Though Amazon Prime Day is only a few years old, the E-commerce mogul’s shopping holiday is going to be bigger than ever as it goes into its third year.
Prime Day 2018 kicks off on July 16th, at noon PDT. But with a huge selection of deals planned by top brands, there are far too many savings to be had for just one day.
That’s why Amazon is taking some of the pressure off shoppers by starting the deals a week early. Currently, the best early Prime Day deals are live and are much more practical and value-conscious than deals from years past.
But before you go pulling out your wallet, there are a couple things to keep in mind. For one, most of the Prime Day deals are exclusively for Prime members. If you aren’t already a Prime member, you can take advantage of Amazon’s 30-day free trial to lock those deals down.
Also keep in mind that Amazon is relying more heavily on Lightning Deals and other limited time offerings this year. Most of these deals happen too fast to cover, so keep an eye on the Prime Day homepage throughout the week for deals that might otherwise slip through the cracks.
Read on to browse our picks for the best early Prime Day deals.
1. Up to $20 off Prime Now or Whole Foods Market
If you live in a zip code where Prime Now is offered and haven’t already given this grocery delivery service a try, you can get an awesome first-time customer deal through July 17th.
You get $10 off your first and second order on Prime Now or Whole Foods Market when you use the promo code: 20PRIMEDAY.
Amazon offers 2 hour delivery on a large variety of everyday food items. Prime Now has just about anything you’d find at your local grocery store, and can save you the time of having to hunt it down in the store.
Just check out the selection and see for yourself. You may have already stood in a checkout line for the last time.
Promo Code: 20PRIMEDAY
2. $45 Off Amazon Tap Smart Bluetooth Speaker
Amazon’s line of digital voice assistant speakers are among the most useful products made by this tech juggernaut.
Their value does not come from their sound fidelity, but rather their compatibility with Amazon’s WiFi-enabled Alexa AI.
Don’t get me wrong, the Amazon Tap sounds great with its Dolby drivers positioned for 360º sound. It is also conveniently sized and has a 9 hour max battery life.
But the real magic comes when you invoke Alexa via the speaker’s built-in microphone. If you are connected to WiFi, you will have access a number of handy voice commands such as “Alexa, play music for a dinner party,” or, “Alexa, order a pizza.”
There are an insane number of skills available to you, and that amount is only growing. The Amazon Tap is a great introduction to so-called smart technology as a cost-effective way to start automating your life.
Price: $84.99 (35 percent off MSRP)
3. 90% Off Three Months of Kindle Unlimited
Amazon has offered their Kindle e-reader on discount enough times that every household should have at least one by now.
While it’s easy to obtain an e-reader tablet, it’s not easy to accumulate ebooks with the same tenacity with which you hoard paperbacks.
Cue Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s massive ebook and audiobook subscription service. Access to their library of content is normally $9.99 per month, but through July, you can sign up for three months of Kindle Unlimited for only 99 cents.
This gives you access to over one million books from any of your devices that supports the Kindle app. You don’t even need a Kindle to take advantage of this one.
If you already know you’re going to love the Kindle Unlimited service, then you can instead take 33% off a 12-month prepaid plan, or 40% off a 24-month prepaid plan by clicking here.
4. 30% Off Whynter ARC-122DS Elite Portable Air Conditioner
In many parts of the country, you need some serious air conditioning power to beat the summer heat. If the dog days leave you sweating in bed, then you need a window kit air conditioning system as soon as possible.
Whynter is offering some pretty considerable discounts on their portable wall units, allowing you to save almost $200 on their ARC-122DS Elite model.
This air conditioner hooks into a window to suck hot air out of the room, and is capable of cooling the air at a factor of 12,000 BTUs.
This air conditioner is silent and powerful. It can easily cool a whole house floor to as low as 61°, and fast Prime shipping ensures you’ll get it before you melt into a puddle.
Price: $419.00 (30 percent off MSRP)
5. Free In-Game Loot, Pre-Order Discounts, and More with Twitch Prime
Twitch users who are signed up for Amazon Prime will receive a variety of free giveaways leading up to Prime Day.
Amazon Prime normally confers a number of benefits through its partnership with Twitch, including perks likes ad-free stream viewing, discounts on pre-ordered box games, and newfree game downloads every month.
Leading up to the big day, you will get extra bonuses, including the current discount, a free copy of Hue.
If you are already a Prime member, then all you need to take advantage of this deal is a Twitch account. Since it’s all included in your membership, there’s pretty much no reason not to.
6. $220 Off TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV
Panel manufacturer TCL is one of the best values in the 4K TV market. Their budget 55-inch 4K TV, the 55S405, is even more of a value purchase when it sits at 37% off its MSRP value.
For under $400, you get a crisp and vibrant display with 4K Ultra HD quality. The TV has smart features built in, so you can access apps like Netflix and Hulu.
Price: $379.99 (37 percent off MSRP)
7. $100 Off Amazon Echo Show
The Echo Show is Amazon’s latest addition to the Echo family. This Alexa-enabled devices stands out from the pack with its built-in 7-inch screen.
This screen can be used to display lyrics, show smart security camera footage, or even make video calls to family and friends via the Alexa app.
Then, of course, it also does everything that the other Echo devices are capable of on top of that. This includes playing music from built-in speakers, answering general trivia questions, and pulling up the news or weather.
Price: $129.99 (44 percent off MSRP)
8. Up to 20% Off AmazonBasics Products
If you shop on Amazon regularly, you’ve probably come across AmazonBasics, their own brand of generic products that compete to be the top budget pick in any product category.
Leading up to Prime Day, select AmazonBasics products will be seeing a 20% discount, making them an even more tempting pick over the name brand.
Options range from camping backpacks, to Bluetooth speakers, to bed frames, and will be regularly updated with new deals.
9. Up to 25% Off Rivet Pike Furniture and Decor
Amazon’s partnership with brands like Rivet, Pinzon, and Stone & Beam have allowed them to negotiate discounts up to 25% on select furniture and decor items from these high-end brands.
Modern light fixtures, couches, and tables are available at a considerable discount to Prime members, and when you take advantage of the free two-day shipping, you’ll be able to give your house that instant makeover it needs.
10. 30% Off Amazon Brands of Everyday Essentials
This year, Amazon really wants you to skip the grocery store. Like really bad. To encourage you to plan ahead and order online, they’re offering 30% off on Amazon brands in categories like foods, vitamins, sunscreens, baby products, and household essentials.
Get out your shopping list and start checking off things, because there are some awesome savings to be had. Just note that the discount will be applied at checkout, so you’ll have to do a little math to figure out where the really hot buys are.
11. 45% Off Large Photo Prints
Okay, so it’s my job to patrol the web for the best deals for thrifty shoppers, but even I didn’t know that Amazon printed photos.
Apparently, they want everyone to know, because they are promoting this service with a massive discount on high quality printouts in your choice of size and paper stock.
Find a couple of old frames and print some pictures to match, and boom, you’ve got some great meaningful gifts to give out during the holiday season.