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Super Saver: Prime Day 101

There are two things a lot of us find great joy in -- getting a package in the mail and saving a ton of money.
It's called Amazon Prime Day. Last year, there was a total of $2.41 billion dollars in sales. And this year, even more is expected to be spent. Our resident Super Saver, TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson, has done the research to help you find the deepest discounts and it all begins on Monday, July 16th!

First thing’s first….What is Prime Day?
This is essentially Amazon’s Black Friday.  It all starts the afternoon of Monday, July 16th. If you’re a Prime Member, Amazon’s subscription service that includes free 2-day shipping on most products, you’ll get access to mega deals.

What should you expect?
Price cuts: includes deals on TVs -- especially Amazon’s own Fire TVs made by Toshiba and Insignia
            - deals on all Fire Tablets, Kindle Readers and Echo Devices
            - Household products are always popular on Prime Day: big discounts on dish soap, detergent, toilet paper, light bulbs and diapers

Lightning Deals: sales with special Prime Day pricing
            - These deals offer a heavy discount, but they come and go quickly.
            - Once you grab a Lightning Deal, you should complete your purchase within 15-minutes.
            - You can jump on a waitlist for the item and you'll get a notification when it's available again (if it sits in someone’s cart too long, it's put back on the market).


Whole Foods & Prime Day
The Amazon-owned grocery chain is offering prime members a $10 credit to use during Amazon Prime Day when they spend $10 or more at Whole Foods. This deal is good from July 11th through 17th. Whole Foods shoppers should expect even bigger savings in store. All you need is the Whole Foods App on your Smart Phone and make sure to sign in with your Amazon account.

What if you’re not a Prime Member?
If you’ve never been a member, you can get a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime. If you don't want to keep it after 30-days, make sure you cancel it so you're not charged for a full year.

A year membership has gone up by $20 to $119. If you’re a college student, you can get a 6-month free trial or pay $6.49 a month.

Prime members get free 2-day shipping on most products, plus access to Prime's streaming music and video services.