It's the time of year to stock up on gifts for friends and family -- and Amazon says the. So if you have a Prime membership, now's a good time to .
While you probably know you can get free two-day shipping as a Prime member, did you know you can also get packages sooner, or schedule a delivery date that's more convenient for you? Or that you can get exclusive?
Here are all the ways the Prime membership you already have -- and your Amazon Echo -- can help you shop today.
Get extra discounts by shopping with Alexa
You can use your Amazon Echo to ask "Alexa, what are my deals?" anytime. Alexa will then share Prime-exclusive deals with you and you'll have the option to add the item to your cart, buy it now or move on to the next deal.
Schedule a convenient shipping date for your package
Everyone knows about Amazon's free two-day shipping, but another option is toduring checkout. It's called Amazon Day and it's helpful if there's a specific day you know someone will be at home to answer for packages -- especially if it's something pricey that you don't want to risk sitting outside unattended.
If you order multiple items on different days, you can have them delivered on the same day as long as they're eligible for this offer.
Use your Amazon Echo to help track packages
If you have an, you can use it to track your orders.
Just say "Alexa, where's my package?" and your Echo will let you know where it is and when it'll arrive. Once your order has been delivered, theand if you have the Echo Show, the delivery notification will appear on the screen.
Shop Early Access deals before non-Prime members
If something you've been eyeing says "Prime Early Access," as a Prime member, you can shop that sale 30 minutes before non-Prime members. However, you'll still have to compete with other members who are also interested in the product before it sells out.
Use Prime Now to get what you ordered in a couple of hours
If there's a product you want same-day, you can see if it's available in Prime Now. Amazon will deliver from morning until evening, so you won't have to worry about receiving your order at 3 a.m.
This way of shopping is nifty for when you really need to go to the grocery, but can't risk losing out on that new item, like a primenow.amazon.com to see if you're eligible. Note that you'll need to add a gratuity for delivery here, unlike with a normal Amazon Prime order.. Prime Now isn't available in all locations, so enter your ZIP code at
Share your Prime perks with family
If you've got another adult living in your household, like a significant other or friend, you can share your Prime membership with them. You'll still be able to keep your personal accounts separate, but you'll both have access to all the same Prime benefits.
You can also share your account with up to four teens and up to four children in your household. While they'll have their own logins, you can still manage their profiles.
Amazon can leave your package inside your house or garage
When you know you're not going to be home for a while and you've got a shipment on the way, it's much safer to have an Amazon employee leave your items inside your house or garage to avoid theft.
If you have the Amazon Key Home Kit or Amazon In-Garage Delivery Kit, you can request to have your expensive packages left in your home or garage for free. The Home kit itself costs $257 (currently sold out) and comes with a cloud cam and a smart lock, so you'll be in charge of letting the delivery person in and can watch as it's happening. The garage kit is on sale for $30 and turns your garage into a smart garage.
If you're wary of block the delivery in your home -- for example, if you know you'll be home during that time., keep in mind that you'll also receive notifications during the entire process. Note that you can also choose to
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