Tips for Getting the Best Deals on Streaming Services
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.   Peacock 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.   Disney + 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.   Netflix 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.   Hulu 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.   Free Options  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!     Resources:
8 Couponing Apps to Help You Save Money at the Store
Wondering how to save some money on your next shopping spree or grocery trip? Fortunately, it’s easier than you think. Using a couponing website is one of the best ways to save a little cash on everything from groceries to clothing, and it’s easy to find dozens of options on the internet. We’ve got you covered with eight of the best couponing platforms to help you start saving now.   Fetch Rewards Want to get paid to take a picture of your grocery store receipt? Check out Fetch Rewards. This platform allows you to earn points for every receipt you upload to the app. Once you rack up enough points you can cash in on gift cards from dozens of stores like Sephora, Chipotle, and Dell, or even donate to a charity. All you need to do is download the app and create an account. There are several ways to tally points with the app, but one of the simplest methods is to scan your receipt and let the app find the savings for you. Fetch works with hundreds of beverage, food, and wellness companies to curate these offers. The app also runs several special offers simultaneously that allow you to earn bonus points on some purchases. Typically, 1,000 points is equal to a $1 when cashing out for gift cards. You can also earn 2,000 points today just by referring family members and friends.   Swagbucks Swagbucks is another easy option to help you snag money for your next trip to the grocery store. The app is simple. All you need to do is sign up and you’ll earn points by answering surveys and polls or by watching videos. Then, you can cash out on gift cards from dozens of brands like Amazon or even opt for cash back through PayPal. Aside from the rewards options, Swagbucks also offers coupons from a range of retailers including Macy’s, Nike, and J.Crew. The company is currently offering a 1,000 point bonus equivalent to $10 when you spend at least $25 at a store featured on their website. So, check it out today!   Ibotta  Like Fetch Rewards, Ibotta also offers coupons and gift cards for scanning your grocery receipts. This option in particular has a ton of coupons specifically for grocery stores. There are several ways to save with Ibotta. You can get instant cash bask by linking a credit card to your account or by adding coupons and cash back offers into the app before you shop in-store. Once you submit a receipt in the app, you’ll earn cash back within 24 hours.  There’s also a browser extension to use for earning cash back when you shop online. Thankfully, Ibotta is free. This month the platform is offering an up to $100 June referral bonus. You’ll earn $20 for two referrals, $30 after reaching five referrals and $50 once you refer ten friends.   Rakuten Rakuten is one of the oldest couponing platforms available and offers up to 40% in cash back from over 2,500 stores. All you need to do is sign onto Rakuten, find a store, or check out the available offers. If you’re working from a computer or mobile phone, the website will open a new window to activate a shopping trip on the store’s website and tally any Rakuten coupons to your order. You can also activate shopping trips from Rakuten emails or even in-store if you link your credit card to your member account. All cashback options are available by check or through PayPal, making it easy and simple to use. The platform is currently offering a $10 gift card to Walmart or a Rakuten cash sign up bonus for any new members.   Honey  This browser extension available with Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera, will automatically apply a coupon code at checkout, meaning you’ll never have to scramble to search for a last-minute coupon code again. Honey essentially works like a virtual shopping assistant that’ll cut out the coupon search time for you and automatically apply the best available coupon code at checkout. It comes equipped with savings to hundreds of stores including Target, Amazon, and even Apple. Got a gadget you’re vying for that’s out of your budget? Honey also has a cool droplist feature which allows you to add an item to your list and receive price drop notifications.   Kellogg’s Family Rewards Yes, you heard right. The creator of the likes of Cheez-It, Frosted Flakes and Eggo offers a rewards program with exclusive discounts and digital coupons. All you need to do is join the Kellogg’s Family Rewards program and earn points with every purchase of a Kellogg’s product when you upload a receipt through a text or email. You can cash in points for specially branded contents, gift cards, sweepstakes, and even vacation deals. Each product will have different point values, and while a $5 Nike gift card might cost 7,500 points, there’s plenty of options out there. The company is also currently offering a 100 point sign up bonus.   SnipSnap SnipSnap brings the quintessential pastime of clipping coupons from the newspaper to life online. With this app, you can easily digitize any paper coupon to use at the store. All you need to do is snap a picture, save it to your app and hand it over to the cashier to scan at checkout. Using the discovery screen you can share coupons with family and friends, and connect with users through Facebook and Twitter. The app also sends notification to your phone about coupon expiration dates or reminders when you enter a store.   Sweatcoin If you’re a fitness fanatic or an avid runner, checkout  Sweatcoin. This app rewards you just for being active. By walking or doing a quick workout you’ll earn ‘sweatcoins,’ a digital currency you can use on free fitness equipment, gym memberships, and even high-tech gadgets. Currently, with 17,999 sweatcoins you can even earn a trip to Paris to dine at the Eiffel Tower. All you need to do is start walking and allow the app to track your steps. You can also use the currency to donate to charities or even organize a step competition with friends and family to motivate you. Downloading the app is a great way to motivate yourself to get in shape! With these eight couponing platforms saving money can be easy and fun. Try these simple tips today and start earning cashback bonuses and rewards as soon as possible.   Resources: