Prime Day

Alexandria, Virginia

The morning light streams through the window, and the playful sounds of Mozart tell me it’s time to wake up.  I move into the kitchen and start making the coffee.  

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I ask:  “Alexa, what are my reminders?”  My Echo Show HD smart display device starts reading off my upcoming events–a bloggers’ video meeting, a movie night with friends.

Alexa, play ‘Jeopardy!‘”  The voice of the late Alex Trebek reads answers for me to question.

After coffee, I return to my room to make the bed and do my morning calisthenics.

Echo, play Billy Joel.”  My plum Echo Dot smart speaker starts playing “Uptown Girl”.

I dress and prep my skin to go outside to exercise.  “Echo, put tinted moisturizer on the make-up list.

Once back home, it’s time to do a load of laundry.  “Alexa, put Tide Pods in my Amazon cart.

Then I start breakfast.  “Alexa, put eggs on the grocery list.

After breakfast, it’s time to get some writing done.  “Alexa, play classical music.

Then I start dinner prep and decide to pick up where I left off on a light movie.  “Alexa, resume ‘The Devil Wears Prada‘.”  

At 5:45, I put dinner in the oven.  “Alexa, set a timer for 45 minutes.

I go back to my Mac and start sorting through email.  I see that my history club has a movie night coming up.  “Alexa, set a reminder for ‘Gettysburg‘ on Friday at 8 p.m.

Then I see that Ulta is holding a gift-with-purchase promotion, so I pull up my make-up list from the Alexa app on my iPhone and place an order.

At 6:30, the timer goes off, and I head into the kitchen for dinner.

At 8:00, Alexa tells me, “This is your reminder:  Frank Sinatra.”  My history club’s online music night is about to begin.

After enjoying Ol’ Blue Eyes, I head into the TV room to watch the end of the Red Sox game.  They win!  “Amazon, play ‘Tessie!”  My white Echo Dot pulls up the Dropkick Murphys.

Soon it’s time for bed, so I head back into my room.  “Echo, play Elton John for 20 minutes.

And I fall asleep to Sir Elton, until Mozart wakes me again.  

Last year on Prime Day, I scored deals on an Echo Show and two Dots, Amazon’s smart devices.  As you can see above, they’ve greatly helped simplify my life, from keeping music easily accessible to letting me add to my shopping lists from wherever I am in the apartment, or even while I’m out by using the Alexa app on my iPhone.  

If you’re looking for similar simplification, I have good news for you:

Amazon’s Prime Day 2021 is coming up soon on June 21-22!

What is Prime Day?

Prime Day is one of the biggest sales of the year, when Amazon offers deep discounts on all kinds of products.  It’s your annual opportunity to save big–especially on high-priced items like smart-phones and smart TVs.  Prime Day discounts take many forms, including special sales that last for the whole time and “Lightning Deals” that last as little as 15 minutes.  It’s also something of a misnomer, as it officially lasts for two days–and there are lots of lead-up deals as well.  Prime Day is an annual tradition that Amazon began in 2015 to celebrate its 20th anniversary.  

Just how prime are these Prime Day deals?

Here are a few of the most popular products from Prime Days past:

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer $58.99

Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones for Apple devices – Black (wired, 3.5mm) $125

Coop Home Goods – Premium Adjustable Loft – Cross-Cut Hypoallergenic Certipur Memory Foam Pillow with Washable Removable Cooling Bamboo Derived Rayon Cover – Queen $37.79

Fitbit Alta HR $89.95

What do I need to do to get in prime shape for Prime Day?

1. Join Amazon Prime.

You need to be a Prime member to qualify for the Prime Day sales. Not a member? Not a problem. Click here and sign up for a free 30-day trial. That’s right: You can reap Prime Day deals before you even pay for Prime!

2. Apply for an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card.

During Prime Day(s), an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card will give Prime members up to 10 percent cash back on best-selling items.  During the rest of the year, it will earn 5 percent cash back at Amazon and Whole Foods, 2 percent at restaurants, gas stations, and drug stores, and 1 percent everywhere else.  It will also give travel perks like room upgrades and late check-out.  As of this writing, it will also get you a $150 Amazon gift card immediately upon approval. And there’s no annual fee. Click here to apply. (Wallet already full of cash-back cards? Don’t worry: You can still use whichever credit card you prefer.)

3. Build Your Wish List

When you spot an item you want on Amazon, click the “Add to List” button (below the orange “Add to Cart” and “Buy Now” buttons).  You can add the product to your miscellaneous Wish List or create a special list just for Prime Day.  Amazon will notify you if there’s a Prime Day deal on an item you list.

4. Stay up to date.

Every day leading up to Prime Day, Amazon will highlight exclusive offers and deals.  To stay in the loop, click here frequently through Prime Day.  You’ll even find lots of lead-up deals, so you can start saving before Prime Day.  

Happy Shopping! 

Prime Day

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