We finally canceled our Netflix subscription after hanging on 14 months after Netflix raised their prices 60 percent. (When that happened, our bill shot up from $10 a month to $16 a month for streaming and movies in the mail, so we opted for streaming only at $8 a month).
Now we get more movies and TV shows that we want to watch for less. A lot less. Here’s how.
Wait! Before we get into the nitty gritty numbers, our Netflix subscription was costing us $8 a month, or $96 a year. We both found the movie selection to be increasingly limited, and so my husband ended up watching reruns of Star Trek and Family Guy, while I tried to pry him from the set. Blah!
1. We are splitting an Amazon Prime membership with friends. You can have up to FOUR DIFFERENT HOUSEHOLDS on an Amazon Prime membership, which costs $79 a year. Now for $20 a year we get free 2-day shipping on almost everything we purchase from Amazon, free access to thousands of movies and TV shows, like Downton Abby and Fringe. UPDATE: It turns out that when you split an Amazon Prime membership, the only benefits that are shared are the 2-day shipping. We are bummed.
Monthly cost: $1.66
2. We are hitting up Redbox with lots of free movie coupons. Holla! (When asked which is better, Redbox or Netflix, most people said Netflix. But that was before the Netflix price increase and movie selection decrease. Apparently, they’ve lost a few important contracts with movie studios.)
Monthly cost: $0-$2
3. We are watching Hulu Plus using a friend’s log in info. He offered to share it with us at no cost!
Monthly cost: Free! Or $8 a month if you don’t have awesome friends.
4. We are checking out movies for free from the library. I take Lucy to the library each week for a free class where we sing songs, so it’s easy for me to pick up a movie. Last week we watched Revolutionary Road with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, and Rabbit Hole with Nicole Kidman. Both were depressing, but very moving stories.
Monthly cost: Free! The late fee is $1 per day after one week. Ouch!
5. Here are five more alternatives to Netflix that you may want to consider!
Now our total cost to watch great movies and TV is less than $4 per month!!!
What are you doing to save on the cost of TV and movies?