This blog post is sponsored by Amazon.
Amazon just released a new way for teens to shop online.
As a parent, you can add up to four teens ages 13-17 to your Amazon account for free. Your teens will get their own login so they can shop independently and stream digital content, all the while keeping you informed of their purchases and spending habits. Parents can approve or deny a purchase and set spending limits. I love the flexibility and freedom that this gives me and my teens!
Here are my favorite benefits:
• Teens can shop using the Amazon app with a parent-approved payment method and shipping address.
• Parents can approve or decline the order before it ships.
• Parents can choose to skip the approval step and set spending limits, offering teens the freedom to
place orders on their own, up to a certain dollar amount. (Great for teaching fiscal responsibility!)
• Parents will always receive itemized notifications for every order and can cancel and return any item
in accordance with Amazon’s policies.
• If parents have Prime, they can share select Prime benefits with their teens including Free Two-Day
Shipping, Prime Video and Twitch Prime at no additional cost. (My teens LOVE this feature!)
Shopping is done through the Amazon app. It really couldn’t be easier to give your teen some financial independence while keeping you in the loop.
Okay, so to test it out, I gave one of my teens $100 to spend on Amazon. What did my teen spend money on? Well, first I had to decide who got to spend the $100. This was tough, but like any good mom would do, I decided to pit them against each other in a head-to-head competition. Duh.
I asked them to come up with a presentation to tell me why they thought they should get the money and what they would do with it. I’ll be honest, I thought that they would phone this project in and give me lame one sentence presentations. Boy, was I wrong!!
These kids went next level with power points, comedy, and visual aids.
The youngest wanted to buy more stuff for cosplay, my teen daughter wanted to buy a bunch of yarn to knit us ugly Christmas sweaters, and my oldest wanted to buy the components to build his own gaming computer.
In the end my oldest won out. His presentation was solid and I loved that his purchase required him to learn how to build a computer. Win-Win. Of course, he went shopping right away – with his own login – and ordered the first pieces of his new PC.
I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty excited about the new Amazon feature and how easy it is to use. I’ve set all my teens up with their own logins now. Let the spending begin!!