A couple years ago in November, my husband (then boyfriend) decided to try out Amazon Prime. I was aghast–Amazon wanted to charge us a yearly fee just to give us free shipping? But it was so easy at the time to get free shipping by ordering over $25 worth of stuff. They had a 30 day free trial, so his argument is we would just use it to buy Christmas presents and get the free 2-day shipping, and then at the end of the trial we would cancel it.
As you can probably guess by the fact that I am writing this post, we did not cancel the membership. The free shipping was incredibly convenient, and in addition to buying most of our Christmas presents on Amazon, we also started snagging deals on food, cleaning supplies, and more. And then we also discovered the free streaming video that comes with a Prime membership. That sealed the deal for us.
We are what you would call “cord-cutters” in that we do not pay for TV. Since both of us moved out on our own, we have never paid for cable. We’ve had streaming Netflix since it was available, but it wasn’t quite enough. Amazon Prime has filled that need for us.
In addition to having a ton of movies and TV shows that Netflix and Hulu don’t have, Amazon has a lot of exercise videos. We have always tried to save money and stay fit by taking advantage of streaming exercise videos. I especially enjoy yoga videos because it’s my preferred form of exercise, and yoga classes are so expensive in Chicago.
Amazon Prime offers so many streaming yoga classes for free as a part of the Prime Membership, that I can vary up my routine and find instructors I really like. I absolutely love it, and I feel like this is worth the price of the membership alone.
The nice thing is, Amazon offers a 30 day free trial so you can try it out before you join or just use it for a month, get your fill of free classes and the cancel without spending a dime.
Here are some of the classes I have enjoyed for free with my Amazon Prime Membership (and yes, some of them are not yoga :P):
So if you’re interested in staying fit without shelling out a lot of cash for a gym membership or a la carte yoga classes, try Amazon Prime. You’ll get the free videos, also free 2-day shipping, ad free streaming music (which means you don’t need a Spotify or Pandora subscriptions), cloud storage, and more.
Hey everyone! I know I don’t post much anymore, but I wanted to do a quick update today for anyone who still might be following along.
I paid off my student loans in full this week! This is immensely exciting as you will remember the total debt was once in 6 digits after a couple years of unemployment and deferring payments. There were many years when I was terrified about the amount of my debt and was worried about the effect it would have on my life going forward.
I am also pleased that I was able to pay off the rest of it on the eve of my 30th birthday. Now I am technically not a “thrifty 20-something” anymore, but I also have zero debt, so I am willing to make the trade.
For all of my readers out there that are still struggling with debt elimination and paying off their student loans, keep at it! Eventually, one day, you too will be debt free. And it feels wonderful once you’re finally there.
I recently upgraded to a smartphone after years of sticking with a “dumb phone” so I could have a lower cell phone bill. Now that I’ve upgraded and the weather is turning colder, I’m stuck with the problem of needing to use my iPhone outside in the cold, but not wanting to take my gloves off. And, of course, you can’t use a touch screen device with any old gloves. You need to buy gloves made of special conductive leather that is compatible with touch screens or feature fingertips made of conductive threads.
So I started researching thrifty and budget-friendly texting gloves and found out there are a lot of affordable options at $20 or less.
Here’s two I discovered:
Agloves Touch Screen Gloves
Agloves makes some of the cheapest smartphone gloves you’ll find online. This pair is a lightweight option that is perfect for warmer climates and budget-conscious shoppers. The knitted gloves are soft and warm, keeping your hands toasty while you text.
Agloves feature “10 finger touch” so every finger-tip is compatible with your GPS, eReader, ATMs and other electronics. You can do any gesture with your iPhone without taking your gloves off. Stay warm without breaking the bank.
Comes in Small/Medium and Medium/Large.
Glove.ly Solid Touch Screen Gloves
One of the best smartphone gloves on the market is also one of the most affordable. Glove.ly makes these cozy, insulated tech gloves for colder climates. Their proprietary Invisitouch material is touch screen compatible across the entire glove, allowing you to text, email, or tweet without exposing your hands to the cold.
Glove.ly’s genius doesn’t end there. The care label is made of microfiber material to clean smudges off your cell phone. Each glove also include a small magnet, making it easy to attach your gloves to each other so you never end up with a sad lonely glove.
Read about the rest of the cheap and affordable touch screen gloves.
I love reading. I’ve always bought and borrowed a lot of books, and the invention of eBooks has made it even easier for me to get the books I want to read instantly. When I went into the market for an eReader, I decided to buy an iPad because it allowed me to download as many different reading apps as I want so I can read eBooks from anywhere. One of the benefits of this is I can download the free Kindle Reading App and read tons of free and cheap eBooks, including free books from my Amazon Prime subscription.
The best thing about the Kindle Reading App (besides the fact that it is totally free and you do not need a Kindle to read the ebooks) is that you can used it one most devices, including PCs and smart phones. If you’re someone who reads on multiple devices (like I do) this means you can easily go from reading one book on your phone, to your tablet, to your computer and if you have wifi connection it will remember your place, your highlights, and your notes.
Once you download the Kindle Reading App you have access to any book available in the Kindle eBook Store,including Daily eBook Deals and thousands of free ebooks, so you can feed your reading addiction without breaking the bank.
If you are in the market for an eReader, Amazon offers their classic 6″ Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle Voyage for the basic reading experience. If you want a tablet, the 6″ Fire HD 6 has apps for reading, movies and TV, games, and more, for a complete entertainment experience.
I love Amazon Prime. We’ve had it for a couple years now and the free 2-day shipping, streaming TV and movies, free Kindle eBooks and free streaming music make it well worth the yearly fee for us, but for people on a budget you may not be able to afford the fee.
You’re in luck though because you can try Amazon Prime for free with their 30-Day Trial. Just go to their site to signup and if you don’t want to pay the $99 yearly fee, just cancel before the end of the 30-day trial.
Free Trial Amazon Mom
Maybe you’re interested in a Prime membership but you’re also a new parent. Well Amazon has you covered with Amazon Mom.
In addition to free 2-day shipping, and unlimited video and music streaming, you also receive 20% off diapers with Subscribe and Save and a 15% baby registry completion discount.
Just like Amazon Prime, you can signup for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Mom. If you decide you don’t want to pay the $99 yearly fee, just cancel before the end of the trial.
Free Amazon Student
If you’re a college student, you might be interested in Amazon Student. For their college student program, Amazon offers a 6-month free trial that includes free 2-day shipping for textbooks and more and exclusive deals.
If you want access to free streaming videos and free Kindle eBooks, you can upgrade to a discounted Amazon Prime membership for only $49 a year.