Amazon Prime Day

Monday, July 15th, marks the start to Amazon Prime Day. The build-up to this year’s event has been nothing less than marketing genius. Amazon has engineered a virtual Christmas in July. Instant deals and sales begin weeks before Prime Day. In fact, Amazon Prime Day, which used to be just one day, is now stretched over two days. So the big question for the financial independence community is, “is it a deal if you don’t really need it?”



Rarely does a true “need” and a sale ever align themselves. It is murphy’s law that when a need arises, the needed item is not on sale.  Along that line of reasoning then, anything you would buy on Amazon Prime day would be a want.

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This is where Prime Day sales shine. Items that you want and can postpone until they are on sale. From Instant Pots to Kindle Readers this is the sweet spot of stretching your dollars on things you don’t really want.

So let’s look at a few items that The Smart FI uses that are also on sale.

Nuun Hydration Tablets (32% off)

My wife and I love love, love Nuun Hydration tablets. Nuun is an all natural, no sugar replacement for Gatorade. From color to flavorings Nuun is all natural with none of the bad after taste of the sugar-filled sports drinks. If you suffer from leg cramps this or feel the fatigue of dehydration after exercise, Nuun id for you. Incidentally, my wife has found Nuun to be a great cure for a hangover. Don’t ask how she knows.

6 Quart Instant Pot (50% off)


I hate kitchen gadgets. The only time I feel a kitchen gadget is worth the expense is when it can perform multiple functions. For example, a couple of years ago we bought a Vitamix that serves as a kick-ass blender and a food processor.

We have owned our Instant pot for 1.5 years and I have to say it is the most versatile kitchen gadget we own. I love the damn thing.

Here is a list of foods and times it take to cook.

  • rice – 13 minutes
  • hardboiled eggs – 7 minutes
  • dried beans – 20 minutes
  • whole chicken -35 minutes.

Coincidentally these are the foods I cook most in my instant pot. I never buy canned beans anymore because in a matter of 30 minutes I can go from dried beans to perfectly cooked legumes.

The secret is that the Instant Pot is a pressure cooker. This exponentially decreases the amount of time required to cook food. Gone of the days of Grandmas old pressure cooker. With the smart brain inside of the Instant Pot, it is literally a “set it and forget it” process.

If you decide the Instant Pot is a good fit for your family, the next big question will be, “what size should you buy?” There are two sizes to choose from 6 or 8-quart options.

Which size to buy?

Here is my take on the 6 vs 8-quart debate. In the past 18 months, as an Instant Pot owner, there have only been a couple of times where I wished I had the larger 8-quart size. One of those times is when cooking soups. When cooking soups, the six quarts is more like five quarts because you can’t fill to the top of the pot.

When making chili,  my wife and I, along with my two (nearly teenage) boys, eat all 5 quarts of chili. There are rarely leftovers when we cook soups. On the other hand, we can easily fit a 4 lb whole chicken in the 6 quart Instant Pot.

If you have a family of 5 or more than I would strongly urge you to go with the larger 8-quart instant pot. Also if you like to meal prep large quantities of food than the larger size might also be for you.

Amazon Fire Stick with Alexa voice remote (63% off)

It has been 10 months since we “cut the cord” on cable tv. We have never looked back. I can not recall once my children asking, “what happened to cable?” My kids are growing up in an age where everything is online, including tv. Our whole family, now watches two streaming services, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix.

We use Amazon Fire Sticks to connect our tv’s to our home WiFi. For $40 we are able to transform our flatscreen tv into a “smart” or streaming tv. The set up is super easy. If you are looking to get rid of your cable bill, this is one of the least expensive ways to stream video to your tv.

For $10 more there is a 4k version of the Fire Stick. However, this is the one we use and we are quite satisfied with the picture quality. As a cool bonus, a voice-activated Alexa remote is included.

Kindle Paperwhite (35% off)

I love my Kindle Paperwhite and here are the reasons why.

  • I love reading at night. With the Paperwhites adjustable backlight, I can read in the dark without worrying about eye strain.
  • The Paperwhite is super light and easy to hold. Gone are the days of trying to perform a finger circus maneuver to hold the spine of your book open. With one hand you can easily hold your Kindle.
  • I love our local library but many of the newest books are seldom available. If you restrict your library search to ebooks, you most likely find a shorter waiting list or none at all. Downloading the library books onto your Kindle is a snap. Don’t worry about late fees because the books auto return themselves.

These are just a few of the reasons I have switched to ebooks. Here is an additional tip. If you go to on Black Friday there are usually massive sales on books. I will buy several books for 50-75% off and read them throughout the year.

Amazon Prime Day Recap

These are just some of the Amazon Prime Day deals that we love around here at The Smart FI Ranch. We own every one of these items and would buy them again.

When looking through the Prime Day Deals remember, “a deal is not a deal if you don’t need it.” If you are in debt or these items are not in your budget, please don’t buy them.

If you have any other Amazon Prime Day deals you love please share at The Smart FI Facebook Group. We currently have a discussion going about the various deals people are finding this Prime Day.

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