Why I’m Canceling Inexpensive Subscriptions


As I approach my impending self-employment, my finances and particularly my expenses are on my mind. But I’m not canceling inexpensive subscriptions because of the cost.

Currently, I have a subscription to Hulu and CBS All Access, in total, they come to about $12 a month.

Come Jan. 1st I’ll be canceling both.

It’s Not for the $12 a Month

$12 is not much for TV, but I do have a digital antenna. However, I’m not traveling like I used to so if I really want to watch a show, I can just set aside the time it’s on to do so.

As I’m sure many of you know with these kinds of subscriptions, binge watching is real. I don’t mind spending $12 a month on something I truly enjoy, the problem is how distracting the TV has become for me.

I’m Canceling Because the Subscriptions are Distracting

Yes, you can turn off the automatic play next episode option, and I did experiment with that but found I still ended up with my ass on the couch for far too long. I stay up too late and don’t get nearly as much work done as I would like. All because I get sucked into marathon sessions of watching fun and entertaining, but ultimately useless TV.

I’ve got some really big goals, and I’m not going to be able to accomplish them if I spend that much time on the couch. It’s not just about business goals, but also personal ones too. I’ve essentially been working two jobs non-stop for the last two years. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to have a life, I’ve been incredibly unhealthy.

The $12 Can be Better Spent

I’d rather put the $12 a month toward more productive activities that will improve my overall wellbeing. I’m currently the heaviest and unhealthiest I’ve ever been. I don’t feel good, and it’s not about the number on the scale, is the feeling tired and weak that bothers me most.

So I’m putting that $12 towards things that will help me live a healthier life. I’m back on Weight Watchers; it’s the only program I’ve ever really found that I can stick to long-term. I’m working hard to hit lifetime status so that I can go for free (I’m still very money conscious).

I am also trying new things, like FlyWheel, I’ll be going to my first class today. I’m also going to give ice skating a go, there is a local rink that is pretty reasonably priced. I’ve also got a goal to hit up a yoga studio every day in for a month. I’m hoping to make 2017 the best year yet, but to do so I need to get rid of distractions, which is why I’m canceling inexpensive subscriptions.

Wrapping it Up with a Bow on Top

Remember money isn’t just about numbers, just like canceling subscriptions isn’t just about saving $12. It’s about saving myself time. Time to be more productive, time to live a healthier lifestyle, and time to enjoy the life I’ve built.

Have you ever factored in how best to spend your time when evaluating your expenses? What were your reasons for canceling inexpensive subscriptions? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Gosh, the distraction is my biggest problem. 10 bucks per month for Netflix or Hulu isn’t all that much, but I admit that I spend way too much time watching TV.

    1. I waste so much time watching TV and that time could definitely be better spent.

  2. Yes I have felt the same way before! I subscribe to Spotify and I feel like I *need* to use it every month, and then I always feel bad that I don’t spend more time creating playlists, listening to a more diverse set of music than some of my go-to staples, etc.

    1. Yes! If I don’t use it a good amount, I get mad at myself for spending the money.

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