Laura reviews 10 of the best benefits of being an Amazon Prime member. Find out if a membership is right for you and how to take full advantage of everything Prime has to offer.
I’ve been an Amazon Prime member for years and it has completely revolutionized the way I shop online. Although Amazon recently increased the cost to $119 per year or $12.99 per month, their customer service and variety of perks keep me hooked.
At first, I signed up just for free shipping, but now the service offers so much more, it’s hard to keep track. There are loads of free benefits for Prime members—plus, even more add-on subscriptions that cost less.
In this post, I’ll review 10 of the best benefits of Amazon Prime so you can decide if a membership is right for you. And if you already signed up, this is a good reminder to take full advantage of everything your Prime subscription has to offer.
10 Money-Saving Benefits of Amazon Prime
- Prime Delivery
- Prime Now
- Whole Foods Market discounts
- Prime Video
- Prime Music
- Audible Channels
- Prime Reading
- Alexa Voice Shopping
- Prime Rewards
- Amazon Photos
Here are 10 of the best benefits of an Amazon Prime membership that make it well worth the cost.
1. Prime Delivery
If all you got from being a Prime member was unlimited free two-day Prime Delivery with no minimum order threshold, it’d be worth it in my book. I make enough orders that my shipping costs would easily exceed the $119 annual membership fee.
Instead of having to wait until I have multiple items to buy, I can submit an order for a single item knowing there’s no additional delivery cost. I just open the Amazon app, add what I need to the cart, and place my order.
Some types of items don’t qualify for free two-day shipping, such as certain items shipped from Amazon Marketplace sellers, magazine subscriptions, and goods sent outside of the US. But depending on where you live, qualifying orders of at least $35 in certain cities can even be delivered the same day for free.
Another perk that I’ve started using more frequently is choosing “no-rush” shipping at checkout. This is a great option if you’re willing to wait a little longer to receive an item because your patience is rewarded. You receive promotional credits that get applied to your next qualifying Prime Now order, which we’ll cover next.
2. Prime Now
If you live in one of 40 major markets, Prime Now delivers thousands of items in as little as an hour to your doorstep. You can shop for food and products from Whole Foods, which Amazon owns, from other local stores, or restaurants.
Just visit Prime Now and enter your ZIP code to see what local stores are available and add items to your cart. Many restaurants only have a $10 minimum order and delivery costs are typically under $4 or $5.
A local courier will be on the way to bring items to your home, office, or hotel in the delivery window you choose, seven days a week. You can even track and communicate with the driver in real time.
3. Whole Foods Market discounts
Thanks to Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, Prime members get 10% off sale items and more discounts on select items and best-sellers at markets nationwide. Plus, Whole Foods stores are now Amazon lockers where members can pick up deliveries.
Bonus Tip from The Penny Hoarder
Here are three ways to save on your favorite drink, the pumpkin spice latte. And if you're looking for more cafe perks, Penny Hoarder has a handful of Starbucks savings hacks.
1. Join Starbucks Rewards.
You'll earn two stars for every $1 spent and automatically receive free in-store refills on brewed coffee and tea. If you earn 300 stars in 12 months, you'll reach gold level, which will earn you additional benefits—including monthly bonus days and a free beverage or food item for every 125 stars you earn.
2. Buy a Discounted Gift Card at Starbucks.
Use a site like Gift Card Granny for a discounted gift card. Just buy a gift card for less than its face value, and you’ll get more for your money at Starbucks.
3. Join My Panera.
Starbucks isn't the only chain offering up a pumpkin spice latte. Panera Bread stores offer a similar concoction each fall. To save on its version of the PSL, join the My Panera program for discounts and freebies.