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What Is Really Included In Your Amazon Prime Membership

Amazon Prime Membership Benefits

So if you are like me then you probably don’t read most of the emails you get from companies you buy from. This includes Amazon. So unless it’s really brought to your attention, you may not know exactly what is included in your Amazon Prime membership beyond the couple of things your signed up for.

For the longest time I didn’t realize there was anything more than free prime shipping and prime video. I slowly started to learn about some other benefits, but I still didn’t realize the full extent of what you get with Prime. So when I recently posted about the new service Amazon is starting, the soon to be Amazon Wardrobe, I did quite a bit of research and discovered some things I didn’t know was available to Prime members. And since there seems to be such a big response to the posts I do about Amazon, I thought I would start talking about more of the things you can get through Prime and occasionally reviewing some of them as well as some of the add-on services you can sign up for.

The Cost Breakdown

I am guessing most of you know at least the basics of Amazon Prime. But just in case you didn’t here is a quick rundown. Amazon Prime will cost you $99.00 a year, or alternatively you can choose to pay monthly at $12.99. What many people may not know is that if you are a family that is on a tight budget and gets any sort of assistance through an EBT card, then you qualify for a discounted option called Prime Discounted Monthly Offering. If you don’t already have Prime, then you can get a 30 day free trial to either Amazon Prime or Prime Discounted.

The Basics

First, lets talk about the two things that I consider the basics of Amazon Prime. I think these are the benefits the average person is going to be more familiar with from Amazon, and it’s certainly what springs to mind for me first when I think of Prime. How familiar you are with other benefits are probably going to depend a bit on when you signed up for prime and if you read Amazon emails.

First you have Prime Shipping/Prime Delivery, where it all started. Now not everything on Amazon qualifies for Prime Shipping, but you will know what does by the bright blue Prime written out by the price. You can also narrow your searches to look for items only available with Prime Shipping. So what does Prime Shipping consist of? You get:

  • Free Two-Day Shipping: Millions of items delivered fast and free.
  • Free Same-Day and One-Day Delivery: Order in the morning to get free delivery before bedtime on more than 1 million items. Or get One-Day Delivery on qualifying orders placed by the afternoon in certain cities. Look for the Prime logo.
  • Prime Now: Skip the trip and get FREE 2-Hour Delivery on thousands of items.
  • Free Release-Date Delivery: Be among the first to get new video games, books, music, movies and more. Choose Release-Date Delivery on qualified items and receive your package by 7 p.m. on that date.
  • Free No-Rush Shipping: Don’t need your Prime order right away? Select No-Rush Shipping and earn rewards for future purchases.

So if you shop through Amazon a lot, getting a Prime Membership may be worth it for just Prime Shipping. It is definitely something to factor in if you are trying to decide when making the decision to purchase a membership.

The other service I consider a basic is Prime Video. Prime Video is a section in Amazon’s own streaming service that has thousands of movies and television shows you can watch for free with your Prime Membership. And just like Netflix and Hulu, Prime Video also has their own original content in addition to movies and shows that you may be familiar with from other sources. I highly recommend The Tick and Good Girls Revolt.

I feel the rest of the options you get with Prime can be put into one of three categories. There is shopping and entertainment extras that come with your Prime Membership, and then there are a group of things you can upgrade to.


Inside the category of shopping there is a really large range of perks that come with your Prime Membership. Here is what you get:

  • Early Access To Deals: Get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on
  • Prime Exclusives: Amazon’s hand-picked products offered exclusively to Prime members.
  • Alexa Voice Shopping: Shop for millions of items with Alexa and reorder the things you use most.
  • Alexa Voice Deals: Prime members can shop with Alexa and receive an additional discount on select deals.
  • Prime Pantry: Low-priced everyday essentials in everyday sizes delivered to your door for a flat delivery fee.
  • Amazon Family: Up to 20% off diapers and 15% off eligible products from your baby registry.
  • Amazon Elements For Prime: Enjoy access to Amazon’s own line of everyday essentials. (This is Amazon’s own line of natural products and vitamins.)
  • Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card: Eligible Prime members earn 5% Back every day on all purchases, in addition to rewards everywhere else you shop.
  • Amazon Prime Store Card: Eligible Prime members can get 5% back every day on purchases and access to exclusive financing offers.
  • Prime Reload: All Prime members can earn 2% rewards on their debit spending when they reload their Gift Card Balance with a checking account.
  • Amazon Dash: With a simple click, Prime members can use Dash Buttons to order favorite products.
  • Wickedly Prime: A line of distinctive food and beverages, available exclusively to Prime members. (This is Amazon’s own line of snacks and drinks.)

And while Amazon doesn’t list it on their page as a benefit for Prime Members, Prime Samples is also exclusively available to Prime Members. Prime Samples are a selection of products you can purchase in sample size, either individually or in sample boxes. Upon purchase you get a credit for the same amount to go towards purchasing a full size.


Obviously Prime Video would fit into the entertainment category, but we covered that in the basics of Amazon Prime. What else is there? Surprisingly quite a few things. Here is what you get:

  • Prime Music: Stream more than 2 million songs, plus thousands of playlists and stations.
  • Audible Channels: Unlimited listening to original audio series and playlists handcrafted for every interest.
  • Prime Reading: Prime Reading gives you unlimited access on any device to more than a thousand eBooks, popular magazines, comics, books with Audible narration and more.
  • Amazon First Reads: Read one of next month’s new releases now for free.
  • Washington Post Free Trial: For a limited time, enjoy unlimited access to The Washington Post with a six-month free trial.
  • Twitch Prime: Get free game content every month, ad-free Twitch viewing, Twitch Channel Subscription and more.
  • Prime Savings In Video Games: Prime members get exclusive discounts on pre-orders for PC, PlayStation 4, XBox One, Wii U, 3DS and more.
  • Prime Photos: Free unlimited photo storage for you and five others. Plus, upgraded search helps you find photos fast.
  • Share Your Prime Benefits: Link your account with one other adult to share shipping, streaming access to movies and TV shows, Audible Channels and more for free.

There are even a few great upgrades you can add to your Amazon Prime Membership.

If you really enjoy your Prime Music you can upgrade to Amazon Music Unlimited. You can get a 30 day free trial, and after that a membership start at $7.99 a month. Price will depend on which plan you pick. With the unlimited plan you get way more music choices, its ad free, and you get unlimited skips.

You can also upgrade Prime Video with various Amazon Channels. You can add HBO, Showtime, and/or Starz as well as a few other options. Additional channels cost between $4.99 and $14.99 a month. The great news is you do not have to have cable to subscribe, just Amazon Prime.

Amazon also has a special service you can upgrade to just for the kids. It’s called Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. It lets you have unlimited access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps and games. It costs $2.99 a month.

And finally there is Amazon Fresh. It is just $14.99 to add Amazon Fresh to your Prime Membership. This is Amazon’s grocery delivery service, and its only available in certain areas. Unfortunately it’s not available where I live at yet. With this service you will be able to place your grocery order and get it as soon as the next day without every having to leave your house. This just might be my dream come true, and I will definitely try this one out at least for a bit once it’s here.

As you can see there is a lot to Amazon Prime now. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post I want to start reviewing some of these perks and things you can get through them. I already have ordered one of the sample boxes and I thought I would start there, so look for that review soon. If there is anything in particular that you would like reviewed or talked about let me know in the comments below so I can move it up in priority. Also let me know how much you knew about Amazon Prime. Was any of this a surprise? If so what?


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Rachel Roth Jewelry A Personal And Unique Custom Gift

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rachel Roth Jewelry. All opinions are 100% mine.

Speaking as someone whose love language is gift giving, finding that perfect gift that really speaks to the person that I am shopping for is always important to me. One way to achieve this is by giving a custom made gift, and that is why today I wanted to share with you something really special. I wanted to talk to you about Rachel Roth Jewelry.

So what make Rachel Roth Jewelry so special? Not only is it custom made pieces of jewelry, but its a way to give a little bit of yourself in a way. Her jewelry pieces incorporate fingerprints and handwriting from you or your loved one. This makes it so special and very personal. I can see these jewelry pieces being a great gift for anyone in your life.


I am so in love with this Custom Handwriting Necklace. I imagine any woman would love to receive this from her significant other. I could even see this being a lovely gift for a daughter’s sweet sixteen. There are really so many possibilities, and you are not limited to just using your name. The only limitation is 30 characters and wherever your imagination stops you. Make sure to check out the matching Custom Handwriting Earrings and the Custom Handwriting Bracelet. All of the custom handwriting jewelry is available in both silver or gold.


This Custom Stainless Steel Fingerprint Ring With Engraving Outside is another charming piece of jewelry. I can imagine it being a great gift for a man or a woman. What a wonderful way to celebrate your relationship with a pair of matching rings with each others fingerprints embedded in the ring. Or if you would prefer the fingerprints to be touching you, you might want to check out the Custom Stainless Steel Ring With The Fingerprints Engraved Inside.


And finally I wanted to share with you this Custom Fingerprints Heart Necklace. I imagine this to be the perfect gift for a mother or grandmother. I know how touched my mother would be to receive one of these, or really any of my friends with young children would be especially happy to get them. I think even some dad’s out there would love them. But maybe you like the idea of this necklace, but its not quite what you want. I suggest you also check out the Custom Pet Paw Print Necklace and the Custom Fingerprint Leaf Necklace.

So if your looking at all these beautiful pieces of jewelry and wondering if they have your size or not, the answer is yes they do. That is the great thing about custom jewelry, you never have to worry about whether they will have someone’s size when you are shopping for yourself or for a gift. I know that is always a concern, even with jewelry, when shopping for us plus size ladies. You are always worried will this ring fit, will the choker go around my neck, will the necklace chain hit at the right spot. But with custom, that is never a worry because it is always made to fit you.

As I said previously, I am really in love with the handwriting necklace, but tell me in the comments below what your favorite piece is.

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Are You Feeling Lovesick – New Plus Size Store Alert / Shopping Guide / Overall Thoughts


I was recently in conversation where someone mentioned a new store called Lovesick. Now I am not going to mention names or even say where this conversation happened, but I do want to share the conversation because I think its relevant to what some points I wanted to make in addition to sharing the clothing they offer. So here is how the conversation went. (Please note that one store name has been removed from the conversation and replaced with **** and another store is replaced with ####. Those store names are not relevant to the conversation only that they are stores.)

Her: I was in the mall today and came across this new store called Lovesick. At first glance, I thought the clothes were super cute and then I realized it’s a plus size store!?!? I got these amazing dark wash, distressed, high-waist skinny jeans that fit amazingly! And the prices there were decent…some stuff was a little expensive. Anyway, upon paying for everything, the girl was telling me that they’re a brand new store under Torrid, but geared more towards a younger age-group (hence I found super cute stuff there and I never really shop at torrid). That said, they use the same sizing system and have the same type of promos etc… apparently they’re opening more around the country but they have an online store too!

Me: Sorry, but I have to ask, when did Torrid start being seen as catering to an older crowd?

Third Person: They are trying to compete with ****

Me: I couldn’t even guess why, **** is hanging on with grasping fingers. All reports have shown that they have been in dangerous territory financially and if they don’t do something to garner more interest they will eventually sink.

Her: I don’t think it’s necessarily “older” because if you compare it to ****, it definitely caters to a younger crowd than ****. But I just feel like Torrid is kind of limited on the crowd they DO cater to. I guess I just don’t feel like I see a lot of diversity in their clothing and Lovesick has more flowey/hipster/boho/####-style clothes. And I could never compare torrid to ####.


It was at this point that I decided to go take a look at this website and see what the big difference was. And I want to share with you the things that jumped out to me immediately along with their prices and coupon structure compared to Torrid’s before I get back to the conversation. That way you can fully appreciate my thought process here. I will make sure to link to all items so you can try and purchase anything you might be interested in.

First as I was browsing nothing really seemed that different from Torrid other than their models were much younger. But then I started seeing some items that I thought I recognized. First thing I found was this


These are the Lovesick YMI Triple-Button Wannabettabutt Capris – Dark Wash, they sell for $44.90 and come in sizes 14 to 24. Do they look familiar? They did to me.


Here are the Torrid Cropped Jegging – Medium Wash, selling for $54.50 and come in sizes 12-28.

Now both sites have them in various lengths and washes. However Torrid offers more sizes and a larger range of colors.


Next I saw this:


This is the Lovesick Textured Skater Dress. It sells for $44.90 and is available in sizes 00 to 5. This one didn’t automatically make me say, oh yeah its on Torrids site, but what it did make me think is it looks like a hundred Torrid dresses I have seen.

TorridDressLike this one. This is the Torrid Textured Cross Back Skater Dress. It sells for $64.50 and is available in sizes 0 to 6. As the name implies the back is different on this one. But Torrid constantly releases this dress shape with different backs, necklines, and in various colors.


And then there were these:


This is the Lovesick Long Line Bralette. It sells for $24.90 and is available in sizes 00 to 5.


And this is the Torrid Crop Lace Bralette. It is sold for $28.50 and available in sizes 0 to 5. These two are not exactly alike, but they are very similar. The lace pattern is a little different and the hook placement in the back is different, but other than that they seem pretty much the same.


There are lots more examples where things are either exactly the same or similar, and then there are also a multitude of these t-shirts that I am almost positive Torrid has sold in the past. Like these:


Mickey Mouse Perforated Jersey $32.90


Solemnly Swear Tee $28.90


Frida Kahlo Tee $28.90

I also noticed that their coupon codes, while structured the same way is different amounts. Unless Torrid is having a flash sale they typically will have a code up for BOGO 50% off. Or occasionally 30% off your entire order. However it seems that Lovesick offers BOGO 30% off on the regular, and I have not been watching long enough to tell you beyond that. And from here we go back to the conversation we started with.

Me: I was looking at the site, and its funny but I see a lot of the same items on their site as Torrid’s. Its just they are paired differently and put on younger models. And yeah they do have some things different, but I’m not seeing a huge difference personally. As for being limited to the crowds they cater to, I can see that somewhat about Torrid, but I actually think they have been getting better about that since mid last year. They are bringing back a lot of the brands they got away from and seem to be getting back to their roots. Plus broadening their size selection is great. But honestly it seems like Lovesick is the one catering to a much smaller audience. Maybe its just me.

Her:  I have never shopped at torrid because I never really felt that they carried on trend clothing or things I am interested in wearing. I am 28 for reference! No disrespect by any means, just pointing out that I have never really felt that they were geared towards me aside from a few specific pieces!

Me: Oh I am not offended, just mildly surprised and amused a bit I suppose. I worked in marketing and market research both in the past, so I am seeing some things from a very different perspective I think.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am by no means sharing this to diss Lovesick, Torrid, or even the young lady I was having the conversation with. I just think its really important as consumers to be informed, know what your options are, and then be able to make your decision. I fully intend to purchase from them because I think its great that there is yet another shopping option. I have already made my first purchase and I am happy to report that they did indeed fit exactly like what I get from Torrid. Here is what I got:


Knit Lace Babydoll Top $26.90 (Also comes in white)


Lace Flare Pant $34.90

Torrid does have something similar to the pants but they are slightly different. For as much as they have a lot of the same things, they do have some stand out different pieces that seem unique to Lovesick (please correct me if you have seen any of this at Torrid before).


Gauze Handkerchief Dress $39.90 (Sold Out while I was writing this post)


Lace Raglan Top $26.90


Lace Up Horse Tee $26.90

So really lets answer the main questions brought up in the conversation I had as well as questions I thought you might have in general.

1. Is Lovesick cheaper than Torrid? Yes and no. If you are just going to buy one piece or you never remember to use coupon codes, absolutely. Piece by piece they are cheaper, some things more significantly than others. I haven’t seen anything more than $15 cheaper. But when you factor in the difference of the coupon discounts they offer day to day, the difference is so insignificant.

2. Do the clothes fit the same at Lovesick as they do at Torrid? Based on their size chart and the couple of pieces I have received, yes they do.

3. Is the clothing quality as good as Torrid’s at Lovesick? Going only based on what I have received and the couple of people who have told me about their purchases, yes it is.

4. Does Lovesick cater to a larger audience than Torrid? As I stated above, I really don’t think so. You really should take the time and look around both of their websites and decide for yourself.

Really, I think its great Lovesick is here and if it fills a gap (or someone feels it does) in the plus size clothing industry, then all the better. I would say for myself, I will shop there occasionally, but I am really not a big jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. But I will shop for some of their more unique items. And I think since Torrid sells out so fast, its great to have a place for backups on staple items.

So tell me, have you purchased from Lovesick before? If so, how did you like your items? Do they match up to Torrid? Are they better? Worse?

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