Is an Amazon Prime Membership Worth It?

At $99/year, or $8.25/month, is an Amazon Prime membership worth the price? With free 2-day shipping and the ability to buy only what you need, it could be.After years of ordering from Amazon, my husband and I finally gave in last fall and subscribed to Amazon Prime.

For $99 a year (which works out to $8.25 per month), you get unlimited free two-day shipping, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video, and the ability to borrow books from the Kindle Lending Library.

We had been ordering from Amazon for years, but always waited until we had enough to meet the $35 required amount for free shipping. Even then, it would take about a week or two to receive our items.

With our renewal coming up, we decided to take a good hard look at what we enjoyed about Amazon Prime and whether we were willing to fork over enough cash for another annual subscription.

Pro: Convenience

By far, the best part of Amazon Prime for us is the fast two-day shipping. As two busy working professionals with crazy schedules, any time I can eliminate a trip to the store for that one item I need is a huge win. It saves me a ton of time running errands when I can simply order something online and have it appear at my doorstep two days later.

I can only imagine when we bring in a new little bundle of joy into our family that the convenience factor will be even greater. No middle-of-the-night trips to the store for diapers, wipes, formula, or anything else we need simply because we ran out.

Con: Cost

The biggest con to Amazon Prime is the cost. At $99 (upped from $79 a couple of years ago), the cost is a nice piece of change to commit to.

However, I can definitely say we would have spent way more on shipping this year based on all the items we ordered from their site had we needed our items shipped faster than two weeks.

I like to think of Amazon Prime as a membership or subscription service similar to Costco and Netflix. I pretty much get the best of both worlds, with easy access to low prices and unlimited movie and TV Show streaming. With the combined benefits of Amazon Prime, we feel it beats out its competitors easily.

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Pro: Savings

Amazon Prime is known for having excellent prices. It used to be an even better deal back in the day when we didn’t have to pay California sales tax, but even now, I still find great competitive pricing.

Pro: Buying Exactly What I Need

By eliminating those pesky trips to Target for that “one” thing I need where I end up spending over $100 on items I most certainly did not need, I really believe I’ve saved hundreds on unnecessary purchases thanks to Amazon Prime.

I buy exactly what I need and nothing extra. No “so and so” just because it’s on sale, or “this or that” because I may run out in the future. I buy only exactly what I need when I need it.

That alone has to help with the $99 price tag, right?

In the end, we decided to continue our membership with Amazon Prime. And by eliminating our Netflix membership at $8.99 a month or $107.88 a year, it has practically paid for itself.

Are you an Amazon Prime member, or is the $99 annual fee worth it for you? What subscription services are you okay with spending on? 

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  1. Emily @ JohnJaneDoe.com
  2. Jim