7.12.2016

What is Amazon Prime and Is it Worth it For Me? (I don't have it because it's not a good fit for me but my daughters use it constantly....)



Today is Amazon Prime Day so it's a good day to mention over morning coffee that I'm an affiliate of Amazon - and a customer. I order from them about once or twice a month for all sorts of items;  foods, toys, clothing, kitchen appliances, coffee, candle supplies, soap making supplies, freeze dried foods, emergency gear, camping gear...  but I don't have Amazon Prime and as of right now, I don't plan to as it's not something that is worth it to me. (I'll tell you more in a minute.)

On the contrary, two of my three kids DO have Amazon Prime and love it and use it constantly.  My daughter is in college and shops Amazon not only for books for school, but other dorm supplies, as well as ordering things online from clothing to purses to fun candies, food items and gifts for her boyfriend and family members.  She uses it for streaming free TV shows and movies as well as free music. It works well for her and is worth the fee.

So why isn't it a good match for me?

First - if you aren't familiar, check out what Amazon Prime offers;


After your free trial, Amazon Prime is just $99/year. Cancel anytime.

There's more to Prime than FREE Two-Day Shipping


Your membership also includes:

Unlimited streaming with Prime Video
Choose from tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes

Ad-free music with Prime Music
Listen to over a million songs and hundreds of playlists

Unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos
Secure photo storage with anywhere access

Access to Kindle Owners' Lending Library and Kindle First
Borrow a book a month from over 800,000 titles and choose one pre-released title each month

Early access to thousands of great deals
Get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon, and shop new events on MyHabit.com




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Although I order once or twice a month, I always shop the free ship by Amazon option and meet the minimum $49 threshold for free regular 5-7 day shipping.  I'm rarely in a hurry for my items and I have the time to price compare and shop not only on Amazon, but all their competitors as well.  I do own an ereader and enjoy Kindle books but I'm totally fine with 'buying' the free books and shop for deals almost weekly.  I do not watch TV.  I stopped watching TV in September of 1999 and haven't watched it or missed it since then.  Streaming tv and movies hold no interest for me and I do not keep my photos online. I prefer to keep our family photos stored on a hard drive in my own home.  So for me, Amazon Prime offers free 2 day shipping but that's about it.  I do not use any of the other bundled services.  I'm cheap, so spending $99 a year isn't something I've been interested in doing.

However;  for my 2 daughters?  TOTALLY worth it and they get more than their money's worth from it.

Is it right for you?

Determine whether you would use the services it offers (listed above).
And perhaps, give it a try by using the free 30 day trial and if it's not right for you you can cancel after your free membership expires.