8 Surprising Amazon Prime Perks That Can Save You $52 or More

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If you’re debating whether to try Amazon Prime, consider its membership perks. | Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

The convenience of two-day, free shipping is what entices many shoppers into joining Amazon Prime. However, as a Prime member, chances are you’re not aware of other considerable, sometimes surprising membership perks. Be sure to get the most bang for your 99 bucks by checking out these eight Amazon Prime membership benefits. Not all of these perks translate into money savings, but for the ones that do, we did a tally and found you’ll save at least $52 per year from these Prime membership perks.

1. Access Lightning Deals 30 minutes early

Every day, Amazon offers Lightning Deals, which feature heavily discounted merchandise such as electronics, toys, clothes, household items, and more. These deals are available, one per customer, either until the promotional period for the deal ends or until all the inventory is gone. Sales usually last two to four hours. Prime members get access to many of these deals 30 minutes before non-Prime members. When this is the case, you’ll see “Prime Early Access Deal” underneath the product photo.
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2. Get packages delivered free in 2 hours

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Major cities offer this perk. | jahcottontail143/iStock/Getty Images
  • Value of this perk: $5 per order (compared to Walmart’s delivery service)

With Prime Now, Amazon Prime members in select major cities can have orders on their doorstep in just two hours with no delivery charge. (You can have your order delivered in one hour for $7.99.) Orders of $30 or more qualify, and delivery times are typically between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. If perishable food is ordered, someone needs to be home to receive it. Orders can be delivered to one’s home, work, or even a hotel. Check here to see if your city is included. Currently, the list includes 32 big cities.
Next: Sharing your Prime benefits with your spouse is free.

3. Share your membership with 1 household member

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Two accounts can benefit from your Prime membership. | BernardaSv/iStock/Getty Images

Does your spouse or another adult in the household have his or her own Amazon account? Well, you can link the accounts and share your Amazon Prime benefits with that one other person. Each of the two people will keep their own separate account while sharing the Prime benefits. (Amazon used to allow for a Prime user to add up to four other people to the account, but that changed in 2015.)
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4. Watch hit shows from Amazon Studios

Amazon Prime Video's red carpet premiere event for "One Mississippi"
Joe Lewis (left), head of Half-Hour Series at Amazon Studios, poses with actors for Amazon Prime Video’s red carpet premiere of One Mississippi. | AFP/Getty Images
  • Value of this perk: $10 per month (compared to Netflix)

Amazon Prime members can watch original shows created by Amazon Studios. These include hits like Mozart in the Jungle, The Man in the High Castle, Red Oaks, Sneaky Pete, and more. Additional titles can be seen in Uproxx’s recently-published list of 25 best shows on Amazon Prime. Other than its original shows, Amazon also offers Prime members shows from other networks. It holds exclusive rights to HBO’s back catalog, featuring shows like Deadwood, The Sopranos, True Blood, and Six Feet Under. Prime members can also download select movies and TV titles to compatible mobile devices.
Next: Stream more than 2 million songs, ad-free.

5. Listen to ad-free streaming music

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Prime member can ditch the ads. | iStock/Getty Images
  • Value of this perk: $10 (compared to Spotify)

Are you tired of tolerating the ads served up on your free Pandora or Spotify account? Well, switch to Amazon Prime Music for ad-free song streaming. The music library consists of more than 2 million songs and albums. It comes at no extra charge with your Amazon Prime account. For the same type of ad-free service, Pandora charges $4.99 per month, while Spotify and Apple’s streaming music charge $9.99. Oh, and did we mention you can skip as many songs as you like? That is a rarity for free or cheap streaming music services. You can also play music offline and create playlists.
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6. Store Unlimited Photos on Amazon

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You can never have too many selfies with your cat. | Martinan/iStock/Getty Images

Value of this perk: $12 per year
Through Amazon Prime Photos, members get free unlimited photo storage and 5 GB of storage for videos, music, and other files using Amazon Drive. The archive of photos and videos can be shared with up to five family members or friends. The photos can be uploaded and viewed through the Prime Photos app or through an internet browser on a computer.
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7. Read magazines for free

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You’ll be able to access better magazines than what waiting rooms have to offer. | cwzahner/iStock/Getty Images
  • Value of this perk: $10 per magazine per year (compared to a one-year Kindle subscription to Martha Stewart Living)

Through Prime Reading, members can access free magazines on their devices, including titles like Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Popular Mechanics, Cooking Light Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, and Real Simple Magazine. In addition to the magazines, a selection of books and comics is available. A total of 10 titles are allowed to be “borrowed” at once per account. To access additional titles beyond that, members must “return” one they already have checked out.
Next: Get free sample boxes for beauty products, coffee and tea, pet food, and more.

8. Get free samples

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You can receive free samples of beauty products and several other items. | Yuriy_K/iStock/Getty Images
  • Value of this perk: $5 and up

Through Amazon Sample Boxes, Prime members pay an initial fee starting at $5 to receive a sample box. Options include women’s beauty items, skin care, sun care, men’s grooming items, coffee and tea, dog food, cat food, and more. Once you purchase a sample box, Amazon will credit the dollar amount you paid toward a future purchase of items in the same category.

Bonus perk: Print a Whole Foods turkey coupon

Roasted Thanksgiving turkey
Prime members can feast on this perk. | evgenyb/iStock/Getty Images

Amazon is offering Prime members a special coupon for savings of $.50 per pound on turkeys purchased at Whole Foods through Thanksgiving 2017. Just go to the page featuring the Whole Foods turkey coupon as a logged-on, Amazon Prime member, print the coupon, and bring it to Whole Foods for the discount at the checkout when you purchase your turkey. The coupon brings the price to $1.99 per pound for a whole turkey (20% off) and $2.99 per pound for a whole organic turkey (14% off).
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