Amazon: How to Get Discounted Amazon Prime

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Amazon is one of the biggest retailers in the world, and for most people, it’s easily accessible. But paying for Amazon Prime can be tough to justify on tight budgets. Getting a discount on the cost of Amazon Prime can help people get the essentials they need fast and for less money. Here’s what you need to know about getting discounts for Amazon Prime.

What is Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime is a tiered service option that Amazon offers that has a lot of benefits for people who shop on Amazon frequently or want to get the biggest bang for their buck. People who shop on Amazon can choose to sign up for Amazon Prime and pay either a monthly or yearly fee that gives them access to a slew of special benefits. The benefits of subscribing to Amazon Prime include:

  • Free 2-day shipping on most orders.
  • Free delivery on orders, same day in some areas.
  • Access to Prime Day special deals and special prices and discounts throughout the year.
  • Prime Video access where people can watch original movies and shows as well as their favorite titles from other studios and networks.

The benefits of Amazon Prime might be worth the cost, especially for people who order things like household supplies and food or pet food and supplies regularly. Since there is a cost associated with Amazon Prime, you might not want another monthly charge. If you do think that you would be benefitted by having Amazon prime, but are unsure on the cost, there are a few different ways that you can get the benefits of Amazon without paying full cost. 

How To Get A Discount On Amazon Prime

Amazon has several options for getting a discount on the cost of Amazon Prime. You can get a discount on Amazon Prime if you are:

On A Free Trial

You can get a free trial of Amazon Prime if you haven’t used the service before. You will need to submit a valid payment method but if you cancel before the trial is over your card won’t be charged.

A Student

Students who have a valid email that ends in .edu from any educational institution can discounted Amazon Prime while they are enrolled in school.

A Medicaid Recipient

If you are a Medicaid recipient you qualify for a discount on the cost of Amazon Prime. You will need to submit verification that you get Medicaid in order to get the discount.

A SNAP Recipient

If you are receiving SNAP benefits or have an EBT card you can get a discount on Amazon Prime and you can shop for all items that are eligible for SNAP on Amazon. You just need to add your SNAP card to your listed payment methods on Amazon. Once you add your SNAP information you can choose SNAP as a payment method if you are ordering items that are eligible for SNAP.

For how to add your SNAP, see our guide on Amazon and SNAP.

What You Can Buy On Amazon With SNAP

Amazon has great deals on a lot of dry goods and cooking ingredients that you can get in bulk. When you’re shopping on Amazon with SNAP you can buy:

  • Fruits and vegetables, including dried fruit or cans of fruit.
  • Meat, poultry, and fish including dried meat like jerky or canned meat like chicken or tuna.
  • Dairy products
  • Breads and cereals
  • Other foods such as snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household to eat.

You can’t buy household items, toiletries, or other products that aren’t eligible for the SNAP program with your SNAP benefits. 

For other products you can buy on Amazon with SNAP, see Cool Products You Can Buy on Amazon EBT.

Once your SNAP is set up on Amazon, you can begin enjoying some of the perks of Amazon Prime! 

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