Score an Amazon Prime Membership for Cheap (or Free) by Using These Tactics

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If you weren’t already a fan of Amazon Prime before the pandemic, its free shipping in one or two days and access to Prime Video probably started looking pretty darn good a month or so into your first lockdown. However, the $119 annual fee — correction, soon-to-be $139 annual fee — may be a deal-breaker for some people.

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However, there are several strategies to either score Amazon Prime for free, or find other ways to afford a Prime splurge. Check it out.

Get a 30-Day Free Trial

The obvious place to start is to get Amazon’s complimentary 30-day free trial. It’s simple as can be. Just navigate over to Amazon.com, click on Amazon Prime and select your trial. While you will not be charged for this 30-day period, be warned that you do have to put in a credit card or banking information, and they will bill you automatically after 30 days if you don’t cancel.

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Open a Second Account for Another 30-Day Trial

According to Rather-Be-Shopping.com, Amazon does not penalize customers who open a new account to get a second round of free trial. You would need a completely different email account to do it with, however, but it’s not against Amazon’s rules.

Sign Up for Metro With T-Mobile

The cellular service provider is offering a sweet deal that includes Amazon Prime with their unlimited Metro plan, which costs $60/month.

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Benefit From a Delayed Order

This is ultimately up to chance, but as a reward for your patience if you experience a late or delayed package, you may be able to get a month of Amazon Prime free for your trouble, according to MakeUseOf.com. Your best bet will be to contact an Amazon service representative through their contact page and ask if they will compensate you with a free month. It’s no guarantee, but it’s worth a shot!

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If, however, none of these ways are effective for you, consider these other methods to save that $139 elsewhere so you can justify your Amazon Prime account:

Earn Extra Cash Taking Online Surveys or Watching Videos

A company called InboxDollars will pay you to engage in activities that range from taking online surveys to watching videos, playing games, reading emails and other mundane activities. While payouts may be small, added together you should be more than able to make up for that Amazon Prime membership.

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Transfer a Balance to a New 0% Interest Credit Card

According to MoneyTalksNews, there are quite a few credit cards that will offer you 0% interest for between several months and up to 21 months when you open a new account and transfer a balance. In the time you’re not spending that extra cash on interest, put it toward your Amazon Prime account.

Switch to Progressive Car Insurance

Apparently, people who switch their car insurance to Progressive often save up to $700 per year, according to MoneyTalksNews. At that rate, you can more than afford your Prime account!

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About the Author

Jordan Rosenfeld is a freelance writer and author of nine books. She holds a B.A. from Sonoma State University and an MFA from Bennington College. Her articles and essays about finances and other topics has appeared in a wide range of publications and clients, including The Atlantic, The Billfold, Good Magazine, GoBanking Rates, Daily Worth, Quartz, Medical Economics, The New York Times, Ozy, Paypal, The Washington Post and for numerous business clients. As someone who had to learn many of her lessons about money the hard way, she enjoys writing about personal finance to empower and educate people on how to make the most of what they have and live a better quality of life.

 

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