Is Amazon Prime Day Even Worth It?

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Amazon Prime Day is coming!

At Hip2Save, we love Amazon Prime Day. That said, we’re not ignoring the logic behind ditching at least certain aspects of it. Here are some reasons why Amazon Prime Day 2021 might not be totally worth it.

Amazon Prime Day is June 21st & 22nd, 2021.

1. Some things just shouldn’t be shopped for in June.

Amazon packages on porch

It’s important to know the best times to shop for items year-round. From food to baby products to home goods & even baking goods – there’s a science behind when to buy & stock up to get the best prices possible. Luckily for us, Amazon Prime Day is halfway to Christmas so you might be starting to plan for the bigger purchases we expect to see on mega sale this year, such as a new home security system or a smart TV!

On the flip side, this might mean we need to practice patience for the best deals closer to Black Friday on items we might be trying to score for Christmas. Typically, top wish list items like toys, clothing, and some electronics will have the most anticipated sales a month later this year. But only time will tell!

2. Target is also having a huge sale & it starts an entire day earlier than Amazon Prime Day.

target shopping cart filled with items

Just like last year, Target will be rolling out the red carpet to host its Target Deal Days. Except this year, it’s not only coinciding with the same days as Amazon’s Prime Day, but Target’s sale is starting an entire day earlier on June 20th! Coincidence?… We think not!

hand holding up unicorn target gift card

Even more exciting… this year they’ll even be including food & beverages during Target Deal Days as well as bringing back favorite deals, such as discounts on beauty, personal care, toys, and so much more.

AND, don’t forget to mark your calendars for June 16th-19th, as Target will be offering 5% off Target eGift Cards in preparation for the Target Deal Days sale! Talk about some sweet savings!

Read more about Target Deal Days here (including more savings for RedCard holders)!

3. Walmart is running the biggest sale of all the large retailers.

man pointing to Walmart store front

This year, Walmart is not only following suit from last year but they’re trumping all the other retailers with their epic sales during the same exact time. Even bigger, it’s going to be twice as long & start even earlier than Amazon Prime Day. 😱 This really begs the question, “Is Amazon Prime Day actually worth it?”.

While we don’t have a full list of what will be on sale for Walmart Deals for Days, they’ve already leaked a few hot deals we’ve got our eyes on! #AmazonWho?

Check out these exciting Walmart Deals for Days deals (anticipated to go live around June 20th):

hisense smart TV on bench

Little Tikes Tobi Robot Smartwatch
Just $24.50 (regularly $49)!

iHome Nova Auto Empty Mopping Robot
Just $299 shipped (regularly $599)!

Hisense 40″ Class FHD Roku Smart LED TV
Just $178 shipped (regularly $228)!

HP 11.6″ Chromebook 4GB RAM
Just $159 shipped (regularly $179)!

4. Walmart is even offering a FREE 15-day trial for new Walmart Plus memberships.

blue walmart+ reusable shopping bags filled with groceries sitting on steps at front door

If it’s been a toss-up on which mega-retailer to commit to monthly, there’s never been a better time to try the all-new Walmart+ Membership program. With Walmart Deals for Days starting earlier and running longer than Amazon Prime Day, you can start saving even earlier and even more with all their awesome perks!

With a new Walmart+ membership, you’ll be able to take advantage of all these perks too:

  • Free shipping on orders with NO minimum purchase.
  • Unlimited FREE grocery delivery.
  • Use Scan & Go in the Walmart app for faster in-store shopping (something Amazon can’t even offer).
  • Receive discounts on fuel at nearly 2,000 gas stations, which couldn’t be better with prices rising weekly.

5. You might end up buying just for the sake of buying.

little boy with big bag of marshmallow bits and Amazon Prime box

We’ve all been there… you see a deal you just can’t pass up, but just because something’s on sale doesn’t mean you need it now – like this super large bag of cereal marshmallow bits. 😉 Instead, you could be saving up for a bigger splurge, padding an upcoming holiday or birthday budget, or just socking it away in a rainy day fund instead.

woman holding out an amazon box with blue printed packaging tape on it

The good news though, we’re weeding out the bad deals and already sharing some hot ones if you’re planning to participate in this year’s Amazon Prime Day shopping event!

6. No matter if you plan to shop Prime Day or not, we’ll be texting the best deals of all!

woman holding iphone and coffee mug

Speaking of all these great sales, if you haven’t been texting with Collin yet, you need to get her number! We’ll be covering all of these huge events including Target Deal Days, Amazon Prime Day, Walmart Deals for Days, and basically whenever we find the hottest deals ever!

By simply texting “HOT” to (775) 204-0125, Collin will know to text you whenever a can’t-miss-it deal pops up. Plus, she doesn’t quit after big sale events… so all the more reason to shop even after Prime Day is over. 😏

Still planning to join us on Amazon Prime Day? Here are our best Amazon Prime Day shopping tips!

amazon gift card in front of prime day package

  • Make sure to score more than $80 in FREE Amazon credit to use on Prime Day purchases! They’re all super easy & you can use them during the sale!
  • Start building your wishlist before the deals go live to have discounts automatically applied.

Take me to the best Amazon Prime deals now!

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 5 years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 40

  1. Casey

    Love this post!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you for letting us know, Casey!

  2. rocme

    I suggest using camelcamelcamel to check any “deals” on Prime Days to see how the price compares historically if you have any doubts as to whether or not something is truly a deal. I’ve always found Prime Day to be pretty lackluster, but have scored on some unconventional stuff like Legos and baby wipes.

    • ecroston

      I agree; I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything on Prime Day in years past. I almost always find a better deal or don’t actually need whatever it is. Amazon is kind of hard to shop, IMO

  3. Amyarlene

    This might be a silly question about prime day, but how do I make a wish list so that discounts are already applied? Is that just a making a list of saved items or is it special for prime day?

    • Hannah

      I was wondering the same thing!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Not a silly question at all! Be sure you are logged in to your account and then go to “Your Lists”. There you can create a list! Hope this is helpful!

      • Amyarlene

        Thank you!!

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          You’re so welcome!

  4. Ash

    Great. Now I want a super large bag of cereal marshmallows.

  5. KellZoll

    I agree that Prime Day isn’t always the best day for deals. I’ve also noticed with Black Friday, except for a few things, like TVs and electronic game consoles, the prices are better a few weeks leading up to the sales.

    • saraeediger

      Yes you are exactly right. I managed at a large clothing retailer for several years. Black Friday was never the best deal. October was always the best month to shop (or any “offseason” where customer spending and traffic tends to be lower and the stores have to work hard to get you into the store to buy.)

  6. Abi

    I usually buy things that I use anyways as they go on sale–I did get vanilla beans and Swedish dishcloths (both things on my ‘list’) on my husband’s and my accounts, and I’ll use the $10 credit to buy a couple of books that I’ve been wanting that don’t go on sale.

  7. Me

    IMO, no Prime Day is not worth it. There are better “discounts” through the course of the year at other places. They are trying to create a mid-year “Black Friday” shopping buzz during a slower part of the season. I suppose if you NEED something and it’s on sale on Prime Day, okay, but otherwise, be patient and you will probably find better deals elsewhere. i.e. for instance Kohl’s occasionally has mystery % days and if you are lucky enough to snag a 40% off, you can get some things (Kohls has a lot more than clothes on the website) 40% off AND get rewards points/credit card points, etc. AND free shipping or ship to store.

  8. Kris Schmidgall

    Thanks to Hip2Save, I have gotten some awesome deals on household essentials on Prime Day, especially on laundry detergents, like Tide and Gain. The bag of cereal marshmallows made me laugh, as I got a great deal on little pickles that we like – and we have an industrial sized can of them! I really appreciate the time you all put into trying to find the best deals! Thanks for all you do!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You bet! I love the double-dipping discounts they have on household essentials! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. taniyaah

    just registered for prime membership already got discover deal 20 off 20 and 40% off for using 1 discover points and got chase deal 10 0ff 20 got 10$ credit for small buisness and 3$ credit from panera and got10$ Gc credit from amazom GC deal so its worth for me i bought gift cards from the credits

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! Glad you were able to take advantage of the credits this year, taniyaah!

  10. Jackie

    Question- the $10 credit from small businesses that we can use during prime days, you can only get that $10 credit one time? It says one per customer so does that mean one/customer all around or you can only use 1/customer for each purchase?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      It means you can only earn the $10 credit one time, Jackie.

      • Jackie

        ThNk you for the clarification Jennifer 👍😁

        • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

          It was my pleasure, Jackie!

  11. Csandst1

    Deals aren’t that great. Once in awhile there’s a good deal on snacks, coffee or paper goods.

  12. Sherry

    Looking for a good deal on an Alexa Dot. Does Prime Day usually offer this?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! They almost always have those on sale for Prime Days! We will post went they do , Sherry!

  13. jon-0

    No it is not.

  14. Jan

    I bought $40 amazon gift card but I haven’t seen the $10 bonus where should it be

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      If you earned it, you would have gotten an email to confirm it. I would try looking in your spam mail. If you do have it, then it will show up on your next eligible order.

    • Jackie

      It shows sender as -Amazon Prime and the subject is -Claim your $10 credit now. You need to claim it and then they instantly send you another email confirming that you claimed the $10 and that it’s ready to be used during prime days. Hope that helps 🙂

  15. J. Sweet.

    Just the $10 deal for the small businesses, makes the prime day worth it. I may just buy some thing I would normally need anyway, and get my $10. I love how y’all help us save all of our pennies! Y’all rock!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m so glad you love the small business deal!

  16. Wren

    Not worth it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  17. Lisa

    I have finally realized the concerns that have been expressed about Amazon over the years. Not only are they driving out the little local retailers, they can become very powerful. I hope to find a way to get rid of my Prime account and ( mostly) disconnect from them.

  18. Sandra Phillips

    Just my opinion. We have managed to let Amazon become to large. Just like Wal-Mart, it puts small businesses out, when the the small brick and mortar stores are gone the prices will rise. The convenience is not worth that to me.

    • JODI P

      But that’s already happened. The small stores are gone, the medium stores are gone. Malls are almost shut down. They’re not coming back. I boycotted Walmart for 20 years. I didn’t shop Amazon until six years ago. It didn’t make any difference. I could trudge along, trying to save the little guy, but it’s over.

      And the pandemic was the final nail in that coffin.

      • catmom

        Jodi, well said. If anyone wants to shop small business, try Etsy.

  19. Just a shopper

    I signed up for texts from Hip2save and then all of sudden they stopped. I know I’m not the only one.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      There is something you can try. First text STOP to the number and then text START again.

  20. Mark

    Did the Coinbase $30+ redemption thing this morning for an Amazon gift card. No $5 bonus. Check the link to Amazon in the H2S message. No mention of this at Amazon. Looks like bad info from H2S.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m so sorry! We just checked and they must have discontinued the offer. We have removed it. Thank you for letting us know, Mark!

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