Blog land is full of people raving about subscription beauty and fashion services like Birchbox and Stitch Fix, and I’m certainly among them. But there are a number of other digital subscription services, particularly ones for books, music, and movies, that can help you get access to a wide variety of media for a reasonable cost. These other subscriptions are also only about $10 a month and barely even put a dent in my wallet… and some even have an optional, free service.
1. Dropbox – $9.99 / month (Optional Free Service)
Once you start blogging regularly, you’ll quickly begin to find that your computer runs out of space easily once it’s filled with photos. I try to be good about deleting the unusable ones, but Dropbox is a really great solution where you can store documents, photos, music, and even video on the cloud. You can access it anywhere, free up space on your computer, and know that all your important files are backed up should anything happen to your hard drive.
2. Spotify – $9.99 / month (Optional Free Service)
Spotify is a free music streaming service that allows you to listen to many, many musicians without paying a dime. But while their free service works just fine, if you’re a regular listener, I really think the $9.99 a month is worth it to upgrade to premium. Not only do you get an ad-free listening experience, you can actually download albums and playlists onto your phone so you can listen on the go without wasting valuable data.
3. Next Issue – $9.99 / month
I love reading magazines, but hate how they pile up around the house or cost $5 in the store if I don’t want to subscribe. I recently heard about this great service Next Issue, where for $10 a month you can get hundreds of magazines on your phone or tablet. It allows me to read all of my favorites like Real Simple, Food & Wine, and Domino when I’m waiting in line at the grocery store or curled up in bed. The only downside (and it’s a big one for me) is you can’t get it on Kindle Fire, but I make it work on my iPhone.
4. Audible – $14.95 or $22.95 / month
Back in January I shared 12 of my favorite audiobooks for listening newbies and discussed how I love the service Audible since I listen to so many. Audible has a selection of hundreds of thousands of audiobooks to choose from with some truly talented narrators and voice actors. While you can buy single books without subscribing, if you find yourself listening to at least one a month, the subscription will definitely save you money. You can spend $14.95 and download one audiobook a month or $22.95 and download two like I do.
5. Kindle Unlimited – $9.99 /month
There are a few subscription e-book services out there, but this is the one I use. For a few dollars a month, I get access to hundreds of books for free on my Kindle. Their selection is surprisingly thorough, and I don’t feel limited at all when I select what I read – often I’m just browsing for books on Amazon, select one, and come to find that it’s complimentary with Kindle Unlimited. If you’re a voracious reader like I am, this can potentially save you $50 or so bucks a month since you don’t have to purchase $6-$12 books every few days.
6. Amazon Prime – $99 / year ($49 / year for students)
I’m going to assume that most of you already have Netflix and just leave it off this list. My second favorite streaming service is Amazon Instant Watch, because it’s got a decent selection, but also because it’s packaged up with my Amazon Prime account. So for $79 a month I get access to tons of TV shows and movies, plus I get free 2 day shipping with Amazon… because there’s seriously nothing more annoying than waiting a week for a package. Love it!
What are some of your favorite subscription services?