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7 Reasons I Love My Amazon Prime Membership

7 Reasons I Love My Amazon Prime Membership

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I have always been a big fan of Amazon.com. I made my very first purchase with them back in March of the year 2000.  Back then, they were pretty much just a book store, but over the years, their product offerings expanded.  Nowadays, you can find just about anything you need on Amazon.com. In fact, since that first purchase, I have ordered more than 1,000 items from their site.

When they came out with the Amazon Prime membership program in 2005, I signed up right away. Back then, the big draw to the program was free shipping. It just seemed to make sense since I ordered so much from them and I love receiving my orders in 2 days. After being enrolled in the program for so long, it’s hard to imagine life without it. The Amazon Prime membership, which costs $99 per year, has evolved quite a bit and the list of Amazon Prime advantages is constantly growing, so that a membership is something that is always increasing in value. So, without further ado, here are the reasons that I love my Amazon Prime membership:

Access to Kindle Lending Library
Surprisingly enough, one of the ways in which Prime adds to your shopping experience is by cutting down on some of the things you need to buy. The Kindle Lending Library is a case in point. Now, instead, of buying a book, you can browse through more than 800,000 titles in Amazon’s online lending library and check out one book per month with no due dates or fines.

Amazon Instant  Video

While Amazon has not yet grown its video service to fully match the reach of Netflix or Hulu, its video streaming service, Amazon Instant Video, is gaining ground and does not require a separate monthly fee over and above what you pay for a yearly subscription to Prime. In fact, the full price of an Amazon Prime membership, when broken out on a monthly basis, is less than a monthly service fee to other online video providers, yet comes with all of Prime’s many other benefits. I’ve Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve been binge watching a couple of shows on there that aren’t available on any of the other streaming video services.

Free Unlimited Photo Storage

One of the other perks I love is the access to Amazon’s cloud servers, which you can use for secure unlimited online photo storage. This service allows you to store photos in their original resolution to the Amazon Cloud from any device. 

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Prime Music

In keeping with its efforts to become a single source provider for almost everything you could want, the benefits of Amazon Prime have also been extended to cover your listening pleasure through Prime Music, an interruption-free (read: no commercials) site that streams one million songs. 

Prime Early Access

This perk allows Prime members to get 30-minute early access to select Lightning Deals on Amazon.com and sale events on MyHabit.com.

Prime Membership Sharing

Prime members can invite up to four eligible household members living at the same address to enjoy the shipping benefits of a free trial or paid Prime membership at no extra cost.

There are other benefits of Amazon Prime membership, of course. There is a sweet Referral Rewards program. There are exclusive early access opportunities that let you see special deals on Amazon before any regular customers are allowed to view them. In certain areas, you can get actually get your packages delivered on Sundays, and through the USPS, no less. There are even an increasing number of non-Amazon retail sites that are partnering with Prime to offer the same benefits at no additional cost to you.

As you can see, the Amazon Prime family of services has grown a lot and is now about much more than saving money on your shipping costs. I’m betting that the list of services will continue to grow in the future.

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I’m not the only one sharing seven things I love! Check out my fellow Chosen Chix and some of the things they love:

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About the author

Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "

11 Comments

  • Amazon prime is pretty awesome, it pays for itself fairly quickly too. The cloud storage and 2 day shipping are two of my favorite perks.

  • I just love that families can share it. It comes in handy having it available for not just my husband’s Amazon, but for mine, too! Sharing is caring, right??!!! What his is mine, right?!

  • I order from them a lot. The packages come so quick with Prime, it is often faster than driving around trying to find what I want. I’ve also been enjoying some of their made for Prime series. Just watched Mozart in the Jungle & I’m hooked.

  • I didn’t know about all the extras you get with Amazon Prime. Photo storage sure is a plus and I will have to check out their movies! We love watching movies at our house! Thanks for the heads up! 🙂

  • We’ve been Prime members for a few years now. Would never go back to regular shipping, it’s so nice getting things so quickly!

  • Every single time I order, I consider it. I love the idea about the book lending because my husband is an avid e-reader!

  • Next day shipping makes the Prime membership worth it for me (and so does the lending library)! Thanks for sharing these benefits.