Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Broke Student Toolkit: Amazon Prime

I'm starting a series of entries called Broke Student Toolkit, where I talk about helpful things to know about as a Broke Student - things that you can put in your metaphorical Broke Student Toolkit to use whenever you need them. It will cover everything from websites that give deals for students, to ways to manage your money, to free music and movies online. Today, we'll start with Amazon Prime.

Log onto Amazon.com, and you'll see a nice little note from the founder and CEO of Amazon about Amazon Prime, which is essentially a swanky, expensive subscription to Amazon that gets you free two-day shipping and tons of instant streaming free movies and TV shows. You might roll your eyes and scoff, "$79/year? That's ridiculous." And it is, because what kind of broke student could ever scrape up that kind of cash?

Well, you don't have to. Amazon Prime is FREE for students for one year. All you have to do is sign up with your .edu email address at Amazon Student. And ta-da! Now you can order your textbooks 2 days before you need them, and get them shipped FREE. And you can spend those 2 days watching Sesame Street or whatever you're into watching. (I prefer Spongebob, but to each their own). It's awesome. Mine expires in September, so I'll be ordering my textbooks early this year - which is good, since that's the best way to get them for cheap!

More reasons to use Amazon:
1. Cheap textbook prices
2. Free music downloads
3. Earn Amazon Gift Cards at Swagbucks.com - read this how-to guide. Now EVERYTHING at Amazon is free!

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