This is not a sponsored post. I am an amazon affiliate, so any purchases made via my links will result in a small payback that helps support all the time I spend writing here, but I truly love the service. My sister was visiting last week, and knowing I’m a big fan, she asked me what I thought about the increase in price. I told her that for me it’s totally worth it and asked her if she used the prime instant video, and she said she usually didn’t. Then earlier this week, a friend asked me, again knowing my love for the amazon smile, “What can I do to get the most out of my Prime membership? What am I missing?”
Here are 5 Reasons I think that Amazon Prime is worth $100 a year:
- Shipping — This is what most people equate with prime, and until recent years, it was all you got. I am a frequent amazon shopper, and in my pre-Prime days, I would frequent “round up” my purchases to reach the $25 free shipping, even if I was initially just going to buy one book for $15. That added up! Now, I can buy one item for $9, and it’s here in 2 days. When I first joined, I think I made my money on shipping via Christmas and birthdays alone. Whether I make a care package here or purchase something online, if you have to add $5 or more to shipping, it adds up. Having Prime makes me more generous. I’ll think of a book that I know a friend would enjoy, and I’m much more likely to just send it her way without the added encumbrance of shipping fees.
- Prime Instant Video — I believe my Netflix streaming subscription comes in at $8.56 a month now. I’m no math whiz, but that’s over $100 right there alone, for the movie and TV library alone. At first, the instant video library did not really compare, but now it’s completely comparable, and I think that amazon offers more than Netflix. I haven’t canceled Netflix, because my daughter tends to use it more, but she can use amazon on her devices just as easily, so I’m about to make the switch (especially with the coming price increase in mind).A friend of mine joined simply because she wanted to catch up on Downton Abbey which amazon offers and Netflix does not. Even if they don’t have the movie or show you want to watch, you can usually rent it right there for about $2.99.
- Exercise videos – When I was searching the Prime Instant Video library, I saw some exercise videos, and that challenged me to use my membership in a whole new way. I work out at home, and nothing gets me through a slump like a new DVD workout. I am current loving (and hating, if you know what I mean), Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism. A quick glance shows me that there’s also yoga, Denise Austen, Billy Blanks Jr., and more.
- Kindle Owners’ Lending Library: Again, I was already sold before they introduced the Kindle lending library, but since the one thing that I don’t love about using my Kindle is buying rather than borrowing books, this alleviates that problem. You have to own a Kindle and have prime to use this service, but there are 500,000 titles available, and you can borrow one a month free.
- Get Equipped — To truly utilize the benefits of the prime video library, you do need the right equipment. Yes, you can watch on your computer, but until I bought my Roku, I didn’t use it much. This is a small device which can access Amazon video directly on your TV via your WIFI connection. You can also use it for Netflix, HuluPlus, or Pandora. I truly love it and have been considering buying a second one for my secondary TV.
The other piece of equipment that has helped me maximize my usage of the Prime video library is getting a new Kindle Fire HD. With the newest versions of their tablets, you can not only watch video, but download it. This is a huge huge benefit. That means that I (or my children) can watch video — FREE — while traveling when WIFI is not available. I have used this to enjoy Parks and Recreation and The West Wing and movies while traveling.