Amazon Prime discount offered to people on food stamps!
Many readers ask us how to get low-income cable TV, and we’ve always had to tell them, “Sorry, there is no discount cable TV plan available.” Unfortunately that’s still the case, but now there’s great news on how to get discounted streaming TV, thanks to Amazon.
Amazon just announced that it is now offering a big discount on its Amazon Prime service to all low-income consumers who participate in the SNAP (food stamps) program and several other government assistance programs.
How big a discount? Well, as CBS News reports:
Customers who receive benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, can pay $5.99 per month for membership, which would include free shipping and unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video. The regular annual membership is $99 per year. But those who cannot afford to pay up front have to pay $10.99 a month for the same benefits.
Let’s be clear, Amazon Prime is not cable TV. Some people say it’s a great alternative to cable TV, but others say it’s much more, much better than anything cable TV has to offer. It’s a membership program that gives you access to streaming video, music, e-books, free shipping and lots of other Amazon services and deals.
Here’s how TechCrunch.com explains it:
The discounted membership will have all the perks associated with Prime, including free streaming video and music, free photo storage, access to the Kindle lending library, ability to shop from Amazon’s Essentials – the retailer’s low-cost line of everyday products, access to Prime Now (where available), and more.
More about all those Amazon Prime benefits
Let’s get specific about a few of the Amazon Prime benefits that you’d expect to get from a cable TV package. Here’s what residents of the United States and Puerto Rico get from Amazon Prime for just $5.99 per month:
Prime Video: Unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes, some free and some for a charge.
Prime Music: Unlimited, ad-free access to hundreds of Prime Playlists and more than a million songs.
Audible Channels for Prime: Access to Audible Channels, a $60/year value, for free. Audible Channels includes unlimited listening to original audio series and playlists. You’ll also receive access to about a gazillion streaming audiobooks including best sellers, family favorites, celebrity-narrated classics and more.
Amazon Music Unlimited: Get discounted monthly and annual Amazon Music Unlimited plans.
Video Add-On Subscriptions: You can purchase Video Add-on Subscriptions to premium content providers.
Pardon us if we sound like one of those infomercial pitchmen, “But wait! There’s more.” Video and audeo programming is just the beginning of what you get with an Amazon Prime membership.
Amazon Prime: So much more than cable TV
As if $5.99 per month weren’t a great deal for everything we’ve already mentioned, Amazon Prime offers you a lot more. For example:
- Free two-day shipping on eligible items to addresses in the contiguous U.S.
- Free same-day delivery in eligible zip codes.
- Prime Now: Free two-hour delivery or scheduled delivery on over 10,000 items, from groceries to electronics and more. Plus free delivery from your favorite local stores. (Note: Available in eligible zip codes only.)
- Amazon Restaurants: One-hour delivery from popular restaurants for Prime members in eligible ZIP codes.
- Prime Photos: Unlimited digital photo storage and enhanced search and organization features.
- Prime Pantry: Members can purchase and ship low-priced groceries, household and pet care items to addresses in the contiguous U.S. for a flat delivery fee of just $5.99 per package.
- Amazon Elements: You’ll get access to Amazon’s own line of everyday essentials.
- Prime Early Access: You’ll 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on amazon.com.
- Kindle Owners’ Lending Library: A great benefit for families with school age kids
- Prime Reading: Borrow books, magazines, and more from the Prime Reading catalog and read them on your Fire tablet, Kindle e-reader, or the Kindle reading apps for iOS and Android.
- Kindle First: Early access for members in the U.S. to download a new book for free every month from the Kindle First picks.
- Deals and Discounts from Amazon Family: Get 20% off diapers and other family goods and 15% off eligible products from your baby registry.
- Twitch Prime: Get exclusive discounts on physical games pre-orders and new releases. Twitch.tv users who link their Amazon Prime account get ad-free viewing on Twitch, a free Twitch channel subscription every month, and exclusive access to free game content.
At this point, your question has probably changed from “Where can I get cable TV?” to “Who needs cable TV when I can get Amazon Prime?” And we wouldn’t blame you.
Now all you have to do is qualify.
How to qualify
To qualify for this special discount, you must have a valid EBT card. That’s it. That’s all it takes.
That being said, you cannot pay for your Prime membership to with that card. Also keep in mind that while diamonds are forever, this offer isn’t. You can qualify for the Amazon Prime discount once per year for as many as four years.
To find out more or to enroll, just visit Amazon at this page.
UPDATE: Amazon Prime almost as popular as cable TV (and it’s growing a lot faster)
Just last week we just told you about amazon.com’s discount service for low-income Americans. Here’s a quick update from recode.com that shows just how popular Amazon Prime is becoming:
Someday soon, more U.S. households will be subscribers of Amazon Prime than cable or satellite TV, according to recent estimates of Amazon’s popular shipping and entertainment service.
According to estimates from Morningstar, nearly 79 million U.S. households now have an Amazon Prime membership*, up from around 66 million at the end of last year.
That compares to a projected 90 million U.S. households that will pay for cable or satellite TV this year, according to S&P Global.
Based on Amazon Prime’s rapid growth and the slow erosion of cable TV viewership, we estimate that households subscribing to Amazon Prime will surpass cable TV households within the next twelve months.