I'm coming to the conclusion that I could do better with money. My spending habits are kind of, um, well, let's call them unregulated.
So, one of the things on my list was to try to do things to save money, so last night, after dinner, I opened up my credit card statements and looked at all of the recurring charges that are going onto my cards. And I went on-line to start canceling nearly all of them.
I canceled my subscription to Consumer Reports--not because I don't use it, but because I pay more for it than the use I get out of it. I like Spotify, but for $10 a month, I'll listen to a stupid commercial ad now and again. I had a data plan for my Kindle that was running me $30 a month. And I don't think I get that much use out of it, to be honest.
And then there's Netflix. We've got streaming Netflix, but we've also got about a zillion other streaming services. I think David's subscribed to Hulu Plus. We've got two Amazon Prime memberships, with the streaming that comes with that. (Note to self: investigate combining Amazon accounts with my husband, and canceling one of the Amazon Prime accounts...I didn't think to do that last night.)
We've got a full package of Dish Network Programming, too. I think it's called something like the "America's Got a Shit-Ton of Channels You've Never Heard Of Before" Package. But it comes with a lot of on-demand programming, much of it free (or, rather included). We get HBO Go and Showtime On Demand, and probably a bunch of other things that I don't even know about.
So, we actually watch streaming programming on Netflix. Particularly Orange is the New Black, but I've started getting into House of Cards a little bit, as well. But the DVD subscription? Let's see?
Ah. According to my on-line account, we've had the Blu-Ray disc of Donnie Darko in our possession since October, 2010. So, basically, we've been sitting on a DVD for three and a half years, and paying $10 a month to not watch it. That's hundreds of dollars of money down the crapper.
I found the DVD on our TV stand, right next to the Wii Games that we rarely play, and a few random cords from electronic devices which may or may not be extant. It still had its mailer attached, as well. So, I clicked a few buttons, sealed up the mailer, and took Huckleberry for a walk down to the corner mailbox.
And with that, I've just saved $9.99 a month.
Now, does anyone know whether Donnie Darko is worth watching? Should I rent it on Amazon Prime?