Two small steps to get ahead on Amazon Prime Day

Shoppers across San Diego could be in for some big savings Monday night when Amazon Prime Day kicks off.

The deals span from HDTVs to gummy bears, but there are some key things you'll need do beforehand to claim your spot at the front of the line -- sign up for prime and download the Amazon app.

Prime Day kicks off at 6 p.m. Pacific time on July 10 and runs until 12 a.m. Pacific on July 12. Amazon says new deals will be offered every five minutes.

David Frerker has done both. He wants to invest in a new lens for his camera to help him grow his blog, San Diego Sports Domination.

"I really want to not spend a lot of money being a recent college grad, paying off loans, paying off debt, all that," he said.

Amazon offers Prime free trials and discounts for students and low-income earners. Downloading the Amazon app is helpful because it will alert you when deals go live.

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Eric Jones, co-owner of BestBlackFriday.com, said last year 77 percent of the Amazon Prime Day deals beat Black Friday. He said the best deals are on Amazon products themselves, but he cautioned to make sure you only buy what you want or need so you don't overspend.

Finally, Amazon Prime Day isn't the only option special discount option available.

Right now, you can check around on sites like JCPenney, Kohl's and Macy's. They're cutting prices to compete with Amazon, and shoppers can get 20 to 60 percent off.

If you're looking for electronics or appliances, Best Buy, Lowe's and Home Depot also have online deals going now.

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