Already Cut the Cord? You Can Still Save More

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If you already ditched your cable bill, you may think you’ve cut your costs as far as you can. Unfortunately, many people end up racking up unneeded streaming service charges, paying more than necessary once again.

If you cut the cord and subscribed to two or more services, you may find you’re paying just as much to stream your favorite shows as you were for cable. You won’t have to sacrifice much, if anything at all, to get your streaming bills down and pay less than ever before.

Make a List

Start by making a list of your current services, along with the cost of each service. Now, figure out which ones you use on a regular basis. For instance, if you only subscribe to a particular service because you love a show that is currently off-season, there’s no need to keep it waiting for the next air date.

You can always re-subscribe when your show comes back, or you may be able to buy just the new episodes without resubscribing. Typically, buying just one show’s episodes is cheaper than a yearly subscription that gives you access to everything the service has to offer.

Now that you have a list – make a goal to cut just one. If you find more, cancel those, too.

Plan Your Binge Watching

Since you can cancel and restart streaming services as often as you’d like, you can plan out your binges to cut your costs even further. Subscribing just for a month or so, or utilizing on-demand services, you could cut your subscriptions to only one or two per month.

If you want to keep a one just to watch random shows, you’ll only be paying between $5 and $13 per month – for even the most popular services. Now you can add one extra service in which you can rotate and plan your binges around.

That one extra service can change as often as you’d like. For instance, plan to watch and catch up on your favorite shows on Hulu in July and subscribe to that. Change it up in September and subscribe to HBO for a month to watch those shows.

By setting up a rotation schedule, you can guarantee you’ll only pay for one or two subscriptions per month. Everything else is just throwing money out the window.

Free Trials

If you really don’t think you can stick to one or two, take advantage of free trials. Almost every streaming service offers a limited-time free trial. As long as you mark your calendar to remind you to cancel, you can get hours of entertainment absolutely free.

Hulu, Netflix, Showtime, and other services give you a full 30 days to try out their services. With the number of services and channels available, you could get free TV for over a year just by taking advantage of free offers.