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Amazon Prime Gets You The Washington Post for Free But Only If You Activate It

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The Washington Post has a metered paywall, meaning that after you’ve read a few articles online, they ask you to subscribe. If you’re sick and tired of hitting the paywall this election season, there is a cheapskate lifehack you can utilize. Consumers who already have a subscription to Amazon Prime get The Washington Post online for free for 6 months. But you have to activate it.

The Washington Post is the country’s political newspaper of record, and is a must-read for politics nerds. Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos bought the paper in 2013—so it makes perfect sense that they have some cross promotions going on. But people who are already subscribers to Amazon Prime might not even know about their ability to get the newspaper free for 6 months. Personally, I had no idea until very recently.


So if you’ve already got Amazon Prime and want to stop hitting that stupid paywall, activate your trial subscription to the Post by going here and logging in with Amazon. Much like the lifehack we told you about a few months ago to get free digital access to the New York Times with an LA Library card, you may as well take advantage of it.

And much like the New York Times, the WaPo (as the kids these days call it) has been breaking some pretty important stories as we enter the last weeks of this election season. With Donald Trump now “unshackled” I suspect it’s only going to get hairier.


Speaking of election season, Election Day is November 8th. Depending on where you live, you might still have time to register and many states let you do it online. Vote. Please.

Update, 12:08pm: As has been pointed out in the comments, the monthly subscription becomes $3.99 per month after your first 6 months. So if you’re truly going the cheapskate route and don’t want to get charged four bucks a month starting in April (assuming your just activating now), cancel your subscription before then.