Is Amazon Prime Worth It?
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Is Amazon Prime Worth It?

Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 12:39 pm
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I recently signed up for a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime. I usually never consider continuing free trial services beyond the trial period, but I got so much use out of my Amazon Prime trial that I began to consider signing up.  If you haven’t heard of it, Amazon Prime is a service offered by Amazon.com. For an annual fee of $79, you receive added benefits when you order from Amazon.

The Benefits

With  your Amazon Prime membership, you receive the following benefits:

  • Free 2 day shipping on all orders, with no minimum purchase.
  • Instant streaming of movies and TV shows.
  • Instant access to thousands of Kindle books.
  • A Kindle book to borrow for free each month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
  • Share your Amazon Prime membership with up to 4 household members.

 

The Conclusion

With just a few days left on my Amazon Prime free trial, I’ve come to the conclusion that Amazon Prime is worth it for me, personally. I am splitting the annual membership with my husband. This way, we will both receive the benefits of the membership. During the 30 day free trial alone, I saved nearly $40 on shipping costs (and got the convenience of 2 day shipping)!

If you’re not married, or your spouse doesn’t order off Amazon.com, you can also share your membership with up to 4 of any of the following people: an unmarried partner, a sibling, a parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, aunt or uncle, and nice or nephew. With so many people to potentially split your membership with, how could it not be worth it? Overall, Amazon.com offers so many great deals on just about everything (including essentials such as groceries and diapers) that with the added benefit of free 2 day shipping, you can easily make up for the cost of the annual membership plus more!

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