Amazon Prime is Cheaper than Netflix {With Better Benefits!!}

November 5, 2014 38 Comments | Disclosure

In order to get FREE Super Saver Shipping, you now have to spend $35!!  With Prime, there is no Minimum Purchase! And there are so many fab new Benefits!

Amazon Prime Benefits

I’ve been a member of Amazon Mom for 2 years now.  I LOVE the free shipping benefits.  They saved Christmas!  I was able to shop from home on about 95% of our gifts, and not only did I save gas, I also saved time!  And by combining Amazon Prime shipping and the FAB Amazon Deals we post about I got some killer deals!

Being a Amazon Prime member has some GREAT benefits:


Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom

Instant Videos are available for instant streaming on Kindle Fire HD, as well as Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, iPad, Roku, and on hundreds of TVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, and on the Web.

The $99 cost for Amazon Prime

  • In order to get FREE Super Saver Shipping, you now have to spend $35!!  With Prime, there is no Minimum Purchase!
  • $99 averages to $8.25 per month
  • You can get a FREE 30-day trial membership for Amazon Prime, which means the $99 is actually for 13 months, which is $7.66 per month.
  • Netflix costs $7.99 per month.  Switching from Netflix to Amazon Prime saves you money, without any of the other perks!  I personally think Amazon Instant Video has a better selection than Netflix, but you can check out this list for yourself, before making any commitments.  The ones here are Eligible For FREE instant Streaming with your Prime MembershipNewer movies include Hunger Games, Expendibles 2, Avengers, oh, and did I mention they have the EXCLUSIVE rights to Downton Abbey?
  • You get FREE 2-Day shipping on items purchased from or fulfilled by!
    That means anything that say “eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25″ will ship for FREE, with no minimum purchase and no limit on how many orders!!  I don’t remember the last time I paid to ship something.  It’s fantastic!  Shipping a single order via 2-day shipping will have costs STARTING at around $10 a package, and that’s if you get a deal!
  • Are you in a hurry to get something?  Amazon Prime members can upgrade to one day shipping for their Prime eligible orders for only $3.99!
  • Amazon Prime members have access to the Kindle Lending Library, which allows you to borrow 1 book per month for FREE!  You can read it on your Kindle, or from any of your devices with a Kindle App on them!
    Download one of the free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on all your devices. The Kindle app is available for every major smartphone, tablet, and computer. That means with the free Kindle Reading apps, you can buy a Kindle book once, and read it on any device with the Kindle app installed. And of course, you can also read that same Kindle book on a Kindle, Kindle Touch, or Kindle Fire if you own one.  (I LOVE my Kindle Fire…)
  • You can share your Amazon Prime Shipping Benefits with 4 family members (who do not need to live in your same house).  $99 split 5 ways is  only $20.00 a person (plus YOU get all the other benefits).
  • Amazon Prime Members have Amazon Cloud Drive which provides unlimited secure online storage, automatic photo backup, and lets you access your photos anywhere: on your phone, computer, tablet, or any Fire device.
  • The Kindle First Program gives Amazon Prime Members their choice of 4 highly rated books free each month!
  • Prime Music gives Amazon Prime Members access to over a million songs that they can listen to free online or offline!  And now there are Prime Stations that you can personalize to your own taste with unlimited skips and no ads and no extra cost!


  1. CouponCrazy says:

    I am confused about this though because when you visit the website it looks like you have to purchase shows, etc. For example, New Girl says to buy for $1.99. Does this go away and become free once you have amazon prime?

    • I have Prime and New Girl wasn’t free for me.

      • You can watch New Girl on for free, they only do so many and you have to wait a week for the latest episode. You can also watch pretty much all of nbc’s and cbs’s shows on their websites as well.

  2. Kimberly says:

    I have prime, and I love it, but I did not know I could share my free shipping. Thanks for the info!

  3. Can you stream different movies and/or shows to different tvs using a Roku/Wii/Blue Ray player?

    Also the new movies (like We Bought a Zoo) free to stream with Prime?

    Thank you.

    • According to Amazon, you can stream up to two DIFFERENT movies/tv shows at once using different devices.

      “You may stream up to two videos at the same time using the same account. You may stream the same video to no more than one device at a time. ”

      I’ve been really impressed with Amazon’s growing library of Prime-eligible content. I ditched cable a few years ago and do not miss it one bit.

  4. Can I stream from our Wii?

    • Frances says:

      You can stream to your Wii. You just need to download the Amazon Instant Video App.

    • Yes, you can stream from your Wii. You just go to the Wii store and download the Amazon Video app for free.

  5. I love my Amazon Prime but would like more info about the free shipping sharing. I didn’t know we could do this and I would love to know how.

    Thanks for sharing all your great info.

  6. It looks like the Amazon prime can only be shared with four family members living in the same household, or four co-workers shopping from the same account (presumably the same address). Sorry, I just looked at the Amazon website to find out this info.

  7. “You can read it on your Kindle, or from any of your devices with a Kindle App on them!”

    Actually, you cannot get the free kindle books with prime membership if you own an iPad with a Kindle app. You can only get them if you use the actual Kindle device. They don’t support the iPad Kindle app, which is a bummer.

  8. Even better than Amazon Mom is a student Amazon Prime account. After the first free year, it only costs $39 with all the benefits with a student .edu email– Its good for 4 years. My husband is a student parttime and I love the benefits.

  9. You had me at “Downton Abbey” :)

  10. I thought you couldn’t stream to an XBOX. When we first looked into purchasing Netflix or Prime, it wasn’t able to stream to your xbox – we could only watch on our computers which doesn’t work for us. Has this changed?

  11. While I love my Amazon Prime account and we frequently (okay, all the time) watch shows with it, I would never give up Netflix. Most of the shows I like are on Netflix and I don’t have to pay, unlike Amazon. A lot of shows on there you have to rent.

    BTW, Downton Abbey is also on Hulu, Netflix and PBS. Amazon doesn’t have the exclusive rights to it.

    We use a Roku device to stream to our TVs and it works wonderfully! All the ones I mentioned can be streamed.

  12. Can you only stream through a computer? Not sure how to do it through my TV. Can you go through the Wii? Thanks

  13. Rebecca W. says:

    I am confused by your statement that Amazon Prime Sharing can be used for family members that do not have to be living in the same house. Following your link, it states that they must be in the same household. How can you share with others not in the same household, then?

  14. While the cost of Prime seems to be cheaper on the surface, their library of available streaming items is tiny compared to Netflix and Hulu Plus. We dropped cable quite some time ago and have been happy with a subscription to each. Also, the $79 fee for Amazon Prime only allows you to purchase something on Amazon with free shipping. While they do run sales on occasion, when I’m looking for something specific and not just buying because the price is already low, I rarely ever find the lowest price on Amazon. Another option for free two day shipping is Shoprunner. They cost the same and allow you to use their shipping at multiple locations. I’ve been weighing whether, if I prepaid for expedited shipping, I would go with Amazon Prime or Shoprunner. Right now, I’m leaning towards Shoprunner. Just my two cents. :)

  15. Amazon offers more then Netflix and is better business minded.

  16. Hi,

    It looks like their policies have changed. It now says that you can share your Prime benefits with up to 4 family members WHO LIVE IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD. In your description, it says they do not need to live in the same household. Am I missing something, or have their policies recently changed? I’m bummed if they have, but I don’t want to be sharing if I’m not supposed to!

  17. How do I get to the list of prime eligible videos before I sign up for prime?

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