(Updated 5/18/18) Does anybody actually pay the full $119 for a Prime membership? If you’re not hunting down an Amazon Prime discount before you sign-up, you’re clearly losing money. But I come with good news. I went out and found the best Prime discounts currently available, one of which will get you a 1-year membership for only $69. Hope this helps you save some money.
Here are all the smart ways to get an Amazon Prime membership discount. Never pay $119 a year when you have these great options at your disposal.
1. Use Ibotta to Get Prime for Only $89/year
For those of you still not familiar with the Ibotta app, it’s time to check it out.
Not only does it help you save a bunch of money at grocery stores via instant rebates, but now it helps you save on Amazon Prime. (Check out my full review of Ibotta.)
Ibotta recently started offering a $20 Amazon gift card when you sign-up for Prime bringing the price down to $99.
Next, they offer a $10 sign-up bonus for new Ibotta users once you redeem your first rebate, essentially bringing Prime down to $89 for your first year.
Click here to sign-up for Ibotta and score your $10 bonus and gain access to your Prime membership discount. After you sign-up and download the app, you’ll find the $20 Prime discount on the Amazon page within the Ibotta app.
Unfortunately, this $20 offer is only valid for new Prime members.
2. TopCashBack Offers Prime for $79/year
TopCashBack is a great cashback shopping website that gives 100% of their commissions back to their users. No other cashback site does that.
In addition to the their popular cashback features, they now help you save significantly on your Amazon Prime membership.
In particular, new Prime members will score a $15 Amazon gift card when signing up for Prime.
It works like this:
- Sign-up for TopCashBack if you aren’t already a member.
- Visit their Amazon page and click on “Get Cashback” next to the Prime offer.
- Simply sign-up for a 1-year Prime Membership and you’ll get $15 cash back added to your TopCashBack account.
- The $15 bucks could take up to to 2 weeks to show up in your account.
- Redeem your $15 via an Amazon gift card.
Also, through 10/16/17, TopCashBack is offering a $5 sign-up bonus for new members, bringing Prime down to $79 for your first year.
Let me know if you have any questions or issues with this offer as I have a contact at TCB that can help out.
3. SwagBucks Offers $15 Off Prime
SwagBucks offers a bunch of cool ways to earn money.
From online shopping, to taking surveys, to watching videos, SwagBucks will pay you to do all of these things. (Check out my full SwagBucks review.)
Now they’ll also give you a $15 Amazon Gift Card when you sign up for a 1-year Prime membership. Not valid for existing Prime members.
On top of that, when you sign-up for SwagBucks, you can get cashback on most of your Amazon purchases moving forward. Win win.
4. Get Prime Student for $6.49/month
If you’re currently enrolled in college and have a .edu email address be sure you DON’T pay full-price for a Prime membership.
Still not sure if Prime Student is for you? No worries, take advantage of their FREE 6-month trial and you’ll know for sure once your trial expires.
5. Amazon Prime Discount for EBT Holders
Recently Amazon offered a monthly discount of their Prime membership for EBT cardholders. Here are the details:
- Confirm Eligibility: Click here to confirm your eligibility, you’ll have to enter your EBT card number along with an image of your card.
- Prime at a Discount: Once you confirm eligibility, you’ll get Amazon Prime for only $5.99 per month (Compared to $10.99/month or $99 annually). That’s essentially a 46% discount, not too shabby.
- Cancel at Any Time: You can cancel at any time and are not under any contract.
- Cannot Share Your Membership: Unlike a regular Prime membership, you cannot share your Prime membership with family members.
- Must Re-Validate Your EBT Card Every 12 Months: Also, you can only re-validate your card 4 times. After your 4 years of discounted Prime are over you’re stuck paying full price.
Important Note: You cannot use your EBT card to pay for your Prime membership.
Do You Get All the Same Prime Benefits?
Yes. With this EBT Amazon Prime discount you get all the awesome benefits that come with Prime.
In addition to the free 2-day shipping on millions of items, you get everything else that comes with Prime.
This includes Prime Music, unlimited photo storage, Prime Video, Twitch Prime, Prime Kindle Reading, and free Amazon Audible channels.
Do You Still Get a Free 30-Day Trial?
Yes. If you have an EBT card you still get a 30-day free Prime trial.
So you really have nothing to lose. Try it out for 30 days and cancel if it’s not for you.
You’ll never be charged the $5.99 if you cancel within 30 days.
What Exactly is an EBT Card?
EBT stands for Electronic Benefits Transfer and the card works just like a debit or credit card.
The card is issued by the government and allows state and federal programs to easily add funds to your card.
You’ll probably qualify for this Amazon Prime discount if you’re enrolled in any of these programs:
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Other programs vary by state.
Bonus: Wait for Amazon Prime Day
Typically in July, Amazon Prime Day is the one day every year where Prime often goes on sale.
If you don’t need Prime right away, it could be worth waiting.
If it doesn’t go on sale this year, pay attention to other days where it will. Every year Prime goes on sale at least once, often to commemorate something “special” that Amazon has accomplished.
Ask the Reader: What Amazon Prime discount looks the most attractive to you? Bottom-line: Which ever you choose, NEVER pay the full $119 for a 1-year Prime membership.
By Kyle James