Amazon Prime is not just about getting stuff delivered for free. Paying £79 a year sounds expensive, so we’ve reviewed Amazon Prime and its benefits to see if it’s actually worth the money.
Free Amazon Prime
First up, remember that you can get Amazon Prime for free to give it a go.
You get the first 30 days free as a trial and can then cancel before it ends, or start paying either monthly or annually.
What do you get with Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime is more than just a few shopping perks – there are so many added benefits to having an Amazon Prime account.
Are you ready for this…you get:
- Free delivery: Unlimited One-Day Delivery on millions of items, Same-Day Delivery and 1 and 2 hour delivery slots in select areas.
- Prime Video: Unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows.
- Prime Music: Stream a growing selection of over two million songs. Unlock 40 million songs with Amazon Music Unlimited, plus get an exclusive discount.
- Prime Pantry: Low-priced essential household items delivered for a flat delivery fee.
- Prime Reading: Unlimited reading on any device, with over a thousand books, magazines, comics, articles, Kindle Singles, and more.
- Amazon First Reads: Choose one Kindle book of the six Editors’ Picks each month for no additional cost.
- Prime Early Access: Prime members get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals.
- Prime Photos: Secure unlimited photo storage with anywhere access.
- Twitch Prime: Ad-free Twitch viewing, Twitch subscriptions and more.
- Member Exclusive Discount: Get an exclusive discount on pre-orders, including collector’s editions, for box games for PC, PlayStation 4, XBox One, Wii U, 3DS and more.
- Household: Share select Prime benefits with another adult in your household.
- Amazon Family: get 20% discount on nappies and baby food subscriptions.
- Amazon Fresh: get access to food prices at least 9% cheaper than other supermarkets.
Read further down for a fuller comparison of each of the services.
How much is Amazon Prime?
Once you’ve finished your free Amazon Prime trial, you have two options.
- You can pay an upfront cost up of £79. This will give you all the benefits of Amazon Prime for an entire year.
- If paying up front will be tough on your budget or puts you off, you can choose to pay Amazon Prime monthly. Paying monthly will cost you £7.99 a month, which works out at £95.88 a year.
Paying monthly is more expensive overall versus paying a one-off fee, but it can be easier to manage the smaller costs, and it gives you the option to cancel from month to month if you need the cash for something else.
Keeping your membership as monthly still gets you all the same benefits as paying annually.
(Can you keep a secret? You can get cheap Amazon Prime membership with this little trick. It worked for me 🙂 )
Is Amazon Prime worth it?
Whether or not Amazon Prime is worth it depends on how much you’ll use it.
If you order through Amazon, whether that’s stuff for yourself, gifts for birthday and Christmas, or even order your groceries from Amazon, then it will start to pay for itself.
And that’s not taking into account all the other stuff that gets thrown in.
How much would you spend instead?
Will you use all the benefits of Amazon Prime? While the thousands of free eBooks might sound great for you, you may never use Twitch or want a discount on pre-ordered games.
So, let’s look at how what you get with Amazon Prime and how much it could cost you:
If you’re only going to use Amazon Prime for deliveries, and you’ve taken the £79 annual plan (to make things easier), you will need to have 18 deliveries (at £4.49 for standard delivery) to make it worth it over the year.
With Prime, if you just want to order something small and random (the kind of thing you used to be able to pick up from Woolworths!) then having free delivery from Amazon Prime is great.
You get to choose different free delivery options:
- Unlimited One-Day Delivery on millions of eligible items at no extra cost. Depending on the time of day that you place your order and your delivery address, if in stock it’ll be dispatched that same day and delivered the next day.
- Unlimited Same-Day (Evening Delivery) on eligible items to eligible postcodes at no extra cost.
- No-Rush Delivery provides 3-5 business day delivery with a promotional credit to use another time.
Without Prime membership, you can get free delivery from Amazon, but you need to spend at least £20 and it needs to be eligible items.
One-day delivery costs £5.99 without Prime and arrives the next day and the same-day delivery costs £6.99 a time. Standard/no-rush delivery will cost you from 99p – £4.49 depending on what you’ve ordered and the weight of the package. It’ll arrive in one to two business days.
If you have Prime you will likely change how you order. Instead of storing things in your basket, waiting until you hit £20, you will be able to order stuff here and there. It’ll be perfect for those moments like when you’ve got a last minute kids party, but don’t have a chance to get to a shop.
When you compare the cost of Amazon Prime Video to other providers, it comes out exactly the same. The service allows you to access thousands of movies and TV shows to stream, anywhere, anytime.
When you split the cost of £79 over 12 months it works out at £6.58 per month which is only a little more than Netflix at £5.99 a month and a lot less than NOW TV at £9.99 for films and £7.99 for TV/entertainment.
But, then you need to add in that you get free delivery, music streaming and free eBooks which makes it far better value.
Pssst…why not also get NOW TV for free!
Amazon Prime Video (on its own)
If you really don’t think you’ll use any of the other benefits from Amazon Prime, Amazon does allow you to have Amazon Video on its own.
This means, you can have access to the thousands of films and TV programmes, but won’t be able to have free delivery, music, discounts etc.
The cost of Amazon Video is £5.99 a month, which works out the same price as Netflix.
You’re still able to have a 30 day free Amazon Video trial.
The way I see it, for only £2 more, you get all the other stuff.
To put it into perspective, if you order just once on Amazon their standard delivery on most items is up to £4.49 so taking the £7.99 Amazon Prime option is well worth it.
Prime Music gives you access to two million songs, with no adverts.
You can use Spotify for free music streaming, but you need to be prepared to stop for adverts.
With Prime Music, you can listen to your songs through the Amazon website, using their app, on an Echo and can even create your own playlists of your favourite hits.
As a Prime member, you can choose to upgrade your music to Prime Music Unlimited. This will give you access to 40 million songs!
You will need to pay to upgrade the membership, but it’s discounted for Prime members. It will cost you an extra £3.99 a month for Music Unlimited if you want to listen on your Echo or £7.99 a month for an individual plan (£9.99 for non-Prime).
It does work out cheaper than Spotify and Apple Music premium which cost £9.99 a month each. And, again, with Music as part of Prime, you also get your free delivery, free eBooks and photo storage on top.
You don’t need to upgrade though, and remember there is a free Music Unlimited trial.
Want to save money on your supermarket bill? Who doesn’t?!
Well, exclusive to Prime Members, you’re able to get access to Amazon Pantry when you can get low-priced groceries and household products.
You start with a virtual box and just add stuff. Your food will be delivered for £2.99 a box and 99p for each additional box. As an added bonus, you get FREE shipping on your first box with four qualifying items added (easy!)
The costs are really competitive and you’ll get the same or better prices that you could get at ASDA, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. So, this will see you saving money.
We’ve done a comparison with other supermarkets like Asda and Tesco to see if Amazon grocery is cheaper.
Are you an avid reader?
There are thousands of free eBooks you can read as part of having Amazon Prime.
- Kindle Owners’ Lending Library which gives you access to borrow one popular, best selling book per month at no additional cost. There are over half a million books to choose from! Learn more about Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
- Kindle First gives you early access to download a new book every month at no additional cost from the Kindle First picks.
- Prime Reading: You can borrow books, magazines, and more from the Prime Reading catalogue and read them on your Fire tablet, Kindle e-reader, or the Kindle reading apps for iOS and Android.
Well, to truly save money it’s best to head to the library as they’re free. (If you can’t get there, many libraries also offer eBooks too).
However, if reading is your hobby, books can be expensive. With Prime Reading you can read all sorts of older and smaller known titles, but you can still catch up with more recent hits by using the Owners’ Lending Library.
What if you lost your phone? All your precious photos are memories at stored on the device, and getting round to printing them out just doesn’t seem a priority anymore.
With Amazon Prime, you get access to Prime Photos which provides a secure and unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive.
You also get 5 GB of storage for videos, documents and other files. You’re able to add up to 5 people in a Family Vault.
If you were to pay for this directly, they offer 100 GB of storage for £16.99 a year.
You may not be into video gaming or Fortnite, but is someone in your household?
They will be delighted if they can use Twitch.tv ad-free! Twitch allows you to watch live streamers digital video broadcasts.
You’ll also be able to get discounts on physical game pre-orders, bonus in-game loot and content each month (which is essentially priceless).
Create an Amazon Family profile and you’ll be given access to exclusive deals.
You will also be able to get up to 20% off nappies and baby food subscriptions! With the number of nappies babies go through, this is quite a saving!!
This is just a great added benefit and is just there to save you money…if you find yourself buying nappies a lot.
Sharing your Prime Membership
To top it all off, Amazon Household members can share the following benefits between two different account holders:
- Amazon Prime delivery benefits
- Prime Video (streaming only)
- Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
- Prime Early Access, and
- 20% off nappies subscriptions
This way, you can save the cost of paying for Amazon Prime twice.
So, is Amazon Prime worth it?
You do get a lot with Amazon Prime. If you unbundled their package, it would cost a WHOLE LOT MORE!! However, what’s worth doing is looking at what you’ll really use to see if taking Amazon Prime is worth it for you.
If you’re unsure, then go ahead and try the 30 day free Amazon Prime trial.
If you enjoy watching the free films and TV shows, listening to the free music and reading the free eBooks, perhaps go on to pay the £7.99 monthly fee, which means you can cancel in a months’ notice without paying out too much.
How to cancel Amazon Prime
If after giving it a go you’ve decided it’s not for you, you’re able to cancel Amazon Prime easily.
Log into your account, go to Your Prime Membership and choose “end membership” then follow the instructions on the screen.
You won’t then get charged again.
Even once you’ve cancelled your membership, you’re able to restart it back up any other time (maybe it’d be more useful coming up to Christmas if you get a lot of deliveries?)
Ricky Willis is the original Skint Dad. A money-making enthusiast, father, and husband to Naomi. He is always looking for unique ways to earn a little extra.