There are two types of people: those who credit, debit and Venmo their way through money exchanges, and those who still like the feel of a crisp $20 bill.
For people of the first type, receiving any amount of cash is roughly the equivalent of getting a handful of baby snakes. The sooner it’s gone, the better. Grandma gave you $50? Quick! Give it to a friend who can Venmo the money back! (That’s right. You even use Venmo as a verb.)
But believe it or not, there are a lot of people who still like cash, or simply don’t have access to a bank account or credit card. But like everybody else, they still want to buy stuff on Amazon.
Cash may be king, but Amazon rules.
Now there is a way for you to use cash to buy your stuff on Amazon and get a little bit of free money in the process. Cha-ching! (That’s the sound of an old-timey cash register.)
And if you add cash to your account before June 30, you can score some bonus credits in your Amazon account.
- Deposit $60 cash, and Amazon will toss in a bonus $15, making your new total $75.
- Or, go to a participating 7-Eleven store and deposit $30 to receive a bonus of (you guessed it) $7.11, for a total of $37.11.
That’s free Amazon money, folks.
How to Deposit Cash Into Your Amazon Account
Amazon Cash allows you to turn your cash into Amazon credit.
How? It’s actually pretty easy. Log in to your Amazon account on your computer or phone app, and search “Amazon Cash.” Then, click on the “Get Your Barcode” link. You can print off the bar code or access it on your phone for the next step.
Now that you have your bar code, head to a participating store location, such as 7-Eleven, CVS or for my peeps back in the Midwest, Kwik Trip. Ask the cashier to scan the bar code, and then hand them your cash.
Like magic, your cash is turned into Amazon credits on your account in seconds.
Confused? Scroll to the bottom of this page for a quick video to walk you through the process.
Don’t Wait to Spend Your Bonus Money
Your cash deposit does not expire in your Amazon account, and you can use it on anything you want on the site. However, your bonus money does expire on July 31, so you’ll want to use that up fairly fast. I recommend this fun and stylish squid hat for just $14.99. It’s perfect for those summer get-togethers with relatives.
If you have cash burning a hole in your pocket or sitting idly in a drawer somewhere, breathe a sigh of relief, because now you can use it on Amazon.
Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. He finds the crisp crinkle of cash to be a soothing sound when it comes from his pocket. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.
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