Quitting Amazon Prime

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At the beginning of August, I willingly let my Amazon Prime membership expire. And I did it without even a second thought. Amazon Prime was only something I used for the shipping benefits – I never streamed music, TV shows, or movies and I never used Kindle Unlimited.

Having an Amazon Prime account made it way too easy for me to spend money. I found that I was purchasing things every single day just because it was easy and I knew I’d get stuff delivered to my home either same day or by the next morning. At my apartment it was Christmas every day and most days – especially week days – I couldn’t wait to come home to see what was waiting for me inside all those amazon boxes I found on my doorstep.

I realized I was ordering stuff daily not because I needed any of it, but because I wanted to experience the high of receiving parcels at the end of a (very) long workday. As soon as I figured that out, I stopped ordering things cold turkey and let my Prime membership expire. How stupid I’d been! I feel sick just thinking about all the money I threw away just to make myself feel happy – and it wasn’t even a long-lasting contentment I felt. The happiness lasted all of five minutes if I’m being completely honest. My smile would disappear as soon as I unpacked everything from the Amazon box and struggled to find a place in my home to store everything I had bought.

No one needs Amazon Prime, do they? Think of what your life was like prior to committing to a membership. Chances are you handled your day-to-day life just fine. If you ever needed something urgently, you’d just get up, leave your home, and buy it at an actual bricks-and-mortar store.

Amazon Prime has made us lazy.

None of us even want to leave our homes now and that’s sad. No wonder mental health has become such a prevalent topic nowadays – no one is interacting or socializing anymore! We’re all locked up inside our houses, sitting on sofas, and ordering shit we don’t need from our phones.

Do yourself a favour and consider quitting Amazon Prime, too, if you have a membership. I can’t speak for anyone else, but ever since I let my membership expire, I’ve not bought anything on Amazon nor have I felt the urge to. When I think about all the money I’ve saved in the last 2-3 weeks, I smile and that’s a feeling of happiness that lasts a whole lot longer than just five minutes.

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5 thoughts on “Quitting Amazon Prime

  1. Excellent Veebs. Well done and welcome back to terra firma. Amazon Prime is just an extension of credit cards….things that make it easier to spend money you don’t have on stuff you don’t need. We went through a similar thing a few years ago which ended in my taking the scissors to our credit cards. We only operate with cash these days….in real shops. we find it helps to control our spending. We buy what we need (not what we WANT), as and when we can afford it. And most of the time we find that because we don’t waste our money on crappy things we don’t need,…when we do spend, we can buy quality. Win/win.

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    1. Hmm … that’s a very good comparison! I never thought of it that way, but you’re absolutely right – Amazon Prime is similar to having just another credit card in that it tempts you to spend spend spend for convenience’s sake. Though I have one credit card, I’ve often thought of switching back to using cash exclusively. The thing with me, though, is that I tend to pay off my credit card balance RIGHT AWAY. I use my credit card to collect points, and then I’ll transfer whatever I’ve spent from my chequing account straight to my credit card as soon as I’ve made a purchase. So essentially, I still am paying cash for everything. I’ve never carried a credit card balance in my life. That would stress me out.

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