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10 Amazon Prime perks that you're probably not using but should

Your Prime membership can save a lot of time and money on daily essentials. Here's what you may be missing out on.

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Amazon is a go-to for almost anything. A few clicks and two or so days later, what you need is at your door. But your membership is worth much more than fast shipping. Prime Video and Prime Music, for Amazon Prime members, are just a few of the perks that make the annual cost worth it. 

Amazon has a few new programs that Prime users can benefit from, including Amazon Sidewalk, the auto-on broadband-sharing program for Amazon Echo speakers and Ring devices. But its shopping experience continues to be its bread and butter. And a few other services, like Amazon Pharmacy, may surprise you.

We've hacked through Amazon's jungle of services and savings to find the most useful programs and benefits that you can start using today.

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1. Over 2,500 free books and magazines 

Prime Reading is your own personal lending library that comes with a Prime membership. With a rotating selection of over 2,500 books and magazines, you can access Prime Reading with the Kindle app on your desktop or portable device or your Kindle e-reader. This Amazon service also lets you share titles with members of your household. Some books in Prime Reading come with Audible narrations so you can multitask while you listen. 

Prime Reading also includes First Reads, which gives members a sneak peek at books before they're released to the general public. 

Kindle Unlimited is a $10-a-month subscription service separate from an Amazon Prime account. It gives you unlimited access to more than 1 million ebooks and up to three magazine subscriptions on a Kindle device or Kindle app. 

2. Gift cards when you trade in used devices

Amazon is boarding the train to sustainability station, and it's something you can directly benefit from. With Amazon Trade-In, you can send back your used electronics in exchange for Amazon gift cards. Make sure to check on the eligibility of each product -- some trade-in options are only available for a limited time.   

3. Choose from the latest trends with Prime Wardrobe

Prime members can skip trips to the mall and order clothes for the next outing with Prime Wardrobe. Here's how it works: Choose up to eight items -- clothes, shoes or accessories. Keep them for up to seven days to see if you like them. Send back what you don't like for free and only pay for what you keep. Amazon's Prime Wardrobe is available for men, women, kids and babies. And if you're looking for a new style or need help deciding, you can try the styling service for personalized help starting at $4.99 per month. If you're not sure which clothing or shoes are eligible, look for the Prime Wardrobe icon. 

4. Discounts on preowned products

Amazon Renewed gives you access to products that may have been opened but unused by their original owners -- or were refurbished. Amazon assures that these preowned items work and look like new, coming with the Amazon Renewed Guarantee. A variety of products and brands are available, even from premium names like Apple and Vitamix. 

5. Amazon Warehouse discounts

Amazon Warehouse resells millions of like-new or preowned items that have been returned by customers. Some of the products only had their boxes opened by original purchasers before they were sent back, unused, so they're resold at a discount. While there's no regular manufacturing warranty on these products, they are backed by Amazon's 30-day return policy and 90-day renewed item return policy

To read more about how you can get the most out of Amazon Warehouse, check out our guide on shopping for the best Amazon Warehouse deals.

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6. Amazon Outlet's overstocked items

Just like a brick-and-mortar outlet store, but without the gas money. The Amazon Outlet features overstocked items and other products at discounted prices. Like at an outlet, you can find premium brands, items under $10 and products ranging from home furniture and clothing to books and pet supplies. It's a good place to stay within a budget while being the first owner, unlike some items in the Amazon Warehouse

Keep in mind that although the online shopping experience is convenient, just like an outlet, the best deals can take sifting to find. Luckily, you can do it from the couch. 

7. Limited-time Lightning Deals and discounts 

Amazon's Lightning Deals are a promotion where a product or service is on sale for a short period of time or until it's sold out. You can find them all throughout the site, but especially on Prime Day and in Today's Deals. On Prime Day, Lightning Deals are only for Prime members. 

There is one lightning deal per customer until the promotion ends or all the deals are claimed by other shoppers. You can join a waitlist for a deal, but keep in mind that these discounts are extremely time-sensitive, so grab them fast. Unless refreshing the page over and over is your thing, these deals aren't necessarily the tool to find something specific because of their fleeting nature and limited availability. 

8. 5GB of storage with Amazon Photos

Amazon's online shoebox for photos and videos offers secure and unlimited full-resolution photo storage plus 5GB of video for Prime members. To use this feature, you can choose to manually or automatically upload media in the Amazon Photos app. You can personalize the displays on Amazon devices like Fire TV, Echo Show and Fire tablets as long as you have the app. There are also ways to create keepsakes using the pictures you upload, such as custom cards and prints. 

With the Family Vault perk, up to five family members can share in the same plan. If you want more beyond what Prime offers, there are paid plans available. If you choose to switch -- which can be done anytime -- there is a 100GB option for $2 per month and 1TB plan for $7 per month.

9. Discounts on Whole Foods hauls

Healthy shopping can rack up the number at the bottom of the receipt. But if you enter your email address, phone number or scan the QR code on your Whole Foods Market app at checkout during your next grocery haul, Prime members receive discounts on select products. 

Blue tags indicate sales exclusive to Prime members, while yellow tags mean an extra 10% off of an item already on sale. This gets you discounts on weekly bestsellers, including produce, packaged goods and beauty products, but note that it excludes alcohol. The few cents saved on items may seem insignificant individually, but savings do add up at the end of the shopping trip. 

Also, if you don't want to make the trip across town, Amazon offers two-hour delivery of groceries for free, as long as you meet the minimum purchase amount. But if you don't mind the drive, there are also one-hour pickup windows depending on your location -- just remember to check in with the Amazon app to see if you need to enter the store. 

10. Get two-day delivery on medications with Amazon Pharmacy

If you refill at least one prescription on a regular basis and you're tired of going to the pharmacy, Amazon's Pharmacy may be a more convenient choice. Plus, Prime members may get lower prices on medicine. Amazon will handle the hassle of transferring prescriptions, and 24/7 pharmaceutical assistance is available. The pharmacy works with most insurance plans, but it is available in 45 states right now.

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