Earlier this year, I signed up for Amazon Prime when I found out that students could sign up for a free year. It wasn’t until I moved recently to a new city, where I no longer have regular access to my car (it’s at my parents’ house in the burbs), that I have fully taken advantage of it. If you’ve never heard of Amazon Prime, basically, it’s a $79 membership for Amazon.com for free 2-day shipping and $3.99 1-day shipping for all eligible retailers. I purchase almost anything that I can possible now on Amazon: socks, cooking pans, movies, a Keurig, pen refills, a computer chair, an umbrella, a USB wifi adapter, a SD card for my camera, face lotion, etc. Like my boss said, “I would buy my groceries through Amazon Prime if I could.” It’s been totally awesome for Christmas shopping also, considering not only does Amazon have better prices than most in-store and online retailers, but I get free 2-day shipping and I don’t have to worry about figuring out how to carry all these presents on the train (since I just ship them directly to my mom and dad’s).
After my free year is up, I’m pretty sure I’m going to renew my membership. With just a couple purchases, it pays for itself.