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Amazon Offers Discounted Prime Memberships for Customers on Government Assistance

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My fiancé and I have been using Amazon Prime for years now. I don't want to say it's a godsend, but it sure is convenient as hell, especially for someone who can't easily get to a store. The two-day shipping has saved my rear numerous times with last-minute gifts, school supplies, and household essentials.

Now Amazon is cutting the cost of guaranteed rear-saving for people on government assistance. If you have a valid EBT card, you are eligible to get Amazon Prime for $5.99 a month instead of the usual $10.99 a month (or $99 upfront for one year).

Aside from the included two-day shipping, Amazon Prime also offers free ebooks, access to ad-free streaming music, and Amazon Instant Video. And with Amazon Instant Video, you can watch Transparent. Are you watching Transparent yet? Why aren't you watching it?

I commend Amazon for making Prime more affordable to lower-income families, even if it is just a way for the company to get into more households. At $5.99 a month, I think Prime could be useful for cutting households' transportation and entertainment costs.

Do you think Amazon should offer this discount to those on government assistance?