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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
1. The $119 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 out. Here are the best ways to try it for free:
- Students get a 6 month free Amazon Prime Trial with an .edu account.
- Amazon Moms get a 3 month free Amazon Prime Trial. Any caretakers (dads, grandparents, etc) also quality for Amazon Mom accounts.
- Everyone can try one month of Amazon Prime for free – go HERE to check it out and see what you think!
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