For the first time ever, our household has joined Amazon Prime as paying members! We had previously been Prime members for a trial period during the heyday of the Amazon Mom program, and scored lots of great deals on diapers and such, but once our free period ran out, we returned as non-Prime members.
We have gone back and forth for awhile, and when Amazon had a one day $67 deal for new members last month (marked down from the regular price of $99) , in celebration of their Emmy award, we decided to go for it.
Here are a few things we're looking forward to:
The first and probably still most popular thing about Prime membership is the 2-day shipping. We don't have bad luck with the Free shipping, but it can back up at times, and always works out that when you want something most, it takes the longest to get there. It'll be nice knowing that most items will be there in two days.
Movies and TV
Amazon has a pretty good selection of movies and TV shows available for free streaming. I think the only issue I've seen is that a lot of their content isn't HD, but I can live with that. We have a Roku that we rarely used, which has a built in Amazon Prime channel, and also have a couple of Chromecast devices that can stream to the TV. We limit the amount of TV our kids watch, but when it's really bad weather in the winter, we do tend to allow it a little more, so it'll be nice to have a few more options. I also know they have a lot of different options in case my wife and I want to check out a movie or TV show.
They have quite a library of songs available for free streaming as part of Prime membership. I love listening to music at work and my wife very frequently has something going on her tablet as she does things around the house.
I love reading and try to get through at least 4-5 books a month rented for free from our local library. I believe that you get a couple of free Kindle rentals per month as Prime members. Now, I don't have a Kindle yet, but this could entice me to get one or ask Santa for one!
File and Photo Storage
You get 5GB of free cloud storage space as a Prime member, plus unlimited photo storage. When you upload photos, they'll automatically expand your total limit so that photos never count toward your 5GB. That's pretty cool and is a great way to back up your precious memories!
I'm hoping that our Prime membership saves us money in the long run. It'll be nice to order things that we would have gone out and bought anyway, and gotten either a lower price or the same price, but saved on time and gas. I know that many people find that they spend more with Prime, and obviously that's what Amazon wants you to do, but I would think that if we limit our spending, it could work out well for Amazon and for us!
Readers, did any of you sign up for Prime with the recent special or have you been Prime members for a while? What do you like or dislike about Prime? Please share your experiences in the comment section below.