How To Get A Discount On Amazon Prime? Why Amazon Prime May Be Worth It?

Do you have time to go shopping in crowded malls? Personally, I hate it and shop online whenever I can.

What can be easier for holiday shopping than Amazon Prime service that allows you to get so many things with two days free shipping? However, does Amazon Prime really worth its price? And if it does, is there a way to get a discount on the subscription price?

Let’s see what’s in the package and do some simple math to make an educated decision.

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How Much Does Amazon Prime Cost?

The regular price is $119 per year (or $12.99 per month). There is a special price of $5.99/month for qualifying customers who have EBT or Medicaid card. EBT stands for Electronic Benefit Transfer and it might be issued by several temporary government assistance programs.

Students can sign up for special Amazon student program that gives free 6 months trial and 50% discount on Prime services for 4 years or until you graduate.

Is Amazon Prime Worth It For You?

Per Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos letter to the shareholders, more than 100 million people use Prime worldwide. Probably all of them think they get enough benefits to justify the price. Everyone might have his own reasons depending on the shopping habits and the need for different services included in the membership.

What can YOU get out of it? Is Amazon Prime worth buying for YOU? Here is how I see it.

Free And Fast Shipping

delivery truckThis was the initial idea of Prime service – to get your order for free (with few exceptions) within two business days (and even faster in some areas). It also cancels the need for the minimum order value that non-Prime Amazon customer must reach to qualify for a free shipping.

My view: Even before getting Prime, I tried to buy on Amazon only the products with free shipping and free return options. There were very rare cases when I had to pay any shipping expenses. Therefore, I see this Prime advantage rather as a convenience and not a real money saver.

Prime Video, Reading and Music

As part of the Prime subscription, the users get free access to Prime Video – hundreds of movies and TV shows available for streaming on various devices. An additional perk is the Prime Library with many books, magazines that the users can download to their tablets, phones or Kindles. Well, Amazon started as a bookstore, so it’s very natural for them to offer a reading experience. Prime music gives an access to more than two million songs you can listen to on any device.

My view: These are nice perks, but they are not comparable by quality and quantity to the paid services like Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify. Personally, I don’t use any of them at all.

Photo Storage

Prime subscribers can store an unlimited amount of photos and organize them with an easy search function. It helps to free some space on the phone and be sure you are not going to lose your precious pictures.

My view: We store photos on our personal cloud, so I don’t see any great advantage here.

Amazon Prime Credit Card

In my opinion, this is the most important benefit you have to check out, especially after the acquisition of Whole Foods (if you shop there frequently).

benefits calculatorBeing a Prime customer gives you an option for Amazon Prime Visa Credit Card that comes with several great benefits. Personally, I look at these benefits as the single factor I need to take into account in order to decide whether Prime is worth for me or not. Take out your calculator and check:

Benefit #1: 5% cash back on Amazon.com and Whole Foods purchases. Go to Amazon and check how much did you spend there during last year. Login into your credit card account and check your total amount of the purchases from the Whole Foods store. Then calculate 4% from these figures (I see only 4% as a benefit because you already get 1% from any credit card you have).

For example, if you spent $3,000 at Whole Foods and Amazon together, the benefit from being a Prime member would be $120. It means that an average spending of about $250 per month ($3,000/12) is a break-even point.

However, Whole Foods also offers Prime subscribers a benefit of 10% additional discount on all the items on sale and special discounts on specific items. We buy a lot of meat products on sale at Whole Foods every month, so our break-even point is about $1,300 per year (or $110 per month) spent on these items, as the real benefit is 9% of this amount.

In addition, Whole Foods runs special promotions for Prime members, but it’s hard to predict how much they will save you during the year.

Benefit #2: 2% cash back at restaurants and gas stations. I have the same cash back from my other credit card, so I don’t count this as Prime benefit for me, but if you don’t have a credit card that offers similar cash back percentage, think about the total amount that you spend on restaurants and gas throughout the year. Then add 1% of this amount (for example, $20 if you spend $2,000 annually) as real Prime benefit. (I only use 1% as a benefit, because you already get 1% from any credit card you have.)

Benefit #3: 1% cash back on all other purchases. This is a standard for any credit card, so nothing special to look at here. In my opinion, it doesn’t count as a benefit of being a Prime user.

For our family that spends a lot at Whole Foods and Amazon.com, the Prime membership is a money saving service. The convenience of two days shipping makes it a no-brainer for us.

If you think it can save YOU money as well – get it before holidays. But wait, why pay $119 if you can pay less?

How To Get A Discount On Amazon Prime? Three Simple Ways

Are there any promotional codes for Amazon Prime? If you never had Amazon Prime before, you can use one of the offers below to get a nice discount on your first-year subscription.

Get 30-day Free Trial

If you never tried Amazon Prime before, you can sign up for 30-day Free Trial. You’ll be able to get unlimited FREE two-day shipping, borrow Kindle books, watch movies and TV.

TopCashback

TopCashback offers $15 Amazon Gift Card for new Amazon Prime subscribers.

topcashback offer of $15 discount on Amazon Prime

If you are not a TopCashback user yet, you’d better sign up before the Holiday gifts shopping, as this site has the highest cash back rates (and it’s guaranteed!) and even doubles them for Black Friday and other holidays. It can save you a lot of money. Read my full TopCashback review here or just sign up with the button below.

Sign up for TopCashback button

Swagbucks

Swagbucks has the same offer of $15 Amazon Gift card if you use their website to get your first time Amazon Prime subscription.

swagbucks offers $15 discount on Amazon Prime

In case you never heard about Swagbucks before, this is a very popular extra income website that allows its members to make some money by doing simple tasks, such as completing surveys, watching videos, searching the web, answering daily polls etc. It also has various offers that pay for signing up or shopping online. Sign up using the button below:

sign up for swagbucks button

One last tip

If you already have Amazon Prime, don’t forget to get Paribus. This invisible software can help you to get compensation for late deliveries (longer that promised two business dates). Read my Paribus review for more details.

Mary

P. S.  Do you have Amazon Prime membership? Why do you think it’s worth your money?

Share your opinion in the comments below

 

 

Mary

My name is Mary and I'm the owner of MoCash For You.

5 thoughts on “How To Get A Discount On Amazon Prime? Why Amazon Prime May Be Worth It?

  • November 28, 2018 at 8:57 pm
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    Hello I’m on Medicare and Medicate so do I understand this prime would on cost me $5.99
    a month??

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  • November 4, 2018 at 10:03 pm
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    Yes, I have been a Prime member for years.  At the beginning I just got it because of the free two day shipping and used it enough to more than make up for the price of the membership per year.  Now that I have opened my own business and get most of my supplies and office items from Amazon it no questions that I save enough money on the shipping to make up for the price of the membership.

    My business is a woodworking company that does a lot of artwork on wood and other materials.  We also do a lot of vinyl decals and shirt designs with iron transfer vinyl.  We get all of the vinyl from Amazon.  Without Prime shipping we would probably spend more then $10,000 on shipping through out the year other wise as the price of shipping keeps going up every year.

    Since we do a lot of art work and decal designs we save almost all of your photos to prime photos because it makes it really easy to share the pictures on social media sites.  

    During the day when I working at someones house doing painting or something else I always have my favorite playlist playing on my phone using the Prime Music app.  I always use this on my computer every night when doing my computer work for the day. 

    So I think Amazon Prime is more then worth the price of the membership.  We use it so much that we save more money per year then we would pay for the membership for 10 years. Love Amazon Prime.  Great service.

    Well written post thank you for the great reading experience.

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    • November 5, 2018 at 8:35 am
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      Wow, that’s a great insight into how much a small business can save with Amazon Prime! You really utilize every available service they provide.
      I’m so glad to hear. It may help other business owners to decide if they didn’t sign up yet.
      Interesting, how different people calculate their benefits in different ways.
      Thanks a lot for stopping by.
      Mary

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  • November 4, 2018 at 9:42 pm
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    I don’t think I looked for discounts when I first signed up for Prime. Bummer! I will have to pass on these tips. My sister asked for a prime membership for Christmas, this would be the perfect way to get her one!

    I do feel I get a lot of benefits from Prime, but it would be interesting to check my past orders from the last year and see how many orders I placed and what shipping would have cost to compare. I really just like knowing I have an option for ordering online that won’t cost shipping.

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