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Prime Day is Amazon’s yearly promotion of their subscription service, which has many perks. Those perks include exclusive deals, free 2-day shipping on many products, and access to streaming services.  This year, it starts at midnight (PT) on July 15 and runs through July 16.

The yearly Prime Day promotion is the perfect time to sign up for Prime, if you’re not already. It’s also a great day to get some amazing deals on cool products. New members even get a 30-day free trial.

Where to Shop Prime Day Deals

The folks at Amazon know you’re busy, so you don’t need to be in front of your computer to take advantage of the deals. Alexa-compatible devices will help you shop on verbal command. And don’t forget you can use the Amazon apps. Also, if you use smile.amazon.com to place your order, you can share the love with your favorite non-profit – that works every day, not just Prime Day.

Our Favorite Prime Day Deals

Home Security

Getting a professional security and monitoring system for your home can offer a lot of peace of mind. And with the Ring Alarm, you get a security system that also interacts with Alexa.

Also, check out Noonlite (formerly SafeTrek). Noonlite started as an app to help college students navigate campus safely. Now, it’s a platform that helps you stay safe wherever you are. Noonlite can send first responders to your home when suspicious activity is detected, dispatch help if your car is in a crash, or directly to you if health changes warrant it.

Smart Home

Want to turn on your lights or change the climate of your house. Amazon’s Alexa makes that possible. Get started with your smart home using Amazon SmartPlug.

Video Calling (Amazon Show)

I’m particularly excited about ordering this since my brother just moved to Florida, but don’t tell him – it’s a surprise! You may be familiar with Skype, FaceTime, or other video calling apps. But most of those require you to touch a keypad of some kind to initiate the call. With Echo Show, you get the power of video calling and amazing screen quality combined with Alexa’s voice commands. That means you can video-visit your friends and family without ever picking up a device. Very Star Trek!

Check out some other neat Amazon devices too!

LifeStation Mobile GPS Medical

Get help where you need it! Most medical alert devices are wired to your home. For seniors on the go, it’s not always enough. With LifeStation Mobile GPS Medical Alert, you can get help wherever you are, whether it’s your book club, the grocery store, or walking the neighborhood.

Senior HELP Dialer Medical Alert

Active seniors may need help, but not be able to get to the phone. With the HELP Dialer system, they don’t have to. It comes with two panic buttons that can be worn safely and has no monthly subscription fee. Just help when you need it.

In addition to these amazing products, Alexa also offers other services, called skills. Here are some of our favorites.

NPR Podcasts

Created for staying informed on the go!

PocketCasts

Listen to all your favorite podcasts on demand.

Mastermind

A perennial favorite, this skill lets you:

  • Send SMS text messages
  • Send email
  • Initiate Phone calls
  • Ring your phone
  • Share your location
  • Search for places to eat and go
  • Perform web search
  • Get Caller ID (Android only)
  • Read app notifications (Android only)
  • Get phone battery charge
  • Turn on Wifi, Bluetooth, and Do-Not-Disturb (Android only)
  • Launch Google Maps navigation on your phone
  • Send articles from your PC to Mastermind and have Alexa read it aloud
  • Cast to Chromecast TV (Android only)
  • Get your Calendar and Schedule from multiple calendars

Due to previous Amazon Prime Day successes, other big-name merchants have started running their own two-day sales to compete. Target, eBay, and Walmart (to name a few) have all started offering competitive sales on similar products, so shop around to find the best deals!

Which deals will you take advantage of this Prime Day?