Amazon.com has a lot more than just merchandises. Over the past few years, Amazon has really started getting into subscription services, many of which are super useful for our lives. All of these subscription services listed below offer a free trial period, so it won’t cost you a penny to give them a try!
Amazon Prime Free Trial
Amazon Prime is probably the most popular Amazon subscription service out there. The power of the service is even more apparent because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I mean, who doesn’t appreciate the convenience of fast and free delivery for any product you purchase on Amazon?
The benefits go beyond fast and free delivery. You also get the following additional benefits that will likely make the $12.99 monthly subscription worthwhile:
- Access to prime eligible items
- Special discounts
- Scheduled, In-Home & In-Car Delivery
- ‘Try before you buy’ clothes
- Alexa Voice Shopping & Deals
- Savings at Whole Foods Market
- 20% off diapers, baby food & more
- Thousands of movies, TV shows & Amazon Originals included in your membership
- Over two million songs, ad-free
- 1,000+ eBooks, magazines, comics & audiobooks
- Early access to Kindle books each month
- Free Games & In-Game Loot with Twitch
Qualifying members with an EBT or Medicaid card
If you have an EBT or Medicaid card, you will also be eligible for Discounted Prime. Instead of $12.99 per month, your monthly subscription will be $5.99. That’s a whopping 78% discount!
Student discounts on Amazon Prime
If you are a student, you can also get a much better deal via Prime Student. This program offers students a 6-month free trial. After the trial ends, the monthly subscription will only be $6.49, which is a 50% discount off the regular price!
If you are a student and need more ideas on how to save on tuition, head to my article to find some tuition hacks!
Amazon Prime Gifting
There are two options to choose from:
- A 3-month membership for $39 ($12.99 per month)
- A 12-month membership for $119 ($9.90 per month)
Amazon will send your gift recipient an email on the day you choose along with redemption instructions. The gift recipient can start their Prime membership right away.
What if the recipient is already a Prime member?
Don’t worry, the gift can be exchanged for an Amazon.com Gift Card in the value of the original gift purchase price plus any applicable sales taxes paid.
Will my credit card be automatically charged after the membership expires?
No. The gift membership does not automatically renew.
If there is a special day coming up, a Prime membership will certainly be a great gift that your loved ones will appreciate.
Amazon Music Unlimited Free Trial
Here are what Amazon Music Unlimited provides:
- On-demand and ad-free music
- Unlimited access to any songs
- Listen offline with unlimited skips
- Podcasts for you to follow
The monthly cost will be $9.99 per month plus any taxes after your trial.
Audible Free Trial
Are you a fan of listening to stories and podcasts instead of reading? If so, then a monthly subscription to Audible may be the right service for you.
Audible comes in two plans:
An Audible Plus membership gives you access to the Audible Plus Catalog, where you can select from thousands of Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts including exclusive series.
The monthly fee after the trial ends is $7.95.
Audible Premium Plus
If you are looking for an even better selection, then you will want to try Audible Premium Plus. In addition to having access to the Audible Plus Catalog, you will also enjoy the following benefits:
- A monthly credit to buy any title in our entire premium selection, regardless of price.
- 30% off all additional premium selection titles you want, plus access to exclusive sales.
The monthly subscription will be $14.95 after the trial ends.
Additional benefits for Prime members to try Audible
Amazon does offer additional benefits for Prime Members. Amazon Prime members are invited to start an Audible trial with 2 credits (1 credit = 1 title) that can be used on any titles from our premium selection.
After trial, all members receive 1 credit per month.
You also have the option of gifting Audible Premium Plus memberships. You have the following four options:
- A 1-month membership for $15
- 3-month for $45
- 6-month for $90
- 12-month for $150
How does Audible gifting work?
After you make the purchase, Amazon will send your gift recipient an email on the day you choose along with redemption instructions. You can also print and give it directly based on the option you select.
The gift recipient can start their Audible Premium Plus membership right away.
What if the gift recipient is already an Audible member?
Current Audible members will receive all credits from a redeemed gift membership at once. Their current plan will not be extended or interrupted.
Purchase stand-alone Audible books
If you’d like, you can also purchase stand-alone Audible books on Amazon.
Kindle Unlimited Free Trial
Kindle Unlimited is an Amazon subscription service that gives you access to borrow from a large selection of titles, all WITHOUT DUE DATES! The service provides you access to a significantly greater number of digital books than your local library. You can also read many ebooks by self-publishers that are exclusive to Amazon.
Using Kindle Unlimited is easy and straightforward. No longer do you have to go to the local library to pick up and return books. All you need to do is to select the books (up to 10 each time) you want to read, download them, and there you go! If you don’t like them, not a problem. Click “return” and the books will disappear into the thin air as fast as they first showed up on your device.
The membership will be renewed at $9.99 per month afterwards.
Kindle Unlimited Gifting
Similar to Prime and Audible, Kindle Unlimited can also be a great gift to the readers in your life. When it comes to gifting, there are three Kindle Unlimited gifting options:
- A 6-month membership for $59.94
- 12-month for $119.88
- 24-month for $239.76
Kindle Unlimited is currently doing an offer on all the gifting options above. You can get 20%, 33% and 40% off for each of the options above, respectively.
Here are the final costs for the memberships if you decide to purchase them today:
- A 6-month membership for $47.86 (20% off)
- 12-month for $80.30 (33% off)
- 24-month for $143.80 (40% off)
Purchase stand-alone Kindle books
If you’d like, you can also purchase stand-alone Kindle books on Amazon.
Read anytime, anywhere with the Kindle app with Kindle Unlimited!
Amazon Kids+ (formerly FreeTime Unlimited) Free Trial
Amazon Kids+ subscription service provides unlimited access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, games and premium kid’s skills.
It offers peace of mind for parents as well
Are you worried that kids will be glued to the screen all day? Don’t worry! Parents do receive access to easy-to-use parental controls that allow you to find the right balance between education and entertainment.
Parents can personalize screen time limits, set educational goals, filter age-appropriate content, and also manage web browsing and content usage based on their preferences.
After the trial ends, the subscription fee starts at $2.99 a month for existing Prime Members and $4.99 a month for non-Prime members. You can also purchase a 1-year prepaid plan for $69 ($99 for non-Prime members).
I hope this post has inspired you to give some of these services a try (at no cost to you!). If you find them useful and add to your life, great! Continue using them. Otherwise, remember to set a reminder in your calendar to cancel when your trial period is over!
Bella Wanana is the blogger behind bellawanana.com, a personal finance and lifestyle blog. She loves sharing with her readers the best tips and tricks on personal finance and how to live a balanced but fulfilling life. She is also a freelance writer, and she has been featured on sites like MSN.com, Reader’s Digest, The Financial Diet, Yahoo Finance, and GOBankingRates.