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Amazon is offering up to $185 in Prime Day credits and freebies — how to get them

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Amazon's biggest sales event of the summer is just a few days out. To get shoppers ready for Prime Day, Amazon is offering up to $185 in credits and freebies. Although these are technically not Prime Day deals — those will start on June 21 — today's deals are essentially free money. 

A few things worth noting: these deals are for Prime members only. So if you're not a Prime member, now's the time to sign up for that free 30-day trial (opens in new tab). In addition, although some of the credits will be applied to your account within 24 hours of your purchase, in some cases you won't be able to use the credits until Prime Day (June 21 and 22). 

Credits and freebies for Prime Day

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Buy a $40 gift card: get a $10 Prime Day credit @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Purchase a $40 or more Amazon eGift card and you'll get a $10 Amazon credit to your account. Use coupon code "GIFTFORPD21" at checkout to get this deal. Even if you don't have someone to give the gift card to, you can buy it for yourself and you'll still get the $10 credit. Deal ends June 21 at 2:59am ET. 

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Spend $10 on small business: get $10 credit @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon wants to help small businesses, so it's encouraging bargain hunters to shop at its small business storefront. Through June 20, Amazon will offer a $10 credit (to use on Prime Day) to Prime members who spend $10 on products from select small business brands in Amazon's store. Eligible devices include products from Amazon's Handmade and Launchpad stores. 

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Amazon Prime Rewards Visa: up to $100 gift card @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon's biggest reward comes courtesy of its credit cards. Sign up for the Amazon Rewards Visa Card (Prime membership not required) and you'll get an instant $50 Amazon gift card upon approval. Alternatively, sign up for an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card (for Prime members only) and you'll get a generous $100 Amazon gift card. The former gives you 3% cash back when you shop at Amazon or Whole Foods, whereas the latter gets you 5% cash back. 

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Prime Wardrobe: spend $100, get $15 off @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Here's a freebie to help you build out your summer wardrobe. Currently, when you spend $100 or more on Prime Wardrobe, you can use coupon "PRIMEW15OFF" to get $15 off. The offer is valid through June 23 at 2:59 a.m. (ET). It's only available to customers who've not previously made a Prime Wardrobe purchase. Prime Wardrobe is free for Prime members and lets you try on clothes before you buy them. 

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Amazon Explore: $50 credit @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Get ready to travel: Amazon Explore is a new virtual service that lets you shop and tour other countries from the comforts of your home. For instance, you can learn to make sushi from a sushi chef in Japan or you can meet baby sloths in a zoo in Costa Rica. The sessions are hosted by local experts. Use coupon "FREEFUN" to take up to $50 off your first Amazon Explore experience. It's not a Prime Day credit per se, but in celebration of Prime Day Amazon, the retailer is slashing up to $50 off. 

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.