Cost Saving Tips

Cost Saving Tips for Cord-Cutters

April 19, 2022

It's a well-known fact that prices are rising in the streaming market. Pretty much every service out there has increased prices at least once in the past few years. And that was before high inflation hit. More price increases are likely in our future, but there are some ways to get a bit of a reprieve. This week, we'll talk about a few ways to lower your costs.

Cost Savings in Cord-Cutting: What to Do When Prices Rise

The golden age of cheap cord-cutting seems to be coming to a close. Prices were going to rise eventually, but many of us are feeling the shock (especially if you're subscribed to multiple services). And with some services cracking down on password sharing (*coughcoughNETFLIXcoughcough*) it means it's just getting harder and harder to save a few bucks and still get great content. You do still have options, though.

1. Get Mobile Carrier Discounts

Mobile carriers like T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T all still have discounts available for different streaming services. If you've recently switched services and haven't taken advantage of those discounts, they're likely still available to you. Alternatively, if you've been thinking about switching, now is as good a time as any, and you can take advantage of the available discounts. Discounts are available on almost every major streaming service, including Disney+, Netflix, Philo, and YouTube TV, depending on the service provider.

2. Pause Between Releases

If you find yourself going long weeks between watching content on some streaming services, consider pausing your account. Most services now have the option to pause your account and payment instead of forcing you to completely cancel and resubscribe later. This makes it super easy for everyone involved and is a great way to save a few bucks when you know you're not

3. Split the Cost

Did you know you can split the cost of a single account for some services? YouTube TV, for example, allows you to share your account with up to 5 people as a Family Group. You can split those costs across each group member. Of course, not all streaming services have this feature. But you can always charge your friends and family to share your account or ask a friend or family member if you can throw them a few bucks to use their account. That is, of course, until the password-sharing crackdowns start spreading.

This Week's Streaming Guide

1. New Netflix Documentary Explores the Rise and Fall of Abercrombie and Fitch

Once the hottest clothing brand for teens and college students, this new Netflix documentary, 'White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie and Fitch' explores how the brand rose and fell out of grace. Streaming today (April 19) on Netflix. -

  2. Join Snoop Dogg in Laughing at Dumb Criminals 

New Peacock show 'So Dumb It's Criminal' adds a laugh track to videos of criminals gone dumb. Hosted by Snoop Dogg, stream on Peacock this Wednesday (April 20). -

  3. British Comedy Series 'A Very British Scandal' Hits Amazon Prime Video 

The three-episode series dramatizes the marriage of Margaret Campbell and Ian Campbell, the 11th Duke of Argyll. Available on Prime Video this Friday (April 22). -

4. New Showtime Sci-Fi Series Stars Chiwetel Ejiofor

An alien crashes in New Mexico with a mission: he must find the one scientist who can save his species. Watch 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' this Sunday (April 24). -

News and Industry Developments

1. Ohio Court Takes Up Case of Whether Netflix, Hulu Are "Video Service Providers

The outcome could require them to pay the same fees as cable TV providers. -

2. What Does the Warner/Discovery Merger Mean for Your HBO Max Subscription?

Most likely, price increase. But also, more content. -

3. HBO Max Executive Admits the App's Early Flaws

Truth be told, the HBO Max app struggled and still does. -

4. Did Disney+ Lose over 350,000 Subscribers in 5 Days?

This is a hot rumor, and may not be true. -

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