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Here’s how to get Amazon Prime for free — or at a major discount — right now

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Amazon Prime Day – a massive two-day sale on the site – will take place on July 12-13, 2022. But to take advantage of the many deals Amazon is offering, you need to be a Prime member. Amazon Prime is Amazon’s subscription service that offers perks like free one- and two-day shipping on millions of items; Free access to thousands of TV shows, movies and songs; Special deals and more. Amazon Prime is regularly priced at $139 per year or $14.99 per month, but there are many ways to get it for free (including a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime here) or at a deep discount.

Get a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime (cancellation at any time)
If you just want to sign up for the Prime Day deals, you can do a 30-day free trial now and cancel before the trial starts if you don’t want to continue. After your trial, Prime costs $14.99 per month. A Prime trial is a great way to see if you like and use the benefits of Prime (this MarketWatch picks guide breaks down who Prime makes sense to). If you order several times a month and in small quantities from Amazon, it’s only worth the free shipping; If you’re an infrequent shopper on Amazon, it might not be. Get a free 30-day trial here.

Score a 6-month free trial of Amazon Prime (If you have a .edu email address) Students with a .edu email address can get this deal and you get six months free when you sign up, then you pay a discounted rate of $7.49 per month. This membership comes with the usual Prime perks, including free food delivery through Grubhub, flight discounts and more. Get a free 6 month trial here.

Get Amazon Prime for $6.99 a month (If you are on government assistance)
If you’re on government assistance and have an EBT card (you’ll need to snap a photo of it), you can get this discounted rate. You will need to qualify every 12 months to keep this low rate. Get Amazon Prime for $6.99 a month here.

Choose a monthly plan and cancel when you’re done shopping
When you sign up for Prime, you can usually cancel at any time. So, let’s say you want to shop on a holiday or a prime day; Sign up for Prime for $14.99 a month (it comes with a 30-day free trial), and then cancel after you shop. Sign up here.

Pay for your Prime membership with the gift cards you earn
Various sites pay users in Amazon gift cards, which you can then use to pay for your Prime membership. A couple to consider: Gazelle.com (you can sell your old electronics on Gazelle) and cash-back site Ibotta.

Join the Amazon household
With Amazon Household you can access other people’s Amazon Prime benefits at no charge. The service allows anyone with Prime to add another adult, teen or their child to their account for free. Then, you both get prime benefits like free shipping and access to digital content.

Skip the principal altogether
Not everyone needs Prime: In fact, you can still shop on Amazon and get free shipping without it, as Amazon ships qualifying orders of $25 or more for free. You don’t need to be a Prime member to snag the Subscribe and Save deals. Subscribe and save, and you’ll get approximately 15% off on select items delivered to your home on a regular basis.

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