Amazon Prime for an Easier Life and Better Blogging
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.
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.
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.
- 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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