Streaming TV shows and movies is becoming a preferred way of watching them and more services with more selection are coming on the market soon.
But the services do cost some money. Fortunately, there’s a way to shave off a few dollars.
MoneyTalksNews writer Donna Freedman explains her hack for saving money on Netflix and Hulu if you pay for them through iTunes. Simply put, Costco sells iTunes gift cards at a 15 percent discount. If you use the gift card to pay for the services through iTunes, then BAM! You save on your streaming.
When your account depletes, just buy another gift card.
There are a few catches:
- The Costco discount on iTunes cards only happens a couple of times a year, so you have to stock up when you get the chance.
- Only existing users of Netflix through iTunes can pay through iTunes. New purchasers have to pay for Netflix directly through their portal which does not take iTunes gift cards as payment.
- If you aren’t a Costco member and you have no interest in becoming one, you will have to find iTunes cards at a discount through online gift card resellers or have a friend buy them on your behalf.
- If you aren’t paying for Hulu through iTunes, you will have to cancel and sign up again through iTunes.
Still, the savings are there if you are willing to do a little work. Depending on what city you’re in and the cost of living you have, this kind of hustle may be worth it – especially when rate hike time comes.