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Without knowing all of the benefits of Amazon Prime, the membership might seem like another unnecessary expense, but in most instances, the perks and savings can outweigh the cost, even if you're on a tight budget.
For those that are EBT or Medicaid cardholders, you can sign up for a Prime Membership at 50% off, bringing the rate down from $12.99 per month (or $119 per year) to $5.99 per month for qualified users.
If you are ineligible for the EBT or Medicaid cardholder discount, another way to save on membership is to sign up for Amazon Prime Student if you have an active .edu email address.
The benefits of Amazon Prime:
In addition to free next-day or two-day shipping on millions of items, Amazon Prime can you save money on essentials like groceries, diapers, and baby food — not to mention trips to the store. It's also worth noting that Amazon now accepts SNAP EBT on qualifying grocery items.
With access to a massive library of TV shows, movies, and original content through Prime Video, membership can also help you cut the cord if you're still paying for cable or satellite TV.
Prime Day, Amazon's big two-day sale is another major benefit of having Amazon Prime. Members will have access to thousands of exclusive deals, many of which are just as good or better than Black Friday sales. Although the sale usually happens in mid-July, it's expected to be held later this year in September.