Amazon Prime Day 2018: What you need to know about finding the best deals

Amazon Prime Day is coming up soon, and while it's a great time to take advantage of discounted prices, even careful shoppers can accidentally overpay. Luckily, there's an easy way to make sure you get the best deal – no matter what you're shopping for.

Introducing your secret weapon: Honey.

If you haven't already heard of Honey, it's a free browser extension that automatically finds savings anywhere you shop online – including Amazon.

Here's how Honey can help you maximize your Prime Day savings:

1. Instantly price check the Amazon marketplace

For any item, Honey instantly checks every price in the marketplace, factoring in sales tax, shipping, and Amazon Prime status. If it finds a better deal, a little orange tag will show how much money you can save. In this case, I saved $61.66 on a new camera simply by choosing a different seller:

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Same camera, same Prime shipping, just cheaper!

2. Scope out the price history - even on "amazing" deals

The price you see is not always the cheapest, even on Prime Day. Amazon raises and lowers prices all the time - sometimes multiple times in a day. Luckily, Honey tracks price changes for every item, so you can look back in time to see if you're actually getting a good deal. Simply click Honey's "Price changes" button on any page to view up to 120 days of pricing info.

For example, this 4K smart TV looked like a pretty good deal at first glance (45% off MSRP, according to Amazon), but when I checked Honey's price history, I noticed the cost had gone up $150 in a week!

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Do yourself a favor and add Honey to your browser now, so when those Prime Day deals launch, you're ready to go.

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