makes finding deep discounts so freakin’ easy.
2. Track Prices on Amazon
You can also use online tools to see if the deal really is a deal.
This happens all the time before Christmas.
Retailers make things look like deals, but they’re really not.
Tools like Honey and CamelCamelCamel will tell you if the seller jacked up the price right before Prime Day just to bring it down to make it look like a deal when it really isn’t.
With Amazon prices changing daily, these are must-haves year round!
Some of those tools can also automatically apply coupons you didn’t know existed at checkout.
3. Read the Amazon Reviews
This is also something you can’t do in a store.
I will read a review before I buy almost anything… and they are very helpful.
But, buyer beware.
Anyone can put anything on the internet. (Yes, people are still learning this.)
Personally, I’ve been offered products for free in exchange for leaving a positive review.
I would never say something positive about something I had a negative experience with, but many will.
For this reason, I always look at the number of reviews something has.
If it’s just a few, I take it with a grain of salt.
If it’s hundreds or thousands, then I’m a believer.
4. Amazon Prime Day Deals
So, what should you buy on Amazon Prime Day? Well, I’m about to get a little link happy, and yes, some of these links are affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you purchase something after clicking on a product below. If that’s you, I thank you kindly in advance.
For my absolute favorite things on Amazon all day and every day, click here.
Here are my suggestions:
COSORI Air Fryer Oven Combo LINKED HERE
My husband uses this air fryer multiple times a week to cook just about everything. It’s literally his favorite item in our kitchen.
Shaved Ice and Snow Cone Machine LINKED HERE
I mean, it’s a snow cone machine. Need I say more?! If you get this, make sure to add these 6 different syrups to your cart too!
24 Piece Airtight Food Storage Containers with Lids LINKED HERE
This one is for all my fellow Home Edit lovers who get a sense of peace when things are organized and pretty. This is also the best deal I’ve seen on storage containers.
3-Piece Samsonite Set LINKED HERE
Besides the fact that Samsonite makes me think of Dumb & Dumber, one of the funniest movies ever, the color options with this set are amazing. With amazing reviews and the reputation this brand has, you won’t go wrong. Just ask Mary Swanson.
8-Piece Packing Cubes Set LINKED HERE
We can try using packing cubes at the same time. As someone who takes a lot of pride in being an organized packer, I can’t believe it’s taking me so long to jump on the packing cube bang wagon.
Belt Bag LINKED HERE
Give me a belt bag in all the colors. This one comes in 19 different prints and colors. You really can never have enough because going hands free in style is everything – traveling or not!
TOLOCO Massage Gun LINKED HERE
It’s like a pain that feels good because you know you need to work that knot out. My sister got this for my husband for Christmas last year and he loves it.
Aromatherapy Diffuser & Essential Oil Set LINKED HERE
10 essential oils, four times, and seven light settings make this a fun relaxation machine. I use one on my desk in my office sometimes when I work and when I’m going to sleep.
Fitbit Fitness & Health Tracker LINKED HERE
If it’s not tracked on the Fitbit, did it really happen? That’s been my motto for the last few years. Right now, I don’t want all the technology that comes with an Apple Watch, so I use a Fitbit and sync it up to my app to track my heart rate, activity with the fitness tracker, periods, and more.
Ring Video Doorbell LINKED HERE
I am so obsessed with my Ring Video Doorbell. As I write this, I’m in Canada watching my neighbor pick up my mail. Plus, at Christmas time I make my chime a Christmas song… which is the best thing ever.
Solar Powered Outdoor String Lights LINKED HERE
At night, I like a lot of lights. This set is perfect because you don’t need to worry about plugging them in, turning them on, then off. So easy!
Motion Sensor Wireless Rechargeable Lights LINKED HERE
These are the coolest because you can literally put them anywhere. Plus, they are so easy to remove, charge, and put back.
EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen LINKED HERE
I could go on and on about the importance of wearing sunscreen and why I’m so passionate about it now (or you can click here). This one is perfect because it will not break out your skin and literally feels like nothing on your face.
REVLON One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer LINKED HERE
This might be the most favorite thing on my list. If you want to look like you’ve just been to the salon for a blowout, then yes, you can finally do the job yourself with this magical contraption.
16-Set Makeup Brush Set LINKED HERE
I saw Hoda and Jenna chatting about these brushes on the Today Show one day. They were blown away at how high quality these brushes are at such a low price. Let me tell you, they were right. It’s shocking.
Apple Air Tags (4 Pack) LINKED HERE
I just ordered these and can’t wait to get them. One will go in my luggage when I travel, in my purse, and maybe in a band that I’ll have my kids wear too!
Roku Streaming Stick LINKED HERE
I have a Smart TV and I have Roku. I will never buy a Smart TV again. Roku is so much smarter and makes watching anything on any streaming service so easy. You can also click here and get a Fire TV stick, another popular choice.
Apple AirPods Pro LINKED HERE
The amount of books I’ve been able to “read” and podcasts my husband has listened to thanks to these bad boys is on another level. My husband has these in his ears all. the. time. Wireless earbuds are great for multitasking.
More Prime Day Favorites
Some other super popular things on this day and Cyber Monday include
- Robot vacuums
- Fire TVs (early Prime Day deals on products like this are fire… no pun intended)
- Video games
- Nintendo Switch
- A variety of kitchen appliances
- Echo devices (like the one linked above)
- Instant pots
- Fire tablets (your best prices are going to be on Amazon products like this one)
- Macbook Pro and other Apple products
- Kindle e-readers (keep your eyes peeled for Kindle unlimited book deals too)
5. Don’t Forget About the Other Amazon Prime Features
My mom has been an Amazon Prime member for years and she had no idea she had access to Prime Video.
You also get Alexa deals, Whole Foods Market discounts, Prime music streaming, free e-books, and the list goes on and on.
You can also share the annual membership with others in your family, each person getting their own account and payment methods.
What are you shopping for? If you need some ideas, just scroll down and grab my list of 18 must-haves on Amazon or click here!