Amazon Tips + Tricks

Amazon tips + tricks, an admission to my Prime addiction, and some of my staple purchases!

I’ve been an Amazon addict for years, and will fully admit I get a box pretty much every day. They contain SO MANY random wonderful things, haha—like today I got pajamas, palm tree fertilizer, a toy for my niece and nephew and some lightbulbs in the same box—you really can’t beat that mix!

In honor of Prime Day this week, I thought I’d share some of my staples I continue to order, and tricks I love on Amazon.

1. Prime Samples

If you hadn’t already heard, Amazon is now offering sample-sized products for Prime members—for about $2 each. Even better, Amazon will issue you a credit for every sample you buy, redeemable when you purchase the full-size product. So you can try out trial-sized samples of everything from cosmetics to organic diapers, and score a discount if you decide to buy the bigger version.

2. Lightning Deals

Amazon’s daily lightning deals are pretty significant if you pay attention.  Located under the “Today’s Deal” tab, lightning deals are exactly what they sound like: major discounts on popular items that expire after a short period of time (usually about 5 hours). Only one lightning deal a day is available per customer, so be sure to check out all the different promotions before selecting your fave!

3. Worry Free Store

Searching for quality all-natural products on the web can be daunting. Amazon now has their very own Worry Free Store, filled with nothing but vetted organic and paraben-free health and household products, ranging from diapers to dryer cloths.

4. Free 2-hour Delivery on Alcohol (and other things) with Prime Now

Did you know that you can order alcohol through Prime Now in some cities? Even better, it’s free to do AND it arrives in 2 hours. Plus, you can also order other grocery items while you’re at it, including products from Whole Foods. I use the hell out of Prime Now!

2 of my go-to wines (availability changes by zip code):

Gerard Bertrand Cotes Des Roses Rosé


Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon


5. Prime Photo Storage


Most people are in-the-know on Prime videos but this storage is a lesser-known perk of Prime. Tired of seeing this notification? Use your Amazon Prime membership to get an unlimited amount of photo storage with access on any device. For those who are storage-challenged, this one is huge.


Below is a list of things I either order regularly order from Amazon, or have ordered recently.



Sahale Snacks Grab ‘n Go Glazed Nut Mix Variety Pack
Love these almonds as they have lots of other goodies packed in with them! I use these a lot on my cheese plates. The variety pack has to-go servings to throw in your bag and also gives you the opportunity to try all the flavors!


Nature’s Bakery Stone Ground Whole Wheat Fig Bar
I eat these nonstop! The raspberry and original fig are my favorites. They are whole wheat and delicious!


TahiniBAR Super Seed Energy Halva Bar with Pistachio
My friend Sara turned me onto these—they are a high protein, high fiber, low-cal snack!



Nonni’s Thinaddictives Pistachio and Mango Coconut Thins
I doubt these are THAT good for you but they are delicious. They are individually wrapped pistachio or mango “thins” that are thinly sliced biscotti.




Contigo Coffee Travel Mug
I like my coffee ridiculously tongue-burning hot. This isn’t the best solution ever, but it’s the best solution I’ve found. A bonus: the mug stays closed until you press the button, so you can throw it in your bag and go without it leaking.


Premium White Square Plastic Dinner Plates (for Parties!)
We have gotten a lot of questions about these as we use them at every outdoor dinner party. They look nice for plastic plates, and it makes it so easy just to toss everything in the trash at the end of the night. I highly recommend these!518ma9uMd6L._SL1407_

Natural Jute Burlap Reusable Wine Bags
I love these wine bags for gifts, I buy them in bulk to have them on hand. They are a heavy quality and make the gift look really nice and you can dress them up by tying on additional ribbon, bells, fresh herbs, etc depending on the season!


Sheer Organza Wine Bags
A little less nice looking, but I also like these for a quick gift wrap…


Natural Wrapphia
Along those same lines, the best color wrapphia—goes with everything and easily adds to a gift! There is never enough of this around.



Portable Charger
I recently ordered this to travel with because my phone is forever dying and I am forever addicted to having it 🙂


Plastic Serving Trays
We recently got this set of plastic trays to carry food back and forth to the grill. Perfect!51k0NslXRbL._SL1000_

The Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver
While admittedly most nights there isn’t much left in the bottle, this works wonders if there is. And, remember to throw the bottle in the fridge, it will help keep it fresh!


Stainless Steel Straws
I use these in my morning smoothies, but they would be cute for mocktails at a party, too!


TOSSWARE — recyclable champagne plastic flute
Recyclable, stemless, shatterproof and BPA-free flute glasses—perfect for poolside or outdoor entertaining!


Riedel Cab/Merlot Glasses
These are a staple red wine glass in my house. Love the little detailing on the stem…




Furminator De-Shedding Tool for Cats
For anyone with a furry baby like me who likes to leave fur all over your house, this was a game-changer!


Pet Fusion Scratching Pad
One of my favorite cat accessories—the modern scratching pad!



Dr Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten+Firm Eye Cream
This is my new favorite eye cream! It goes on really thick, and contains collagen and vitamin C.


SMASHBOX Photo Finish Foundation Primer
My go-to primer. It is matte and has really great coverage to smooth things out.


Kopari Coconut Body Milk – Body Lotion With 100% Organic Coconut Oil
This lotion is really great for your skin and also absorbs quickly. It’s non GMO, vegan, cruelty free, paraben free, phthalate free and sulfate free. I love all those things!


IGK 1995 2-1 Shampoo & Texturizer
My stylist turned me on to 2-in-1 shampoo and texturizer. It adds great texture to your hair if you have really flat or fine hair like I do!



Prime Day 2018 begins July 16, 2018 at 12pm PT/3pm ET and will run through July 17, 2018. Check out all the prime deals here.

Happy shopping!

2 comments on “Amazon Tips + Tricks

  1. If Amazon starts delivering pizza, you will need no other vendor in your life! Thanks for the tips. Also, you are keeping true to the meaning of “Contigo”…I don’t think I’ve ever seen you without it. For people like me, who DON’T like their coffee scalding hot, but don’t want it to get cold, I recommend the Joveo Temperfect mug. I funded this Kickstarter and love my mug. It doesn’t travel spillproof like the Contigo, though.

    • breebasham

      Mindy – Isn’t Amazon amazing?! Fresh, hot pizza would be a fantastic addition—I wish there was a suggestion box where I could request that 🙂 I’ll have to check out your kickstarter mug, that sounds cool!

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