(BPT) - From new school gear to new routines, the back-to-school season is an exciting time for students and parents, but also a source of financial stress - especially with inflation on the rise. According to the National Retail Federation, inflation concerns and higher prices have K-12 and college shoppers even more likely to be looking for deals, coupons and other savings as they stock up for the return to the classroom.
Fortunately, Amazon offers shoppers some of the lowest prices, plus convenient fast, free delivery options for everything you need this school year - from school supplies to groceries and more. Here are five time- and money-saving tips to help you ace the back-to-school season:
1. Check out Amazon's discounted Prime membership.
Everyone knows Amazon Prime can help save time and money, but did you know that Amazon actually offers a discounted Prime membership option for qualifying government assistance recipients? Qualifying customers can access all of the shopping, savings and entertainment benefits of Prime for just $6.99/month - that's half the price of a regular Prime membership! This includes fast, free delivery - including on groceries and prescription medication - unlimited access to award-winning movies, series and live sports with Prime Video, more than 3,000 books and magazines available through Prime Reading, access to exclusive deals and discounts, and much more. To learn more or start a 30-day trial, visit www.Amazon.com/QualifyNow.
2. Take advantage of discounts on recurring orders.
From juices and snacks for lunch boxes to pens and notebooks for class, use subscriptions to help save time (and brainpower) on keeping up with everyday essentials throughout the school year. With Amazon's Subscribe & Save option, you can subscribe to the items you frequently buy and have them shipped to you regularly. You'll not only save up to 15% on these purchases, but also save time and energy going back and forth to the store. Plus, Prime members can get their orders delivered in two days or less.
3. Get (and stay!) ahead on reading.
It's never too late to check off the summer reading list with more than 3,000 books and magazines available through Prime Reading, including free educational content. Find best-selling books, new releases and classics in every category with fast and free Prime delivery right from the comfort of your couch. Also, get unlimited access to a rotating catalog of ebooks and audiobooks throughout the school year, including 1 free pre-release ebook every month from editors' picks. But don't forget the fun - magazines and comic books are also included!
4. Keep the whole family healthy.
Back-to-school will mean the return of classroom germs. Save on items like hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes, as well as daily vitamins and dietary supplements to keep your whole family healthy. If you do get sick, you can take advantage of Prime members' free Two-Day delivery benefit on prescriptions from Amazon Pharmacy plus exclusive savings when paying without insurance at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide. When paying with Prime, select meds can be as low as $1/month and you can get easy refills without waiting in long pharmacy lines.
5. Don't forget to schedule some study breaks.
When you're not hitting the books, enjoy access to award-winning movies, series and live sports with Prime Video, ad-free streaming of 2 million songs, thousands of stations and playlists, and thousands of podcasts with Amazon Music. Even better, if you have an Alexa device, it will automatically recognize your Amazon Music membership so you can sing along in any room in your house.
This sponsored article is presented by Brandpoint.