All the Amazon Prime Perks You Need to Know About
Who doesn’t love Amazon Prime? While some stores may claim to have comparable deals, the benefits you’ll get with your Amazon Prime membership are pretty unparalleled. Two-hour grocery delivery, movies you can watch for free anytime, even subscription boxes for the kids—being an Amazon Prime member comes with some legit perks you just can’t get anywhere else. Whether you’re a long-time member or new to the awesomeness that is Amazon Prime, check out all the Prime perks that you absolutely, positively NEED to know about.
If you have an Alexa-enabled device such as an Amazon Echo or Dot, you can order just by asking! This handy—or rather, hands-free—perk is only available to Prime members.
Babies need a lot of "stuff"—and any new parent knows how much all that stuff can add up. Amazon Prime members can save 20% on diapers, baby food (excluding formula) and more by subscribing via Amazon Family. Subscribe to five or more products arriving on the same recurring delivery day to the same address to score your 20% discount.
Whole Foods Grocery Delivery via Prime Now
Ever since Amazon bought Whole Foods in 2017, Prime members have enjoyed all sorts of perks when shopping in-store. Perhaps one of the most popular and best perks? Same-day grocery delivery from Whole Foods, courtesy of Amazon Prime Now. Orders over $35 qualify for free delivery and many cities offer delivery in as little as two hours.
Chock that Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet full of content by subscribing to Amazon Kids +. You'll get unlimited access to thousands of kid-friendly goodies that include games, shows, books, movies, TV shows, educational apps and premium kid’s skills for just $2.99 per month.
Another bonus? Amazon Kids+ is not just for the Kids Edition tablet. It works on compatible Amazon Fire tablets, Android, iOS, Fire TV, Kindle and Echo devices, too!
You'll also find easy-to-use parental controls that let you personalize screen time limits, set educational goals, filter age-appropriate content and even manage web browsing.
Whole Foods Sales & Deals Just for Prime Members
Amazon Prime members get an extra 10% off items marked with yellow signs at your local Whole Foods store. Shop blue sign deals to save even more, as these deals are exclusively just for Prime members.
Ready to save even more? If you have an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card, you can also get an additional five percent back on all your purchases at Whole Foods.
Amazon understands that buying clothes online can be tricky: will it fit? How's the material feel? What's the color really look like? Prime Wardrobe is a try-before-you-buy service similar to StitchFix that allows you to choose the items you like, filling your box with up to three picks. You get a seven-day try-on period to decide what you do and don't like. Pay for what you want and send what you don't like back!
Two-Hour Alcohol Delivery
Getting your groceries delivered is great and all, but what about beer and wine? You can get beer and wine delivered via Prime Now in select cities. Prime members can get beer and wine delivered for free in two hours—but if you're really crunched for that bottle of bubbly for your weekend mimosas, pay $8 to get your booze delivered in under an hour.
The name pretty much says it all: stock your pantry with everyday household essentials and more with Prime Pantry. Prime members can get free delivery on all Prime Pantry orders over $25, or pay $5.99 for smaller orders.
First Reads & Prime Reading
Exclusively for Prime members, Amazon First Reads allows you to choose from one of six early-access new Kindle titles each month, for free. You'll also have access to Amazon Original Stories, which are short reads you can download for free. With Prime Reading, Prime Members can also access over a thousand titles for free anytime on any device, from kids books to cookbooks and even select magazine titles, too.
Remember when Amazon only just sold books? Prime Book Box is Amazon's subscription book service that takes us all back to the early days of the now-massive online retailer—and it's only for Prime members. Each box contains either two hardcover books or four board books and boxes are available for kids ages 0 to 2 years, 3 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years and 9 to 12 years. Pick a delivery schedule to get books every one, two or three months and save up to 40 percent off of the list price on books hand-picked for your kiddos—each box is just $19.99.
Stream the playlist of your dreams—or just ask Alexa to play that song your kid's been singing all day. Prime members can listen to a growing library of over 2 million hand-curated songs for free from Amazon Music. For an extra fee, upgrade your music experience to Amazon Music Unlimited to access Amazon's complete library of over 50 million songs. Not sure about upgrading? You can try Amazon Music Unlimited for free for 30 days.
The stellar streaming service is home to thousands of TV shows, movies and original programming for the whole fam—and it's all free. You can also purchase additional premium channels (for an extra charge) from third-party networks such as HBO, Starz, Showtime and Lifetime Movie Club. Prime members are typically eligible for a 30-day free trial, depending on the network. Check out all the Kids and Family picks included with Prime Video.
Amazon Prime members get unlimited storage with Prime Photos, which is great when trying to figure out where to keep all those digital photos and videos. Better still? Go ahead and bundle your best shots into photo books, turn them into holiday cards or even create wall art, right from Amazon Prints. Amazon Prime members can enjoy free delivery with Amazon Prints, too.
Streaming Video Games with Prime Gaming
Your little gamer will flip for free games, courtesy of Prime. Prime Gaming is included with every Prime membership and entitles gamers to a selection of free games every month, free in-game content for popular titles and also includes a Prime-exclusive chat badge as you watch your favorite Twitch streams. Prime members just need to connect their Twitch account to get started.
Early Access to Big Savings
Prime members can enjoy early access to Lightning Deals before anyone else. Just look for "Prime Early Access" on the product page.
Share Your Account with the Whole Fam
Create an Amazon Household account to share select Prime benefits and digital content with other adults, teens or kids in your home. You can share the following Prime benefits with Amazon Household:
- Free Prime Delivery benefits
- Streaming access to Prime Video
- Free books with Prime Reading
- Earn 2% rewards on Prime Reload
- Prime Photos and album sharing
- Free books with Amazon First Reads
- Unlimited listening on Audible Channels
- Early access to Amazon Lightning Deals
—Erica Loop with Keiko Zoll
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