I’m convinced that Amazon is taking over the world. It seems that every time I turn around, they are building a new headquarters somewhere. One of the big cities near me was on the list and people were going crazy with all of the speculation. 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. So, is Amazon Prime worth it?
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.
A few 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:
*Updated August 21, 2018. Since this original post was created, Amazon has added a number of benefits to make Prime an even better deal.
- 2-Day Shipping
- Whole Food Markets
- Prime Wardrobe
- Prime Exclusive
- Amazon Family
- Video (Prime)
- Music (Prime)
- Photos (Prime)
- Amazon First Reads
- Two Hour Delivery
- Twitch Prime
- Prime Reading
- Shared Membership
Let’s look at these benefits in a little more detail, shall we?
2-Day Shipping (Prime Delivery)
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.
Whole Foods Market
I can remember when Amazon bought Whole Foods. There was concern over whether they would be able to pull this off. They got off to somewhat of a rough start but seem to have recovered. There’s not a Whole Foods close enough to me for delivery, but it seems like an okay option.
You’ve been able to order clothes online and make returns for a while, but Amazon has joined the mix. The program is similar to others available where you pick what you want, try it on at home (7 days) and only pay for what you keep. Returns are free.
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.
Amazon deals exclusively for the members of the Amazon Prime program.
Amazon offers Prime members an early release free each month through one of 6 editor picks.
Free audio series and other content free for Prime Members.
Free Two Hour Delivery
Okay, so I thought it was pretty good that Amazon could deliver in two days, but now they are saying that you can get delivery of anything Amazon has to offer in two hour? It’s limited to certain areas. I’ll have to hold my opinion until I see how it goes.
It seems they have thought of everyone, including something for the kids. Twitch Prime lets your kids (or any other game loves in your home), play tons of games for free. I have not let the little ones in on this little benefit as I might never see them again.
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 $119. That breaks down to $9.92 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, especially if what you order each month costs more than $9.92 to ship.
Is Amazon Prime Worth It?
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.
If you’re looking for a plan for work you can also set up an Amazon Business account for free.
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. I look forward to hearing from you!