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Amazon Prime Day 2018 is here! Image: Amazon

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It’s here! Prime Day is basically Christmas for online shoppers who live for two-day shipping. It starts today at 3 p.m. ET, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to get in on some great deals. Amazon is already rolling out discounts and stocking its digital shelves with a huge range of products.

What is Prime Day?

If you haven’t already heard, Prime Day is a big deal in the online shopping world. It’s the biggest sale of the year for Amazon, arguably the top player in e-commerce. It offers Black Friday-esque deals on a huge range of products. Essentially, if you were planning on buying something from Amazon, now’s the time. Prime Day continues through tomorrow, July 17. It’s 36 hours of sweet deals from the store that sells just about everything.

Keep in mind that not all Prime Day deals roll out at once. Some will be available right at the 3 p.m. ET kickoff today, while others require more patience. Under upcoming Prime Day items, you’ll see a button that says, “Watch This Deal!” Click it and Amazon will keep you updated on the pricing.

What should I buy on Prime Day?

The short answer is: just about anything. Prime Day includes discounts on nearly all of Amazon’s product categories. Major highlights come from Amazon’s own product line (think the Echo Dot or Kindle Paperwhite). The savings don’t stop with tech, though. If you’ve been looking to freshen up your home this summer, Prime Day is a prime opportunity to do exactly that. Amazon is already rolling out some great deals and exciting previews. Let’s take a look.

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Accent your space with this sleek Rivet chair. Image: Amazon

Home furnishings

If you’ve historically shied away from buying furniture on Amazon, it’s time to warm up to the idea. The e-tail giant has a pretty impressive selection of home furnishings. And that selection gets even bigger with Prime Day 2018, thanks to a rollout of new products from its Rivet line and major discounts on furniture and decor from Amazon’s in-house lines.

If you’ve been looking for an accent chair to spice up your living room, its new Revolve Modern Accent Chair is a sleek piece that’s already 10 percent off for Prime members. You can grab the chair today for $225.

Hunting for a high-impact piece to take your bedroom to the next level while saving a pretty penny? The Stone & Beam Ainsley Geometric Queen Bed is a whopping 32 percent off right now. Not impressed by the discount? You should be – when it brings the price for this bed to just $169.

Or maybe you’ve been looking for just the right furnishing to tie your living space together, blending functionality with modern form. Look no further than the Rivet Allyson Coffee Table. You can grab it for $143 today – that’s a handsome 28 percent discount.

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Prime Day 2018 showcases a whole new line of throw pillows. Image: Amazon

Bed and bath

You don’t have to make room for new furniture to use Prime Day as an opportunity to freshen up your space. Rivet’s new products include a range of attractive, versatile throw pillows that can help you transform your bed or sofa. Whether you’re looking for a luxe, mod or boho vibe, these pillows have you covered. Pricing ranges from $35 to $45.

If you’re looking for a similarly affordable but higher impact way to upgrade your bed, look no further than this $35 Hypoallergenic Microfiber King Duvet Cover. Its Prime Day deal starts at 3:40 p.m. ET. Want something a little more eye-catching? Check out these fun patterns in the cotton PinkMemory Duvet Cover. Most patterns in King are currently $75, but this duvet cover is also part of Prime Day. You can look for its deal to roll out at 4:05 p.m. ET. 

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Freshen up an old chair or bench with this trendy sheepskin cover. Image: Amazon

Decor

Prime Day is the perfect opportunity to add decorative pieces to your home that give it a fresh feel without emptying your wallet. For example, if you have a chair or bench that you’ve fallen out of love with, grab this Carvapet Luxury Soft Faux Sheepskin Chair Cover. It comes in a wide range of colors, all for under $20 with additional Prime Deals coming at 5 p.m. ET.

Want to elevate your wall decor? Grab some of these MELANNCO Floating Wood Shelves. They’re available in black or white for under $18, with additional Prime Day savings at 3:10 p.m. ET.

If you’re looking for decor that blends beauty and utility, you may want to grab the Mydethun Moon Lamp Moon Light. This 3D printed lamp brings ethereal, lunar vibes to your space for just $17, with an additional deal starting right with the kickoff of Prime Day at 3 p.m. ET.

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Prime Day could be your perfect opportunity to finally justify buying yourself a Vitamix. Image: Amazon

Home tech

If you haven’t already brought artificial intelligence into your home, today’s the day. The Echo Dot is selling for just $30. It’s a tiny price to pay for a gadget that packs a powerful punch. You’ll be amazed at how often you find yourself talking with Alexa for things like tomorrow’s weather, the latest news, recipe conversions and more.

The Coleman RoadTrip portable grill is another Prime Day product launch that helps you capitalize on summer. It’s an easy way to add grilling capabilities to even the smallest patio – or your nearby park. Plus, it’s $227 today, even before Prime Day starts.

Like Black Friday, Prime Day could be the perfect opportunity to grab that pricey item you’ve been eyeing. Stop wrestling with your old blender! Grab the Vitamix E310 Explorian blender, another Prime Day launch for $350.

How to get in on Prime Day

Prime Day is aptly named because – you guessed it! – it’s for people with Amazon Prime. If you don’t have a Prime account, you may still be able to swing some discounts. If you’ve never signed up for a Prime account before, you can start a 30-day trial for free. There’s no better time to get yourself that $0 Prime membership than right now, when you’ll be perfectly poised to score during the upcoming sale.

Which Prime Day deals are you hoping to find? Are there any pieces for your home that you’ve been waiting until today to buy? Do you have any tips for making the most of this major sale? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear how you’re getting involved in Prime Day. And if you come across any great deals on items for the home, feel free to share them below. We want all Freshome readers to score big during Prime Day 2018!