If you are not an Amazon Prime yet then you are missing out. Amazon Prime is one of those life changing things that I look back at and think how did I ever managed without it. Okay maybe that is an exaggeration, I could manage without Amazon Prime but it has made my life a lot simpler. If you haven’t tried it, click the image below. Amazon will give you a free trial for 30 days. But careful you might get hooked.
So why sign up for Amazon Prime? Not only is the free 2 day shipping great, but Prime Music, Prime Video & Prime Now… these are just a few of the many features that come with your prime membership completely FREE. While I was good with those, there are other features that I now take advantage of. These were new add-ons from Amazon or old features I didn’t know about. Well I do now. Here are three of my favorites features on Amazon Prime.
Prime Photos- Running out of storage on your phone for photos, Prime Photos, offers free unlimited photo storage with your prime membership. Not only can you store your photos but you can print through their photo printing service. Everything is run through utilize your amazon address and payments which make things super simple.
I use the app on my phone the most frequently, moving photo’s over automatically. This feature sorts the photos and categorizes them by who is in the photo (me and the husband), where was the photo taken (Sydney, Australia) and when was it taken (February, 2017) Look what pops up!
Or go back further, I can search for the husband and I, from January 2015 and Eden Prairie. How cute, one of our first dates! Seriously this has helped me so often looking for a specific picture.
There is also a family vault section, where you can share photos with people you invite. You can also sort in albums for those pictures you have set aside for certain events, example your wedding slide show, or photos that you are using for your blog.
The downside: I really haven’t found much of one, I don’t use it as much as I use Shutterfly or Target. It has nothing to do with Amazon, I am more familiar with other services and just haven’t had the need to learn a new site.
Subscribe & Save- This might be one of my favorites. This feature is perfect for those items you frequently buy, or if you are like me, frequently run out of. You can set up monthly deliveries and forget it. For example; I don’t know why I hate buying toilet paper and paper towels at the store. It is not that I am embarrassed, but I think it is because they take up so much room in the cart and car. I am one of those stubborn people who like to make one trip from car to house. These big bulky items don’t make that possible.
Those bulky items are exactly what Amazon Prime/Subscribe & Save is for. I have toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent and Keurig coffee pods delivered to my front door, once every three months. And you can adjust the quantity and frequency or skip deliveries. We get monthly deliveries of dog food sent to our house, because I don’t know why we always run out, but those bags are heavy and bulky. Now I never run out of the essentials.
Another great thing, the more items you add to your delivery, the more of a discount you get, up to 15%.
Now this is a review, and everything isn’t perfect. There are things that I don’t love about Subscribe & Save. There are items I would love to add to my Subscribe & Save deliveries but they are not offered. Salt for my water softener, for starters. The other thing that is more of an annoyance than anything else, is I cannot change the date for my deliveries. I used to get everything on the 1st of the month, then we went out of town, I delayed it to the 10th. Now, I cannot move it back to the 1st. I can only delay orders, not move them up.
AmazonSmile– this was a new feature I didn’t know about, and often forget. If you set up a charity and order through SmileAmazon.com, 0.5% of your purchase price goes to that charity. Now you do have to order through AmazonSmile and cannot order from the regular site or through the app, and the Subscribe & Save deliveries do not count.
Even though there are limitation to the service, and not all products on Amazon are eligible for the donation. It is still a donation, and better than nothing.
If I haven’t convinced you yet, try it out for yourself by clicking on the image below to get 30 days free of Amazon Prime- just for stopping by!