Amazon Prime for an Easier Life and Better Blogging

October 13, 2013Allison Murray

Today I’m going to discuss with you Amazon Prime. We’ll discuss why I have loved the program before my blogging days and how I feel like it’s able to make me a better blogger (especially as an isolated craft blogger!). There are affiliate links in almost every post I share, and this one is no exception.

Amazon Prime for an Easier Life and Better Blogging

The reason I started my Amazon Prime account is pretty darn simple. It was Christmas time in 2011 I had let my Christmas shopping sit until too late for the first time ever.  And, just like my father before me I’m agoraphobic. This basically means I’m afraid of situations I can’t control, the worst trigger for me being large crowds. There was no way that I was going to the mall on December 20 so that I could be trying desperately to breathe and not look totally insane while shoved up against the rack of pajamas in womens’ fashion. It just wasn’t happening.

I’d long been an Amazon shopper so it was naturally the first place I went to do some online shopping and I loaded up my cart. But it wouldn’t get here in time and if I wanted to expedite shipping, well that shipping would cost more than the gits. Crippity crap.

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Buuuut, it would get here in time if I was a prime member because those fools got free 2 day shipping. AND I could get a free 30 day trial? This was amazing news! I signed up for my free account ready to shut that business off right before my freebie time was up and incur no costs only benefits. The presents arrived on time and everything was lovely. Except I didn’t close my account and here’s why:

Why I Keep an Amazon Prime Account

  • I am an avid reader and my Kindle is one of my favorite things in the world (if I’m not crafting or working I’m reading – taken out 3 books in the last week alone). With my prime account I can borrow books from the Amazon library for free. This was a bigger deal before my local library started loaning out ebooks but I do take advantage on occasion. Check out the Kindle lending library.
  • I don’t have cable. Well, technically there is cable in the living room but only because Russell insists and I hardly ever use it. If it were turned off tomorrow I doubt that I’d even notice. My TV time comes in the format of internet streaming and with Prime you get free FREE access to a gazillion movies and TV shows for free online. With my much loved Roku player, I have a ton of entertainment to select on demand right on my television (or my computer, phone, tablet or laptop) without having to wait for the time a show comes on or having to dig out my DVDs. It’s seriously revolutionized the way I entertain myself and I even purchase my shows and movies through instant streaming rather than traditional DVD these days… Sign up for Amazon Prime to take advantage of free streaming video.
  • And now for the biggest perk that was mentioned above. FREE 2 Day Shipping  on most items which can be a lifesaver. I take a lot of medication, including some that is over the counter. Not only do I tend to get better prices shopping at Amazon, but I can get my meds in 2 days (because I don’t notice a week before that I’m almost out!). Plus, in the event that 2 day just isn’t fast enough, I have the ability to expedite my shipping even further for $3.99 an item I can have what I need the next day.

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Better Blogging

  • When I am working on a craft I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to things like the level of good stuff inside of my purple glitter shaker. Running in to town is an effort because it takes such a huge chunk of time out of my day. 40 minutes to drive to the craft store. 40 minutes to drive home. Time spent inside craft store (which isn’t just a few minutes). Time spent at the grocery store or Target because I just drove so far I’m going to do something else with my gas money. Instead, I’ll hop online and order what I need and set my project to the side until it arrives 2 days later, or the next day if I’m in a super hurry.
  • Amazon also gives me access to products that I need to make projects for this blog but have a difficult time locating in my area, like Kumihimo supplies. I can only buy these things online because nobody sells anything locally.
  • I absolutely love Amazon’s reviewing system. If I go into the craft store I may have 2 or 3 of the same thing to choose from and it’s a toss up about which one is better. I love being able to quickly read reviews and decide not only which will work for me but which one other crafters have been happiest with.
  • I’m able to link up to Amazon in my required materials list for just about everything a reader needs to complete the project. Since Amazon has such a huge amount of stock 9 times out of 10 I can actually link up to the exact item I used which means no unexpected results in the end project and I can support brands and products I can personally vouch for. I also receive a small commission when those items (or any other when accessed through one of my links) is purchase, but we’ll cover that another day.

In the end, I feel like I’ll always have an Amazon Prime account because of the convenience it affords me for only $79 a year. I love the massive stock I have super quick access to.  I love that I can easily direct my readers to get most everything they need to work up one of my DIYs without having to search all over town. I love that I don’t have a cable bill (Russell pays it since I don’t use it) but I still have access to more TV than I could watch in a lifetime. I love that when I forget to get a new bottle of my hard to find OTC medicine, that I only need miss one day’s dose. Basically, I love the fact that Prime gives me an easier life and the ability to be a better blogger through well priced craft materials. I highly recommend you sign up for your free 30 day trial and see if Amazon Prime fits your lifestyle as well as it does mine. If it does, awesome. If it doesn’t cancel it. No harm, no foul.

Happy Sunday out there – hoping it’s a fun day! And while you’re here you might want to add any links you have to this week’s Awesome Link Party!

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Comments (6)

  • Jeanine

    October 15, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Wow! Thats truly amazing info! I can relate to the cable, surfing for streams of a show I missed or purposely want to see, (have had no use for cable for ten years, accept for Treehouse intervals), & going to the store is rather a 40 minute plus WALK..& I promise you in Small Town No Where Canada, with unshovelled sidewalks, (then) toddler in tow in wagon/sled, it was always a five pound loss for a gal needing a 5 lbs GAIN; per walk… So forget it! This all sounds extremely intriguing, unfortunately I know alot about the American / U.S. side of Amazon, & not enough about the Canadian. Maybe now we’re heading into cooler months, I will be doing some research into the accessibility of programs suitable for our situation at home as well! I have always used Amazon for Kindle App for iPad as well, and been a few Christmas years shoppingdone there too. Now hopefully onto bigger & better (easier) supply delivery programs through them! Always looking for ways to become a more dedicated focused blogger too! Thank you kindly for your informative share! Best Wishes, Jeanine –Canadian Amazon Mom

    1. Allison

      October 15, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Though I’ve never been to Canada I can only imagine! My father used to work waaay up north for a few months at a time off and on and he’d always come back a little skinnier! One of my favorite pictures is of him where covered everything except just barely his eyes on a snowmobile :)

      It sounds like looking into Amazon might be really a great deal for you. FYI, I’ve got lots of dietary restrictions which can be hard to shop for around here and I actually get A LOT of my groceries from Amazon. You have to buy in bulk but the prices are so much better that it is worth it. e.g. A box of gluten free Bisquick I can get about 45 minutes away for about $7 a box, or I can order through Amazon, get three in a pop for about $12 total and they’ll automatically send me the same thing every 3 months (or whenever you schedule it for). Maybe the grocery side of it could be super helpful for you, too!

      So glad to have “met” you :)

      1. Jeanine

        October 17, 2013 at 6:15 AM

        I am so grateful for finding your site & genuinely thank you for taking time to respond!

  • Annabel

    October 15, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Ohh Amazon Prime sounds awesome, just for the access to craft supplies! The downside to living in Australia is that we don’t have that many decent craft stores, but Amazon costs me as much in shipping as it does for the actual item! I’m not sure we can use Amazon Prime from Australia though… I’m so jealous of you!!

    1. Allison

      October 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      I’m so sorry about the Amazon thing – that sucks! I’ve heard it’s hard to find things in Australia before.I’ve started buying some of my non-name brand type stuff direct from China, maybe that could be a good option :)

  • Val

    February 9, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Hi Allison,

    Thank you so much for all this good info! We live a forty minute drive from the nearest city, up here in Central Alberta. Winter driving is crazy, making it an especially good time of year to shop online. I’m a long-time Amazon shopper, although I have yet to try Prime. After reading your post, I think I may give it a shot. I compare the prices at Amazon with those at stores like Staples, Lowe’s and HD, and Amazon’s are pretty comparable. I like to factor in what it would set me back in gas and time spent going to the city, and the winner is always: “Sign in using our secure server”!

    Have a great day Allison!
    Val @ artsybuildinglady.blogspot.ca

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