Amazon's biggest sale of the year—there are tons of deals to be had!

Amazon has rolled out the dates for its biggest sale event of the year, and it's just around the corner! 

Generally held in July but delayed last year to October due to COVID-19, the online retail giant has moved up the date slightly from the norm and proclaimed June 21-22 to be Prime Day. The sale officially started at 12:01 a.m. on June 21, with sales popping up at different time intervals throughout the days. 

The only stipulation is you must be an Amazon Prime member to enjoy all the deals. Not a member yet? You can sign up for a free 30-day trial, so if you time it right you could enjoy the sale without the cost. If you, like many of us, decide that being a Prime member is worth it (there are lightning deals and tons of perks that come with Prime membership), it costs $12.99 per month or $119 annual fee. 

Here's what to know about the sale:

Prime Day generally has sales that run the gamut of products offered. It's generally a tech lover's dream sale, and that is expected to be the same this year; there are fantastic deals on Fire tablets, streaming sticks, smart speakers, smart TVs, gaming systems, and more.

Smaller home and kitchen appliances are also a big part of the sale, with air fryers, Instant Pots, Roombas, and more offering some pretty impressive discounts. Now is the time to buy those gadgets you've had your eye on.

Apparel from top brands is also on sale, including Calvin Klein, Adidas, and Amazon's own line of clothing. 

Amazon also has a Watch This Deal button, so you can set an alert to be notified when your favorite products go on sale.

There are already ways you can get great deals or earn Prime Day credit:

More offers from the Prime Day info page

Here's how to stay on top of the best deals:

  • Check out the Amazon Prime Day info page
  • Bookmark Amazon's Deal Page. It will have everything you need to know and never knew you wanted to buy (I've got a whole kitchen full of random gadgets thanks to Prime Days past). It's also a great place to go to see deals all year-round.
  • Check out dedicated sales pages from various sources on the web: Tons of places will be running their roundups of the best deals. CNN Underscored generally follows the sales closely. My personal favorite is Brad's Deals, which has tons of contributors scouring the web for great deals daily, and they are on top of the sales on Prime Day (including other retailer sales).
  • Don't forget to check out other retailers. If Prime Day goes as it has in the past, you can be sure that Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and other retailers will be following suit and offering some pretty deep discounts on popular products. Walmart is one to really watch, particularly since it has rolled out Walmart Plus, its version of Amazon Prime. 

Because Prime Day is back on track in its usual time slot this year, it should be interesting to see how the sales compare to last year's, which was really close to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So far, in researching the deals, there don't appear to be as many ways to earn credits, and the Amazon services (like Kindle Unlimited) aren't giving as good of deals to sign up; however, there's still plenty of time for Amazon to drop new deals and offers between now and Prime Day. But, there's no doubt if you want to get some good deals, June 21-22 is the time to shop on Amazon!

Will you be shopping on Prime Day? Do you have any Prime Day hacks and tips to share? Let us know in the comments.