Streaming costs inching up? Cheapskate secrets you need to know
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Two years ago, we were all glued to our TVs. This is no longer the case. Here are five things to know before canceling streaming services.
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1. You are probably spending more than you think
When a streaming service only costs a few dollars a month, you don’t think twice about signing up. But add them up and before you know it, you’re shelling out a lot more than you ever thought.
You’re probably not even using all streaming services regularly. My rule of thumb: If there is a show I’m watching, I keep the service. If not, I cancel. When there is something new I want to watch, I sign up again.
Keep an eye on your streaming budget and how much you spend each month. I bet you will be surprised.
While you’re at it, keep track of when each charge goes through. Here because.
2. Right time
It’s annoying when you plan to cancel a service and then get hit with another charge before you can do it. Let’s put the list of renewal dates that you have made to work.
Add those dates to your calendar and check it before canceling. Plan accordingly, then you’ll pay for a month less.
Some platforms, like Netflix, tell you how long you have access to your account when you request to close it, but others don’t. You don’t need their help since you figured it out yourself.
Pro tip: Companies don’t want you to cancel, so they can make it complicated. This is especially true on your smartphone. Take care of it from a computer to make it easier.
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4. See if there is a discount for the stay
If you are undecided about canceling a streaming service, follow the process. You might be surprised that they will offer you a discounted rate or even a free month to stay.
Note the date and set a reminder. If you haven’t seen anything at the end of the month, it’s time to say goodbye. A discount doesn’t mean much if you’re not even using the offer.
Pro tip: There are other ways to get streaming freebies. Check with your carrier or credit card company to see what you can get for free. T-Mobile’s Netflix on Us and Verizon’s Disney + bundle are just two examples.
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5. You need a backup plan
A great way to save on entertainment is to go back to the magic of broadcasting. Connect a simple antenna to your TV to stream free HD live content from popular networks.
How do you choose an antenna?
Amplified Antennas: Large and powerful, they are usually meant to be used inside homes with a medium strength signal. Here is an affordable one that I like.
Large outdoor antennas – ideal for areas with a weak signal. They can be amplified or not amplified. This antenna works great and won’t break the bank.
Don’t worry if you’re not sure which networks your antenna can access. Zap2It is a solid online directory for finding local TV listings by provider or time zone.
Recording your shows to watch them whenever you want is even better. To do this, an over-the-air DVR is required. Tap or click here for some of the best options available.
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