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Here's How to Get Free Stuff on Amazon

Get free Amazon credit when you order sample boxes or load up on gift cards!
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How to Get Free Stuff on Amazon

You can often get Amazon credits just by purchasing Amazon products or gift cards, signing up for trial memberships, or opting for no-rush shipping. These credits can be used on future Amazon purchases.

Intrigued? Read on for the full lowdown on how to get free stuff from Amazon.

It's Pretty Much for Prime Members Only

Amazon already boasts many of the lowest prices in online retail. But if you're dropping big bucks at the megaretailer every year, you may be missing out on some extra ways to save.

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Note that we're not talking about the ongoing freebies that are available to all customers, such as select Kindle eBooks, Android apps, MP3s, and movies or TV shows. We mean free credit offers, many of which — if not all — are only for Prime members.

There are a number of ways in which you can nab these free credits — from choosing no-rush shipping to buying Amazon's branded products — and each of these offers comes with its own rules, kinks, and exceptions. In order for you to take as much money from Jeff Bezos as possible (and with as little confusion), we've outlined the very best ways to take advantage of each version.

Sample and Save on Similar Orders

In most cases, Prime members will almost always qualify for the best free credit offers. (Still not a Prime member? Remember that you can sign up for a free trial!) This holds true when members are shopping for the store's popular sample boxes.

We've seen beauty sample boxes bundled with up to $20 in credit, and nutrition box purchases qualifying for up to $15 in credit.

Whether you're shopping for beauty products or investing in a healthy new you, the site will give you credit equal to the value of your order. We've seen beauty boxes bundled with up to $20 in credit, and nutrition box purchases qualifying for up to $15 in credit. The only downside to these freebies is you must use the credit offers on future purchases of similar items. (Hey, you always need soap.)

Buy Amazon Brands

Another way to nab free store credit is by shopping Amazon's in-house brands. From the store's future-proof Alexa speakers to its low-cost Dash Buttons, we consistently see Amazon items bundled with credit offers that can turn an average discount into a great deal.

The WiFi-enabled Dash Buttons (which are used as a shortcut to reorder essentials from Amazon) have particularly impressed the DealNews staff. They can cost as little as a buck to buy, but once you've made your first "press" or order, you'll earn $4.99 in free credit. Just be aware that these credit offers are, once again, only available to Prime members.

Sign Up for Serious Savings

One particularly enticing sort of deal has surfaced with Amazon's music streaming service. Last year, we saw $20 in free music credit wing its way to Prime members who signed up for an Amazon Music Unlimited plan. Since then, $10 credits have been more common, as well as a $5 credit. While those aren't as great as the $20 amount, they're still a good way to check the service out without spending a ton of cash.

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These credits are only available for new users upon signing up. The first month of the plan is free, and then it costs $7.99 per month. The credits are routinely applied after your first month, so that you can use them to procure at least one more month for free (or cheap, in the case of the $5 credit). Note that while you can cancel this music plan at any point, if you do so during the initial free trial, credits like this one typically wouldn't be applied to your account.

Recently, the credit offers seem to be declining. However, there are still plenty of freebies to be had! Amazon has been known to offer 60-day subscriptions for free or 3-month subscriptions for as little as $1.

Signing up for memberships in general can be a great way to save extra bucks on your Amazon orders. We've seen similar promotions offered for Audible, the store's audiobook service. We've already seen one offer this year that included a $15 Prime Now credit when you signed up for a 30-day trial at Audible for the first time. While not everyone has access to Prime Now, the deal also offered credits for two free audiobooks, which was still a great promotion.

Load Up on Gift Cards

Although gift card bundles are always a great way to save at most stores, few people want to stock up on tons of cards (even if they can score some free credit for their trouble). However, since we see the bulk of the best Amazon gift card bundle deals in the run-up to Black Friday and the holidays, we know those extra dollars in credit will make a real difference to your holiday budget.

We see Amazon gift card bundle deals in the run-up to Black Friday and the holidays, and they've popped up on Prime Day, as well.

In September and November of last year, we saw offers for $10 in Amazon credit with a $100 Amazon gift card reload. Once again, these deals were for Prime members only, but there were no restrictions to what you could use the earned credit on.

We also saw a $5 credit free with $25 in Amazon gift card purchases last July, as one of the Prime Day deals. While it was also available for Prime members only, it was a nice little bonus if you were shopping the sale.

Should these offers arise again, keep in mind that you may not be eligible for this credit if you've previously redeemed a similar promotion. Alternatively, you may have to create a new email address. We figure $10 in free Amazon credit will be worth that copying and pasting.

Opt for No-Rush Shipping

While 2-day shipping is nice, if you aren't in a hurry, you can opt for slower deliveries and receive a $1 credit. It can be used toward digital books, music, movies, TV shows, and apps. Just be aware that these credits often expire eventually. Additionally, they're typically only available for use on certain types of items.

Readers, have you benefited from any other Amazon credit offers? What's your favorite way to get free stuff at Amazon? Let us know in the comments below!


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A former Fashion Editor and Boggle champion, Donna Doyle spends her time writing for DealNews, re-reading Harry Potter, and living in denial.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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