Saving Money on Streaming Services

Review your streaming subscriptions, cancel what you don't need, and get the best deals on what you do

Welcome to Saving Money with Andrew! If you’re new, you might want to check out my top 9 money-saving tips.

If you’re like us, you’ve been spending a lot more time using streaming video and audio services in the past few months. Although we don’t have cable TV, we are habitual users of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, and Spotify. These bills really add up, so it’s important to save where you can on these services.

A few useful tips:

Hulu - Hulu is often bundled with other streaming products at a deep discount. For example, Hulu offers a great bundle with Disney+ and ESPN+ for $12.99/month. Similarly, Sprint offers Hulu for free with their unlimited plans.

Disney+ - Disney+ has a few bundled/discount offers, in addition to the Hulu bundle mentioned above. The best discount offer right now is Verizon’s promotional deals for free Disney+ for a year (an $84 savings). You can even take advantage of this promotion even if you are an existing Disney+ subscriber (it will put your paid membership on hold for the length of the free promotional subscription). These deals are available for Verizon Wireless, as well as home 5G Internet users and new FiOS customers, a group that includes over 150 million people.

Amazon Prime - EBT/Medicaid recipients and students are both eligible for deeply discounted Prime subscriptions, with students also receiving a 6 month free trial.

Spotify - If you live in a household with multiple users, make sure you are signed up for Spotify’s family plan for $14.99/month rather than having multiple Premium memberships. If you are a student (it appears graduate students are eligible as well), Spotify’s student plan is an incredible deal at $4.99/month with Hulu and Showtime included as well.

Also, if you are organized and can set reminders to cancel streaming services, another strategy is to use free trials for shows you want to watch on a specific network. Then, just make sure to set a calendar reminder to cancel the subscription before the billing period kicks in.

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