AMAZON PRIME… it worth the cost?

amazon primeI have a confession to make…….I HATE to shop.  Part of the problem is that I don’t like to spend money, but I also can’t stand crowded stores.  I don’t want to wait in line, or go up and down aisles endlessly looking for what I need.  Okay, I admit I have issues!

Because of my ticks, I tend to do as much shopping as possible online!  If I can click and have a big truck deliver it to my doorstep, I am one happy frugal gal! That is, of course, if I can get a good deal.

Back a couple of years ago, when my babies were still in diapers, I joined Amazon Mom and got a free trial for Amazon Prime. (Now days, anyone can get a one month free trial on Amazon.)

Oh. My. Gosh.

It was fantastic!  I can’t even count the number of things that I ordered on Amazon during that three-month trial.  I wanted a book….Amazon.  Just used my last laminating sheet…Amazon.  Oops, last package of baby wipes……Amazon has that too!

At the end of my trial I had the option to purchase the annual membership at $79/ year.  This was a bit steep to me until I realized that you can SHARE your membership with 4 family members.  Now, we are talking about a GOOD DEAL!  I talked to my mom, sister, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, aunts, and cousins until I found people who were interested in joining in with me.  Once we divided the cost, it ended up at a whooping $16/year.  Now THAT is FRUGAL-TASTIC!

I can have anything on their site that is “prime eligible” shipped TO MY DOOR in 2 days with no additional cost for shipping.  While there are a exceptions, most of the time I find that Amazon’s prices are very competitive to the prices that I can buy things in the store.  If I am not going to get a rock bottom deal from combining coupons with sales, I think I actually save money.  I don’t have to drive to the store and waste the gas (or my sanity taking 5 kids in the store with me) and it certainly keeps me from having to go to several stores to find exactly what I need.

A couple of other frugalicious perks to the membership are free live streaming of videos and their kindle lending library.  Keep in mind though that only the primary person on the account get these benefits.  So my family members, since they were added to my account, don’t get the benefits but I do.

Do any of you have a prime membership?  What are some of your favorite things to buy?

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