Looking to save on Netflix subscription, and can you get Netflix free? I'll teach you how to save up to $143.88/year on Netflix, while still getting access to the movies you want to watch.
Remember those Friday nights perusing your local Blockbuster, checking out your weekend's DVDs with a coke in hand (chocolate chip cookie dough bites for me, thank you very much)?
Then came Netflix, and our lives changed drastically. While browsing the digital shelves might not be as rewarding, it certainly is more convenient.
I mean, no due dates? No shipping fees? No leaving your couch?
But what about that monthly fee you're paying? For us, we're on the plan that allows 2 DVDs at a time, for a total of $11.99/month.
Well, your local library might bring back some of that Blockbuster magic. It's one of the best ways to save on Netflix!
Curious How Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Works?
While I've used Interlibrary Loan ever since learning about its magic in college (I used to work as a librarian, aka the coolest federal work study job ever), I've never used it for getting my hands on the DVDs I want to watch.
So this made me wonder, what if our library could fulfill our $11.99/month ($143.88/year) Netflix queue for free?
Could it be our free Netflix?
I went through our Netflix queue as is, and searched for each of the DVDs on our library's homepage, and then if it wasn't available there, on the ILL page.
Honestly, I was shocked with what I found: 100% of our Netflix queue is available for pickup from the library just two miles down the road.
How to save money just became a heck of a lot easier.
ILL is the sharing economy at its best.
With all of the libraries across the nation, it's likely that one will have a book, DVD, audio book, etc. that you want. But instead of you having to drive to Nebraska for a copy of Straight Outta Compton, you just order the DVD through your local library (either in person or online) and they will order it from whatever library has it, then have it shipped to them for free.
Meaning you can now get the material at your local library whenever it comes in for free. And of course you return the item to your library as well, who will then ship it to wherever it's supposed to go to next.
Not only that, but in our library's ILL system, you can start a queue just like in Netflix, called “Things to Checkout”.
Each library has slightly different rules. Ours has the following:
- Maximum of 5 ILL active requests at a time (includes pending and checked out ILL requests)
- ILL requests count towards your maximum of 30 holds allowed per cardholder
- Checkout time is 3 weeks and no renewals are allowed
Patience, of course, is a necessity if you're going to do this. For our library's ILL system, you have to wait between 2 and 6 weeks for delivery. But honestly, you wait that long (or longer) for items in the mid-range of your Netflix queue anyway, right?
Let's look at more ways to save money on your monthly Netflix subscription – especially if you want to stream!
Pay for Netflix through iTunes, with Free Gift Cards
Did you know that you can pay for your Netflix through iTunes?
I’ve got a pretty fun strategy you can use to score free iTunes gift cards, and then pay for your Netflix from that.
Step #1: Sign Up for a Free Swagbucks Account
Have you heard of Swagbucks? It’s a way to search the internet (like Google), and you get rewarded for doing so. You’ll earn SBs (swagbucks) during your normal use of the internet, and then you can redeem those points for actual gift cards (or cash, through PayPal).
I’ve been using Swagbucks since 2012, and have a lifetime earnings of 372,296 SBs (hint: that's $3,722.96 in cash to my PayPal account!!).
Step #2: Go to Swagbucks and Search
After you get your free account, set Swagbucks as your home search page. That way whenever you open up your internet, you’ll remember to search through Swagbucks instead of google. The rewards will start coming!
Step #3: Redeem Your SBs for an iTunes Gift Card
You’ll need the following SBs to redeem for an iTunes gift card:
- 500 SBs gets you a free $5 iTunes gift card
- 2500 SBs gets you a free $25 iTunes gift card
- 1000 SBs gets you a free $10 iTunes gift card
- 1500 SBs gets you a free $15 iTunes gift card
- 5000 SBs gets you a free $50 iTunes gift card
Pssst: Swagbucks often has discount offers where you’ll need less SBs to get your deals. See below? Currently three iTunes gift cards are “on sale”!
Where else can you buy discounted iTunes gift cards? Through your Costco or Sam’s Club. They sell them in bundles, at a small discount. You could buy a pack and pay for your Netflix for several months at a 5%-10% discount.
Hint: Netflix states on their website that they no longer allow new accounts to pay by iTunes, only existing iTunes members who already pay by iTunes can continue doing so.
Pay for Netflix through Discounted Netflix Gift Cards
Did you know that Netflix has gift cards? What if you could buy those gift cards at a discount, and then pay for your subscription that way? Well, then you would have found a legitimate (but not-well-known) way to save on Netflix subscriptions!
Note: their website says that you cannot currently use Netflix gift cards if you pay for Netflix using iTunes or Google Play.
Raise.com offers a tiny discount on Netflix gift cards:
I know, I know. that's hardly any discount at all! You can add a bit to your discount by stacking your deals — meaning, sign up for an eBates account, and shop for your discounted Netflix Gift Cards on Raise.com through eBates. This way, you'll earn 1% cashback.
Ready to layer your discount one more time, to squeeze a little extra savings out? Then pay with a credit card where you get cash or points for purchases. Here's how this looks:
- Sign Up for eBates
- Shop for Netflix gift cards through Raise.com or other gift card discount sites
- Pay with your cashback or rewards credit card
- Apply your Netflix gift card to your Netflix subscription and save money
What are YOUR favorite, not-well-known ways to save on Netflix subscriptions? Please do share below!