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Been Contemplating an Amazon Prime membership?!

If you’re an online shopper, you likely know that Amazon Prime members can score FREE 2-day shipping, right? But did you know that there are dozens of other benefits that are exclusive to Prime members? I’ve been a Prime member for years, and some of these benefits were new to me! 

SO if you’re looking to score Amazon Prime benefits for your last minute holiday shopping, NOW is the perfect time to sign up for a completely FREE 30-day trial of Amazon Prime! YEP – if you’re wondering if the $99 price tag is worth it, you can test it out for an entire month risk-free!


If you’d rather, Amazon Prime is now offering the option to pay just $10.99 monthly for full Prime benefits OR $8.99/month for Prime Video. Also, Amazon Prime is only $5.99/month for qualifying customers in select U.S. government assistance programs, such as holders of the EBT card.

Are you looking for a gift idea for the person who already has everything? 🎁 Give the gift of an Amazon Prime membership! It’s the gift that keeps on giving all year long!

Check Out THESE Irresistible Amazon Prime Benefits:

1.) FAST 2-Day Prime Shipping

One of my favorite benefits of all (especially for last minute shopping!) is that you can score FREE 2-Day Shipping on over 50 million items! Get unlimited deliveries with NO minimum order size!


2.) Prime Now Service

So you may know that an Amazon Prime membership comes with FREE 2-day shipping, but did you know that in select areas you can get essentials and groceries in two hours for with Prime Now?

Prime Now offers thousands of items across dozens of categories, including household items, groceries, electronics, gifts, seasonal items, and more! Plus, get restaurant and local store delivery in select cities – with restaurant orders delivered within 1 hour of the time you place your order!

Just go here and enter your zip code, shop Prime Now, and add items to your cart. Checkout using your existing Amazon Prime account and their local couriers will deliver to you!


3.) Free Same-Day & One-Day Shipping

Even if your item isn’t available for FREE 2-hour shipping, you may be able to take advantage of FREE same-day or one-day shipping. Same-day shipping and One-day shipping is available in nearly 5,000 cities and towns, and you can expect to receive your order by 9PM local time.

Note that you must add at least $35 of qualifying Same-Day-eligible or One-Day-eligible products to your shopping cart (only items with the Same-Day or One-Day icon count towards the $35 minimum). Be sure to order in the morning for the fastest delivery!

  • Same-Day Delivery: Orders placed in the morning, typically before noon, are delivered today.
  • One-Day Shipping: Orders placed by the afternoon arrive the next day.

4.) FREE Release-Date Delivery

Wanting to receive a pre-order item on the day it releases and not have to fight the crowds or risk an item being sold out (such as popular video games, books, music, movies, & more)?

Amazon Prime members can score FREE release-date delivery for eligible pre-order items when selecting two-day shipping at checkout, delivered to qualifying zip codes within the continental U.S. Note that some carriers make deliveries to residential addresses as late as 7PM.


5.) Amazon Key In-Home Delivery

Now Amazon Prime members in select cities can get Amazon packages delivered securely inside your home with Amazon Key In-Home Delivery – even when you’re not home! 😳

Amazon Key enables in-home delivery and lets customers allow trusted people (like their Amazon delivery person, house cleaner, dog walker or friends) into their home. Customers who purchase and install the Amazon Key In-Home Kit can take advantage of in-home delivery at no extra charge.

Note that in order to enable Amazon Key In-Home Delivery at your home, you’ll need to set up an Amazon Key In-Home Kit, which includes a compatible smart lock, a home monitoring camera, and the Amazon Key App to manage in-home delivery and guest access.


6.) Early Access to Deals

Snag deals before they sell out! Prime Early Access is a feature that gives Prime members 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon.com. Prime Early Access Lightning Deals will say “Prime Early Access” when advertised on pages other than the product detail page.


7.) Amazon Household

With Amazon Household, you can share digital content and many features of your Prime membership with another adult, teen or child in your home. Both adults share select Prime Benefits, digital content using Family Library, and can manage the profiles of teens and children in the Household. Teens in the household can share select Prime benefits too.

Amazon Household can contain up to TEN members:

  • Two adults (ages 18 and over) , each with their own Amazon account.
  • Up to four teen profiles (available for ages 13 through 17) , which allow teens to have their own Amazon login to shop or stream content while still keeping their parents informed.
  • Up to four child profiles (suggested for ages 12 and under), which can be used on Amazon experiences geared towards children like Amazon FreeTime; child profiles are not enabled to shop on Amazon.

8.) Amazon Family

A godsend for parents, Amazon Family gives Prime members 20% off of diapers, baby food and more whenever you use Subscribe & Save (must subscribe to 5 or more products arriving on the same recurring delivery day to the same address), up to 15% off other Subscribe & Save eligible products, a 15% discount on Amazon Baby Registry completion, exclusive coupons and more!


9.) Baby Registry Perks

Speaking of the Amazon Baby Registry, did you know about all of these perks below?

If you’re expecting or know someone who is, head on over to Amazon to create a FREE Amazon Baby Registry. You’ll be able to easily add products to your registry, making it simple for friends and family members to shop for you.

  • FREE welcome box filled with goodies for your little one! To receive your welcome box (valued at up to $35), create a baby registry and follow the steps required to receive the box. You’ll need to complete jumpstart (a list of categories you have to add), plus you will need to have $10 worth of items purchased from your registry.

  • 15% off completion discount 60 days before Baby’s Arrival Date to help with remaining registry items (or a 10% completion discount if you’re not an Amazon Family Member).

  • FREE 90-day returns on Baby Store purchases

  • Ability to add products to the registry from any website

  • Access to rotating limited-time offers (such as a FREE Parenting ebook, $10 off Prime Now, 15% off Amazon Prints, etc.)

10.) Prime Video and Add-On Subscriptions

You may be familiar with Amazon’s video-streaming service, which offers instant access to thousands of available movies and TV shows at no additional cost! Watch Amazon Original Series like Golden Globe-winning Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, and Goliath, Emmy-winning Man in the High Castle, or exciting and wildly popular The Grand Tour.

BUT did you know that for an extra fee you can add subscriptions to Showtime, Starz, and curated channels for more specific content, like History Channel’s Vault, Lifetime Movie Club, & Smithsonian Earth? Stream on select Smart TVs, Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, iPhones, tablets, and Android devices or you can even download selected titles on your compatible mobile devices to watch offline, which is a first for any major digital streaming service.


11.) Twitch Prime – Exclusive Savings on Video Games

Got gamers in the family? With Twitch Prime, Amazon Prime members get exclusive discounts on physical games pre-orders and new releases. Twitch users who link their Amazon Prime account get ad-free viewing on Twitch, a FREE Twitch channel subscription every month, exclusive access to FREE in-game content every month, plus surprises and exclusives.

Plus, teens can enjoy the benefits of Twitch like FREE game loot every month and ad-free viewing by setting up their own login and connecting to their parents’ account!


12.) No-Rush Shipping Credit

Patience is a virtue, and Amazon will reward you for it. If you don’t need your item quickly, choose “No-Rush Shipping” at checkout and you’ll receive a promotional credit toward a future purchase. There are specific limits on what you can use the credit for, depending on what you bought, but you can snag a credit for each order you give Amazon extra time to fulfill.


13.) Unlimited Cloud Photo Storage

Are you always maxing out the photo storage on your devices? Prime Photos offers FREE online photo storage to Prime members, who can save and share unlimited photos on desktop, mobile, and tablet. Share unlimited photo storage with up to 5 people, and collect photos together in the Prime Photos Family Vault.

With the Prime Photos mobile and web apps, you can use the iOS or Android mobile apps to auto-save your photos, then safely delete them from your phone to free up space on your device. Upload photos from your desktop computer, and store them safely all in Prime Photos web app. Plus, you can access your content anywhere, across desktop, mobile, and tablet!

Looking to save on last minute family Christmas Cards? Amazon Prints to the Rescue! For a limited time, get an additional 60% off and free expedited shipping on $35 orders with promo code BEMERRY at checkout (expires December 18th)!


14.) Prime Music

Rocking out while you’re cleaning the house or going for a jog requires good ad-free music! Prime Music offers unlimited, ad-free access to thousands of songs, playlists, and even entire albums.

Plus, Prime members can get a discounted Amazon Music Unlimited monthly plan and there is an annual plan for $149/year available exclusively to Prime members. With Amazon Music Unlimited, you can listen to any song, anytime, anywhere, on all of your devices – smartphone, tablet, PC/Mac, Fire TV, and Alexa-enabled devices like Amazon Echo.


15.) FREE Kindle eBooks and Kindle First

Here are a few awesome features for the bookworms out there!

If you own a Kindle device, you’ll have access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library with hundreds of thousands of eBooks that you can borrow for FREE, with no return due dates or late fees. And with Kindle First, Prime members can download one FREE eBook per month and read it in advance of its release date from a selection of Editor’s Picks (no Kindle device necessary)!

  • Audible Channels for Prime: Get access to Audible Channels, a $60/year value, for FREE. Audible Channels includes unlimited listening to original audio series and playlists handcrafted for every interest.


  • Prime Reading: You can borrow books, magazines, and more from the Prime Reading catalog and read them on your Fire tablet, Kindle e-reader, or the Kindle reading apps for iOS and Android. Plus, Prime Reading books include books with Audible narration!

If you don’t have a Kindle, keep in mind that you can still read books on your computer or other mobile devices with the FREE Kindle Reading Apps found here.


16.) Prime Pantry

Want to make fewer trips to the grocery store? For a flat delivery fee of $5.99 per box, Prime Pantry will have grocery, household, and pet care items shipped anywhere in the contiguous United States. Save even more with exclusive coupons and weekly deals when you buy certain items!

Plus, Amazon Prime members are often offered $5.99 Prime Pantry shipping credits when they opt for no-rush shipping at checkout!


17.) AmazonFresh Grocery Delivery

AmazonFresh is a grocery delivery and pickup service available exclusively to Prime members in select cities for an additional monthly membership fee of $14.99. Prime members in select cities can shop for organic groceries, everyday essentials, favorites from local shops and restaurants (such as Whole Foods Market!), and more with AmazonFresh.

AmazonFresh offers attended delivery and unattended delivery, with pickup options in select cities (does not deliver to dorms).


18.) Dash Buttons

The Amazon Dash Button makes ordering easy. The Dash Button, exclusive to Prime Members, is a Wi-Fi connected device that reorders your favorite product (which you select during the set-up process) with the simple press of a button. When you’re running low, just press the Dash Button to trigger a new shipment – ensuring you never run out of your essentials again.

The Dash Button is FREE after your first press – buy it for $4.99 shipped & receive a $4.99 credit on your first order placed through the button. There are also occasional promos on the Dash Button.

Have a sweet tooth or like surprises? Check out how you can order a Surprise Sweets Dash Button to have a box, filled with small-batch treats made by artisans from across the country using only fresh ingredients, delivered straight to your door for around $13 shipped! Yum!


19.) Wedding Registry Perks

Getting married? A one-time 20% discount (or 10% for non-Prime members), compliments of Amazon Prime, is offered on select items from your registry 90 days after your event date.

Amazon Wedding Registry offers the world’s largest selection of unique items, from flatware to flat-screens, and you can even add items from other websites using their universal button. You’ll also have up to 180 days to return most items from you registry. Plus, whenever your guests purchase registry items from select brands, you’ll get a FREE gift!


20.) College Student Benefits

Did you know that college students can score a FREE 6-month Amazon Prime membership?! This FREE Membership will give you FREE 2-Day shipping on millions of items, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, FREE Kindle books to borrow, FREE unlimited photo storage & exclusive offers and discounts! After your free trial, you’ll get 50% off your membership fee!


Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off Jesus, running long distance, bargain shopping, warm Texas weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She also loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.

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Comments 44

  1. littlemansmommom

    Check your location even though I have Prime its a min 2 week ship time to HI. That’s not due to the ship time its due to the fact they hold your order for weeks before shipping it. A lot of friends on the island have complained about the same thing.

    • Miriam

      It depends on the item. Usually ship times are decently quick (though not 2 days!), but this holiday season has been terrible for orders to Hawai‘i. I’ve had one package lost and most others significantly delayed beyond their expected delivery dates. Parcel Post shipping seems to be the worst. My Subscribe and Save orders have been arriving on time, though.

  2. Steph

    My biggest pet peeve with amazon is even as a Prime member most shows are NOT free that they offer. At 2.99/episode it adds up fast ($25/season) and I feel as a paying member everything they offer should be included.

    • Swirlypop

      Totally agree! Very annoying! I don’t pay for extras when streaming tho.

      • Michele

        I agree! I don’t understand how there’s hundreds of shows and movies to stream…. it’s all an additional fee. The “free included with prime” streaming is very limited.

  3. Miabellaraleigh

    Also 20% discount on pre-order video games!

  4. Miriam

    Some of these are not available in all areas, namely Hawai‘i. We don’t get 2-day shipping, no rush credits, or Prime pantry. Also, be careful with the music service. We apparently had a free trial that turned into a subscription of about $8-9 a month. Given how much we shop on amazon every month, we didn’t notice the charge until almost a year later, and they only refunded us for one month since we had played music on it (again, unbeknownst to us, since we believed all available music and video to be included with Prime). I love Amazon, but these are just some things to be aware of!

  5. Caryn

    Be careful with the No rush shipping…. I placed an order in June and just received it this week, six months later. 🙁

    • AOhio

      Holy wow! Good to know!

    • Me

      Yikes! I guess when it’s NO RUSH, they weren’t kidding. That is absolutely NOT acceptable! Thanks for letting us know!

    • Nicole

      Last October I was doing some Christmas shopping on Amazon. I didn’t have a Prime membership but spent a couple hundred dollars so shipping was free. It took them five weeks to ship my order. Since everything was in stock and shipped by Amazon (not third party), Amazon reps could not give me a reason for the delay. When the deals started happening around Black Friday I did not buy anything. I was afraid it wouldn’t arrive in time for Christmas. I should add, I do not live on the moon. I live in New England.

  6. dhcoupons

    I love amazon prime. we use it for gifts and household items. Usually we can purchase an same item cheaper on amazon than other websites. I do have a question, has the amazon yearly membership increase in past years or has it always been at $99 for 1 year membership? I remember getting it for $67 one year and I felt like I won the lottery!

    • ET

      The cost went from $79 to $99 in March 2014.

  7. Melanie

    So how do you get the free trial??? I clicked on the link and I don’t see anything about the free trial.

    • kim

      Me either. It just shows Prime student

  8. me

    A lot of amazon products are not 2 day shipping. Just because it says prime, does not mean it is 2 day shipping. Lots of prime items are 3-5 days. You have to be careful and check the delivery dates.

    • ds

      If your package does not come in two days you can call customer service and they will add 1 month free to your prime membership. I actually like when my package comes a day later

      • Daniela

        My favorite feature… gotten so many months free in the past 2 years just by following my deliveries.

      • Sara

        The problem is that the stated delivery date is always more than two days after placing the order. I have to wait until after 8:00pm on the stated delivery date to complain. I haven’t had actual two day delivery in several years.

        My biggest pet peeve is that most of my orders get delivered by USPS. From when I signed up on 9/15/11 until 11/15/14, all of my orders came by UPS or FedEx. Now it is almost always USPS, UPS SurePost, or FedEx Smartpost.

        In December 2014, I flew to Missouri to visit my mom for Christmas. I flew to Missouri on 12/17. I placed one order on 11/15(split into four deliveries) and put my name and the address of my house(we co-owned it) in Missouri. I didn’t want to put the items in my checked bag. I chose no rush shipping, thinking that the items would arrive in plenty of time for Christmas. I was expecting the orders to be delivered by UPS or FedEx as they always had been. UPS and FedEx don’t care what your USPS address is.

        All four were delivered by USPS. They were first sent to Missouri. My mom was able to snag the second package(4 items) before it was forwarded to my new address. The third package(1 item) could have been late because it had to be forwarded, so I had to reorder that item. I put my mother’s name on it. I wasn’t charged again. I returned the original when it arrived.

        The first package(2 items) was reordered for the same reason as the third package, but it was delivered to my apartment. I wasn’t charged again. I returned the originals when they arrived.

        The fourth package(1 item) made it to Missouri, but then it was delivered to an Amazon facility in Las Vegas. Someone decided, without asking me, that I wanted to return the item. I was given a partial refund(charged for return shipping). I called, got the rest of my money back, and reordered the item with my mother’s name on it.

  9. Angela V.

    Just a heads up. I think Amazon may be doing away with the free unlimited photo storage. I was notified starting in April my free unlimited plan would be $59.99 per year or 100 GB for $11.99 per year.

  10. Nikki

    Off topic, but I have a Toys R Us gift card with $9.19 on it, that I would like to trade for an Amazon gift card of similar value. Anyone interested? Thanks 😊

  11. JES

    I love Amazon wish list. It is so helpful to know what my extended family really needs or wants. It is so convenient and easy to use, just like a registry for all occasions. I try to expand on their list, such as my uncle is a big gamer and coffee drinker so I ordered him a mug featuring the game I ordered from his wish list.

  12. beth pitt

    I thought they had a deal last year around this time for about $79 for Amazon Prime Membership? Did I miss it?

    • ds

      They haven’t had a discounted rate for awhile now

      • beth pitt

        Oh, that stinks. I thought maybe I missed it.

  13. A

    OT
    Does anyone have free shipping code for shutterfly ? I really need it.
    Please email me at
    Sjack143@gmail.com

  14. ds

    Did anyone else notice that come the first of the year you will no longer be able to stream YouTube through your fire stick. I just read this somewhere that google is no longer allowing this for Amazon fire stick devices. Tug a war between 2 huge companies

  15. Me

    Yikes…from what I’m hearing and from other articles I’ve read….the prices are going to creep up, up, up. The more that Amazon takes over/buys/etc. the less choices we will have and they will be able to set the prices. What might have been cheap or free will probably not be in a matter of time. Amazon kind of scares me since it’s eating up a lot of the little guys.

    • Michele

      My husband just told me this. It’s funny we stream YouTube up stairs on the chromcast but downstairs we stream everything else on the fire tv. So the change won’t effect our streaming habits.

  16. Mama

    Thanks for the info. I didn’t realize all of the advantages of having Prime.

  17. Nina

    Definitely using that over 2 day tip. The prime stuff we order never comes in 2 days, I just thought that’s the way it is.

  18. Amanda

    Also, the preorders may not come as quickly as regular orders. There was a huge fiasco with a popular cookbook that was released a few months ago. Many people preordered because the authors gave extra freebies to preorders. When release time came, people that preordered were waiting up to two weeks, while people who waited and ordered the day it released received their copy within the regular two days.

  19. Raedev

    If you have EBT you can get discounted Amazon prime. It’s like 79.99 a year or something 🙂 just google search it.

  20. Amy

    We love amazon prime benefits esp the faster shipping. Unfortunately, some things don’t always arrive in 2 days- but we are still getting quicker than normal regular shipping. It’s totally worth trying with the free trial to see if you like it and if it would be beneficial for your household.

  21. Angela

    Thank you, Colllin! I just had a big shipping problem (items going to an Amazon locker that never showed up) & spent about an hour on the phone straightening it out. The new packages are coming, but no one offered me an additional month of prime. So, I just called them & they extended our membership one month. Thanks!

  22. Brittney Gardner

    The amazon welcome baby box has some pretty great things in it right now! I received a pack of huggies size 1, a pack of water wipes, a couple honest company diapers, a muslin swaddle blanket, a pack of 2 diapers ( I cant remember the brand at the moment), a sample of dove baby wash, a sample box of 7th generation baby products, 2 sets of avent nursing pads, and some small moisturizing samples for my self.

  23. Melanie

    Does anyone know how to get the free trial?

  24. Lu

    I just got an email tonight from Shopkick that they are offering $20 gift card for signing up for Prime through them. That’s a great deal, of course I already have Amazon prime though!

  25. Lindsey10

    Does anybody have any discount codes for Amazon Prints they won’t be using? I’m not spending the $35 minimum to get the 60% off and when I searched it appears that they have some codes they emailed to select members, but I didn’t receive any.

  26. Cara

    I had a prime membership 2 years ago. I’m my area almost everything was delivered via UPS, which required me being home to accept packages. They showed up any time between like 10 a.m. and 9 at night. Dates were often changed suddenly and I was forced to rearrange plans and spend time sitting at home. Is there a way around this?

    • Marcie

      Try calling ups. Most of my stuff gets delivered by them and they just leave it on my porch or by the side door. I’m almost never home to get stuff.

  27. Ashley

    Love this post! I’ve been a member for 5 years and didn’t know many of these!

  28. Maggie

    Another unadvertised perk: you can subscribe to Washington Post digital for $3.99/month (about half the usual rate), by logging into Prime and searching for Washington Post on Amazon.

  29. Kelly K.

    You can also get amazon prime student (if you are in school) which is a savings

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