10 ways to make the most of Prime

By Erin Burns

Amazon Prime has rolled out so many benefits it can be tough to keep up. That's why we include a handy Prime Insider tip in the weekly Prime newsletter to help you get the most of your membership.

Here are 10 of my favorite tips.

1. Take advantage of Lightning Deals. As a Prime member, you have 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals. Browse upcoming deals up to 24 hours in advance and click "Watch this deal" to receive alerts in the Amazon Shopping app. Learn more

2. Set up Prime Music. Prime Music gives you access to more than 2 million songs and thousands of curated playlists for every mood. Keep all of Prime Music at your fingertips by installing the free Amazon Music app on your smartphone or tablet. Before you hit the highway or board a plane, download playlists or albums to your library for offline playback.

3. Support your favorite charity. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage of the price of all eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice — at no additional cost to you. Learn more

4. Stock up with Prime Pantry. As a Prime member, you can save time and money with Prime Pantry, which offers low-priced grocery and household essentials — in everyday, not bulk, sizes. It's easy to reorder the items you use most. Shop Prime Pantry and explore Prime-exclusive coupons.

5. Watch Prime Video on your TV. Prime Video works with hundreds of HDTVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, Roku, tablets, smartphones and the newly upgraded Amazon Fire TV Family. Learn how to set up your device

6. Bring Prime Video with you. Download movies and TV shows, including Prime Originals and Exclusives, so you can watch and listen wherever you go — even when you're offline. Download the Prime Video app to get started.

7. Set up your Amazon Household. It's easy and free to share your Prime benefits with the whole family. You can add another adult to your Household and up to four teen and four child profiles. First, create your Household. Then, both adults in your household get access to free Prime Shipping, thousands of TV shows and movies on Prime Video, Audible Channels and more. Children can access digital content their parents have approved on their device but are not enabled to shop. Teens, however, can shop and get orders approved by their parents, as well as access certain Prime benefits.

8. Read for free. Download the free Kindle app to enjoy hundreds of new books, travel guides, magazines, graphic novels and more each month — free with Prime Reading. In the words of one Prime member, "I love this app! No matter what device I am on, my MacBook, my iPad, my iPhone or my Kindle itself, I am always able to access the books that I love to read."

9. Get your daily news fix. As a Prime member, you can sign up for a six-month digital subscription to The Washington Post — for free. You'll enjoy 24/7 digital access to award-winning national and international coverage. You also can ask Alexa to read The Post's political report in your daily Flash Briefing. Just download the free Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet, go to Settings to browse news sources and add The Post. Alexa is available on many devices, including Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show and Amazon Fire TV.

10. Free up space on your phone. Prime Photos provides unlimited online photo storage — for free. Auto-save your photos with the mobile app, then remove them from your device. Download the app.

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