Should You Pay For Amazon Prime?

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Thinking about trying out Amazon Prime but not sure? Don’t forget you can get a one month free trial, and Amazon is also offering you to order it for $10.99 per month if you’re not sure you want to commit to it for a full year! Learn more here

 

You all know I love Amazon. There are so many items that I pick up there (ahem – that they drop off for me here . . .), and the convenience of having things shipped to my door often for less than I can get them at Walmart even after coupons just make me happy.

 

For 3 years I’ve had an Amazon Prime membership as well, and people ask me all the time if I think it’s worth it. As a busy work-at-home mom I really do love the convenience of Amazon Prime, but it may not be for everyone. Here are all the pros and cons laid out for you, so you can make an educated decision to yourself:

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Pros

1. Amazon Prime delivers jillions of items to your home, with no shipping fees.

I love that I don’t have to worry over the cost of shipping items to my home on most items at Amazon. If I realize there’s something I need that I would normally head to Walmart for (for example, office supplies, some of the face care products we use, a random school supply that the kids need, etc), I look for it on Amazon. If it’s a reasonable price, I have it delivered rather than heading out to the store.

 

Note – to make sure I’m never paying more than the price at Walmart I always check the Walmart.com price and make sure the Amazon price really is a good deal. You can also compare the prices at Sam’s Club online and Costco to do a little research before purchasing!

 

2. Amazon Prime Free Movie and Television Streaming.

I stream a ton of shows through Amazon Prime, especially to watch on the treadmill in the morning. (I just finished watching all of the seasons of Parenthood on my Amazon Instant Video app, and now I’m catching up on Downton Abbey!) My kids watch videos on the app as well, and even though Amazon Prime doesn’t offer all of their movies for free, there are a lot to choose from so it works well for us, and is a great alternative to Netflix.

 

Note – Netflix has more movies included with their basic package than Amazon Prime has, so factor that into your decision making process.

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3. Free Kindle eBooks.

Amazon Prime Members can rent one ebook each month for free through the Kindle Owners Lending Library. Prime Members can also read Kindle First new releases 1 month sooner than non Prime members (and you get to choose one of these for free too!)

 

4. Amazon offers unlimited photo storage for Amazon Prime Members through Amazon Cloud Drive.

 

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5. Amazon Prime members can take advantage of Pantry savings.

Amazon’s Prime Pantry program allows you to order groceries delivered to your door with a flat rate of $5.99. These do take a little longer to ship (typically 4 days because they have to be shipped by ground.) Occasionally Amazon offers special free coupons or free shipping on these items, so you can really stock up!

6. Amazon Prime Music offers free streaming of millions of songs.

 

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7. If you’re a student (or have an .edu account), you can get Amazon Prime for free for 6 months.

If you’re a student or know someone who is (or have an .edu account), it’s definitely worth signing up for a free 6 months of Amazon Prime, just be sure to cancel your trial before your six months is up.

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8. Amazon Mom.

If you have young children at home, it is definitely  worth trying out Amazon Mom. You’ll get a free 3 month trial of Amazon Prime just for signing up, and you’ll save a bundle on diapers and wipes, all conveniently delivered to your door (which is so worth it when your kids are tiny!)

Cons

1. The $99 price tag.

I love Amazon Prime and pay for it in part because it’s just convenient, but it really isn’t completely necessary for the majority of the deals on Amazon. Many items ship free when you spend $35 or more on Amazon even without Prime, so if you can keep a running list of things you need to order from Amazon and wait until you’re reached the $35 threshold you can skip that extra fee.

 

There are a few ways you can try Amazon Prime out for free though to see what you think, just be sure to cancel your membership before your trial period runs outHere are the best ways to try it for free:

 

So, what do you think? Do you have an Amazon Prime membership and is it worth it for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts ~ leave a comment to share!

 

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Comments

  1. I just finished my 30-day trial of Amazon Prime and decided not to keep it. For me it would be a waste to spend $99 on “free shipping” because the other features aren’t valuable to me and I wouldn’t use them. We stream from Netflix and from other places that are free, and the Amazon Lending Library didn’t include the books that I wanted to read. And I’m not at all interested in Cloud storage. I’m sure it’s great for some folks, just not for me.

  2. We have amazon prime and have for 1.5 years. All we really use it for is TV & movies. I a student so not only did we get a trial, but then it was only $39 for the year. Way cheaper than Netflix or hulu. Occasional ly we order sm things online. The free 2 day shipping is helpful. Amazon prime music gives us free music downloads as well and no commercials like streaming Pandora.

  3. I love Amazom prime. At less than $10/month it pays for itself in two purchases a month. Amazon will allow you to add family to your prime account, so I share it with my sister. She does not get the streaming, but she only wants the shipping. This makes it even more affordable.

  4. We definitely get our money’s worth from our Amazon Prime account, just in shipping alone, especially around Christmas. I can order for out of state family, even have it wrapped (small additional cost) and then shipped right to them. I order lots of books and even a bargain priced book isn’t so cheap when it has an additional 5 dollar shipping fee. You just have to be careful, because usually the book is the same price or slightly cheaper if bought with prime. It will also ship in two days versus a week or more. That is handy for me. I have also used the subscribe and save for groceries and household items (not technically a prime service) and the movie service (comes through our roku). There is also a ton of content on Amazon Prime that isn’t on Netflix. I love getting books on the kindle app, which I can read anywhere. I’d get prime for just the free shipping (20 orders makes it pay for itself) but the other services, tv/movies, kindle books, photo storage, are great extras for us.

  5. Shirley Dobson says:

    I’ve had Prime for about six months. When I get ready to buy, I check Amazon’s price and then check Walmart’s price. Usually they’re almost the same. However, I have not been that happy with Amazon’s products (especially the outsourced ones). I also am not happy with their website…too few choices for filtering, products not displayed as well as could be. I was interested in their grocery delivery but a lot of the products are more specialty items (expensive) or they’re outsourced. Walmart has a better selection for us (although not perfect) and $50 is nothing when it comes to groceries. Our cat’s flea control is almost $50.

    I will be cancelling Prime when my year is up. It’s a waste of moneyfor us as we don’t use the movies or music.

  6. I think it is definitely worth it for our family. I buy a lot of specialized items there for my work, like bulk honey sticks, for much cheaper than in the fancy health food stores. Plus, I don’t have to drag four kids out to get it. I can order when I need them, since I have free shipping, so they don’t go bad like they would if I had to order more to get free shipping.
    Plus, around Christmas, it is SO worth it for our family to order online, when we need to, and be able to get it tin two days. Last year, we barely went out to shop- which actually saved us from buying “extra” things for ourselves that we didn’t need.

  7. I am thoroughly invested in my Amazon Prime membership. As a continuing education student, I have an .edu email and pay $49 a year. I work from home and instead of having to pay for cloud storage of my documents, it’s included. The unlimited streaming music is really nice, as is the free book per month. I read every day and my library sometimes doesn’t have book one or the last book in a series. I always find it for free on Amazon. The free shipping speaks for itself. The streaming movies and shows are the best bonus for me after the free shipping. I also live near Baltimore and am eligible for the free same day shipping as well. While I’ve read it’s not for others, for us it’s a fantastic addition to our household.

  8. What most don’t know you can get free 2 day shipping off of someone else’s account ….I am on my daughters account we live in the same city but not same address! I have had a ball this year…you will have to hunt for it I don’t want to spend time looking for it at the moment.
    Love Amazon !!

  9. I have had prime for 2 years. I think it is worth every penny. For less than 9.00 a month, you get so much. Netflix is raising their price to 9.99 and that is only for movies and tv shows. I get free music, movies, shipping, a free book offer and the lending library. What’s not to love about Prime. I also have the account linked to my local animal shelter through the Smile program, so they get some money too. It’s not a huge amount, but every little bit helps.

  10. I love your posts. Thank you. I have been a Prime Member of Amazon for 5 years. It is pricey! Last year it cost 99.00 plus tax, almost 110.00. What I wonder about is why us veteran members are not offered the deal of renewing our memberships for the super-sale price. I do believe I make up for the membership price with all the items I buy on Amazon & free shipping. Thanks to you I find deals that I did not see when perusing Amazon. I was able to take advantage of the Prime Pantry refund last month because of Laurie! I just don’t want to spend that $5.99 shipping on a box. Yes, I think the fee is worth it, but, it sure is quite a chunk to come up with. I’ve been saving part of my income tax refund to pay for Prime.

    • Thanks so much for your kind words Michele – so glad you read PPP! I hate that the price has gone up also, even though I feel like I save so much simply because there are items that I normally would swing by Walmart for that I end up ordering online, which saves me money just because I don’t go in the store (not to mention time)! I also like the option to watch free movies. BUT, I do wish they’d make the savings available to everyone on the special sales that they’re now offering. Hopefully the price will stay where it is for awhile!

  11. I have had prime for a couple years. I share it with my parents so it is totally worth it! Don’t use streaming much at home since there is not (and probably won’t be) an app for it on the apple TV. I do use the music streaming from my phone on occasion. I am going to have to look into the cloud storage as a free alternative to paying for dropbox. By far the greatest benefit is free shipping. An Amazon storefront location opened up about 5 minutes away from me so certain prime items are available for SAME DAY pick up on orders placed before noon. Simply can’t beat that!!

  12. I love following you!!! I work long hours and don’t have time to search for best deals even though I love a deal. You do the legwork and I love ppp.

  13. Loralee says:

    My son is in college, and with an email address from the school, he gets Prime for $49 a year, which makes it very easy to justify having the account….not sure we will continue once he graduates, but for now, it’s my favorite membership!

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