Amazon Prime can be excellent value for money, depending on what components of it you want – free next day delivery, access to Prime Instant Video, Kindle Lending library, etc.

Last year (which I snaffled before the increase from £50 to £70) I got my wife to get Prime (yes, I paid her back) because it’s possible to share the next day delivery with additional members of the household, which she did for me. I got the delivery options I wanted and she got the same plus the Kindle library. She then had to sign into Prime Instant Video to be able to watch it.

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To set this up you need to do the following…

  1. Head into Manage Prime Membership.
  2. It then lists all your Prime benefits – underneath, in a subtle orange is says “Invite a Household Member”. Click on this.
  3. You now need to specify their email address and date of birth.
  4. Assuming you get it right, they’ll be sent an email to join, which they have to activate.
  5. Once done, their account will also show as Prime, although they only have access to the free next day delivery.

However, I’ve now learnt an ever better way. One that allows you to share ALL the benefits of Prime with anybody in the household (or, rather, up 2 adults and 4 children). Hidden away in their Help screens it mentions it but that, as far as I can tell, is the one place that does.

  1. Go to Manage Your Content and Devices.
  2. From the Settings tab, select Invite an Adult under Households and Family Library.
  3. Have the other adult sign in to their Amazon account.
  4. Once the second adult signs in, you’ll be asked to agree to share your payment methods, Amazon content and services, eligible Amazon Prime membership benefits, and management of any child profiles. You’ll also have the option to only share management of any child profiles.
  5. Click Create Household.

As the above makes mention, and possibly the only downside, is that this means you now share payment methods, including cards.

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