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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 2019 might not be totally worth it if you’re really looking for the best deals.


1. Some things just shouldn’t be shopped mid-July.

Practice patience for the best deals. Big buys like grills and large appliances are the most deeply discounted around Labor Day. Toys and Apple products go on sale closer to Black Friday and Christmas. And even though the back-to-school deals will be upon us before we know it, waiting until the end of July to stock up will save you about 10% more than purchasing now.


2. Competitors are giving Amazon a run for their money (well, your money).

Target

Target Deal Days just so happen to fall on July 15th & 16th. Do those particular dates ring a bell (*cough* they’re the same as Amazon Prime Day *cough*)? We expect to see discounts on items that rarely go on sale, exclusive home products, apparel, and toys, with new deals each day.

Walmart

Walmart plans to release thousands of “special buys” and “rollbacks” between July 14th and 17th, valid online only. They’ve also recently launched NextDay shipping on orders over $35 (and you don’t even need a membership). Score!

eBay

eBay is already offering great deals on electronics, home items, apparel, and more. Like always, these deals will be open to everyone (no membership required), and most orders will ship free! Then on the 15th of this month, we’ll see up to a whopping 80% off brands like Apple, Dyson, Samsung, and Garmin.

Old Navy

Old Navy is crashing the Prime Day party by offering 50% off EVERYTHING at OldNavy.com PLUS free shipping on all orders on July 15th only!


3. You’re buying just for the sake of buying.

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

Just because something’s on sale doesn’t mean you need it now – like this super large bag of cereal marshmallow bits. And be honest, are these Sonic the Hedgehog 12 Latex Balloons something you really want to spend $3,000+ on (well, maybe they’ll dip to just $2,000 on Prime Day)? 😱 You could be saving up for a bigger splurge, padding your holiday budget, or just socking it away in a rainy day fund.

Unless you’re in serious need of a robo-vacuum or another product featured as an Amazon Prime Day deal, you’re better off planning your purchases wisely. Although, the bulk bag of Cereal marshmallow bits sure is tempting… 😉


If you do decide to shop the sale, here are Hip2Save shopping tips:

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  1. Sign up for Amazon Prime now for exclusive access to Prime Day info, upcoming deals, and awesome membership benefits.
  2. Learn what’s new for Prime Day 2019.
  3. Check out innovative launch products and sneak peek deals.
  4. Start building your wishlist before the deals go live to have discounts automatically applied.
  5. Score up to $75 in FREE Amazon credit to use on Prime Day purchases.
  6. Bookmark our Amazon deals page so you don’t miss any of the Prime Day deals!

Doormat that reads, "This house runs on coffee, Target, and Amazon Prime"


Emily is an evergreen writer specializing in health, beauty, fashion & living frugally. She has degrees in Business & Communication. Connect with Emily on LinkedIn


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  1. Holly

    The sonic balloons come with sticky notes though, so maybe a steal at $3,000 plus with that bonus! LOL! 🙂

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      LOL!

  2. Ashley

    Absolutely KILLED it on amazon last year for diapering and toiletries for my baby born a week later. Yes I will be there and waiting again this year! And amazon should remove some of those unscrupulous 3rd party listings

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      The diaper deals were awesome last year, Ashley!

    • Jamie46178

      What that generally is actually is a seller who ran out of stock but will be getting stock in shortly. They don’t want to sell any right now so they put it at an outrageous price so that it won’t sell and then when they get some in they
      lower it back down to a normal price. You can go on to a search like camel camel camel and see what the actual price has been when it actually is in stock and I’m sure it’s more normal.

    • Wren

      I remember there being a lot of diaper deals that didn’t apply to everyone, and a lot of Prime subscribers being frustrated at no rhyme or reason why some customers were eligible for the deals and many were not.

    • Alissa

      I did too! I wish I grabbed more diapers!!

      I still have tons of vitamins, hand sanitizer, baby wash, bottle wash, and bubble bath… All free or approximately 50 cents.

  3. tipaye

    80% off Apple products on eBay?! Sign me up!

  4. scamp

    I am trying to buy more things locally or at the very least patronize my local target and wal-mart. I will shop Amazon but try not to if I can buy from another retailer. Even though I love to shop on line I am tired of all of the stores in my neighborhood closing. I have found some great things at my local JC Penney and Target. If we all continue to buy everything online then we may have very few places to shop when we do want to go out. My humble opinion but at least I will do my part to keep stores open.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for your comment, scamp! We appreciate what you are doing to help your local stores! 🙂

    • Sherri

      I totally agree! I love a great online deal but I’m tired of my local stores going out of business.😓

    • Kitty

      If you want to help your local stores stay open, then shopping at big chains like Walmart won’t help. They actually have aggressive pricing strategies that lead to local mom and pop stores closing in areas they open in.

      • djk

        …and the big chains are pushing “self-checkout” – just putting more low wage earners out of a job.

        • Jodi P

          My walmart now has 22 self-check lanes, and just 6 regular lanes with a cashier. And those lines are long and slow.

        • Alissa

          People keep pushing them to pay their low skill workers a livable wage, so of course they’re going to cut out the low skill jobs and replace them with computers where they can.

    • Meg

      Well said!

    • Mindy

      There are thousands of small business that sell products on Amazon. By purchasing from them, you are often times supporting a mom-and-pop business. Trust me…I’m one of them!

  5. Luv🌺

    I’m in the market for a multi-surface vacuum cleaner; I have mostly tiles but carped rooms, no stairs also something that can clean celling fans. It seems Dysons are popular? But I don’t want to break the bank and would prefer $100 or less. Any input is appreciated. 🌺

    • PrincessMom

      If you can get a Dyson for under $100 go for it but even on sale you’re usually looking at much more for that brand. I’ve got a Hoover that I bought on clearance before Sears closed near us (paid around $50) and it’s great–we’ve got wood, tile, and carpet.

    • Julie

      I love my Shark vacuum. I’ve had Hoovers, Bissels, etc. in the past, and I think my Shark is much better. Shark’s are typically more than $100, but you could probably get a more basic Shark model for close to that. And, even a pricier Shark is cheaper than a Dyson!

    • Kristin

      Shark Navigator liftaway. I bought mine for $120 with a 20% off coupon at Bed Bath and Beyond – worth every penny and more. It’s been 3 years and still love it. I also have mostly hardwood floors but a few carpeted rooms. It’s got a setting for hard floors and another for carpet. It’s easy to clean, is HEPA, and also comes apart in lots of different ways. It’s crazy how much dust it picks up! If mine every quits, I hope I can buy the same one all over again.

  6. Kalynn

    Wow, I REALLY appreciate you all posting this, since it has the potential to deter people from using your links and helping you to make sales! Rather than saying BUY BUY BUY, your honesty is refreshing and goes to show that you really do care about helping people save money, instead of just being a site to make a percentage from a link! Thank you for everything you do!!

    • Monique

      I agree!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are so welcome, Kalynn! We really do want to help you save, but only if it’s “real savings”!

  7. Linda

    Really hoping for an instax camera! I remember buying the 8 for 20 with a coupon code from here , patiently waiting and hoping something will come up!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      We will keep our eyes peeled for one for you, Linda!

  8. Jodi P

    I’m just waiting for the $5 off a $20 book purchase. Not the kindle books, the regular books. Although I do love my kindle.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Everyone loves that deal, Jodi P!

  9. Nikki

    My partner works at an Amazon warehouse. The workers are extremely overworked and often get in trouble for using the restroom during their long shifts (time off task). Please understand when you order so many things (especially wanting it in 1-2 days) its at a cost to someone else. The workers and their families are dreading prime day. If you are interested in learning more about the poor warehouse working conditions, please see the NYT report or even the episode of Last Week Tonight from last week. I understand we all won’t stop online shopping, but maybe try to select no rush shipping and just being more mindful when we shop.

    • susanwalters

      The high hourly wage comes at a cost to the workers – – – so each worker needs to decide if it is worth it to them mentally and physically. Customers changing their buying habits is not going to fix the overworked situation. Customers are paying for the convenience of having it shipped to them quickly by paying for a yearly membership and for paying more than the item typically is at Wal-Mart if you went to the store directly. I have no doubt that Amazon’s warehouse rules are strict and are not a good thing for everyone, yet cities fight for the opportunity to house a warehouse in their city and works line up for the jobs – – – just like the auto plants in the 70’s. The “perks” of rush shipping to your door is what is funding that higher than average warehouse wages.

  10. Sarah Smythe

    If you know how to shop it – Prime Day is better than Black Friday BY FAR… Last year I scored almost a year’s worth of Paper Towels and Toilet Paper for under $100 (charmin and bounty, so not crappy brands – year before was Cottonelle & Viva), cases of diapers for under $15… a ton of Supergoop, my fave sunscreen that never goes on sale with stacking promos… The thing is that it can be overwhelming to just browse – there are some great facebook groups that post just how to get what and before it sells out (because that can happen fast on Prime Day) — Search FB for kids deals (if you’re a mom) or Amazon deals and there are some great groups to join (you can usually look at their pages first to see if they post good stuff or cheap china amazon codes)

  11. Debbie in PA

    My favorite deals last year were actually the Prime member deals that were offered at my local Whole Foods store (in store). I still have some special soaps that I bought ALOT of (partially for gifts) and am using up the last of the awesome chicken I bought! If I can recall, the only things I bought online from Amazon was a gift card deal, and maybe some k-cups. For the most part, I look for similarly priced deals all year long at my local stores, which translate into local jobs and taxes for our community.

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