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24 Things You Should Be Buying on Amazon

Amazon’s really been upping their competitive pricing game lately. But with such an array of choices, we thought it wise to speak with a personal finance expert to find out the best deals on Amazon year-round.

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Amazon Store near the University of Cincinnati IIIShutterstock / Jonathan Weiss

Always buy from Amazon when…

Ashely Dull, editor-in-chief of, tells Reader’s Digest there are four scenarios when you should always buy on Amazon, even if the prices are comparable elsewhere:

  • Shipping is free
  • Return-shipping is free
  • You want to try on clothes before you commit to buying them, in which case it’s worth considering Amazon Prime Wardrobe
  • You have an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa, which offers 5 percent

Outside of those scenarios, you still can’t go wrong with any of the following items.

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KitchenAid KSC6223SS 6-Qt. Slow Cooker with Standard Lid - Stainless SteelAmazon / KitchenAid

KitchenAid Slow Cooker – 6 Qt.

Slow cookers are key for putting together stress-free weeknight one-dish dinners. And on Amazon, you won’t have to break the bank to get a top model. This KitchenAid slow cooker sells for $159.99 on KitchenAid’s site, but is available on Amazon for only $84.95.

Buy now

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KitchenAid KSM3311XER Artisan Mini Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, 3.5 quart, Empire Redvia

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

At $429.99, it’s hard to imagine finding a good deal on a KitchenAid stand mixer. But this model has an amazing deal on Amazon, where you can order it for $263.

Buy now

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Rada 7-piece starter knife setAmazon / Rada Cutlery

Rada 7-piece starter knife set

Since 1948, every knife made by Rada, including those in this set (a paring knife, vegetable peeler, tomato slicer, super parer, 6-inch bread knife, cook’s knife, and slicer knife) has been made in Waverly, Iowa, which is why Rada knives made our list of 100 amazing things made in the U.S.A. And here’s why you have to buy the set on Amazon: First, it’s only $40.50, compared with prices of $60+ at Wayfair and Walmart.

Buy now

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Cuisinart DSA-11 Dishwasher Safe Hard-Anodized 11-Piece Cookware SetAmazon / Cuisinart

Cuisinart Cookware

Amazon often has astounding deals on kitchen items, such as this Cuisinart 11-piece cookware set, which includes four covered saucepans, two skillets (8-inch and 10-inch), and a pasta insert that fits the largest saucepan. On Prime Day, this dishwasher-safe set was a steal at $150. Since then, the price has only gone down to $98.28. Don’t miss these kitchen products with amazing warranties.

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Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless SteelAmazon / Cuisinart

Cuisinart 14-cup food processor

This baby can shred, slice, chop, emulsify, and puree, and on Prime Day, it was a steal at $127. But you can still get it at for $159, which is $40 off the MSRP of $199.

Buy now

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The Original Donut Shop Keurig Single-Serve K-Cup Pods, Regular Medium Roast Coffee, 72 CountAmazon / The Original Donut Shop

The Original Donut Shop Keurig K Cups

At 50¢ per K Cup, you can’t beat Amazon’s price on these; at Walmart, they’re 53¢ per cup. When you’re making your cup of joe, be sure to avoid these 12 mistakes everybody makes.

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Bulk batteriesAmazon / AmazonBasics

Bulk batteries: AA

One thing Amazon always saves you money on is bulk batteries, Dull tells us. For example, you can get a 48-count package of AmazonBasics AA Performance Alkaline Batteries for $13.99. Compare that with the same size package of AA alkaline batteries from, which range in price from $21.99 to $37.99, depending on brand.

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Bulk AAA BatteriesAmazon / AmazonBasics

Bulk batteries: AAA

As impressive as Amazon’s deal on AA batteries is, its deal on AAA batteries is even better: a 100-pack of Amazon Basics AAAs is a mere $20. For an off-brand at Best Buy, you’ll pay nearly double ($37.99). On Megabatteries, you’ll pay anywhere from $41.99 to $63.99, depending on brand. Speaking of deals, here are 11 ways you can instantly save on groceries.

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Oral-B Pro 3000 Electronic Power Rechargeable Battery Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity, Powered by BraunAmazon / Oral B

Oral B Rechargeable Toothbrush

Dull tipped us off that Amazon has plenty of dental care deals that are worth a bite. For example, you can score this Oral B Pro-Health 3000 Rechargeable Toothbrush with Bluetooth connectivity for as little as $74.95. At Target, you’ll pay $99.

Buy now

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Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Plaque Control, Rechargeable electric toothbrush with pressure sensor, White Mint HX6817/31Amazon / Philips Sonicare

Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush

The manufacturer suggested retail price on this electric toothbrush is $69.99. A number of retailers, such as Best Buy, sell it for $58.99, but Amazon offers an additional $9 off, bringing the price to $49.95, which is a truly outstanding bargain. While you’re in the bathroom, check out these tips to getting your bathroom sparkling clean.

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TCL 65-inch UHD Smart TVAmazon / TCL

TCL 49-inch UHD Smart TV

Amazon often has great deals on Smart TVs, Dull tells us, especially around the holidays, which is when you’ll find the best prices on ultra high definition (UHD) models. (Word to the wise: they sell out quickly!) We checked the current prices on UHD Smart TVs and found some great savings right now on Amazon. For example, this TCL 49-Inch UHD TV with Roku capability can be had for $339.99, whereas it will cost you $419.99 directly the TCL website.

Buy now

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LG Electronics 65UK6300PUE 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV (2018 Model)Amazon / LG

LG 55-inch UHD Smart TV

For the same price as the TCL, you can get a 55-inch Smart TV made by the more well-known brand, LG. It has an MSRP of $699.99, although you can get it for around $546 at Walmart. But why wouldn’t you buy it for Amazon’s lower price of $529.99?

Don’t forget to whip up a few of these sweet and savory snacks before cozying up for a TV watching marathon.

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Torras slim-fit iPhone caseAmazon / TORRAS

Torras slim-fit iPhone case

When it comes to mobile device accessories, it’s difficult to beat Amazon on sheer variety alone. Want a case for your iPhone? You’ve got over 50,000 choices right out of the gate. Want one for under $10? You’ve got close to 200 choices. The one Amazon, itself, recommends is this Torras ultra-slim-fit case, which you can have for $9.99. Find out all the cell phone accessories guaranteed to make your life easier.

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OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES iPhone 6/6s Case - Frustration Free Packaging - BLACKAmazon / OtterBox

Otterbox Commuter Series iPhone Case

Want a higher-end iPhone case? How about the Otterbox Commuter Series, which comes highly rated and withstands some serious abuse. Otterbox lists the price at $39.99, but on Amazon, you can add it to your cart for $22.00.

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LifeProof 77-53322 FRE Series Waterproof Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 - Retail Packaging - BlackAmazon / LifeProof

LifeProof Waterproof Case for Galaxy s7

Galaxy fans also have plenty of options for phone cases on Amazon. For example, this LifeProof FRE Series Waterproof case retails for $79.99 on the LifeProof website. On Amazon, it’s only $37.

Buy now

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mophie Power Reserve 1X (2,600mAh) - BlueAmazon / mophie

Mophie Power Reserve 1X

Dull also recommends we shop Amazon for mobile chargers/power packs. One of the most well-known brands, Mophie, sells this easy-to-carry-around model for $24.95. But it seems silly not to buy it on Amazon, where you’ll pay only $10.34.

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Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones - Gloss BlackAmazon / Beats

Beats Solo3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

With your smartphone safe from destruction and all powered-up, there’s nothing left but to enjoy its superior technology. And there’s no better way to do so than with a pair of high-quality, Bluetooth-enabled headphones. Although Dull tells us Amazon is the place to buy most brands of headphones (and earbuds), we just about fainted when we saw how much Amazon could save us on these Beats by Dre over-the-ear headphones. Available for $349.95 on the Beats website, you can score them for $299.95 on Amazon.

Buy now

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Apple Watch Series 1 42mm Smartwatch (Silver Aluminum Case, White Sport Band)Amazon / Apple

Apple Watch

For those who love to be connected at all times, there’s no better solution than an Apple Watch. Since Apple’s iPhones seldom come at a discount (except as part of a 2-year wireless plan), it came as a big surprise to discover Amazon offers discounts on some Apple Watches. For example, this Series 1, which costs $279 at Best Buy can be yours for $241 on Amazon.

Buy now

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Double Tour Leather Band for Apple Watch SeriesAmazon / V_moro

Apple Watchbands

Sure, your Apple Watch comes with a nice band, but nothing says you can’t change it up sometimes, and Amazon has a huge variety of Apple-compatible watchbands at astoundingly low prices, including:

  • A genuine leather strap that goes around the wrist twice. On Amazon, you can have it for under $20 (as compared with the Hermès-designed version that sells for around $489). Buy now
  • Silicone sport band (available in many colors). On the Apple site, you’ll pay close to $50, while a comparable version on Amazon will cost just $12 or less. Buy now
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Gold Toe Men's 6-Pack Cotton Crew 656 Athletic SockAmazon / Gold Toe

Gold Toe Cotton Crew Socks

These high-quality men’s athletic socks will run you $20 for six pairs if you purchase them directly from Gold Toe. That’s why you need to buy them on Amazon, where currently, they retail for $16.

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Canon Office and Business MX922 All-In-One Printer, Wireless and mobile printingAmazon / Canon

Canon Inkjet Printer

The Canon Pixma MX922 is a pretty advanced printer for the money, at least for the money you pay on Amazon, which is $96. You can’t beat that price considering the MRSP is $179.99 and sold for that price at retailers like Staples. While you’re on Amazon, be sure to check out these Amazon Prime benefits you might not know about.

Buy now

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AmazonBasics Copy PaperAmazon / AmazonBasics

Printer paper

At Staples, a great deal on printer paper is $56.49 for 5,000 sheets of what they call “94 Bright” (that’s your standard copy paper). But it still can’t top the deal Amazon’s offering: 5,000 sheets for only $42.50.

Buy now

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Samsung ChromebookAmazon / Samsung

Samsung Chromebook

Looking for a low-priced laptop to access the internet? A Samsung Chromebook 3 with an 11.6-inch screen does the job for $201 if you buy it from Amazon; whereas the MSRP is $219, according to the Samsung website.

Buy now

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Canon Office and Business MX922 All-In-One Printer, Wireless and mobile printingAmazon / Canon

Canon Inkjet Printer

The Canon Pixma MX922 is a pretty advanced printer for the money, at least for the money you pay on Amazon, which is $96. You can’t beat that price considering the MSRP is $179.99. Be sure to check out these Amazon Prime benefits you might not know about.

Buy now

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Echo Show - 1st Generation WhiteAmazon

Everything Alexa

Amazon’s the best source for Alex-enabled products, Dull tells us, and that makes sense because Alexa is Amazon’s virtual voice assistant. But she isn’t just talking about the inventory, she’s also talking about the prices. For example:

  • The Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, which Target sells for $79.99, is available on Amazon for $59.99. Buy now
  • The Alexa-enabled Echo Show (1st generation), sells for $229 at retailers like Target and Kohls, but less expensive on Amazon, which sells a refurbished version for $95.50 from the Amazon Warehouse. Buy now

Next, check out some of the weirdest things you can buy on Amazon.

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Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Reader’s Digest editors, who aim to highlight products and services you might find interesting. If you buy them, we may get a small share of revenue from our partners, such as Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. We welcome your feedback. Have something you think we should know about? Email us at [email protected]

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Lauren Cahn
Lauren Cahn is a New York-based writer whose work has appeared regularly in The Huffington Post as well as a variety of other publications since 2008 on such topics as life and style, popular culture, law, religion, health, fitness, yoga, entertaining and entertainment. She is also a writer of crime fiction; her first full-length manuscript, The Trust Game, was short-listed for the 2017 CLUE Award for emerging talent in the genre of suspense fiction.
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