Amazon has made a big move to make it’s prime service even more appealing to customers. They just announced that they have started a new Amazon Prime month-to-month service, rather than paying $99 for an annual membership.
There are actually two services now available. You can subscribe to their streaming-only version at $8.99 a month (competing with Netflix and Hulu). If you would like those features as well as music streaming and two free day shipping, then you can pay just $10.99 per month instead!
This could be something you might want to do if you plan on picking up many things during the holiday shopping season. With free shipping starting on $49+ purchases, it could easily cost you $8 for just one order. If you opted for Amazon Prime for that month, it would pay for itself with just two purchases (if they were lower than the $49 threshold).
It is always important to consider the overall cost. If you happen to go ahead and purchase Amazon Prime for $99 per year, you would save more than $30 than if you paid for the month to month service.
As a reminder, here are all of the benefits you receive as an Amazon Prime member:
- Unlimited 2 day free shipping. I absolutely love this feature!! It enables me to order items at amazing discounts and never have to check out shipping costs. When I find items are priced the same on-line at Amazon as they are at my local store, I always use Amazon (so it comes to me and I don’t have to make a special trip).
- Unlimited streaming of movies and shows. Amazon has a vast free library of more than 40,000 movies and tv shows which you can watch for free – any time you’d like!
- Unlimited streaming of more than 1,000,000 songs. If you are a music fan, you have access to more than 1 million songs – anytime you’d like!
- Exclusive savings discounts. There are times when discounted prices are extended only to Prime members.
- Free Kindle Books. While we share many great Free Kindle Books every day, you’ll be given access to free Kindle books every single month!
- Early Access to Lightning Deals. This is an awesome one – especially around the holidays! You will get access to the lightning deals 30 minutes before anyone else. That can make the difference between getting the item you want and being too late!
- Unlimited Photo Storage. You can upload your photos and save them in the cloud…..all for FREE!
- Membership into Amazon Family (formerly Amazon Mom). As an added bonus, you also gain access to Amazon Family discounts – which includes 20% off of diapers and wipes!
If you are not sure that you are ready to take the plunge and pay for an annual membership, why not try it out for free for 30 days! You get access to all of the benefits and features mentioned above.
If you aren’t sure that this is the right service for you, you might read Why Your Membership is Worth the Cost. Even at $99 per year, it is worth every penny for our family. However, I also understand why it might be better for you to just sign up during November and December to save on holiday shipping charges.
And then, make sure you read our steps on How to Save When Shopping at Amazon!