This is Why I’m Crazy about Amazon Prime

It’s been more than 10 years now since I first looked into a membership service called “Amazon Prime.” Being the frugalista that I am, of course, I dismissed it out of hand for one simple reason—currently the annual membership fee. For what, I asked? Nothing tangible, that’s for sure.

I wish I’d researched Amazon Prime more thoroughly back then. I had no idea what I was turning down. By not joining until two years later in 2009, I spent far more in shipping costs alone than I would have paid for the annual membership.





Honestly, I am in love with Amazon Prime and my love only grows as the years go by. My life is busy and I am such a disaster-waiting-to-happen in a shopping mall environment. I rely heavily on Amazon for household needs, personal items, and business supplies and equipment, too.

Free shipping alone saves me hundreds of dollars in shipping fees every year, not to mention time, gasoline, frustration, and impulsive disasters.

Since I first posted about Amazon Prime, the benefits have increased tremendously!

How do I love Amazon Prime? Oh, let me count the ways:

Free two-day shipping

Amazon calls it free, but technically Amazon Prime offers flat-rate-prepaid-shipping. While there are some exceptions (Prime is not available on items sold through the Amazon Marketplace, for example), I don’t recall the last time I paid for shipping per delivery.

I’m talking about flat-rate, pre-paid, two-day shipping, no matter the weight with no minimum purchase amount or any other qualifying requirement at all. And there is no limit on the number of deliveries or the accumulated weight of packages delivered for that one flat-rate over a full year.

It makes my head spin how fast things arrive with Prime shipping. Anything I need is delivered to my doorstep in two short days (often one-day!) no matter how much it weighs. And if I absolutely need it tomorrow, with Prime I can upgrade to next day delivery for a flat rate of $3.99.

Free shipping saves me and my business hundreds of dollars in shipping fees every year.

RELATED: How to Shop with CASH at Amazon

I can share my Prime

And I do. Amazon Prime members can share the benefits of Amazon Prime by creating an Amazon Household. A Household allows you to connect and share Amazon benefits with the whole family. Two adults and up to four teens and four child profiles may link in a Household.

Instant streaming movies, TV

You can use your Amazon Prime membership to stream Amazon Instant Video, movies and TV episodes on any compatible device that’s signed into an Amazon account. You can stream hit movies and all kinds of recent TV episodes.

Students get a big break

Prime Student membership is free for 6 months, then once you join it’s 50 percent off the regular Prime. Student members get free 2-day shipping during the free 6-month trial period and then unlock access to unlimited instant streaming of 40,000 movies and TV episodes after their free trial.


With Prime membership, you and your Amazon Household get access to two million songs, ad-free—an exclusive library of songs from Amazon Music.

Kindle owner’s lending library

If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and read them on your Kindle device.

30-day free trial

Had I known about this option back in 2007, I would have definitely gone for a free month of Prime membership first. That’s what I suggest that you do—try it out before you commit. If you are not convinced or find you just will not use Amazon effectively, no problem. You can cancel with no penalty, no problem and even better—no hassle.

During your free month, you will get all of the benefits of Amazon Prime including free two-day shipping, borrowing books from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library for free, unlimited instant streaming of movies and TV shows, music, and unlimited books and magazines on any device.

And if you are a student, for sure you want to consider a 6-month free trial! What a great way to see if Amazon Prime is right for you before you commit to the annual membership fee.

There is no doubt about it—I am crazy about Amazon Prime. Crazy like a fox, that is.

First published: 8-26-13; Revised & Updated 5-02-19

PREVIOUSLY: How to Donate to Do Good and Declutter, Too

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon affiliated sites, with no additional cost to you.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Caught yourself reading all the way 'til the end? Why not share with a friend.

21 replies
  1. Patricia Goff says:

    If you shop there a lot I guess it would be worth the free shipping but I wouldn’t use anything else that they offer. We are old school and just watch regular tv. We don’t stream other than youtube. Not into movies so we are happy with cable. We pay for unlimited internet on our phones for $25 each so we are happy with that. Shipping is free on subscribe and save anyway so I never have needed it. When I use my amazon dollars (from surveys) I usually buy car parts or something which is free to ship anyway. I just don’t think it is a good deal for us.

    • tinydogpries says:

      I agree. The purchases I do make on Amazon already offer free shipping and I would never use the music or TV/movie feature. I rarely have time for reading and if I do I have hundreds of books on Audible that I already own. Prime offers nothing useful for me.

  2. Mary Rosseau says:

    I shop on Amazon Smile, still Prime but when purchasing on ‘Smile’ a donation is given to the charity of your choice. It will have a list of charities to choose from.

  3. Kayla says:

    I have to agree with all points made by Mary R (generate donation via amazon smile), Matriarch (demise of local stores, jobs), and hijjo. I admit we have been a prime member for several years. When the kids were little it was so nice to order things online and have them show up, even though there was some guilt about not shopping locally. The convenience at that time was worth it. But now we are in our last year of membership, when it expires, we will not renew. I’m disappointed in their prices and service, Prime video has few interesting shows/movies, and I cannot justify the cost any longer. I’m fully capable of doing my own shopping around, and can almost always meet or beat their price locally. Plus, over the years it has weighed on my conscience the use of trucks, fuel, and packaging (I have always wondered why no one seems to mention this). And the past year or so the delivery has been disappointing. I usually do the non-2day shipping option unless I am truly in a rush for an item. But on the occasions I have needed 2-day delivery, they have NOT come through. It is now a minimum of 3 days on a “prime” item, so what am I paying for? And they raised the price anyway. For what? I don’t know how they are going to fulfill their latest “1-day shipping” campaign. My favorite part of membership has been Prime Reading. But I use my local library too, so I can just find my reading here in town for free, I don’t “need” prime reading in any way. With the library just 2 miles from my house, it gives me a few extra miles of exercise, and with a backpack full of books, it can be a great workout. Win-win.

  4. hijjo says:

    You do a great job of listing the pros of Amazon. As everything has its cons here they are for me: 1. I resent the fact that Amazon doesn’t pay taxes. 2. I resent the fact that many other businesses have been put out of business because of Amazon. 3. I have followed the press on Bezos and concluded that he is a pretty dysfunctional human being.

  5. deb in sc says:

    I would not save anything on shipping, as I never order anything until I have an amount that automatically qualifies for free shipping. What I have seen with people who have joined, is that it makes it incredibly easy to order something… impulse buying. No thought…I see it…I want it…I get it. To me it certainly encourages impulse spending.

    • Bookworm says:

      I agree. Only once have I needed something in 2 days, so I did the Prime free trial. I poked around while I had it and found a book to read, but I didn’t find enough to make me want to pay for the service. Also, I buy Amazon gift cards at Kroger, getting the 2x and sometimes 4x gas points, so I save more that way.

  6. Shelly Alvine says:

    I do take advantage of Amazon Prime but I think we should be more thoughtful about when to use it. Don’t forget your local businesses who rely on you. Prime shipping also means more wasteful packaging and fuel for delivery. Yes, the convenience is hard to resist but there are more considerations.

  7. Ray T. says:

    You mentioned in regards to Amazon Prime –

    “And I do. Amazon Prime members can share the benefits of Amazon Prime by creating an Amazon Household. A Household allows you to connect and share Amazon benefits with the whole family. Two adults and up to four teens and four child profiles may link in a Household.”

    In clicking on the link you provided “Amazon Household” -it took me Amazon Business. I could not find the Amazon Household. A clarification would help. Thank you. Ray T.

  8. Matriarch In Training says:

    Shop there if you must, and I admit to doing the same when the product I want is not available locally. But realize you are contributing to the demise of brick-and-mortar stores, and the related jobs, when you do. And Amazon is not going to sponsor your kid’s little league team, or buy your kid’s girl scout cookies, like the local small businesses.

  9. crabbyoldlady says:

    Not sure if we can afford our fancy cable package when we retire, but we’ll be just fine with Prime. All the entertainment anyone could want.

  10. Kathleen French says:

    I LOVE Amazon Prime…maybe a little too much. I’m still keeping it for it’s many amazing benefits, including convenience and pretty competitive pricing overall. And it’s so fun to get a package. I finally took Mary’s advice on how to challenge myself to keep money in my account, even to the extent of just staying out of stores unless I absolutely had to go in, and safeguarding myself with a strict plan and cash only when I must. THEN AMAZON PRIME came into my home!!!!. Well, ok, I let them in!!! But the point is that I can still keep my account but, here’s my trick. I absolutely now have an Amazon Prime budget that i put as an actual item on my monthly expenditures sheet. I am really trying hard to stick to it and am getting there. It really works as long as I don’t try to kid myself that it doesn’t count, LOL!

  11. Heather Shover says:

    I live in a rural community with not a lot of access to much. I do shop locally as much as I can, but having Amazon smile prime has been great for the things that I need. Plus Smile Prime donates a portion of my sales to my local animal shelter. Items are mostly delivered to my door and it are exactly what I want. I do use the Prime video and a little of the Prime music. I have a Kindle, but have never tried the lending library. That will be next on my list to try. To save even more money, I buy Amazon gift cards at a local grocery store that given you points to use towards your gas purchases. Win/win for me. As for the taxes thing. Our state has you pay taxes on the online orders you make. It is still more on your honor than something they keep track of.

  12. Linda says:

    This article on Amazon and what it knows about you is frightening!

  13. Mochajester says:

    Every choice is based on individual preference, Mary is simply letting people know what is available out there. It won’t be desired by all, so no need for the rude comments. Personally, I dislike shopping malls or trying to find parking at Costco, I have a college student living at home and we both have Kindles. So, our family enjoys the benefits of Amazon Prime and we have saved well over $79/ year in shipping while continuing to maintain our common sense in our online buying habits. If we have something on our shopping list, we simply compare shop on Amazon first before buying somewhere else that imposes shipping costs or a minimum purchase amount to avoid them.

  14. Pat says:

    I had a membership to Amazon Prime as well for awhile, but when Amazon started selling an item I felt was inappropriate I cancelled the membership. Amazon cancelled it immediately and with no delay. They no longer sell that item and I’m now considering getting the membership again, so I thank you for this information on some of the benefits I had not considered.

    People should decide whether they want the membership based on their own situations – this will be an excellent money-saving service for some, and not for others. No need for people to get unpleasant about it.

  15. Allison says:

    I LOVE our Amazon Prime membership. The annual membership costs less than a Netflix subscription over the course of a year, and the free shipping is great! I had forgotten about the Kindle lending library, and I do have a Kindle, so thanks for the reminder! I also hesitated at the cost of the membership, but then I did the math and realized it is definitely a value for the price.


Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *