Amazon Prime is normally $99/year after a free 30 day trial. If you pay for Prime monthly instead of annually up front, it will set you back $10.99/month.
Amazon is now offering EBT cardholders the ability to buy Prime for just $5.99/month. That comes out to just $71.88/year instead of $99/year for regular Prime paid up front or $131.88/year for regular Prime paid monthly.
More than 60% of US households making $68K+ have Amazon Prime, but membership numbers lag among lower income households.
Call it the latest shot in the Amazon-Walmart war as Amazon goes after their lower-income customers.
EBT Prime isn’t as cheap as Amazon Student, which is just $49.99/year after a free 6 month trial, but it’s a nice savings off the regular rate for Prime.
You need to have an EBT card that matches the name on your Amazon account in order to enroll. You may need to prove your eligibility every 12 months and you can receive discounted Prime for up to 48 months.
If you already have an Amazon Prime membership and signup for EBT Prime you will get a pro-rated refund for the amount paid.
One caveat is that like Amazon Student Prime, EBT Prime members can’t share benefits with household members. Regular Amazon Prime members can share the full Prime benefits with another household member. A nice benefit of that is that when there is a Prime member exclusive deal that is limited to just one per account, you and someone else in your household can take advantage of the deal.
Amazon Prime member benefits include:
-Exclusive access to discounted deals.
-Free 2 day shipping on all orders
-Free Prime music
-Access to exclusive sales like Prime Day, and other Prime member only sales.
-Prime Twitch Video Game Benefits
-If you have Amazon Prime you can select “FREE No-Rush Shipping” when making an order and you’ll get a bonus such as a $1 Amazon eBooks, digital music and videos credit, a $3 Amazon.com credit, a $5.99 Prime Pantry credit, a $20 Amazon Home Services credit, etc. You can view your no-rush credits here.
-Amazon Prime members can opt into Amazon Family where you’ll also get 20% off subscription orders of diapers and 15% off to complete unordered items from a baby registry.
-Prime members get free video streaming content on JetBlue flights.
-Several times per year Amazon Prime members can get free magazine subscriptions.
-Prime members also get access to Amazon Prints for inexpensive photo and photobook printing with free shipping.
-With Prime Reading you can browse the full version thousands of books and magazines free of charge from your smartphone, tablet, or Kindle via the Kindle app. Magazines include Popular Mechanics, Consumer Reports, People, Conde Nest Travelers, Sports Illustrated, and more. There are Harry Potter books, Calvin & Hobbes comics, Lonely Planet travel books, novels, and much much more to choose from, and it’s all free!a free trial of Amazon Prime. A prime trial is also free with Amazon Family (which also gets you up to 20% off diapers among other benefits) or Amazon Student. EBT/Medicaid Cardholders can save on Prime Membership here.