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Success Story: How Much Money Amazon Prime Saves Me

I signed up for Amazon prime last year after realizing how much money I could probably save on free shipping.  It costs approximately $78 a year, and anything that is eligible for Amazon Prime has free 2-day shipping.  Heck, free shipping would be worth it by itself in the end, but to have 2-day shipping was an awesome bonus.

Out of all of my purchases I made in 2012, I did an estimated shipping cost based off of how many purchases I made in 2011 and the average shipping cost there based on the amount of purchases.

What I calculated is that I would have spent $728 in shipping as opposed to my $78 I pay for Amazon prime, and that’s with regular shipping.

Sure I still have to pay shipping on a few items here and there that don’t qualify for Amazon Prime, but for the most part, this is a sound investment.  I highly recommend 🙂

– Crystal Groves, Owner/Editor of The Money Drain

Lesson Learned
Always check what services companies offer that might save you money. Even if there is an initial investment, it could pay off beyond that in the long run. Many companies like Amazon, Zappos, or small companies offer great deals on things like shipping.

Edit:
Alternatively, you can read The Simple Dollars argument against Amazon Prime savings.

About Crystal Groves, Google+

Crystal Groves is a farmer, web developer, musician, blogger, and personal finance enthusiast from the back hills of Maryland and Pennsylvania. She started Money Drain as a project to encourage people interested in fixing their financial situation to share their stories and learn from the stories of others. We all make mistakes, but in order to change we have to make changes.

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One Response to Success Story: How Much Money Amazon Prime Saves Me

  1. Tim says:

    One other option is to keep a list of random cheap things you need (toilet paper, toothbrush, etc). Whenever you buy something that is eligible for super saver shipping, but isn’t quite at the $25 mark, then just toss on one of those items you needed anyway assuming it’s available for a fair market price. Often times, it’s even been cheaper than buying the same thing at the local big box store.

    My Fiance and I have been doing this for a while, and it’s kept us from having to actually pay for amazon prime, but we still have yet to pay for any shipping :D.

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