There are many ways to save money when shopping on Amazon. Historically, one of my favorite tools was CamelCamelCamel which allows you to track prices on Amazon and receive price drop notifications. Unfortunately, that was mostly a manual effort, and frankly, time-consuming. Another method was to monitor price changes after a purchase and try to leverage my credit card company's "price protection" benefit (if they offer one). This also requires me to do some paperwork which included, which took too much time for smaller price reductions, and I often wasn't motivated enough to do the legwork. For my Citi credit card, this required that I submit my original credit card statement which included the purchase, a screenshot of the item with the new, reduced, price, AND fill out a reimbursement form. While it's a great benefit offered by some credit cards, it's usually not worth the effort.
Enter Earny an app which monitors your purchases and does the manual paperwork for you. To get started, you only need to link Earny to your inbox and allow Earny to monitor incoming messages for receipts. When Earny finds a purchase receipt in your inbox, it begins periodically checking your ordered product for price reductions. When it finds one, it submits the requisite paperwork automagically and notifies you when your request was accepted. An Earny notification is undoubtedly one of my favorite notifications to receive, which includes a little message like "I just got you $18.67 from Amazon".
I haven't been using Earny very long, and have racked up savings of just under $60. See the screen grab below.
For the moment, Earny supports certain credit cards from the following issuers:
- Bank of America
- US Bank
- Capital One
- First Premier Bank
- Wells Fargo
- Fifth Third Bank
If you have a credit card with any of the above issuers, we recommend you checkout Earny. If they find you a price drop from any of the supported merchants which includes more than just Amazon. It doesn't cost anything to get started, Earny will only take 25% of the savings he earns for you, which is a small price to play for the simplicity. This is about as close as you can get to free money.