Amazon is one of my favorite places to shop. There isn’t much that you can’t get on Amazon! With lots of categories, competitive prices, low shipping (and free shipping!), everything you could ever need is right at your fingertips. But did you know that Amazon has lots of different programs that you can join to make the most of everything Amazon has to offer.
Here is a quick guide to Amazon’s programs!
Amazon Prime is probably Amazon’s most known program. But there is probably a lot about it you don’t know!
What is it?
Amazon Prime is a members only club that offer’s multiple benefits including:
* Free 2-day shipping on most purchases.
* Prime Instant Video: This will include free online streaming of thousands of movies and television shows.
* Prime Music: Create play lists of your favorite songs. Add songs for free and enjoy ad free streaming of your music.
* Kindle Owner’s Lending Library: Borrow ebooks for free!
* Kindle First: Gain early access and download a new book each month for free!
* Prime Pantry: Get your groceries delivered to your home. In fact, you can load up a large box filled with grocery deals and it can be shipped for a flat rate of $5.99.
How much is it?
Amazon Prime is a yearly fee of $99. Monthly, that comes down to only $8.25 per month. As far as streaming goes, it is actually cheaper than Netflix who’s prices are currently $8.99/month for new members. When you factor in the other perks, it is a great value, if you will use it!
You can also purchase the new Fire Phone and get a free year of Amazon Prime!
Want to test out Amazon Prime? You can sign up here for a 30 day free trial.
How to make the most of it
Make the most of your Amazon Prime account by shopping there! Take advantage of the free 2 day shipping for everyday items as well as gifts. By shopping online you get competitive prices as well as the free shipping, saving you a bundle. Remember, Amazon is more than just books. I’ve bought some really awesome furniture and even a shed for our backyard. And you bet, they shipped for free!
Also, stop downloading music! Use your Prime Music to create your own play list!
Amazon Prime is also a streaming service. If you are already a member, why would you pay for another service? You can watch lots of great shows and movies!
Amazon Mom is a program that isn’t just for moms. It’s been created for parents and caretakers of small children. What does Amazon Mom include? Enjoy 30 days of free 2 day shipping, 20% off diapers when you subscribe and save, other great deals geared towards parents and a free trial of video streaming.
Amazon does great deals on diapers! And add an extra 20% off discount on top of that and free shipping and it’s convenient and financially smart.
Plus, Amazon Mom is free to sign up for!
Are you or someone you know a student who has a .edu email address? Sign up for Amazon Student! It is free to sign up and there are some really great benefits!
When you sign up you will receive 6 months of free 2 day shipping. With Amazon Student you also get the benefit of upgrading to Amazon Prime at a discounted rate of $49 a year. That is less than $1 a week! You can continue your discounted Prime membership for 4 years or until you graduate, whatever comes first.
Amazon released a new program recently called Kindle Unlimited. I subscribe to it and I honestly think it is worth the money!
What is it? For $10 a month you can download up to 10 ebooks at a time on your device. There are tons of participating books to choose from! New members also get a complimentary 3 month free trial to Audible.com which has audio books available for download!
This year my son is required to have an iPad at school. Every night before bed we download books for him to have for the next day’s reading time. School is only about 2 weeks into the year and I think he has probably read and downloaded about 40 books! While we could go to the library and check books out for free, for us at the rate he reads, this is much easier and convenient. Not to mention no late fees! :) And with the free trial for the first 3 months to Audible it’s really a no brainer!
Not totally convinced? You can sign up for a free month’s trial to Kindle Unlimited here!
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