Nowadays, we are all subscribed to some kind of streaming service. It is true that these services are relatively cheaper than cable service, and the content selections are much wider, but they can also be a burden if you do not manage them properly. I have a lot of relatives and friends who say that they love to watch movies and TV series on their electronic devices so they ditch cable and subscribe to a lot of streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime video, Disney Plus, HBO Max, etc. The problem is that each of these providers charges around $10 or more per month, and if you have access to upgraded services, the price will be much higher. Gradually, these services will cost you a fortune.

To be honest, I am not a big fan of television. I grew up watching television much less than other children of the same age. I like to play outside with my friends rather than sit all day in front of a TV. Since my relationship with television is not that close, I was able to avoid cable service fees for quite a while until the arrival of online streaming services. As a young person, I am always attached to an electronic device of some sort. It could either be my cell phone, iPad, laptop, or my desktop computer. I used to watch a lot of movies and TV shows on Netflix and Hulu because I always got hooked on the stories. I gradually developed a bad habit of turning on something to watch almost all the time when I am at home. From a kid who does not like television that much, I turned myself into a big fan of things you can watch. Sometimes, I feel like my room or my house is just too quiet, so I turn something on to watch.

After I moved out of my parents’ house, I had to work a lot so I did not have a lot of free time to watch things like I used to. Since my dad used to pay for these streaming services, as I had moved out, I took over all of these contracts. Little did I realize that these streaming services were going to become a huge burden for me later. With that being said, I worked more, resulting in less watching things. Since I kept all of these services, I paid a lot of money for them without actually using them. As a result, I ended up canceling these services. However, canceling may not be the best solution if the show you are watching is exclusive to a particular provider, and you are in love with that show. Thus, I paused my services and kept only Netflix, my most favorite.

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If you feel like you need all of these services or some services and they are not helping you to save money, try to find someone to share them with. These streaming services usually offer access on two devices or more, so it would be a great idea if you have someone to share with. In my case, as I live with someone right now, we share our accounts so we can cut down a lot of spending on streaming services. Still, the golden rule is to at least pause your streaming service until you feel like you really need it.

Do you have someone to share your streaming services with? If not, find some friends or relatives who would like to watch movies and TV shows and offer them to share the services with you. It is a win-win situation for both of you.

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