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Two years ago, we were all glued to our televisions. This is not 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 bucks a month, you don’t think twice about subscribing, but add them up and before you know it, you’re shelling out a lot more than you ever thought possible.
You’re probably not even using all streaming services regularly. My rule of thumb: If there’s a show I’m watching, I keep the service. Otherwise I will cancel. Once there’s something new I want to see, I’ll sign up again.
Keep a close eye on your streaming budget and how much you spend each month. I bet you will be surprised.
As you do, make a note of when each charge passes. This is why.
2. Do it right
It’s annoying when you plan to cancel a service and then get another charge before you can do it. Let’s put your list of renewal dates to work.
Add those dates to your calendar and review them before you cancel. Plan accordingly, so you’re paying for one month less.
Some platforms, like Netflix, tell you how much longer you have access to your account when you ask to close it, but others don’t. You don’t need their help since you figured it out yourself.
per advice: Companies don’t want you to cancel, so they can complicate it. That’s 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 staying
If you’re not sure about canceling a streaming service, follow the process. You might be surprised to be offered a discounted rate or even a free month to stay.
Make a note of the date and set a reminder. If you haven’t seen anything by 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.
per advice: There are other ways to get streaming gifts. Check with your phone provider 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 an alternative plan
A terrible way to save money on entertainment is to return to the magic of broadcast television. Connect a simple antenna to your TV to stream free live HD content from popular networks.
How do you choose an antenna?
Amplified Antennas – Large and powerful, these are generally designed for use inside homes with a medium strength signal. Here’s an affordable one that I like.
Large Outdoor Antennas – These are ideal for areas with a weak signal. They can be amplified or unamplified. 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 robust online directory for finding local TV listings by provider or time zone.
Recording your shows to watch whenever you want is even better. To do that, you need an over-the-air DVR. Tap or click here to see some of the best options out there.
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