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Get Amazon Prime for the $79 Price Before the Price Increases on 3/20/14

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by Cassie on March 17, 2014

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Amazon Prime has been a part of our family for a few years.

You might think that as The Thrifty Couple, our decision to spend $79 for the Prime Membership would seem like an unwise investment.

But after discussing it, researching it and realizing just how much we use Amazon for purchases from foods (non-perishables of course), household, gifts, diapers, everyday needed items and more, we finally made the dive to purchasing Amazon Prime.

And each year that it has come up, we have renewed it without hesitation because each year we have received that much value out of it – and more!.

Here’s what we have appreciated:

  • It’s easy to shop online for things we need.
  • Amazon’s prices have always been competitive and we only order on Amazon when it is not cheaper anywhere else.  When the time comes to purchase – in the course of our research on specific items – Amazon’s price is almost always cheaper, thus we purchase through Amazon and receive it in 2 days or less.
  • Shipping is free and Prime Eligible arrives in 2 days! That is HUGE! With how much work it takes to run errands, I often can order on Amazon and have it here before I can actually make it to Walmart or other store.  Our schedule, homeschooling and 5 kids does not make it easy to hop in the car and grab something quick.
  • Shipping is free, even if you buy a single $1 item on eligible items! There is no order minimum! This alone saved us the price of the annual membership.  In the past, we would need something that would be cheaper on Amazon, but we would buy a few other items to get to the free shipping threshold (thus causing us to potentially buy items we didn’t really need).  With Amazon Prime, we can buy a cheap item when it drops to a low price and not have to put other things in our cart.
  • Pay only $3.99 for overnight delivery. On rare occasions we have actually paid the $3.99 for next day delivery (always an option on Prime eligible items).  This has been crucial on specific items that we needed fast (next day) but was able to save a lot compared to other stores even considering the additional shipping charge.
  • We have appreciated the free entertainment: movies and television shows.  Seriously, they have over 40,000 Prime movies and television shows.  We haven’t rented a movie in forever! The selection will also change here and there to have new options too! What this means, we don’t need to invest in cable television, rarely rent movies, and no need to purchase a DVR and DVR service so that we can watch many of our favorite shows on our time!  For example, we finally started watching Downton Abbey this year.  We started from Season 1 and all seasons were totally free to watch on our time, until the last season (which will probably be Prime once the next seasons starts). Considering that an annual Netflix subscription is $96, this is sorta a no-brainer as to going with Amazon instead!
  • If you have a Kindle, there are 500,000 titles that you can borrow for free to read on your Kindle each month.
  • The prices of foods and household in bulk are the same as a Costco or Sam’s Club and this means that you can get the warehouse prices with your Prime Membership too, but shop from home and have it at your door in 2-days or less.  Many times, we receive the product the next day!

So there’s a handful of reasons why we have appreciated our Amazon Prime membership that we have paid $79 a year for.  Well, we also received this email from Amazon about the price increase from $79 – $99.  We read it and of course we were disappointed (who cheers for a price increase?!), but realize it is not a show-stopper for us and we will continue after ours expires and renew at $99 because the benefits are still unmatched.

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We honestly are amazed they haven’t increased their costs in nine years – wow!  And that’s even considering the cost of adding all the free content and streaming included as part of this membership.

The price officially increases from $79 to $99 on Friday, March 20, 2014.  But you can get it for the $79 price if you purchase or start a free 30-day trial (as of the publishing of this article, Amazon still shows that your Prime membership will charge you the $79 at the end of the trial – so that may stay the same if your trial was started before the increase).  Either way, if you’ve been on the edge on whether you want to give Amazon Prime a try, it might be a good time to consider it!
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Head to the Amazon Prime page HERE for more information and to start a free trial!

Do you have Amazon Prime?  Why or why not and do you think the benefits are worth it?  

Alex & Cassie
 

Free Printable and Digital Grocery Shopping Lists with Coupon Matchups For Your Everyday Use to Get The Best Deals

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by Cassie on February 5, 2014

Do you grocery shop?  Well, then we have great news for you!

Visit our Grocery store section of our site to find your grocery stores’ shopping lists with coupon matchups!

This is a part of our site that is available to you all of the time whenever you are getting ready to go to the grocery, drugstores or even the national super stores to get the most bang for your buck as we provide and easy to use star rating system for many, many stores and links to other stores as well!

We feel that groceries are the best and first place to save as it is something that you cannot avoid buying and these lists help you so that you can save around 50% quickly and easily! You have to eat! So we have really tried to make this part of our site as user friendly and helpful as possible!

Although we post many articles, DIY and other fun thrifty ideas on our site – Please know that these grocery lists are always available everyday for use when you need them and they are current whenever the next store sale starts.  And even though we don’t highlight them frequently – we did want to remind you today that they are there ;)

Many of the grocery stores nationwide as well as the shopping lists for Walmart, Target, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens are found in the drop-down menu that looks like this:

See our previous post HERE on instructions on how to use this list!

In addition, below this drop down menu you will find links to additional shopping helper options like our free favorite grocery store app to help you save 30-70% with or without coupons!

Head to the Grocery Store Shopping Lists with Coupon Matchups section of our site HERE!

In the future – you can find this section of our site on the right hand side by clicking on the image that looks like this:

One final thought – you can also always utilize our Coupon Database found HERE (and on the right hand side of our site) to locate any coupons that you are looking for to help you save everyday as well!

Happy Grocery Shopping and Saving Everyday!

Alex & Cassie
 

Reminder: Get Your Free Printable Grocery Shopping List With Coupon Matchups To Help You Save $$ At The Grocery Stores

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by Cassie on August 14, 2013

Have you visited and used the grocery shopping lists with coupon matchups here on our site.  This is a reminder that it is there for you to use when you get ready to go grocery shopping!

We don’t put it in posts much, but we wanted to remind you to visit our Grocery store section of our site to find your grocery stores’ shopping lists with coupon matchups! This is a part of our site that is available to you all of the time whenever you are getting ready to go to the grocery, drugstores or even the national super stores to get the most bang for your buck as we provide and easy to use star rating system for many, many stores and links to other stores as well!

We feel that groceries are the best and first place to save as it is something that you cannot avoid buying! You have to eat! So we have really tried to make this part of our site as user friendly and helpful as possible!

Although we are posting articles, some deals and financial information - Please know that these grocery lists are always available everyday for use when you need them.  And even though we don’t highlight them frequently – we did want to remind you today that they are there ;)

Many of the grocery stores nationwide as well as the shopping lists for Walmart, Target, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens are found in the drop-down menu that looks like this:

See our previous post HERE on instructions on how to use this list!

In addition, below this drop down menu you will find links to additional stores shopping lists with coupon matchups for those stores that are not yet in our drop-down!

Head to the Grocery Store Shopping Lists with Coupon Matchups section of our site HERE!

In the future – you can find this section of our site on the right hand side by clicking on the image that looks like this:

One final thought – you can also always utilize our Coupon Database found HERE (and on the right hand side of our site) to locate any coupons that you are looking for to help you save everyday as well!

Happy Grocery Shopping and Saving Everyday!

Alex & Cassie
 

Here’s Some Things You Should Check Out

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by Cassie on March 6, 2013

We are going on vacation tomorrow.  Just Alex and I are leaving town, and the kids are having a vacation here at our home with grandma, grandpa and their aunt and uncle – they will be having loads of fun too!

But while we are gone, we are taking a blogging break.  We thought we would encourage you to take the time to explore some things on our site that you may not have seen or that it has been a while since you have seen.

In fact, we have thousands of posts per year on all things frugal (dozens per week) to help everyone where ever they are at. We know that not all posts will apply to everyone but we hope and pray that many of the things we post and talk about are a blessing to you and your family in some way.

We actually try to be as transparent, real and honest with our readers.  Here’s some fun things to check out: (We actually have over 10,000 posts over the course of the last few years blogging, but this will be some ideas on where to visit to get to know us and explore our site while we are gone!)


We encourage you to check out our Deep in Debt to Debt Free series HERE in which we share our story – all the way from how we got ourselves into $100K of consumer debt to how we started to wake up and realize just how deep the hole was from our debt.  As you can tell, its a work in progress and we’ll keep sharing more in months to come.

After that, we encourage you to read the Why and What we did to pay off $100K of consumer debt:


How Our Crash-Diet Budget Crashed Our Budget
The Financial Controversy: Crash-Diet Mentality vs the Healthy Diet for Establishing Long-Lasting Change
Time for Some Financial Ground Rules: Every Battle Requires Some Rules of Engagement
Our Personal, Secret 2 by 2 Formula We Used to Pay Off Over $100K of Consumer Debt <== The heart of the plan

For more frugal ideas, see these too!


Check out our Be Intentional Challenges HERE designed to make you more productive, efficient, have more energy and change your life so you can accomplish your financial goals.  This covers so many things, but it also includes several downloads and our home binder information to make your life easier and more successful!

Check out our SOS Miracle Kitchen Mix HERE for a frugal and simple meal and kitchen planning!

Check out our Building Better Breakfasts for Less page HERE

We have dozens and dozens of articles on many, many topics! We encourage you to explore our home page HERE to find these fun articles and ways to save from how to cut your homeowners insurance, storing foods in the freezer basics, making your own facial toner, homemade laundry detergent, how to get out of debt the easy way, find $780 in extra cash right now and everything in between! Check out this part of our site HERE called Daily Dose of Thrifty that houses a lot of miscellaneous information and then visit our homepage HERE for even more findings!
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Alex & Cassie
 

With Holiday Meal Plans and Everyday Eating, Don’t Forget About Our Printable Grocery Shopping Lists with Coupon Matchups

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by Cassie on November 14, 2012

With Thanksgiving just over a week away on with grocery store sales needed more than ever this time of year, we wanted to remind you to visit our Grocery store section of our site to find your grocery stores’ shopping lists with coupon matchups! This is a part of our site that is available to you all of the time whenever you are getting ready to go to the grocery, drugstores or even the national super stores to get the most bang for your buck as we provide an easy to use star rating system for many, many stores and links to other stores as well! These lists may be different than many you have seen, but these are the lists we have used for several years and still use today.  These lists are made with the store’s ad and the coupons that were available at the time the ad were made, so they are pretty complete.  The posts on our blog each day will highlight extra coupons and deals that come out since the time these lists were made.  Between the two, you should get some good savings!

We feel that groceries are the best and first place to save as it is something that you cannot avoid buying and these lists help you so that you can save around 50% quickly and easily! You have to eat! So we have really tried to make this part of our site as user friendly and helpful as possible!

Although we post deal after deal from FREEBIES to online and more on our site – Please know that these grocery lists are always available everyday for use when you need them and they are current whenever the next store sale starts.  And even though we don’t highlight them frequently – we did want to remind you today that they are there for you to access ;)

Many of the grocery stores nationwide as well as the shopping lists for Walmart, Target, CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens are found in the drop-down menu that looks like this:

See our previous post HERE on instructions on how to use this list!

Head to the Grocery Store Shopping Lists with Coupon Matchups section of our site HERE!

In the future – you can find this section of our site on the right hand side by clicking on the image that looks like this:

Another thought – you can also always utilize our Coupon Database found HERE (and on the right hand side of our site) to locate any coupons that you are looking for to help you save everyday as well!

So while you are making final menu planning preparations and even figuing out what to buy for the food banks right now, we hope these lists are of help to you!

Happy Grocery Shopping and Saving Everyday!

Alex & Cassie