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.