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How to save despite the Amazon Prime price increase

Even if you’re not a regular Amazon shopper, you’ve heard the news. The online giant is raising the price of Prime membership from $119 to $139 on March 22, the first hike in almost 4 years.

Although the increase isn’t out of character for Amazon, which has raised the Prime membership cost periodically since 2005, many people were taken aback by the announcement. As a result, Amazon shoppers are pivoting to find new ways to save money and offset the increase, from leveraging subscriptions to signing up for the Amazon Treasure Truck.

What to know about the Amazon Prime price hike

What is the new Amazon Prime price?

Amazon Prime membership will rise to $139 annually or $15 monthly for existing members starting on the date of their next renewal after March 22. However, if you were looking into a monthly or annual membership for the original price, you still have time to register. New members need to sign up before Feb. 18 to take advantage of the current annual price of $119.

Although Amazon attributed part of the increase to supply chain snags last year and rising costs, the company says that the hike comes with expanded benefits. Amazon has yet to release a definitive list of those benefits. Still, there is some indication they include improved delivery times with a rapidly growing number of Amazon distribution centers nationwide.

Is it worth having Amazon Prime?

Even with the upcoming increase, many Amazon shoppers feel Prime membership remains well worth the price for free 2-day shipping on millions of eligible items, from toys to tech. It also includes easy returns, Prime Video, Amazon Prime Music and access to exclusive deals and shopping events.

How to save after the Amazon Prime increase

There are several ways Amazon Prime members can offset the increase by saving in other ways when they shop. 

  • Subscriptions: Subscribe & Save lets members sign up for auto-deliveries on eligible products, and when you receive five or more products, you save up to 15% off.
  • Amazon Treasure Truck: The Treasure Truck is Amazon’s curated collection of super deals on top products that are only available for a few hours or until they sell out. 
  • Daily deals: Today’s Deals offer a department-by-department rundown of trending deals, including Deals of the Day that average 25% to 50% off. 
  • Amazon Day Delivery: When you select your Amazon Day Delivery for eligible products, you’ll earn $1 in rewards that you can apply to select digital items. The promotion runs through Jun. 15, 2022. 
  • Price tracker: CamelCamelCamel, an Amazon price tracker, lets shoppers look up price fluctuations on millions of products to determine worthwhile deals.  

Prime prices are going up, but these top products on Amazon are on sale right now

Amazon Fire TV 65-Inch Omni Series 4K UHD

Amazon Fire TV 65-Inch Omni Series 4K UHD

This Fire TV has built-in Alexa, which means easy, hands-free navigation. It has a brilliant, bright display that brings sports, action movies and video games to life. 

Sold by Amazon

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition

The Signature Edition Kindle offers a realistic reading experience with a 300 ppi glare-free screen and adjustable light. The device is optimized for convenient wireless charging. 

Sold by Amazon

Fitbit Luxe

Fitbit Luxe 

The new Fitbit Luxe, a sophisticated design, helps users stay in tune with their bodies. The fitness tracker is equipped with stress management tools and comes with a 6-month trial of Fitbit Premium.

Sold by Amazon

Ninja Mega Kitchen System

Ninja Mega Kitchen System

Ninja’s comprehensive set handles everyday chopping and blending, from making smoothies to slicing root vegetables. It comes with a pair of 16-ounce travel cups to enjoy drinks on the go.

Sold by Amazon

Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym

Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym

The dynamic Bowflex home gym offers 25 exercises and over 200 pounds of resistance through an integrated pulley system. It folds for storage, making it ideal for garages and small spaces. 

Sold by Amazon

 

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