Amazon

Amazon is of course, the most special of special cases in retail. They sell everything, but they sincerely do not want you comparing their prices to other sites. And they issue virtually no coupons.

Amazon does have daily deals, which can be interesting, if overwhelming. But that’s just impulse shopping, something obsessives avoid.

Amazon credit cards

If you do one thing to cut your Amazon spending, apply for an Amazon credit card. I actually have two, which I only use for spending at Amazon.

Both offer 5% on Amazon purchases, which is pretty terrific, considering the lack of effort (other than credit score damage) required.

One is the Amazon Store Card, only usable at Amazon – it’s like a Macy’s or Kohl’s card, in case those names from the distant past mean anything to you. It may be the better bet, since you’ll have no ability to spend with it other places. Note that the 5% benefit only accrues to Prime members, which will set you back $129/yr.

The other is the Chase Amazon VISA, which I use more. It also earns 5% (again, for Prime members only), and cash is immediately rebated to your account for use in future purposes. Note that it’s not like other Chase-branded cards, which earn Ultimate Rewards points redeemable for lots of other stuff.

A daily dose of Amazon savings

My single favorite daily deal newsletter, Kinja Deals, is primarily focused on finding what’s hot on Amazon today, so you don’t have to. But it’s entirely coincidental if they find something you already want.

Price trackers: for the long term

A couple of services should be on your radar: camelcamelcamel and Keepa – which honestly do approximately the same thing. They watch prices for items you can afford to wait to buy at a target price you set.