How Paying For An Amazon Prime Membership Can Save You Money

When you spend money on a good or service, typically there’s a cost involved that you don’t recoup.  This isn’t the case with Amazon Prime.  A membership to Amazon Prime costs $99 per year, but you can make that money back, and then some, by taking advantage of what your Prime membership offers.

That’s right, paying $99 now can actually put money in your pocket.

Here’s how!

  1. Free 2-Day Shipping – The biggest benefit that most people know about and use Amazon Prime for is the free 2-day shipping on many items.  This is great.  One tip is to make sure that you’re in fact getting the lowest price.  If you are, then free shipping can save you in a number of ways.  First, it avoids you having to go to the store to spend money on the item. This reduces your purchase of gas and other wear and tear on your car.  Cool!
  2. Amazon Will Pay You To Avoid 2-Day Shipping – If Amazon has a product you need at a great price, and you don’t need it in two days, guess what?  Amazon will effectively pay you to accept delivery past 2-days.  If you select ‘No Rush’ shipping, you can get a $1 credit on future orders.
  3. Amazon Prime Video and TV – When you  have Amazon Prime, you have access to a rotating library of streaming content.  If you have a Roku, Chromecast, or Apple TV, or you can stream from a mobile device, you can watch this content right on your TV at home. And it costs you nothing!  Many people save money by cancelling competing subscriptions, or staying in to watch a movie instead of going out and spending big bucks at the theater.
  4. Streaming Music – You can stream music through the Amazon Music service.  They have lots of great content, and you can search by artist, song, genre, or album title.  There are very few searches of major artists where they don’t have at least some of their content.  Forget about spending money downloading your favorite songs as there’s a pretty good chance that Amazon Music has it or will have it soon.
  5. Free Books – If you have a Kindle device, you can ‘rent’ a book at a time at no cost if you’re a Prime member.  This is way cool!  If you love to read, this is a great benefit that can save you money on books or even having to drive to the library, if you rent anyway.

Amazon Prime is great.  $99 for an entire year of the benefits that they provide is great, but if you really start adding it up, that cost can work out to even less for you and your household.

Do you use Amazon Prime?

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5 Ways To Save On Beer

I’m not much of a beer drinker, but I know that a nice cold one hits the spot every now and then, and maybe sometimes a little more often depending just how much you like it!

Beer drinking can get expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.  However, you don’t necessarily have to drink swill in order to save money.  Here are a few tips on how enjoy your suds both affordably and enjoyably.

  1. Shop Around – Where I live, liquor is regulated by a state minimum price, but beer can be put on sale below the regular price.  As such, it makes sense to shop around.
  2. syt-2016-01-beerBe Flexible – While most people have their ‘favorite’ brand or two, many times you might find a great deal on something that is outside of what you normally drink.  Keep an open mind and you could save money.
  3. Look for happy hour or other specials – If you prefer to drink away from home, then look for times when happy hour specials will save you money, as you can often save 50% or more on certain brands.  Also, even outside of happy hour, many places will have certain brands on special for the entire day.
  4. Split a pitcher – If you’re out with friends, and you enjoy the same beer, consider splitting a pitcher, as the price per glass is often a lot cheaper than buying one at a time.
  5. Buy more – Instead of buying a 6-pack, consider buying a case, as your cost per beer will be a lot cheaper, again with economies of scale.

Whatever you choose to do, just remember to drink responsibly, and if you’ve found that you’ve had a few too many, use some of the money you saved to call a cab or an Uber ride home.

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