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6 Tips To Save Money On Streaming Services

September 17, 2020

6 Tips To Save Money On Streaming Services

What do we want? Entertainment! When do we want it? Now! Streaming services offer a wealth of content wherever, whenever. Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO, Amazon Prime - the list goes on and on. The costs for these streaming services add up. Here are six tips to save money on streaming services every month while still getting all the content you love!

1. Split a family plan.

Most streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ allow for watching at least two devices at a time, so find a buddy or two to share the cost of one account. 

For Amazon Prime, use their “households” feature to share an account between two different people. You and your buddy/sibling/significant other/parent can each have your account and enjoy the free shipping, delivery, and Amazon Prime Video services, but for half the cost.

2. Lean on the library.

Libraries are more than books and people saying “shhh!” Modern libraries have caught up to modern content delivery with streaming services of their own—all you need is a library card for free access.

  • Many libraries have created streaming apps, and they have a surprisingly wide selection of movies and TV shows.
  • The streaming music game hasn’t gone unnoticed by libraries either. Many have a service that cardholders can use for free, with a selection to choose from
  • If you’re paying for an audiobook membership, your local library can help you cross that off your monthly expenses. Most libraries allow you to check out audiobooks digitally (same goes for eBooks!) for little or no charge.

3. See if you qualify for discounts!

You might be eligible for a discount on streaming services without even realizing it. Many offer student discounts (as well as senior discounts). More and more employers are offering discounts or shared services on popular streaming services. Be sure to check out your cell phone carrier, too—many have partnerships with streaming services and offer free access to their customers!

4. Fire up your laptop.

Several cable channels have a smart TV app you have to pay to access, but make episodes available free if you watch on your computer. If you’re dying to watch a hot new show without shelling out for yet another service (and you’re cool with commercials), snuggle up on the couch and watch on your laptop for free!

5. Check out your plan.

You might be paying for more than you need. For instance, the most common Netflix plan allows you to stream on up to two screens at once. If you’re the only one using your Netflix account, you’re never going to need that feature (unless you manage to clone yourself). Drop down to the one-screen plan and stop paying for features you don’t need.

As many services have added premium features and multiple account options over the past couple of years, it’s a smart idea to check out what you’re paying for with each of your monthly subscriptions to make sure you’re not paying for features that go to waste.

The same goes for your cable company—if you only watch five or six of the 60 channels you’re paying for, maybe you can downgrade your plan without missing anything.

6. Check to see what else you’re paying for.

How many times have you signed up for a free trial and forgotten to cancel it before the trial period ended? It’s quite possible that you’re still paying for services you stopped using long ago!

It’s worth taking the time to carefully review the charges in your account for any subscriptions you no longer use. Or try a service like Trim, which analyzes your transactions to find all recurring subscriptions.