I’m convinced that Amazon is taking over the world. I would not be surprised to drive down my street in a few years to see housing development signs say “Built Especially for you by Your Friendly Amazon Associates.” But I digress. Let’s talk about Amazon Prime.
As busy moms, we are always looking for ways to get even a few extra minutes in our days.
I found myself spending weekends running errands to purchase practical things like diapers, wipes, toilet paper, and all those other things you don’t think about until you’re about to run out. Sound familiar? Keep reading.
At the time I lived in New Jersey and worked in NYC. We didn’t have a car. That meant there was no such thing as a quick trip to the grocery store. Add two kids under three? Oh yeah, there had to be a better way.
I began looking for alternatives. I had been an Amazon customer for five years and saw promotions for Amazon Prime. It was relatively new at the time, but I figured why not give it a shot.
It promised to get me the things I needed quickly and not go through the circus act of getting my little ones and all their stuff ready for a five-minute trip to the store. I’m in.
Five years and two million diapers later (give or take) I’m still a fan. But I want you to decide for yourself whether it can work for you and your family. Don’t worry if you don’t have tiny ones at home, there are millions of items that fall under the Amazon Prime umbrella.
What’s Included with Amazon Prime?
When I first started out two-day free shipping was the main benefit, but now the membership includes a host of features, including:
Prime Lightning Deal Early Access
Let’s look at these benefits in a little more detail, shall we?
Yes, it’s true. Depending on where you live and where your product is coming from, I’ve been known to get my package the next day. There have been rare instances where my package arrived late. A quick call to customer service resolved my concerns. Prime Shipping is available on millions of items on their site. I’ve rarely found something that I wanted that was not eligible for Prime shipping.
When I started out, this was called Amazon Mom, and I’m happy to see that Amazon changed the marketing. For those with little ones, the 20% discount on diaper subscriptions and 15% off baby registry items will come in handy. With a regular diaper subscription, you’ll no longer have to worry about realizing you’re holding the last diaper 15 minutes before the store closes….or that could just be me. Moving on.
The Amazon Family membership includes product recommendations for those expecting their first child all the way up to grade school level children.
You can also shop the store for grocery items and other household items included in the Amazon Pantry.
Amazon has their Netflix-type offering for members. Watch your favorite TV shows and movies anytime that you want. They also have their original programming that you won’t find elsewhere.
I have found their free programming to be a little more limited than what you get with a Netflix or Hulu subscription, and if it were a separate package, I would likely go for one of the other services. However, as part of the Prime benefits package, it’s great.
Amazon offers a music streaming service that allows you to listen to over a million songs. You can listen anywhere at any time with their music app. If you can’t decide what to listen to, they have ready to go playlists, so you’re sure to find something you enjoy.
If you’re like me, who only sometimes (read: never) downloads your photos from your phone, this benefit could be just what the doctor ordered. You receive unlimited storage where you can save all those precious photos of your little ones.
Prime Lightning Deals Early Access
If you’re a fan of Amazon’s Lightning Deals, this allows you a 30-minute head start to take advantage of the deals available before the general public.
Amazon offers Prime members an early release free each month through one of 6 editor picks.
Share the Love
You can share your membership with one other adult in your household. Who says you get to have all the fun?
The annual membership fee for Amazon Prime is $99. That breaks down to $8.25 each month, which in some cases can be the cost of shipping an item. That’s not such a big investment for something that is going to save so much time.
What Does This All Mean?
Great if you make frequent purchases of household items including diapers and other baby items
Get your order in two days or less
Perfect if you enjoy streaming, movies, music, and reading
May not be worth the price for people who don’t make frequent purchases
Overall, I think Amazon Prime is well worth the membership. You have peace of mind knowing that the things you need to keep your household running are just a click away.
Are you an Amazon Prime Member? If you’re not, feel free to try it for free using the link below. What has been your experience with this service? I’d love to know your thoughts. Let us know how it works for you in the comments below or feel free to email us your observations at firstname.lastname@example.org.