I probably should have put this post up before Christmas, because Amazon Prime is a huge time and money saver when you are buying lots of gifts. But better late than never, right?
I’ve had Amazon Prime for a few years now – first signing up with a free Amazon Prime trial. I figured I’d get free shipping on some stuff I needed to buy, then cancel it before the $79 fee kicked in. I never cancelled, happily paying that $79 fee annually to renew. When I first got my Amazon Prime account, the shipping benefits were the only benefits offered – and it was still a great deal.
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Free 2-day shipping is still the primary benefit for Amazon Prime. On “Prime eligible” items, which is usually those sold directly through Amazon, you can get free 2-day shipping, or pay $3.99 per night for overnight, weekday delivery. There’s also a new option where you can pay $8.99 for Saturday delivery. Because of these fabulous shipping offers, I buy almost everything through Amazon.com these days, including most of the Christmas presents I bought.
Amazon Prime also includes free, unlimited, commercial-free streaming of television shows and movies offered through Amazon Instant Video. I’ve watched movies and caught up on earlier seasons of shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Downton Abbey all free. You can download the Amazon Instant Video player through the iTunes app store, or watch on your Kindle Fire, Mac, or PC. There are also numerous internet-connected TV tools you can use to watch Amazon Prime Instant Videos, including the WiiU.
If you own a Kindle device, you can also borrow books through the Kindle lending library if you are an Amazon Prime member. Not every book is available, but I have found several, including the Hunger Games, that I was able to borrow.
Learn more about Amazon Prime on their website.