The whole concept of paying a membership fee for the privilege of shopping somewhere has bothered me over the years.
After you read about my family's experience with one year of Amazon Prime, I don't care if you decide to sign up for a free 30-day membership, or not. But here's how I've always felt about "paid membership" kinds of things:
It doesn't always sit well with me when people tell me how much money I'll save...if only I will pay some more money to earn the privilege of saving money.
One year ago, we signed up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime membership.
We're talking completely FREE.
I thought I'd take advantage of it for the 30 days we had in our free trial membership, and then drop it like a hot potato right before the 30 days were up.
Well, you can probably guess what happened next.
I began to realize how much I could save in shipping fees on the items we normally order, if we did actually have an Amazon Prime membership. I didn't realize how much money we would be saving on shipping fees, though.
So...a few days ago, our first year with Amazon Prime membership ($79) had finished. I was able to print out a list of all of the items I'd purchased over the last 12 months. After figuring out the shipping costs for each item, I was shocked to learn that we would have paid $269.36 in shipping fees last year, just based on our normal ordering habits online. I was so surprised! My husband agreed that we should go ahead and renew our Amazon Prime membership, so we did.
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