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For some time, I held out on getting an Amazon Prime membership. Fancying myself an advance planning wunderkind, I noticed no have to pay $100 a 12 months without spending a dime transport on issues I might get free transport on if I assumed forward and purchased them not less than two weeks upfront. How exhausting was that? After which I had a 3rd child, received a extra demanding job, and genuinely snicker at my former self’s hubris.

Now, as somebody whose children watch Prime Video day by day, who buys practically each birthday and Christmas present from Amazon (final minute), and sees {dollars} magically drop off my Complete Meals receipts throughout every go to, I’m the skeptic-turned-true-believer poster youngster for Amazon Prime membership. And whereas I don’t love the lately introduced membership worth enhance—I do know it’s value one other $1.66/month.

The small print of the value hike

Citing rising wages and transportation prices, Amazon introduced earlier this month that the price of their Amazon Prime membership will probably be rising from $119 to $139 yearly (for month-to-month subscribers, the price will enhance from $12.99 to $14.99/month). For brand spanking new subscribers, the value hike will take impact on Feb. 18, 2022, whereas current subscribers received’t see a rise till every time their subscription renews after March 25.

Relying on how a lot you employ Amazon’s companies—from free two-day transport and Prime Video entry to Attempt Earlier than You Purchase and limitless cloud storage on Amazon Pictures—the additional $20 per 12 months might appear anyplace from completely value it, to a cause to lastly cancel your subscription for good. (For reference, this 12 months’s hike from $119 to $139 yearly represents a 17% enhance. The final time Amazon Prime raised its annual subscription fee was in 2018; additionally a $20 rise).

Easy methods to lock in one other 12 months on the present fee

There’s a option to sport the system and lock within the $119 annual fee for not less than one other 12 months (or two), although. If you’re not already a member, subscribe earlier than Feb. 18. Whilst you’re there, buy your self a Prime Present Membership to be activated earlier than your common subscription auto-renews. As a new buyer, this may theoretically get you two years on the present fee.

For current Prime members, merely purchase a present membership earlier than Feb. 18. Then from the Amazon homepage, navigate to: Memberships and Subscriptions>Prime Membership Settings>Handle Membership to cancel auto-renewal (whether it is set to resume after March 25 on the greater fee). Be aware of your membership’s expiration date, and when it ends, promptly re-subscribe utilizing your present membership.

Theoretically, you may buy multiple Prime present membership for varied members of your loved ones and maintain the $119/12 months fee for a couple of years. We weren’t capable of finding any info on whether or not they expire, so you should definitely examine the superb print when buying.

  

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