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Amazon Offers Discount on Prime Membership for Those with Government Assistance

Amazon is making Prime even more affordable for certain folks. The company has granted eligible US citizens who are receiving government assistance a discount on a Prime membership paid monthly. Usually, you’d have to pay $10.99/month for the service that grants you free two-day shipping on every order and other media-related benefits, but with this discount, you’ll have to pay just $5.99/month.

Of course, you’ll need to be specifically eligible for this discount. You’ll need to have an Electronic Benefits Transfer card that allows for granted funds through programs like the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), and Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC). If you have one, you’ll simply need to enter your information over on Amazon’s website and you should receive the discount.Note that there is no discount for yearly subscriptions. These still cost $99 annually.

Note that there is no discount for yearly subscriptions. These still cost $99 annually. Your EBT card can also not be used to pay for your Prime subscription.

“We know when people try Prime they love it, because they save time and money with low prices on millions of items, unlimited access to premium videos and music, and fast, convenient delivery,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President of Amazon Prime. “We designed this membership option for customers receiving government assistance to make our everyday selection and savings more accessible, including the many conveniences and entertainment benefits of Prime.”

Those who qualify for this discount can apply for it each year up to four times. Amazon says they will add other ways to qualify in the future for customers participating in government assistance programs that do not utilize EBT. You can learn more via Amazon’s press release.

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Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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