This year brought us dozens of great TV shows and movies to stream — like, Stranger Things 4, She-Hulk and Prey — and price changes to match. At this point, your subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, HBO Max, and more could be running you over $50 a month. We want to show you a trick that can help you save money on everything .
Think of it this way: You have a bunch of active streaming subscriptions, you watch them all until your favorite series ends its season, and then you look for the next content to stream. But is it worth keeping multiple accounts if you don’t track anything on them? I do not think.
Check out our budget-friendly strategy and some tips on how to master it.
Rotate your streaming services
Saying goodbye to cable for good and switching to streaming is a money move. Because you can sign up for monthly plans, it’s easy to switch to a streaming service and get out when the prices go up or the content dries up. However, according to Deloitte’s Media Trends 2022 report, the main reasons people are canceling their streaming subscriptions are because of cost and a lack of fresh content. Media companies call this behavior “rebuilding.” We call this the pivot method.
Motivation; Save your coins and avoid content droughts. Let’s say a popular title like The White Lotus, Willow, or Dancing with the Stars is about to premiere on a service. Find the total number of episodes and wait until all are available simultaneously on one platform. You can cancel HBO Max, Disney Plus, or another service, then once all the episodes are available, sign up again to catch up. Alternatively, you can start streaming a show mid-season to keep costs down. My monthly guide to streaming services you should cancel can help you keep track.
The disadvantage? You won’t have instant access to every show you want to watch, and you’ll have to wait until the full season airs. And since many streaming services release new episodes weekly, you might not catch them at the same time as your friends. If you’re someone who prefers to watch episodes as soon as they drop, you might decide that it’s worth it to have multiple subscriptions at once. If you are patient, however, you can save money.
The strategy can also work if you have ato watch a particular sport. Once the season is over, cancel the service or move to a cheaper platform with fewer channels like Sling TV.
Tip #1: Cancel your subscription before you get charged
Set calendar reminders for your billing cycle and upcoming TV show or movie release dates. Give yourself enough notice to start or end a subscription. Apps likehelps you track when and where TV shows and movies appear on a streaming service. And JustWatch recently added a sports-specific tracker.
Tip #2: Sign up for streaming service offers
I am lookingServices. For example, Walmart Plus members can get Paramount Plus for free. You can also take advantage of the Disney Bundle, which provides access to Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus in one package at a discounted price. And eligible Hulu subscribers can add on Disney Plus for $3. Finally, be sure to check with your carrier to see which ones offer free streaming subscriptions.
Tip #3: Choose one or two default streaming services
Sign up for one or two must-have services for the year and choose just one or two more options that fit your monthly budget. Switch between bonus services depending on what you want to watch, ensuring you don’t miss out on your favorite shows while staying within your monthly spending limit.
Tip #4: Stick to the monthly fee
Avoid annual subscriptions and pay attention to auto-renewal payment dates. Your billing cycle can help you determine when is the best time to terminate a service, even if you only signed up for a free trial.
Tip #5: Don’t cancel your subscription, stop it
Hulu lets you do thatfor up to 12 weeks, and Sling has a similar option with conditions. Contact your streaming provider to see if you can take a temporary break without cancellation.
Give it a shot and if you don’t like it, you can always sign up again. For more great tips on streaming TV, check out this guideand ours .
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