Who loves to pay for shipping? Yeah, no one. Since Amazon is the largest online retailer, I thought it appropriate today to talk about how to get free shipping from Amazon.
Sure, you can buy $35 worth of stuff at every turn. But, let’s be honest, that strategy isn’t always smart. “Hmmmm…do I spend an extra $20 on impulse for stuff I don’t really need or pay the $3 shipping fee. I think I’ll spend the $20. That makes more sense.” Yeah, right.
That makes as much sense as using a grocery coupon to buy an item you don’t need, just because it’s a deal. Honey, it would have been cheaper to not buy anything at all. (Ask me how I know about this.)
Or, I know – you can pay $99 per year for Amazon Prime and then get unlimited free shipping. Whoopee! I’ll pay you $99 so that I can say I got something free? That doesn’t make any sense. If you pay for it, then it isn’t free.
Truly Free Shipping Options
But, there are three ways you can get free shipping from Amazon.
Amazon Prime Trial Membership
If you‘ve not had an Amazon Prime account within the last 13 months, then you are eligible for a 30-day free trial. Suh-weet. If you sign up for your trial now, then you’re set through Christmas.
(Huge cautionary note: your free trial will automatically convert into an annual, paid subscription unless you turn off your Amazon Prime renewal. It’s easy to do and here are step-by-step instructions on how.)
If you are a parent or caregiver to a child (defined very loosely), then you’re in luck. You also get 30 days of free shipping benefits from Amazon Prime when you create your free Amazon Family account.
(Again, I’ll offer this cautionary note: the Amazon Prime free trial that comes with Amazon Family will automatically convert into an annual, paid subscription unless you turn off your Amazon Prime renewal. It’s easy to do and here are step-by-step instructions on how.)
Prime Student is a benefit offered to students with an .edu email address (faculty and staff don’t count since you have to enter an expected graduation date). When you create a free Prime Student account, you get 6 months of free shipping benefits from Amazon Prime, then half-priced Amazon Prime after that.
(Yes, in this case too you need to turn off the Amazon Prime renewal by following these instructions.)
Your To-Do Item
If you qualify for a free Amazon Prime account, then go sign up. Immediately after signing up, go into your account and turn off the auto-renewal.
If you don’t qualify for any of those (me neither), then here’s a totally different idea. Before you buy something on Amazon, check VMInnovations.com. They offer free standard ground shipping all. the. time. and their prices are comparable to Amazon, sometimes even better than Amazon (not even joking). If you check out VMInnovations and find a great deal there, leave a comment. I’d love to hear your success story.
Your turn: What other holiday shopping questions, frustrations or concerns do you have?
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