The cost of living crisis doesn’t necessarily mean we have to cut back – we just need to think smarter
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With the cost of living crisis weighing heavily on our minds, many of us are looking for places where we can save – and our TV subscriptions are an obvious place to start.
Streaming services like Netflix or Disney+ don’t come cheap – but we don’t have to go without them, we just need to think smarter.
Which consumer expert? came up with some clever tricks to get the most out of these entertainment providers without spending a fortune.
A simple suggestion would be to simply share the subscription and split the cost among the people who use it – with some services really catering to this, such as Spotify’s duo plan.
Costing £13.99 a month, it will save £71.88 a year over two individual subscriptions.
The streaming giant also boasts a Premium Family plan, which allows up to six users to get premium benefits for £16.99 a month – saving a whopping £515.40 a month. five in lieu of six separate subscriptions.
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Elsewhere, the benefits of Amazon Prime can also be shared with others in your home, cutting its fees in half.
Another indisputable, but easy to overlook, is which subscription rotation you use each month.
Many of us wonder what to watch every night, with the sheer range of choices often overwhelming – so limit that choice.
Why not choose to have fewer options and switch them every month?
This method can be too complicated for some – but it’s worth it, especially since Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime and Now TV all let you cancel your monthly subscription at any time with no loss. exit fee.
If you think ahead, you can schedule rotations by when you know your favorite shows are coming out on each platform.
For example, if like many others you have an annual Disney+ and Netflix subscription for a monthly fee, it will cost you £227.76.
But instead, by alternating months, you’ll only pay £113.88 a year instead of Disney+’s six months and Netflix’s six months.
Another often unexplored path is to get the most out of the free trials, which?
These are powered by Spotify and YouTube Premium, as well as check out free alternatives like All 4, ITV Hub, BBC iPlayer and My 5.
Consumer recommendations can downgrade your plan if you don’t use the full service or don’t mind some ads.
Netflix’s recently announced plans to introduce a cheaper ad-supported subscription – which will likely go live later this year – could be a good option for those looking to cut costs .
Many people may not know that Netflix actually offers a basic plan where you can only watch it on one screen at a time.
This is £4 a month cheaper than a standard subscription, while Amazon Prime also offers the same basic membership for £5.99 a month just to stream shows minus the benefits. other of Prime.
And finally, if you really intend to keep your streaming sites, which one? suggest buying a one-year subscription at a time instead of choosing to pay a monthly fee.
This is the mental hurdle many of us need to get over – yes it can feel like you’re splashing a pile of cash all at once (that’s what you are) but this ‘bulk buying’ can often yield a decent amount of savings.
Disney+ costs £79.90 a year, a saving of £15.98 compared to the monthly plan, while a year of Amazon Prime which costs £79 will save £16.88 instead of paying monthly.
So you’ve got it – now what are you going to watch tonight?
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/clever-hacks-save-money-netflix-26996086 Smart tricks to save money on Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime and Now TV subscriptions