Amazon's now-annual Prime Day mega-shopping event kicks off at midnight PT on October 13, and runs until the end of the day on October 14. During these two days, Amazon will offer unbeatable deals on everything from games to household goods to technology, clothing, toys and even the latest smart devices such as the fourth-generation Amazon Echo. In celebration of the fifth annual Prime Day, here are five tips to help you shop smart and save as much as possible during one of the year's biggest shopping events:

1. Use the App

Going to be out and about during the Prime Day festivities? A lot of items on sale - including the limited-edition Animal Crossing: New Horizons edition of the Nintendo Switch - will only be available for a short time during the event. Using the Amazon App, you can set yourself alerts that will remind you when Lighting Sales, Flash Deals and other limited-time events begin.

2. Ask Alexa

Everyone's favorite voice-activated assistant can help you shop and save money - without even having to get up from your couch! There's no need to even pause the game as you use Alexa to tell you about deals, alert you to when sales begin and end, and even put products into your cart and order them. Who says Prime Day can't also be a gaming day? Not Alexa, that's for sure! You can even invite her to join you for a game of Skyrim - it's one of over twenty games that Alexa knows how to play!

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3. Give Back With a Smile

When you shop using the Amazon Smile service, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of certain eligible items to charity. Smile is extremely easy to use - the interface isn't any different than the "regular" Amazon, so you don't have to make any changes to your shopping routine. You can also choose to purchase items which will be sent directly to charity - why not buy a game or a gift card for a child in need?

4. Renew Your Services & Subscriptions

It's not just physical items which will go on sale during the Prime Day festivities. You can also snag a discount on various subscriptions and services which provide you access to your favorite games, TV shows, films, music and more! Time to renew your Switch, PlayStation or Xbox Online subscription - or even purchase one for a friend or family member. Plus, don't forget to check out Prime's plethora of exciting offerings, including Prime Video, Prime Music, and the all-new Gaming with Prime!

5. Earn Money by Supporting Small Businesses

This Prime Day, Amazon is teaming up with US-based small businesses to offer a savings deal like never before. Spend just $10 purchasing a product from Amazon's list of participating sellers and small businesses, and you'll receive $10 worth of Amazon credit to spend on Prime Day - absolutely free! Of course, qualifying items include tons of toys, games and electronics, such as headphones and PlayStation 3 and 4 controllers.

How will you be "leveling up" your savings skills this Prime Day? Let us know!