Amazon Offers Prime Membership Discount to EBT Recipients
Amazon now offers discounted Prime service for people who receive government assistance!
People who access their benefits with an electronic benefit transfer card can register for a monthly membership that costs $5.99 per month, instead of the typical $10.99 per month or $99 per year. The discounted membership is only available on a monthly basis and can be canceled at any time. It includes free two-hour delivery with Prime Now
, Amazon Family’s discount on diaper subscriptions and Amazon’s full library of streaming movies, TV shows and music.
While 90% of Americans live fewer than 15 minutes away from a Walmart store by car, Amazon’s program eliminates the need for transportation to get to the store. Benefit recipients who have difficulty securing transportation or finding time to shop for their household needs might find it’s worth spending the $6 per month to have everything delivered to their doorstep.
The discounted membership option is designed to make Amazon’s everyday selection and savings more accessible for customers receiving government assistance, including the many conveniences and entertainment benefits of Prime. (The only exception is that “household sharing” of the account is not available with this type of Prime account.)
How to Get an Amazon Prime Membership Discount if You Receive Government Assistance:
To sign up, you must provide a valid EBT number. Your EBT funds can’t be used to pay for your membership; your EBT number only qualifies you for the discount. You can qualify every 12 months for up to four years. “Amazon will add other ways to qualify in the future for customers participating in government assistance programs that do not utilize EBT,” an Amazon press release noted.
In addition to unlimited fast, free two-day shipping on more than 50 million eligible items, Prime members also receive unlimited access to the following benefits at no additional cost:
- Prime Video: Unlimited access to tens of thousands of movies and TV shows
- Prime Music: More than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations
- Prime Photos: Unlimited photo storage to preserve family memories
- Prime Reading: A rotating selection of free e-books and magazines
- Audible Channels for Prime: Premium original podcasts, audio series and audiobooks exclusively from Audible
- Kindle First: A free pre-release e-book each month
- Twitch Prime: In-game loot on Twitch and 20 percent off pre-release digital games
- Early Access: Exclusive early access to select Lightning Deals
- Savings: Discounts on select products including 20 percent off diaper subscriptions
- Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery: One million products, order by noon and get them today in eligible zip codes
- Prime Now: Free two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items in eligible zip codes
And as usual, you can kick off your Prime membership with a free 30-day trial.