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While I think an Amazon Prime membership is totally worth it, I’m always trying to find ways to cut down costs where I can. After all, it’ll cost you $139 a year or $14.99 a month. I’ve talked about Amazon employee discounts along with Prime Student, but I wanted to dig into discounts for seniors.
Here’s what I found: there isn’t an official Amazon Prime senior discount. But, some eligible seniors can save up to 50% on the cost of their Amazon Prime membership or even receive special benefits. Just remember that there is a distinct eligibility factor, like if you’re on Medicaid or receive SNAP benefits.
This is more of a “create your own Amazon Prime senior discount” tutorial. Let’s talk more about it below.
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1. On Medicaid? Get an Amazon Prime membership for only $6.99 per month.
While there is no official Amazon Prime senior discount, Amazon has a discounted membership called Prime Access. With Prime Access, you’d only have to pay $6.99 a month versus the regular $14.99 a month. You can qualify for the program if you’re on Medicaid or any other qualifying government assistance program.
Here’s a full list of eligible assistance programs:
- SNAP: EBT program
- Direct Express Prepaid Debit Card
- TANF: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- TTANF: Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- NSLP: National School Lunch Program
- LIHEAP: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
- WIC: Women, Infants, and Children program
And here’s how to apply:
- Visit Amazon’s Prime Access application page.
- Enter your EBT number and state it was issued.
- Upload a photo of your eligibility card or eligibility letter.
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2. Use your SNAP card to shop for food on Amazon.
Again, this isn’t technically an Amazon Prime senior discount, but it’s worth mentioning if you receive SNAP benefits (aka food stamps).
After 2020, you could start using your SNAP benefits online, including on Amazon. I’m talking fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. This also includes bread, cereals, canned vegetables, and other pantry items. Really, anything you might be able to get at your local grocery store with your SNAP card is probably fair game with Amazon grocery shopping too. Just look for the “SNAP EBT Eligible” label when you’re shopping.
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3. Try Amazon Prime free for 30 days before you pay a dime.
Of course, this applies to anyone signing up for Prime for the first time, including seniors. You can use it for 30 days and cancel before your trial is over to see if you use it enough to justify the cost.
4. Is there an Amazon Prime AARP discount?
Unfortunately, no. Amazon offers the Prime Access discount for anyone on government assistance, along with an Amazon Student Discount, but no specific AARP discount.