Here's Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Prime Day — July 16

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It's that time of year again: Amazon Prime Day is just around the corner. Starting on July 16 at 3 p.m. EST, there are going to be sales that you seriously don't want to miss if you're a Prime member. And this year, the Prime Day is lasting 36 hours — more like Prime Day-and-a-Half, if you ask us!

Up to one week before Prime Day, you can check the Amazon app to add items you like to your list. You'll then get an alert when they go on sale on Prime Day. You can learn how to do this here. There's no word on what this year's deals will be yet, but if last year is any indication, they're going to be great. Some of last year's Prime Day bestsellers were the Echo Dot, 23andMe DNA tests, and Instant Pot pressure cookers.

But deals on must-have items aren't the only perks of Prime Day. You'll also get $10 when you download and sign in to the Amazon app for the first time. If you install Amazon Assistant you'll get desktop notifications on deals you're watching and $5 off your Prime Day order of $25 or more. You can unlock a $5 discount on select Prime Day deals when you look for items with the "camera search" feature on the Amazon app. And finally, if you shop at Whole Foods between July 14 and 17 and use your Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card, you'll receive 10 percent back on your purchase. Phew, those are a lot of deals to keep track of.

In celebration of Prime Day, there are daily prizes to be won on the Amazon app. You can learn more about them here. And there are deals leading up to Prime Day as well. Echo Shows are reduced from $229.99 to $129.99 from now through Prime Day and you can enjoy up to 25 percent off Rivet furniture and decor, up to 20 percent off AmazonBasics luggage, home, and more, and 30 percent off Amazon-brand everyday essentials. Learn more here.