There are a few times of year I'm really excited to spend my money, and Prime Day is quickly rising to the top of that list. If you're not familiar with it, Prime Day is Amazon's excuse to create a holiday in July and get people frothing at the mouth over insane discounts for its products and thousands of others that it stocks online.

This year, Prime Day happens over 48 hours, starting at midnight PT / 3am ET on Monday, July 15 and going until the end of Tuesday, July 16. Like we do with everything here at Android Central, we're passionate about Prime Day because we love great deals as much as great phones, wearables, Chromebooks, and other gadgets. It's also why you're going to see a lot of deals coverage over the next few days as we and our partners at Thrifter ramp up the effort to find the best possible products at the lowest prices for you.

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If you buy anything from Amazon, you'd be a fool not to be a Prime member. With free shipping on most of what it sells, free streaming TV and movies, free digital books and magazines, unlimited music streaming and photo storage, it's guaranteed not to disappoint. And you get access to Prime Day deals!

Amazon Prime Day 2019

To take part in Prime Day 2019, you have to be an Amazon Prime member, which costs $13 a month, or $120 a year. Aside from all the awesome Prime Day deals, you get free two-day shipping, movie and TV content through Prime Video, music streaming through Prime Music, photo store through Amazon Photos, and access to thousands of free books with Kindle Unlimited.

I don't really use the music streaming, but I rely on Prime's same-day delivery way more than I thought — having a baby means ordering a bunch of things every week you didn't think you'd need — and I watch a ton of awesome shows on Prime Video. Seriously, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is incredible and you need to watch it. Good Omens is ungodly brilliant as well.

If you're not already a Prime member, you can start a free trial now, take advantage of all the excellent deals, and then see if you want to keep Prime when that free month is over.

We're rounding up all of the best Prime Day deals at our dedicated portal, but if you want to get in on the fun a bit early, Amazon's already sharing which of its own products it plans to discount. From Echo speakers to smart displays to great prices on home tech and other gadgets, you won't want to miss all of the Prime Day deals starting this Monday.

Come Wednesday, when Prime Day is over, you'll see things go back to normal — but you can always check out our dedicated Deals page to keep track of every discount from across the web as we find them.

The best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals

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