All the Amazon Prime Benefits You Didn’t Know You Had
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If you’re like me, you initially got Amazon Prime for the free 2-day shipping. When they added same-day shipping on some items in some locations, I about lost it! All of a sudden it seemed like I could think it, and a few hours later it would appear on my doorstep in a mind-reading trick of some kind! (Ahem, of course, I did have to place an actual order!)
Recently, my mom told me she wanted me to help her transfer all of her photos to the free storage that came with her Amazon Prime membership. Y’all, I had no idea what she was talking about! She got so excited that in her 80s, she knew something “techy” that her daughter didn’t! Hahaha! It was then that I realized that there were wayyyyy more Amazon Prime benefits than I was aware of and FOMO set in big time! When I started looking into it, I quickly got overwhelmed trying to figure out what all of the benefits were and how to use them. So, I decided to research it, write about it, and see if we could make sense of it together. #imhereforya 🙂
Today, I’m running down the Amazon Prime benefits, telling you how to use them, and letting you know where to get more information about each one. (Yep! It’s like a SO in the KNOW for Amazon Primers, right here!) 🙂
(Also, last weekend, I realized I didn’t have any images related to Amazon to use in this post, so I snagged my daughter Becca, who is home on Spring Break, and we went out on the front porch, iPhone in hand to snap a couple of quick pics of this adorable top I bought on Amazon! LOL. I hope you’re not cringing at the photo quality!)
Amazon Prime Benefits You Already Know
First of all, let me say that if you don’t have Amazon Prime yet, you might want to consider it! If you’re unsure, you can take advantage of the free 30-day trial. (Not sure if there’s anyone ON THE PLANET who doesn’t already have it, but I thought it was worth saying!)
In addition to free 2-day shipping. You also get:
- Free same-day delivery if you live in an eligible zip code. Click here to see if your address qualifies and click here for more information.
- Prime Now: Free 2-hour delivery on certain items if you live in an eligible zip code. Click here to see if your address qualifies and click here for more information.
- Prime Student: 6-month trial membership for college students. If you’ve got a child heading off next fall, this is a must-have. I know you’re planning well and all, but they
mightwill need things you didn’t think of once they get to school. This puts the ordering firmly in their hands, not yours! #yes #alldaylong #emptynestblessed
- Wedding Registry: If you’ve got a bride or groom in your family, congratulations!!! Be sure to have them register on Amazon! It might be the simplest (and most practical) way for guests to send gifts. (BTW, an Amazon Prime gift membership is a fab idea for the happy couple.)
- Baby Registry: Ditto on the Baby Registry. So convenient, right?
Additional Amazon Prime Benefits: Shipping
In addition to the benefits listed above, there are a few more cool ones that may be new to you!
- FREE Release-Date Delivery: If you pre-order an item (like a book) before its release date, it will be delivered to you on the actual release date if you live in a qualifying zip code. For more information, click here.
- FREE No-Rush Shipping: If you’re not in a rush for your order, select “No-Rush Shipping” at checkout and earn rewards toward future purchases.
Additional Amazon Prime Benefits: Streaming
It’s hard to keep up with all of the jargon these days, so for those of you who aren’t even sure what “streaming” is, I’m going to break it down for you! Streaming is a type of technology used to deliver content — usually audio and video — to computers and mobile devices over the internet. It transmits the data continuously, which allows the recipient to watch or listen on demand.
- Prime Video: Unlimited streaming of movies and TV. (For both paid or free Amazon Prime trial members.) For more information, click here. I just finished watching the first season of Vanity Fair on Amazon Prime Video, and I highly recommend it! Also, I Can Only Imagine is one of my favorite movies, and it’s free on Prime Video too.
- Prime Music: Unlimited, ad-free access to more than two million songs. For more information, click here.
- Interested in access to even more movies and TV? Prime members qualify for discounted monthly plans on Amazon Video Channels (like HBO and STARZ) and Amazon Music.
Additional Amazon Prime Benefits: Shopping
- Whole Foods Market: When Amazon bought Whole Foods last year, it was all over the news! Nobody quite knew exactly what it would mean for customers, but Amazon promised significant benefits. First up: They added exclusive savings for Prime members. Next, they added 5% back on purchases at Whole Foods for Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Cardholders. (In addition to the 5% back cardholders get on purchases on Amazon itself). With a program called Prime Now, you can get 2-hour Delivery in select cities. (Click here to see if your address qualifies and click here for more information.) Amazon has promised even more benefits to come, so stay tuned! For more information, click here.
- Amazon Fresh: This grocery delivery/pickup service is available exclusively to Prime members in select cities for an additional fee. (There’s a 30-day free trial so you can try it out and see if you like it.) I think this is a good idea for elderly parents or expecting moms on bedrest, etc. Click here for more information.
- Prime Pantry: Shop for groceries and household products in everyday sizes and pay an additional delivery fee. (Unlike Amazon Fresh, Prime Pantry does not offer perishables like meat, dairy, vegetables or items requiring refrigeration.) There’s a 30-day free trial so that you can try it out, and after that, you pay $4.99/mo for Prime Pantry orders over $10. Click here for more information.
- Subscribe & Save: This is an excellent program if you have items you use regularly and you don’t want to have to remember to add them to your shopping list at appropriate intervals. You can save up to 15% if you order 5 or more items through the program every month. Subscriptions are easy to manage and you can cancel them at any time. There are no commitments, obligations, or fees. Click here for more information.
- Amazon Elements: I’m pretty much betting you’ve never heard of this Amazon Prime Benefit. Amazon has its own line of supplements, protein powders, and even baby wipes! The products are branded on the site as “premium” and of “transparent origins.” Click here for more information.
- Prime Wardrobe: I’ve gotten a lot of questions from y’all about this Prime-exclusive program! I haven’t tried it, but it sounds awesome! You select from eligible items, and Amazon gives you seven days to try on clothes, shoes, and accessories before you buy. Then, you’re charged for the items you decide to keep. For more information, click here, and to browse available items, click here. (Have any of y’all tried it? Let me know what you think in the comments, okay?)
Additional Amazon Prime Benefits: Reading
- Prime Reading: Borrow books, magazines, and more from the Prime Reading catalog, and read them on your Fire tablet, Kindle e-reader, or the Kindle reading apps for iOS and Android. For more information, click here. WANNA KNOW A BIG SECRET? I love my Kindle, but you don’t have to own a Kindle to take advantage of this Amazon Prime Benefit! You can download the app for free on your device and start reading! Click here to browse the Prime Reading catalog. Need help downloading the app on your device? Click here.
- Amazon First Reads: Prime members can download a new book for free every month from the Amazon First Reads picks and also purchase hardcover titles at exclusive prices. For more information, click here.
- Audible Audiobooks: Listen to books in all sorts of categories! There’s a 30-day free trial so that you can try it out, and you get two free audiobooks that are yours to keep whether or not you continue with the program! Click here for more information.
Additional Amazon Prime Benefits: Photos
Get secure unlimited photo storage and enhanced search and organization features with Amazon Prime Photos. For more information, click here. (This is what my mom did with her photos.)
Green Maxi Dress (from Amazon!) | Similar Leopard Wedges (with lower heel) | Similar Tory Burch Station Necklace | Safety Pin Earrings | Gucci Camera Bag | Jeans Jacket
This darling green maxi dress is just one example of some of the darling fashion available on Amazon! It comes in a whole boatload of colors, and I own it in navy with white stripes as well as this pretty green. (Click on any of the images below for more information!)
Did you know I have my own Empty Nest Blessed page on Amazon? It’s available to anyone, regardless of whether you have Amazon Prime or not! I add to it all the time, so be sure to “Follow” me, bookmark it, and visit often! I have an entire category called “Amazon Fashion Finds” that I am constantly adding to! This dress is on it, of course!
Did you read my recent post about the Ten Drugstore Products I Use Every Day? Y’all know I’m all about saving you time and money, so I put the entire list on my Amazon page in case you want to shop! Click here to check out the page and all of the current categories, and please let me know if there’s a category you want me to create, okay? 🙂
Was this post helpful to you? I learned so much from researching it. What Amazon Prime Benefits have you used and loved (or not loved)? Please leave me a comment and let me know!
Hi Suzy! Thank you for this very informative post! I am on as a tag along on my husband’s Prime! One you didn’t mention under reading is that on the 1st of every month they send out a selection of prime reading that you can download for free. These are books that are going to be published in the next month and they give you a choice in different genres. It’s called Amazon First Reads. I usually download the historical fiction selection!
I’m not sure if it is because I am a tag along, but I can’t choose any new downloads under Prime music. It seems like it’s all of what my husband has put on there and none of the selections are available for me to add to the account. It keeps prompting me to want to purchase the unlimited membership. I have looked in their FAQ but I can’t find an explanation for it. Have you ever heard of this?
I hope Bob continues to be healing well, and I’m sure you’re a good nursemaid to him! ????
Thanks so much for your kind wished for Bob! He is healing well! We have to keep reminding ourselves that even though he was young for the surgery (he’s 53, like me), and he was is good shape, it was still major surgery! I laughed yesterday when a bunch of people at church expected that he’d be there and basically back to normal! Hahahaha!
I’m not sure why you’re having trouble downloading music, but it could be because you’re not a registered user of your household. Here’s more information on that: https://amzn.to/2Obic8F
I hope that helps!
I forwarded this to the SIX millennials in my family! They learned a few things from your past post on things the IPhone can do! You\’re the best!
Your comment made me SO happy! Thank you!
Is there a fee for Amazon music?
The benefits I talked about in this post are free. There is an upgraded, paid “Amazon Music Unlimited” program that Prime Members receive a discount for both the monthly and the annual plans. You can get more information here: https://amzn.to/2Tfm89p
Hope that helps! xoxo Suzy
This was a great comprehensive and informative post!! I will definitely use it as a reference. Thank you for the work and effort you put into it!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Any of the images in it can be pinned to Pinterest for future reference! Hugs to you!
I think the quality of your picture is perfect. All my photos are from IPhone XS.
Thank you so much for all this information. I use my husband’s membership, I will open my page. You are so darling to have done all this research for us.
You are just the sweetest. Thank you for your kind comment and I’m so glad you liked the post!
It seems that every time I go to amazon (and that’s frequently) they have something new for Prime members. It’s overwhelming. I love that they are partnered now with Whole Foods. I’ve definitely been taking advantage of that. We like prime video too and have used prime pantry from time to time. A friend of mine was accidentally delivered someone elses Prime Fresh delivery one and amazon said to just keep it. There must have been over $200 worth of groceries in there. She was very happy.
I agree that all the Prime benefits can get overwhelming – that’s why I wrote this post! I loved that story about your friend! Thanks for sharing! xoxo Suzy
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