Is Spending $99 on Amazon Prime Worth It?

Is Spending $99 on Amazon Prime Worth It?

Unless you’re one of the few still holding onto the “joy” that is in-store shopping, chances are good you’ve used Amazon from time-to-time…heh or if you’re like me “time-to-time” means “on a near-daily basis.” But are you an Amazon Prime subscriber?

I’ve written about online shopping before, but today I want to talk to you about Amazon Prime and just why I feel it’s earned a place in my annual budget. Disclosure: links below may be affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you) should you choose to make a purchase. This in no way impacts my recommendations, but it does help keep the cat full of Friskies and the mama full of coffee.

Even if you’re already an Amazon Prime member, I can almost guarantee you don’t know just how many benefits are available to you through your membership!

What is Amazon Prime?

I’m sure you’ve heard of Amazon Prime before, but it’s SO much more than just “free 2-day” shipping. Amazon Prime is a membership program that gives customers access to over a dozen different Amazon-related perks, including streaming movies, same-day delivery, and early access to lightning deals. It’s only $99/year (plus a free 30-day trial!) or $10.99/month. One thing I really love about Amazon is that their trials are INSANELY easy to cancel. I know I’m always hesitant to try something out because really – who has the time to get on the phone and actually talk to someone? Ugh. Heh but to cancel Amazon trials, all you do is visit your profile and click cancel. That’s IT! No trying to convince you to stay, no 10-minute wait on the phone, none of that. Amazing, isn’t it?

Is Amazon Prime worth it?

As I mentioned above, Amazon Prime is so much more than free 2-day shipping, though that alone is worth it in my opinion! There are over 20 different benefits to subscribing to Amazon Prime, including….

Amazon Prime Photos

Given that I run my own online business without outsourcing and I also have two seriously cute kids, photo space on my phone is INCREDIBLY limited. Thanks to Amazon Prime, though, I don’t have to stress. Prime Photos gives you secure and unlimited photo storage via the Amazon Cloud Drive. So not only can you free up space on your phone, but you can also access your photos from anywhere you can access Amazon!

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Seriously, I can’t not take photos of them!

Amazon Family

One of the most outstanding options that come with Amazon Prime is Amazon Family. You get a discount of up to 20% on diapers that you purchase on Amazon if you are a member of the package. It will seem as if you have bought them from the store if you combine this with the same-day delivery service. Buying diapers online is convenient because you do not have to worry about them running out. It is also likely that they will be delivered within two hours if you are near a metro area.

Kindle Owners Lending Library

Amazon is known for its bookstore services. Members get extra services. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library gives you access to a million e-books that you can borrow. You can borrow only one book each month. The books do not have any due dates. This means that you can read the books that you wanted to read without buying them. You get to view one pre-released book each month. Amazon rewards members with hundreds of exclusive deals for one day each year.

Amazon Video

If you haven’t cut the cord on cable yet, Amazon Video may be able to persuade you to finally do so. When you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can instantly stream thousands of different episodes and movies – including PBS (and family) favorites, like Daniel Tiger!

Amazon Prime Wardrobe

This is the latest to come from Amazon Prime – Prime Wardrobe! Now as someone who has done the whole wardrobe subscription thing, I’m pretty excited about this is latest release. Much like Gwynnie Bee or StitchFix, this feature allows Amazon Prime members to order clothes to try on and then buy if they like them. The difference with Prime Wardrobe, though, is that they allow YOU to choose your styles and there’s no additional fees to ship, regardless of whether you like any of the clothing you pick or not.

Amazon Household

Amazon Household allows you to share Amazon Prime benefits with others, such as your spouse or children. You can set up Amazon Household for up to six members – two adults and up to four children. Your children can’t shop on Amazon through their profile (yay!) but they can partake in the other benefits, such as games and ebooks. Plus each adult can keep his/her personal account while sharing in the benefits at no additional cost.

How else can I save with Amazon?

Use the Amazon Discount Search

Let’s try something fun here:

Go to Amazon and type in the search box a product you’ve been looking for.

For my example, you can see I’ve searched for fun dinosaur-related goodies for my toddler –

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When you do a normal search, you’ll usually see sponsored posts first (paid placements) and then whatever related products Amazon feels are “best sellers.”

Prices are always shifting and changing on Amazon, though, so if you want to find a highly-rated but lower-priced product, add: &pct-off=50-60 at the end of your URL – it’ll pull up all the products that are currently 50%-60% off.

 

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Want to push it a bit higher? Add: &pct-off=75- at the end. You can change the number to whatever you wish and doing this will better ensure you’re finding lower priced products that are still related to exactly what you’re looking for.

Get Cash Back with Ebates

If you’re not familiar with Ebates, NOW is the time to cozy up and get to know all about how to make money with Ebates. Ebates is an amazing way to earn cash back on almost anything you’re buying online – including Amazon goodies! Plus if you sign up through this link, you’ll get an extra $10 back on your first purchase!

Score Two Free Audio Books

Did you know that Amazon also offers a free opportunity to try Audible? I love listening to books while I’m cooking dinner or folding laundry, so being able to get two FREE was a no-brainer for me. If you choose to subscribe, it’s only $14.95/month and totally worth it!

Choose No-Rush Shipping

If you’re willing to wait a few extra days on your order, choose “no rush” at checkout and you’ll often earn free credits toward movies, home services, ebooks, and Prime Pantry (anywhere from $1-$30!)

Save Time with Deliveries

Not only do I love Amazon Prime because of the two-day delivery on most items, but did you know they take things even further? First, there’s Amazon Restaurants, quick delivery of food from your favorite restaurants and it’s completely FREE if you spend $35+ (or only $4.95 for delivery if you spend less). This is PERFECT for those days when the kids are driving you nuts, you forgot to plan out lunch, and you just need a few minutes of relief. Then there’s SAME DAY delivery – yes, SAME DAY! It’s only for eligible zip codes (i.e. bigger cities right now) but I imagine they’ll continue branching that out across the country. Ahhh, the bliss of instant gratification… 😉

Earn Free Amazon Gift Cards

Both InboxDollars and SlideJoy give you opportunities to earn free Amazon Gift Cards – and SlideJoy requires literally NO extra effort! You can read more on that one in my Money-Making Apps article, but basically SlideJoy pays to show you ads on your lock screen. So with the usual every day swipes, you can earn $10+/month and redeem that in the form of Amazon credits!

Pay Attention to Your Delivery Dates

Amazon has some amazing customer service, and one thing I really love is that if you don’t get your order within their guaranteed delivery date, you can extend your Amazon Prime membership for free for an extra month:

If you received free shipping with a guaranteed delivery date through Amazon Prime, you may be eligible for a free one-month extension if the delivery date isn’t met. Prime extensions are limited to one per free trial, one per month for monthly members, and 12 for an annual membership. Free Amazon Student Memberships do not qualify for this extension. (Read more on this policy here)

So…are you convinced yet? Or maybe you’re already an Amazon Prime member?

 

Comment below and let me know YOUR favorite perk of Amazon Prime!

Top 10 Best Reasons to Shop Online

Top 10 Best Reasons to Shop Online

In case you hadn’t yet guessed, I really love shopping online. Not because I enjoy spending money (obviously) but because there are SO many great reasons to do so, especially if you’re like me and have two little ones to cart around!

Reasons to Shop Online

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Disclosures: The links in this post may contain affiliate links through which I can receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you make a purchase after clicking on my link

Save Money

Cash back and coupons

Rakuten (Ebates new name) is a great way to ensure you almost always save money when shopping. For example, when shopping for a digital camera today for the blog, I saved over $70 thanks to Rakuten.

Don’t make the same mistake I did by waiting – sign up today and start saving! It’s completely free, not only that but THEY pay YOU $10 when you sign up.

In the last 6 months, I’ve saved over $350 thanks to Rakuten! (*psst* Check out how I use Ebates to make over $1,000 last year!)

You can also use Honey to automatically pull up any applicable coupon codes. No searching, clipping, or sorting!

Lastly, use a company like Paribus to make sure you’re saving even more! If you buy something online and the price then drops shortly thereafter, Paribus will automatically file a claim on your behalf to have the difference refunded.

No Impulse Purchases

You’re less likely to buy something you don’t need. How many times have you walked into Target for a pack of paper towels only to come out with three new outfits, a pair of sunglasses, two bags of frozen hamburgers, and no paper towels?

Save Time Shopping Online

Shop Local

It makes it easier to support local businesses. If I did all my shopping at brick-and-mortar shops, I’d have to go to big name conglomerates, simply out of a lack of time. By buying a lot of necessary stuff online (like toilet paper and dry groceries), I have more time to shop at local places for things like presents or produce.

Free Shipping

Free two day shipping. We’ve been Amazon Prime members for a while now and I absolutely love it. Since I’m still nursing my littlest one, I’m not able to run errands over my lunch hour. Being able to shop during the week and have it just two days later makes a huge difference in how I manage my weekend free time.

Know What You’re Getting

You can read product reviews and instructional manuals before you purchase. There’s no buying something in-store only to get it home and realize it takes four people, a goat horn, and three speckled maypoles to put it together (looking at you, Ikea!)

There’s a greater selection. So not only can you save money by having competitive products available, but you have more choices as far as colors, sizes, etc.

Stick to the Budget

All of your receipts are stored electronically. It’s easy to see what was bought when so you know when to next account for it in your budget. Do you need to buy cat litter every month? Every two months? Check out your electronic receipts and track it!

Ditch the Chaos

There’s no driving in bad weather, hunting for parking spots, pulling kids in and out of carseats, or dealing with germ-covered shopping carts. Need I really say more?

Which do you prefer – shopping in-store or online?

Sound off in the comments below!