40 of the best Amazon Prime freebies, discounts & deals

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Chances are, you have Amazon Prime. The popular subscription service costs $12.99 per month or $119 per year when you pay upfront, a price point that’s easily justified by Prime’s core selling point — free shipping.

But even longtime Prime subscribers might not know all of the service’s benefits. Here are 40 freebies, deals and discounts for Amazon Prime members.

Amazon Prime’s big benefits

1. Shipping

Your Amazon Prime subscription covers two-day shipping, but you can also score free one-day, same-day or even 2-hour delivery on select items in certain areas.

2. TV shows

Prime members can stream popular Amazon Originals, including “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Jack Ryan” and “Fleabag.”

3. Movies

Stream a rotating library of dramas, comedies, action films and more online or via your phone, tablet, game console or Smart TV.

4. Songs

Prime members have access to over 2 million songs, without ads, via Amazon Music.

5. Books

You can take out up to ten free titles at a time from the Amazon Prime Reading catalog. Subscribers with an Amazon Kindle can also tap an even bigger selection — including all seven “Harry Potter” books — through the site’s Lending Library, which lets you borrow one new book each month.

6. Magazines

You can also get free issues of popular magazines through Prime Reading. The Summer 2019 reading list, for instance, includes “Architectural Digest”, “Entrepreneur” and “Vanity Fair”. (Psst … we have our own summer reading list here.)

7. Audiobooks

Prime subscribers can get two free audiobooks if they sign up for a free trial of Audible.

8. Podcasts

Prime members can listen to a rotating line-up of free podcasts on Audible Channels. (Looking for a new podcast? Check out our list of best personal finance podcasts.)

Lesser known perks of Prime

9. Twitch membership

Prime members are eligible for a free monthly subscription to live streaming platform (and Amazon subsidiary) Twitch. Twitch Prime includes free games and special offers.

10. Photo storage

Prime members get free unlimited photo storage for themselves and up to five friends or family members. They also get five gigabytes of storage for video, documents and other files via Amazon Photos.

11. 30-day trial

Not a subscriber yet? You can try Prime out for 30 days, free of charge.

12. Free Release-Date delivery

Prime members can get new video games, books, music and movies by 7 p.m. on their launch date by choosing Release-Date Delivery on qualified items at checkout.

13. Free samples

If you sign up for Amazon Product sampling, the retail giant will send you free samples of new products in the mail.

14. Free shipping on Woot

A Prime membership also scores free standard shipping on daily deals site — and Amazon subsidiary — Woot.

15. Free standard shipping on Shirt.Woot

The Woot shipping freebie extends to Shirt.Woot, a line of graphic T-shirts, apparel and artwork.

16. Reload bonus

Prime members who reload a gift card via a bank account or linked debit card can get a 2% bonus on the funds when they go through Amazon’s reload program.

17. No-rush shipping credit

Occasionally, Amazon will offer Prime members a credit (usually around $5) if they opt for no-rush shipping at checkout. (Learn more Amazon Prime hacks.)

18. Amazon Cash rebate

Get a $5 Amazon credit when you add $20 to Amazon Cash, which lets you shop without a credit or debit card on the site.

19. Whole Foods deals

Amazon purchased Whole Foods back in 2017 and rapidly rolled out perks at the grocery chain to Prime subscribers. Chief among them is access to seasonal deals and an extra 10% off items marked with a yellow tag in stores.

20. Whole Foods delivery

Prime members in select cities can get two-hour delivery free from their local Whole Foods store. Check if you’re eligible on Amazon’s website. Learn more Whole Foods hacks.

21. Prime Pantry shipping

Prime members who sign up for Prime Pantry (and pay an additional $4.99 a month) receive free shipping on orders of $10 or more. Don’t have a Pantry membership? Prime members still receive free shipping on Prime Pantry orders of $35 or more.

22. Free shipping for charitable donations

Amazon partners with Give Back Box so you can get free shipping when you send charitable donations to partner organizations in an Amazon box. Just download the label online.

Alexa add-ons

If you have one of Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices, you can access some additional freebies.

23. Recipes

Ask Alexa to find you easy dinner recipes for free. Or she can teach you how to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. (We also have a cookie recipe that’s pretty delicious, if we do say for ourselves.)

24. Trivia

Play an assortment of free games, including Jeopardy and Twenty Questions, with your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot.

25. Chore Chart

Schedule and track chores for your entire family using Alexa’s Skill Blueprints.

Amazon Prime deals & discounts

26. Lighting deals

Amazon Prime members get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals, which are daily deals that last for a limited amount of time.

27. Pet owner discount

Prime members can score 20% off their first pet food order if they create an Amazon pet profile for their furbaby.

28. ‘Try before you buy’

Prime Wardrobe lets you try clothes, shoes and accessories before buying them. Subscribers can choose up to 3 items at a time, try them on during a seven-day period and only get charged for whatever they don’t ship back to Amazon. It’s kind of like Rent the Runway — which we have a review of here.

29. Discounted Prime membership for students

If you’re enrolled as a student with a valid .edu email address, you can get Amazon Prime for $6.49 per month. An Amazon Prime Student membership comes with exclusive deals on college school supplies, like laptops.

30. Discounted Prime membership for low-income Americans

Americans with Medicaid, the government-funded health insurance program, or a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer card can get an Amazon Prime membership for $5.99 a month or $72 a year.

31. Amazon Subscribe & Save

Anyone can save up to 15% and get free shipping on select favorites when they sign up for auto-deliver through Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program.

32. Baby supplies

Prime members can get up to 20% savings on family-centric supplies, including diapers, baby food and food if they ship five or more products in a given month to a single address through Amazon Family.

33. Discounted subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited

Prime members can get Amazon Music Unlimited, the site’s premium music subscription service, for $7.99 per month. (Non-Prime subscribers pay $9.99 per month.) Here are some other ways to get unlimited music on the cheap.

34. Prime Book Box

Prime members can get their first Book Box — a subscription that delivers children’s books every one, two or three months — for $16.99. (After that, boxes cost $19.99 each, though Amazon advertises 40% savings on the books’ list price.)

35. Household Prime

Families can essentially share an Amazon Prime through Amazon Household, which lets up to two adults, four teens and four children share certain membership benefits, including free shipping and their free Twitch account.

36. Amazon Baby Registry

Expectant families can score a free welcome box and a 15% completion discount off remaining registry items when they set up an Amazon Baby Registry.

Expecting? Check out our financial guide for new parents.

37. Amazon Wedding Registry

Newlyweds can get a 20% completion discount on any gifts they purchase off their Amazon Wedding Registry after their big day.

38. Amazon Fresh trial

Prime members can try Amazon Fresh, the site’s grocery delivery and pickup service, for 30 days for free. (After that, the service costs $14.99 a month.) They can also get $25 off their first purchase of $100 or more.

Here are 50 ways to save on groceries.

39. Amazon Smile match

Shop through Amazon Smile and the site will donate 0.5% of the price of your items to a charitable organization of your choice.

40. The Prime newsletter

You can stay in-the-know about current (and new) membership benefits by signing up for the Prime newsletter. Recipients get exclusive shopping deals, special tools and more delivered straight to their inbox.

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