First of all, I’m so sorry we didn’t have a new post on Friday! We had some logistical issues on our end that were beyond our control, but we’re back (and possibly with an extra post this week, so, you know, there’s always that.)
I don’t know if you’ve heard about Amazon Prime Day, but apparently the internet is going to explode on Wednesday when all the deals in all the world come to fruition, but only for Amazon Prime members (if you’re not a member or have wondered if it’s worth it, you can sign up for a free 30 trial membership and you can cancel at any time, no strings attached–in fact, before we committed to a Prime membership, we did the trial membership, forgot to cancel, and Amazon always refunded us the fee when we cancelled. They’re cool like that.) It’s supposed to be big. Bigger than Black Friday. A proverbial Christmas in July (gifts only; the celebration date of Jesus’ birth remains unchanged.)
Honestly, we’re not entirely sure what these deals entail, but we’re planning on being on top of the very best deals and sharing them on Facebook all day (and there have been some amazing steals in the past–I’m pretty sure Our Best Bites fans bought all the Scotch laminators and Blu-Ray copies of Band of Brothers at ridiculously low prices last Christmas.) Facebook is notoriously finicky about not showing posts to fans, but we’ve heard rumors that soon you’ll be able to choose pages where you see all their posts. The feature isn’t available yet, so until then, be sure to follow us on Facebook and interact with us as much as possible; the more you like, comment, and share, the more Facebook thinks you want to see our stuff and the more they’ll show you, which means you’ll get to see more of our hand-picked deals on Wednesday.
Bigger-than-Black-Friday or not, I couldn’t survive without Amazon Prime. I know that sounds dramatic, but really, being a food blogger who lives in semi-rural Louisiana, I don’t have easy access to a lot of things. From groceries to kitchen supplies to camera and computer equipment, I try to stay up-to-date with all the cool kids, and sometimes I need things quickly, so Amazon Prime has saved my bacon more times than I can count. These are a few ways that I use it all.the.time.
This is a particularly great deal if you have something you need every month–if you have a kiddo in diapers, you can save a BUNDLE, and they’re just delivered to your doorstep every month. Everyone is currently out of diapers (praise), but we still get Tide Stain Release, toilet paper, and face wash delivered to our house every month (among other things, but I figured you guys might not be interested in the entire contents of my toiletry closet.)
This is perfect for those shelf-stable basics that you need on a regular basis–cereal, mayonnaise, crackers, Diet Coke. You know, the stuff you’ll need in the Zombie Apocalypse. You fill up a box with heavy, oddly shaped pantry items and then they ship it to you (normally, buying these on Amazon is cost-prohibitive because of the size/weight and you’re better off venturing into the store with your kids who will not.stop.fighting over how people in England pronounce “banana.” That’s saying a lot.)
When they first introduced Instant Video, there was pretty much nothing anyone would ever want to watch, so this was not initially a selling point for me. But they’ve improved their library by leaps and bounds over the years and you can find a lot of awesome shows, ranging from older, hard-to-find TV shows to brand-new movies, that you can either stream for free, rent, or purchase (and the rentals are usually cheaper than they are from your cable/satellite company.)
If you love to read, you can “borrow” over 800,000 (!) titles! And they’re good ones, like real books that you would want to read. This alone is worth the membership to me, but I’ve been known to disappear into a book for 3 days and then return in kind of a haze where I still have a foot in a murder precinct in Ireland, so…
These are the features that I use the most, but there are definitely others. So. If you’re on the fence, give the 30-day free trial a shot and then stay tuned this week, both here and on Facebook, for all the cool stuff we find for you guys!