Amazon normally charges $120 a year for Prime. But you don’t have to pay that much to get access to the sales this Prime Day on July 15 and 16. There are some cheaper (even free!) ways to score Prime.
Anyone: Get 30 Days of Free Amazon Prime
If you’ve never signed up for Amazon Prime before—or maybe even if you have—you can get a free 30-day subscription. That’s enough time to shop the Prime Day deals on Amazon and then cancel the subscription later, if you don’t want to pay.
We’ve seen reports that Amazon offers this free trial to people who haven’t paid for Amazon Prime in the last 12 months, too. If you have a lapsed Prime membership, visit the Prime sign-up page and see if Amazon offers you a free trial once again.
After your 30 days, Amazon will automatically upgrade you to a paid subscription. Be sure to cancel auto-renewal if you don’t want to keep it.
Students: Get Six Months of Free Prime
Amazon offers six free months of Prime for students. Amazon will verify you’re a student by sending an email to a .edu email address you control.
After that, the Prime Student membership will renew at either $59 a year or $6.49 per month—about half the cost of a standard Prime subscription. You can keep it at this lower price or cancel auto-renew to prevent Amazon from billing you.
EBT or Medicaid: Get Prime for Half Price
If you have an EBT or Medicaid card, Amazon will let you sign up for a cheaper Prime membership. You’ll get the same 30-day free trial anyone else can get. Amazon will then bill you $5.99 per month for Prime.
That’s about half the cost of a standard Prime subscription, which usually costs $12.99 a month or $119 a year.