Streaming services we rely on for one-demand entertainment often come with hefty subscription fees. From Hulu to Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney +, and everything in between, the options are endless but the prices can break the bank. Here are some tips for finding the most affordable deals, and packages that’ll give you the most bang for your buck.
If you’re a fan of shows like 30 Rock, The Office, and Park and Recreation, consider investing in Peacock, the new streaming service from NBCUniversal that rolled out July 15. The standard package is completely free to users and offers access to over 7,500 hours of content at no cost, making it an affordable option for college students or anyone living with a tight budget. You can also pay $4.99 a month for access to 15,000 hours of content and next-day access to all current NBC shows. The ad-free option costs $9.99 a month. If you’re a current Xfinity customer, you’ll get free access to the premium plan at no additional cost. Peacock is an affordable option if you’re looking to access some of the greatest past and current shows on television.
If you’re a Verizon Fios, 5G Home Internet or Verizon Unlimited subscriber, the company is currently offering all users a Disney + subscription for free for one year. With this option, you’ll save $6.99 a month or the $69.99 annual fee.
If you’re on a T-Mobile Magenta or Magenta Plus Family Plan, the telecom company will cover your Netflix bill for free. Those on a standard Magenta plan are eligible for the basic Netflix plan while Magenta Plus members will get a standard plan which allows you to watch on two screens at the same time.
Current students can get Hulu with ads, Showtime, and Spotify Premium for just $4.99 with a Student Plan. The Spotify premium plan alone typically costs $9.99 a month. You’ll get 50% off plus two services completely free, making it an affordable deal that’s well worth your hard-earned cash.
Split the Bill:
Consider splitting a family plan with friends or family if you’re living on a tight budget. Services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime allow users to create several profiles on one given account. Hulu limits two devices at a given time, and HBO allows members of the same household to create an account from multiple devices, although the app will occasionally prompt a warning message if too many individuals are using the account. With a Netflix premium plan costing $15.99 a month and allowing five user profiles, it’s an ideal option to split with friends. Hulu packages start at $5.99 a month, making it an affordable option to split or even purchase on your own.
Take Advantage of Free Trials
Streaming services will typically offer free trials, a great way to explore an app without making the full commitment. Netflix and Hulu offer a 30-day free trial, and Disney + is currently offering a 7-day free trial. When signing up for a free trial you’ll typically need to enter a credit card which will be charged if you forget to cancel the subscription.
However, companies like Netflix might occasionally offer an additional free trial a few months after canceling your subscription. DollarSprout reports that some subscribers have gotten up to three months of Netflix free using this tactic. This is a feasible option for someone looking to hack the system on the cheap, but remember that there are no guarantees.
Scout The Coupons
Before you make any commitment be sure to check out websites like RetailMeNot, which occasionally offer promo codes for various streaming services. Deals often expire, but the website will show the number of successful redemptions for a given code. Websites like Rakuten also offer cashback options when you purchase a streaming subscription. For example, you can currently get up to $12.50 cashback on Disney + and $1 cashback on Hulu using Rakuten.
Look for Bundles
Be sure to checkout bundles that incorporate several streaming services. These deals are oftentimes available through your television, internet, or telephone provider. For example, you can currently get access to ESPN +, Disney +, and Hulu with ads for as little as $12.99 a month.
If none of these tips work for you, there are also tons of free options to check out that might make the cut. Pluto TV is an ideal alternative that offers access to thousands of well-known movies and even on-demand television. Crackle is another great option that offers access to prominent TV shows like Charlie’s Angels, Hell’s Kitchen, and Merlin. Entertainment options might be somewhat dated, but it’s quality TV for someone on a budget.
Vudu is another streaming service that offers tons of free options with ads and relatively inexpensive rental fees for newer movies, while Tubi offers more than 15,000 movies and TV shows including blockbuster hits like The Bachelorette and newly released options completely free. The only caveat is that the service relies on ads to boost revenue.
With these simple tips, you’ll be sure to find a streaming plan that works for you. The options are endless!