Update 11/18/2016: TODAY ONLY, Amazon is offering Prime memberships for $79… just in time for the holidays. If you don’t have a membership, you can sign up for the free 30 day trial now and get all your shopping done from home, and delivered to your door with free 2-day shipping. Then cancel the membership if you hate it… which you won’t. We love ours!
Prime Memberships also make a great gift! Give the Gift of Amazon Prime.
Amazon Prime is regularly priced at $99/ year and it’s only discounted a couple times a year. If you’ve been thinking about trying it, this is definitely the time.
As you probably know, a Prime membership includes FREE 2-day shipping and free kindle library lending. But it also includes music, movie and tv streaming and free unlimited photo storage. We were able to cancel netflix, hulu, & spotify with our prime membership, saving over $300 per year.
Be sure to snag this discounted Amazon Prime Membership while it lasts and read more below for all the things we like about Amazon Prime 🙂
The other day I got an email from Amazon saying I could now stream music for free through my Amazon Prime membership. What the what!? I was SO pumped.
Did you know that’s a thing now!? I saw this ad, which is, of course brilliant marketing.
Anyway, I poked around, and it had a lot of options. Tons of albums in tons of genres plus radio stations, playlists, blah blah blah. I’ve used Google music in place of iTunes for a while, and the layout is pretty similar and intuitive.
We don’t have music streaming or buying in our budget right now, but if you pay for a music subscription service (apple, spotify, google, etc…) you probably spend ~$120 each year because most are around $10/month.
Prime is $99/ year, with a free 30 day trial.
So you’d come out ahead, just on music.
Having just Christmas shopped on Amazon (mostly with Swagbucks giftcards), then finding out about new prime music, it got me thinking…
Would I buy Prime if I didn’t get it for free?
I had to think it through, since I’m a total budget nerd. $99/ year breaks down to $8.25/ month. The free 2-day shipping perk is obvious. But honestly, at this point in our budget & debt payoff journey, I wouldn’t pay for prime just for the free shipping.
But now prime includes access to free kindle lending library (which I sometimes use on my phone), free tv shows and movies, and now prime music and prime pantry and on and on.
We already didn’t have cable, and now we don’t even subscribe to netflix or hulu anymore because every show we’ve wanted to watch ends up being on Amazon Prime. WITH NO COMMERCIALS. Bam!
Netflix’s and Hulu’s cheapest plan are $7.99/ month = $96/ year each
If you had both of those + a music streaming service, you’re at $312, and you still have to pay for shipping when you order on Amazon.
All that to say, I think it more than pays for itself if you use even just one of those perks. You can read the full list of perks here.
And now they offer a 30-day free trial. So if you sign up and realize none of the shows you watch or music you listen to is on there, you’re not out any $$$.
I know this probably sounds like one big Amazon Prime commercial, haha, but I’m just pumped about the new Prime music, and realized we use them all so often, that it’s totally worth it. The only downside is, Amazon is possibly taking over the world. So, there’s that.
So, do you prime?
p.s. it would be an AWESOME gift for someone you know who doesn’t have it already!