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Going back-to-school shopping this week? Need a new television or maybe a kiddie pool for the summer? If you want to save money, today, July 16, might be the day to make your purchases, because that’s when Amazon’s annual sales event, Prime Day, kicks off.

Only Amazon Prime members will have access to the numerous deals on, which exceeds more than one million, according to an Amazon statement. A Prime membership costs $119 per year, or $13 per month. Two adults and up to four teens and four children may be linked to one Prime account.

However, non-Prime members can sign up for a 30-day trial membership and still be eligible for the sales. This year Whole Foods will be part of the action, as it was acquired by Amazon last August. During Prime day, there will be in-store deals at Whole Foods for members.

Here are some of the deals available

VOLOOM Classic 1 1/2 Inch Volumizing Hair Iron, $103.99.

Amazon Echo Dot, $29.99.

Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones, $98.00.

Baebody Retinol Moisturizer Cream for Face and Eye Area, $18.95.

Toshiba 50-in 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV, $289.99.

No B.S. Charcoal Peel Off Mask, $45.00

Moto X4 smartphone, $199

Ring Video Doorbell Pro, $174

Fire 7, $29.99

Instant Pot, $58.99

Game of Thrones Box Set, $74.99

Sun Joe Pressure Washer, $109.50

What do customers need to prepare for?

On Prime day, go to, the Amazon app, or Whole Foods as well as Alexa, to shop the sales.

Not all products will go on sale at the same time. For shoppers who don’t want to stay glued to their computer or mobile device, they can add their items to a list on the Amazon app. When those products go on sale during the Prime event, they’ll get an alert.

Is an Amazon Prime membership worth it?

In addition to getting access to Prime day, an Amazon Prime membership gives members perks throughout the year. Members get free two-day and same-day shipping on eligible products. In 2017, Amazon reported shipping more than 5 billion items to Prime members around the world.

Additionally, members get access to a variety of streaming services, which include free music, movies and Amazon channels.

Membership also includes exclusive discounts at Whole Foods and ad-free viewing on Twitch.

Does it help to have an Amazon credit card?

The Amazon store card offers significant rewards for frequent Amazon shoppers. Prime members receive 5 percent back on purchases from Amazon and Whole Foods; these rewards can be applied to future buys. There’s no annual fee and you’ll receive a Amazon gift card just for signing up.

The Amazon card also offers special financing on certain purchase. For instance, eligible cardholders can get interest-free, 12-month financing on items priced at $599 or more.

Read Bankrate’s review of the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card.