Goodbye, Netflix – unsubscribing and saving money
22nd September 2016
It wasn’t until the beginning of September that I signed up for a Netflix account. Tyrone used to have one, but eventually cancelled his subscription and got Amazon Prime.
But then I decided to jump on the Stranger Things bandwagon and I wanted to watch the latest series of Orange is the New Black. So knowing that I would qualify for a month of free usage as new customer, I joined.
Now that free month is coming to an end. I binged watched Stranger Things in three days, I’ve almost finished OITNB and Tyrone and I even managed to finish rewatching Gavin and Stacey (series 1 to 2 were on Prime, and 3 was on Netflix?) and cram in a whole load of Louis Theroux documentaries. And I didn’t watch any films on there because their movie selection resembles that of the rack of DVDs in Poundland; I’ve never even heard of half of them!
But I’m just not sure I need it anymore.
Or at least, not right now.
I’m going to cancel my subscription and maybe start it back up again next summer when the new series of my favourite shows are out.
Anyway, thinking about cancelling Netflix got me thinking about subscriptions and memberships, and how much money we end up wasting on them.
We get roped in by their oh so tempting introductory offers, which are all good and well as long as you remember to cancel after the first month. And if you do forget, or just can’t be bothered because of the “what if…” excuse then you are just throwing money down the train.
For instance, if you choose the most expensive package that works out at over £100 a year. And I can’t help but think I could invest that £100 into something better; especially considering I’m buying a car.
That’s the thing with subscription services and monthly memberships, isn’t it? You think to yourself “Oh, it’s only £XX a month…” but it soon adds up.
I’ve upgraded to Spotify premium a few times. Sometimes they had offers where you can get three months for the price of one, which is very reasonable given how much I use it at work. But I always forget when the three months is up and I ended up stuck with it for another month at full price. I can deal with the adverts. If I’m working hard then I don’t even noticed they’re playing.
Saying that though, I once just paid the £9.99 fee for a single month because every bloody advert was for the Jungle Book and it was so off putting when listening at work. In that situation, it was money well spent.
I’ve also subscribed to Graze a number of times because you get your first box free. And if you change your card/address you can sign up with another email address and get another free one. But you didn’t hear that from me. Then I forget to unsubscribe, and forget to update my preferences, so end up paying £3.99 for a box of overpriced food I don’t even want nor like.
But I’m not going to forget about Netflix. The last day of the free month trial is in my diary and I will cancel it. And I will get Orange is the New Black finished before this deadline.
Do you have any monthly subscriptions/memberships that you pay for? Do you get your moneys worth, or is it money you could be saving?