Last week we took the plunge and signed up for Amazon Prime. In case you’re not familiar with Amazon Prime, it’s:
“An exclusive membership program that gives you and your family the benefits of unlimited express shipping on eligible Amazon.com purchases.”
It costs $79/year to join. In return for your membership fee, you get free two-day shipping and $3.99 overnight shipping on a ton of items. Basically, if it’s eligible for Super-Saver Shipping, then it’s eligible for Amazon Prime. Unlike Super-Saver Shipping, however, there is no minimum purchase required — and your stuff comes quicker.
While this is admittedly a bit of a luxury, it opens up a whole new spectrum of convenience for us. For example, our smoke detector started beeping the other night because the battery was low. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any spare batteries around the house. Had we been signed up for Amazon Prime at the time, we could’ve ordered a 9 volt battery and had it delivered to our door in two days for just $1.46. When extrapolated out over a year, this has the potential to save us a substantial number of trips to the store, and thus a good bit of time.
Sure, we could plan ahead, group our purchases together to get over the $25 minimum, and then wait patiently for our stuff to arrive. However, as our lives get increasingly busy (we’re raising four boys, coaching three soccer teams, etc.), that gets more and more difficult. In fact, I ended up pulling the trigger on Amazon Prime while gift shopping for our oldest son’s birthday just three days before the big day.
Well see how it goes over the course of the next 12 months. For the time being, however, I’m perfectly happy to pay a bit extra for some conveniences.