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Michelle and I discovered the most amazing thing EVER this past week. We found out that we can get Amazon Prime free shipping FOR FREE! Now, I know that there are promotions for people who spend too much money on amazon to get the Prime free shipping deal, but I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about straight up free-dizzle for your whole family if one member has purchased a full Amazon Prime subscription.
Oops! You Now Have Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime has free trials out on the web that you can enjoy. You can give it a shot, see if you like, and then cancel if you don’t need it anymore. One of our family members (I won’t say who) signed up for a free trial and used it while it lasted. The problem was that this person did not cancel the trial membership, and ended up paying $79 for one year of service. OOPS! Well, instead of reversing it, they continued to use the services, including free movie and show streaming, which has worked out well. At just over $6 a month, you can watch as many movies and shows as you want, as well as enjoy the free 2-day shipping that Amazon Prime offers.
We Wanted A Pool
Michelle and I were looking up something on Amazon to have this other family member order for us because they had the Prime account. That something was a small blow-up swimming pool for the backyard for our 4th of July bash that we were throwing. We also had a $15 credit to help pay for the pool, and had to call Amazon to get the credit transferred over to the other person’s account. We told the lady on the phone our dilemma, who was not able to help us with the credit transfer, but she gave us EVEN BETTER NEWS! She told us how to get Amazon Prime free shipping on our own account, so we didn’t have to transfer the credit over anyways, or bother our family member for every purchase we wanted to make online.
Amazon Prime Free Shipping In 4 Easy Steps
Step 1: Go to Amazon.com and log in to the Amazon Prime account holder’s account. From the dropdown on the top right hand side, select “Your Account”.
Step 2: Scroll down under “Settings” and select “Manage Prime Membership”
Step 3: Click on “Invite a household member, and enter their information. Your birthday will be displayed at the bottom. This date will be asked of the person receiving the invitation as a precautionary security measure to ensure they actually know you.
Step 4: Click on the confirmation link in the email that is sent. You will need to enter the birthdate of the person sending you the invitation to gain access to your Amazon Prime free shipping.
And voila! You now have free Prime shipping! You can invite up to 4 “household” members, but that doesn’t mean that they have to live in the same location. So, for $79 a year, 5 total households can enjoy free two-day shipping from Amazon Prime, which can save a LOT of money, especially during the holidays.
Once you have your wicked awesome free shipping, you will be tempted to sit on your butt for days on end, ordering everything you fancy and laughing as you watch the FedEx guy struggle to deliver the 154 packages you just ordered to your doorstep only two days later! KILL THAT TEMPTATION! Free shipping doesn’t not mean you get “FREE STUFF” for a year. You still need to keep your budget in check, only buy what you can afford, and keep yourself out of debt. Now, you WILL overspend on Amazon with this sweet shipping deal at some point, but just forgive yourself and move on.
As always, shop around for the best deals. Sometimes you need something immediately, so it doesn’t make sense to wait (“sorry hunny, new diapers don’t get here for two days”). And some stuff you can still find cheaper elsewhere online or in a store. But Michelle and I have found that the savings in shipping sometimes makes s difference enough to make the purchase at Amazon instead of elsewhere. Even when the price is cheaper at another online store, the shipping bring the price above the Amazon total. Plus, we get our stuff in two days instead of 14 with the crappy ground shipping at some online retail outlets.
Comments: Do you have Amazon Prime free shipping? How has it helped you? Do you find that you order more stuff online with free shipping? And why do we even need to get off our butts anymore with Amazon Fresh and all? Soon we’ll be like all the humans in WALL-E! It’ll be AWESOME!
Disclaimer: The Amazon Prime free shipping benefit can be used by other household members, however, you do NOT get the Amazon Prime movie and show streaming benefits.