Next is deciding which streaming services to keep.
Mr. Willcox suggests making a list of the shows you and your family want to watch, and then pairing them with the appropriate streaming service. Set a limit on what you want to spend. “It’s more work than before,” he said.
To keep my total expenses below my goal of $250 a month (saving at least $150 from my current bill), I have $65 left.
I prefer ad-free viewing, so I plan to pay a bit more than the ad-supported streaming options. Even so, my savings should cover the cost of a monthly subscription to Netflix (currently $13.99 for the standard plan), Paramount+ ($9.99 for premium), and Amazon Prime video ($8.99; if you pay for the full Prime membership, video is included). I learned that we could keep Disney+ bundled with two free services – Hulu (shows include “Only Killers in the Building,” with Steve Martin) and ESPN+ – as part of of promotions from Verizon, our cell phone company. The Hulu option in the deal has ads, but I’ll take them – for now. Finally, we can add HBO Max ($11.99) and watch popular shows like “Station Eleven”.
(Our Apple TV+ subscription is free for another six months; we’ll reassess when the sale expires.)
Total cost of streaming and cable: $230.
With the total savings (about $170 a month), maybe we could even buy other things (hopefully more books).
That’s a lot of television, though – and it’s probably not necessary to pay for all those subscriptions year-round, Mr. Willcox said. You can pay for a month here instead, as most streaming services now allow customers to join and cancel at will. (Just remember to cancel.)
For example, if you’re not interested in seeing a new show right away, he says, you can simply wait. Once the entire season of the show you want to watch is available, you can join the appropriate streaming service, watch it for a month, then cancel – and subscribe again later if there’s something else you’ll love. . (Some people even binge-watch their options during the free trial.) It takes some planning but can save you money.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/21/your-money/cable-streaming-bill.html How do I cut my family’s cable and streaming bill by $170?