- 2022 continues to hit our wallets with huge price rises across the board. We understand the strain these rises will be putting on everyone, we are feeling the pinch like everyone else. So this month we thought we would share our tips on how you can save money on your subscriptions to help you manage these difficult times.
- Get organised
First things first, check what you are actually paying for and whether you still use it! It might seem obvious but believe us when we tell you it’s not uncommon to have a monthly payment going out for something you’ve long since forgotten about! Make a list of all your subscriptions and go through them with a fine tooth comb. Trackmysubs has a free ‘starter’ level membership and is a great way to keep an eye on all your subscriptions so you’re less likely to overlook anything- great if you are partial to a free trial offer but often forget to cancel before the trial period ends!
- Look for Cheaper Alternatives
If you currently subscribe to office software you might be able to save money using a free alternative - open-source options are available for most types of desktop software. LibreOffice is a great alternative to Google Docs as it is fully compatible with Microsoft and doesn’t have the same formatting issues that sometimes arise when opening a Microsoft document in Google.
- Compare Prices
If you subscribe to multiple streaming services, consider if you need them all - often you can watch the same programme on different platforms so have a look and see if it’s cheaper to stream on one over another.
- Check your Plan
Streaming services often have different plans to suit your needs. If you only use the service on one device you could save £££’s by opting for the basic package. This option is great for people who live alone and who don’t share an account with anyone.
- Share your Subscriptions
Most digital subscription services offer family plans including Spotify, Amazon Prime, Google One and Microsoft 365. Check your subscription and see if there’s an option for sharing within your household.
- Student Discount
Amazon do an amazing trial offer for students who are new customers you get 6 months free trial and after that the plan is £4.49 month. Other great offers for students include Adobe Cloud and Microsoft 365 - check out studentdiscount.co.uk for loads more great deals on software subscriptions and services.
- Free Trial
If you just need a certain service/software for a one-off project then you might be able to get it completely free. Many companies offer a free trial for a certain amount of time so if you can complete your task within the trial period you won’t need to pay a penny - just remember to cancel it before your free trial period ends!
- Pay Annually
Sometimes it costs less to pay for a subscription upfront rather than spread it out over the year. If you can afford the initial outlay it is worth considering for some services.
We can help with any of your software installation issues - we understand it’s not always as straightforward as it should be so please get in touch for help and advice.
For more money saving ideas have a look at our blog ‘How Tech can Help you Save Money’
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