Surprising Amazon Prime Features That Save Us THOUSANDS Every Year • Binkies and Briefcases

Surprising Amazon Prime Features That Save Us THOUSANDS Every Year • Binkies and Briefcases

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Once we determined to buckle down and deal with our debt, I discovered a number of shocking Amazon Prime options that helped us save a ton of cash. This isn’t a sponsored submit, I simply actually occur to like Amazon Prime and all of the methods it saves us cash, and I assumed I’d share with you. We’ve had a Prime membership for a very long time, however I’m nonetheless studying about all the good options that go thus far past free delivery!

Clearly it’s nice that since we do order issues on-line many occasions all year long, our membership pays for itself in saved delivery prices alone, however our membership truly saves us THOUSANDS of dollars yearly in different methods. That’s not an exaggeration in any respect. Listed here are a number of extra methods it pays to be Prime: 

We cancelled our cable. 

Video streaming is a well-liked profit for Prime members. Amazon has its personal built-in streaming service for Prime members. You’ll be able to watch straight out of your pc, recreation console, or cellular system, or get a Firestick and hook it as much as your television. We ditched cable and now do our television viewing primarily via Amazon and Netflix. I really like that you would be able to add further channels to your Amazon account for a couple of dollars every month and principally create your personal personalised a la carte deal. You’ll be able to add whichever channels greatest meet your loved ones’s wants. When you like watching Reside sports activities, there are channels for that. If you’d like family-friendly programming and even a whole channel of Hallmark films, they’ve that. And most include a free week-long trial. 

They’ve nice unique programming and a few older classics our youngsters are studying to like, like Sabrina the Teenage Witch. We like that it’s divided into age-appropriate classes for the youngsters. That is the way it appears on the display. It’s very straightforward to discover a present and simply click on on it. 

Use Amazon instead of cable

After we ditched cable, we added HBO, Starz, and Nick Hits (a Nickelodeon channel) to our Amazon account, plus CBS All Entry which lets us sustain with a number of exhibits we favored. Having CBS additionally retains us up to date on information, climate, and plenty of stay sporting occasions just like the Tremendous Bowl. For those who don’t need CBS, there are many different networks to select from.

I added the Starz channel to take a look at Outlander initially, and to be trustworthy my plan was to binge that one present then cancel the channel after the free trial, however we stored it as a result of I really like that the Starz channel has so many nice films for the youngsters! They’ve a bunch of Disney films and are nice across the holidays. We’ve discovered that we nonetheless have entry to all the exhibits we like, however even after including a couple of premium channels and upgrading our web to account for the additional streaming, we nonetheless saved over $130 each month! That’s $1,300 yearly. And I really like that if we ever determine we have to pinch our pennies even tighter, I can simply cancel our premium channels and regulate our account myself with one click on and save us that extra cash with out having to spend an hour on the telephone with a cable firm. 

Take a look at all of the Disney films! (Ignore all of the random stuff I throw on my wishlist, haha.)

We stopped Shopping for DVDs

We love that we will watch so many exhibits and films without spending a dime (or I assume I ought to say they’re “included” relatively than free since we do should pay for the membership). However typically we nonetheless have event to need one thing particular. Identical to once we had cable, there are some films that our youngsters love that aren’t included in our account. We do lease DVDs from the library, however our library fees a rental payment for films anyway, plus I’ve to drive there. (In case your library enables you to borrow DVDs without spending a dime or stream them, undoubtedly benefit from that!) However with Amazon we will lease or purchase the film with out even having to go away our home. Renting it’s just a few dollars, however shopping for a film by means of Amazon often prices about $10, which continues to be solely half the price of shopping for a DVD on the retailer.

Films we buy are saved proper in my account within the Video Library. 

I used to be skeptical about going digital with our film purchases at first, however we’re discovering that we actually like having the films we personal saved in our Amazon account. We will entry them from anyplace with wifi, like grandma’s home or an airport or the physician’s workplace, and the youngsters can’t scratch or break the discs. (I can’t inform you what number of occasions we ended up shopping for a number of copies of bodily DVDs as a result of somebody stepped on a disc or the youngsters scratched it up and it will not play, and so forth.) No extra of that. Plus storing them digitally takes up no area in our residence. It’s onerous to quantify, however as a result of we aren’t shopping for duplicate discs to exchange damaged ones and the fee is often barely much less up entrance for digital copies, I feel this protects us a minimum of $50-$100 yearly. And as an added bonus, it’s been a simple option to make a small change throughout our decluttering journey in the direction of minimalism. 

We changed our satellite tv for pc radio and CDs

Do you know music streaming providers are included in your Amazon membership for no additional value? We used to have a subscription to satellite tv for pc radio as a result of my husband favored to take heed to it at work and within the automotive, however have canceled it in favor of Amazon which permits us to save lots of that cash each month. I might additionally typically use the free model of different streaming apps like Pandora and simply take heed to the commercials. However then we discovered we will stream without spending a dime by way of Amazon commercial-free, so now that’s the one factor we use.

You possibly can create your personal radio station out of your favourite artists, or take heed to whole albums. I really like Matchbox Twenty and there are 4 whole albums, plus a Rob Thomas album I can obtain by way of Amazon Music utterly free with my membership. I used to be additionally bummed that I misplaced my Maroon 5 CD the final time we moved, nevertheless it seems the whole Songs About Jane album is included as properly. My favourite factor is with the ability to take heed to the complete Hamilton soundtrack at no cost! I like streaming music once I work out, once I stroll the canine, and once I’m enjoyable within the tub at night time. I really like that I can create totally different stations for no matter temper I’m in. 

Use your Prime membership to stream music and more

There are many kid-appropriate choices as nicely. We frequently hook our telephones as much as our automotive audio system and stream Kidz Bop stations within the automotive. The Amazon Music app will even offer you choices for clear or specific variations, to assist make the method extra household pleasant. I discover that increasingly I actually want streaming over common radio, particularly when my youngsters are with me, as a result of I can management the content material. Cancelling satellite tv for pc radio saved us about $16 per 30 days, or rather less than $200 per yr. Plus with streaming so available without spending a dime, we not buy CDs for the automotive of youngsters’s music, so this in all probability saves us much more. 

We will borrow books

Positive, you possibly can pay to improve to Kindle Limitless and have entry to much more assets, however do you know that even with only a primary Amazon Prime membership you’re eligible to borrow one guide each month free of charge? It’s included with the price of your subscription. Simply search “Kindle choices free for prime members” and you will notice a number of choices which might be obtainable for free of charge. It’s also possible to lend and borrow books by means of the kindle lending program. This can be a nice digital choice for individuals who won’t have the transportation or mobility to have the ability to get to a library every month. There are alternatives for teenagers obtainable as nicely. In the event you purchase books steadily, utilizing free Kindle books and borrowing by means of your Prime membership can simply prevent at the least $20 per 30 days, or $240 yearly. 

How to borrow books with Amazon Prime

Apart from borrowing books, there are additionally a TON of books out there on the Kindle app which might be utterly FREE for Prime members. You get to obtain and maintain digital copies of them and it’s all included with the worth of your Prime membership. $zero.00 is my favourite worth. 

free Kindle books

Digital Photograph Storage

Do you know that your Amazon Prime Membership comes with 10 GB of photograph and video storage on your private use? It can save you all the photographs and movies of your youngsters and household holidays they usually’ll nonetheless be there ready for you simply in case your private pc crashes. You would additionally simply purchase a cheap flash drive for lower than $10 and do the identical factor, so this doesn’t actually save a ton of cash, however it’s a good perk. For those who really feel such as you want extra space for storing, there are alternatives to improve for a charge.  

Print Your Pictures

You possibly can print four×9 photographs instantly out of your account for lower than ten cents every and get free supply. There are additionally choices for bigger sizes and to create photograph presents like mugs, calendars, and so on. 

Unique Presents

On Amazon Prime Day the corporate presents plenty of nice buying offers solely for Prime members. Additionally they have cool options like stay live shows which might be solely obtainable on Prime. This yr on July 10th they’re airing a Taylor Swift live performance that includes a number of different performers, which is unique to Prime members. 

Save on Groceries

We don’t store at Entire Meals as a result of the closest one is about 30 minutes away, however when you do there are reductions solely for Amazon Prime members.  In some areas (not ours, sadly) Prime members obtain free 2-hour grocery supply from Entire Meals as nicely.  

Give Again Field

I don’t assume it’s a must to be a Prime member to do that, I simply assume it’s cool. Amazon is partnered with Give Again Field, so if you end up accomplished together with your Amazon field, you possibly can fill it with gently used charitable donations, print a label at house, and ship it off to quite a lot of charities without spending a dime. It doesn’t value you something, it’s a good way to reuse delivery supplies, they usually deal with all the coordination with the varied charities on their listing. You simply should print out and tape the pre-paid delivery label to your field and mail it.  

Share Advantages 

As a Prime member, you possibly can share a lot of the advantages of your membership, corresponding to streaming and free delivery, with different adults in your home. Sadly the household sharing doesn’t apply to discounted memberships. There are additionally some issues that aren’t included with household sharing, so you’ll want to verify the effective print.  

Reductions for college kids and low-income households

An ordinary Prime membership is about $120 per yr. Truthfully, contemplating we save greater than that EVERY MONTH on our cable invoice alone through the use of Prime, I feel it’s completely value each penny. However they acknowledge that their worth level may be cost-prohibitive to some and supply a number of reductions that assist many households get their memberships for as much as 50% off. For instance, in case you are a university scholar, you’re eligible for a reduced Amazon Prime Scholar membership. The price is about $6.50 per thirty days, or you’ll be able to pay yearly and convey the price right down to lower than $5 per thirty days. (Additionally take a look at Amazon’s textual content guide rental and trade-in packages to save lots of a ton of cash on faculty books!)

In case you have an EBT or Medicaid card, you’re additionally eligible for a reduced membership. As of the time I’m scripting this, the fee is barely lower than $6 per thirty days. 

So, is it value it? 

I might estimate that based mostly on all the methods we use it, these Amazon Prime options save us at the very least $2,000 yearly. Keep in mind, I didn’t even embrace the financial savings on delivery packages on this publish and I’ve already confirmed you the way it saves our household over $1,800 by changing our cable, satellite tv for pc radio, and letting us borrow books and stream exhibits and films. Should you add within the quantity we save as a consequence of free delivery and reductions on purchasing it will be even greater. That’s loopy! It’s a nice return on a $120 funding! (And I feel we’d truly be eligible for a reduction that might make it much more reasonably priced as a result of youngsters adopted via foster care obtain Medicaid, though I haven’t tried to use but. Does anybody who fosters know if the low cost applies if the eligible individual is a minor dwelling in your house?) 

What do you assume? Do you employ Amazon Prime? Is it well worth the worth for your loved ones? 

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