Amazon Prime Day starts July 12 – Here are 5 ways to prepare and save money

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Amazon Prime Day is set to take place on Tuesday July 12 and Wednesday July 13; however, it’s never too early to start planning. “If you start thinking about Prime Day ON Prime Day, you’re late to the party and you’ve probably missed some early bird deals,” Kristin McGrath, managing editor at RetailMeNot, told NBC News.

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Here are some ways to prepare for Prime Day.

1. Check your Prime account status

To purchase Prime Day deals, you must be an Amazon Prime member. Check your membership status to make sure it doesn’t expire before the July event. GameSpot said checking your Prime account status can also tell you if you’re a monthly or annual member and when your next renewal is.

If you’re not a Prime subscriber, you can sign up for Amazon’s 30-day free trial to get discounts and other benefits.

2. Update payment methods

Make sure all payment methods connected to your Prime account are up to date. CNET recommended removing all expired payment methods to ensure your purchases go through without delay. If you’re planning to make a large purchase, CNET said letting your credit card company or bank know ahead of time can prevent it from being declined.

3. Earn $10 Amazon Credit

You can earn a $10 credit by participating in the Prime Stampcard event before Prime Day. To earn the credit, you’ll need to stream a show on Prime Video, listen to a song on Prime Music, borrow an ebook from Prime Reading or Kindle Unlimited, and make a Prime-eligible purchase of $5 or more.

4. Consider the Amazon Prime Rewards Signature Visa

The Amazon Prime Rewards Signature Visa offers Prime members 5% cash back on purchases made on the Amazon website and Whole Foods, 2% cash back on restaurants, gas stations and pharmacies and 1 % cash back on utilities, carpooling and other purchases. There is no annual fee and Amazon also offers a $100 Amazon gift card upon approval of the card, CNET reported.

5. Configure transaction alerts

Prime members can set up transaction alerts related to recent searches and items viewed in the Amazon app. You can set up these alerts through the Prime Day page before the event.

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You can also ask an Amazon Alexa device to notify you when Prime Day is about to begin. Prime members can even ask Alexa to notify them of deals on products in their wishlist, cart or save lists for later, CNET explained.

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