7 Ways to Score Amazon Prime Membership Deals

Take advantage of Prime subscription discounts, or only activate the service when you need it.
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With the Amazon Prime price currently set at $12.99 per month or $119 per year, maybe you're wondering how to get the service for less.

We've got you covered with these creative ways to secure an Amazon Prime membership discount.

SEE ALSO: How Much Is Amazon Prime?

7 Ways to Score Amazon Prime Membership Deals

1. Sign Up for a Prime Student Subscription

The folks over at Amazon understand that money's tight when you're a college student. So they have two special incentives students can take advantage of:

  • A 6-month trial of Amazon Prime Student
  • Special Prime Student pricing of only $6.49 per month or $59 per year once your free trial ends

As a Prime Student member, you'll have access to many Amazon Prime membership deals and special perks, including:

  • Free Amazon 2-day shipping, as well as same-day or 2-hour delivery (where available)
  • Prime Video, which lets you stream live events, TV shows, and movies, as well as download them for when you're offline
  • Discounts on textbooks, homework help services, and more

2. Confirm Your EBT Eligibility

Are you part of any government assistance programs, such as TANF, WIC, or SNAP? If so, you may be able to receive Amazon Prime at a monthly subscription rate of only $5.99. Amazon lets you confirm your eligibility online, and you can begin taking advantage of your membership right away.

3. Be Part of the Amazon Associates Program

If you have your own blog or website, the Amazon Associates Program makes it easy to generate affiliate income on millions of products. What's even sweeter is you can earn $3 for every person that signs up for an Amazon Prime 30-day free trial through a link on your website. All it takes is four to five sign-ups per month for your subscription to be covered.

Amazon Household lets you share Prime benefits with your family, so you won't have to purchase extra subscriptions.

4. Create an Amazon Household

Amazon Household makes it simple to share Prime benefits with your family, so you won't have to purchase extra subscriptions. Through this feature, you're permitted to add one additional adult, along with four teenagers (13 to 17 years of age) and four children (12 years of age and under).

Once enrolled, the members of your Amazon Household can take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Shared digital library, which can include eBooks, audiobooks, apps, and games
  • Free Prime shipping
  • Early access to Amazon Lightning Deals
  • Prime Video streaming

5. Use Amazon Family Benefits

While Amazon Household allows your family to save by giving members access to Prime benefits, Amazon Family can save you even more money. Expecting a baby? You'll receive a completion discount of 15% off all the items remaining on your baby registry.

SEE ALSO: Can You Share Amazon Prime?

Even better, being a part of Amazon Family means you'll get up to 20% off baby food, diapers, and other common household items for your little ones. If you frequently order on Amazon, the cost savings alone is enough to wipe out your Prime membership fee.

6. Enroll in the Monthly Prime Plan

While it may be tempting to take on the $119 annual Prime membership, you could save money by enrolling in the monthly plan. How will this help you save? At the annual rate, you'll be paying roughly $9.92 per month for Prime.

But if you only plan to use your Prime membership a few times per year, it's much cheaper to enroll as needed. Then you can keep your money in your pocket during those months when Prime isn't necessary.

7. Get an Amazon Credit Card

Amazon offers the Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card and the Prime Store Card, both of which give Prime members 5% cash back on Amazon purchases. You'll still have to pay the monthly or annual fee for a Prime membership, but your earnings can help lower your out-of-pocket cost.

To illustrate: If you spend $300 per month at Amazon with one of these cards, you'll receive $15 cash back, which more than covers the monthly membership fee.

How to Make the Most of Your Prime Membership

Once you have an Amazon Prime membership, you'll want to be sure to get the most you can from it. Check out our top tips for shopping with Amazon Prime below.

Use the Amazon Shopping App

If you don't already have the Amazon Shopping app on your phone, and you're a devoted Prime member, you're definitely missing out. You can do so much more than just shop with it! For instance, maybe you're eyeing some furniture but aren't sure how it'll look in your space. There's a good chance you can use the augmented reality function in the camera app to get an idea of how that comfy-looking sofa will work in your living room. The camera function also lets you scan barcodes for easy ordering — or reordering.

Prime members can scan an Amazon app QR code to save an extra 10% at Whole Foods.

You can save and pay with the app, as well. Just choose the In-Store Code tab and you'll see a generated QR code. Then you can scan that at Amazon stores, including Go, Fresh, Books, 4-Star, and Pop Up. You can also use it at Whole Foods to save an extra 10% as a Prime member.

Plan Ahead for Lightning Deals

The term "Lightning Deals" might not sound like something you can plan ahead for, but you absolutely can. It's especially valuable if you hold a Prime membership. Whether you're using the Amazon app or the desktop site, you can take a look at the daily deals, then filter that down to look at upcoming deals. From there, you can click "Watch this deal" on any upcoming offers you're interested in. When the deals go live, you'll receive notifications on your phone or desktop — if you've enabled them.

Even better is that Prime members can take a look at Prime Early Access Deals. While you can still watch them even if you aren't a Prime member, it's better if you are. Prime members get access to these offers 30 minutes before anyone else.

Take Advantage of Coupons

Amazon users of all types can benefit from using coupons when shopping the mega e-tailer. However, Prime members can save even more in some cases. While Amazon coupons have their own dedicated page, they often show up on product pages, too. And in certain instances, those same product pages will also note discounts just for being a Prime member.

SEE ALSO: 5 Ways to Get Free Amazon Prime (at Least for Awhile)

For example, a coupon might give you 10% off, but a non-Prime price could be higher than a Prime price. So right away, Prime members are going to be saving 10%, plus whatever the Amazon Prime discount is, rather than just the 10% discount on its own.

Sign Up for Subscribe & Save

You don't have to be a Prime member to use Subscribe & Save, but once again, those who are could find themselves saving extra compared to non-Prime members. Shoppers can expect to save around 5% on typical Subscribe & Save orders, and in some cases, those savings can be even greater.

For instance, regular Amazon users can save up to 15% when using the program — but they have to be signed up for at least five eligible subscriptions to do so. Amazon Prime members, meanwhile, can save up to 20% on select subscriptions, including for items like diapers, baby food, and more.


DealNews Contributing Writer

After spending several years as a governmental accountant, Allison transitioned into the world of freelance writing. Her work has appeared on on a number of reputable sites, including The Wall Street Journal, Investopedia, Daily Finance, MSN Money, and Credit.com.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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BlueOak
Regarding the Amazon credit card, the reward does not disappear when you cancel Prime. It simply automatically reverts back and forth from 5% (Prime) to 3% (no Prime).

Get the Amazon card regardless of whether you have Prime - where else are you going to get 3% back?

Well, OK, Discover periodically does a 5% cash back promo for the quarter. No Prime required. Discover also has an arrangement with Amazon where you can use your Discover cash back rewards, regardless of where you earned them, on Amazon.

BTW, that Amazon Card reward is only on "Sold by Amazon" items and it comes back to you in the form of a credit you can use at checkout in the future. It is not a "cash back" reward.
BlueOak
Regarding the monthly vs annual Prime plans and the savings from turning Prime on and off... to be specific, the break even point is a bit over 9 months. So if you can turn off monthly Prime for only 3 months per year, you're paying about the same rate per month as on the annual plan.

We turn off annual auto-renew (must contact Customer Service since Amazon removed the check box years ago) and save a few months per year, on the annual plan by delaying renewing until we need it. Our annual renewal anniversary used to be September. It has shifted all the way to June.
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If you pay your annual membership in full there is a discount. It's $119.00 for 12 months which equates to $9.92 per month. If you go monthly it's $12.99 a month. But I use Amazon almost daily at this point so I pay in full for the year and save a lot on shipping for my business and personal purchases.
komodomac
Hi,
Re: 6. Enroll in the Monthly Prime Plan
... While it may be tempting to take on the $119 annual Prime membership, you could save money by enrolling in the monthly plan. How will this help you save? At the annual rate, you'll be paying roughly $9.92 per month for Prime ...

How do you get to $9.92mo? I see only :
Prime Monthly $12.99/month


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