Reduce how much you pay for your Netflix subscription.
It’s one of, if not the, best film and TV streaming services with a great range of shows to watch. It’s also one of the cheapest – if you choose the most basic tier.
Though it’s rare to find deals to save money on your Netflix subscription, it is possible to pay less. Here are a few ways to save.
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Netflix price increases
Netflix has hiked prices for new and existing customers. If you aren’t already on the higher rates you will be moved over in February 2021.
The Basic level remains at £5.99, but Standard now costs £9.99 a month (up from £8.99) and Premium will set you back £13.99 (up by £2 a month).
Read more about the increases to Netflix and Disney+ here, plus my take on which is the best value for money.
Chromecast and Netflix bundle
For the combined price of £89.99 you’ll get the new Chromecast and six months Standard Netflix.
The Chromecast is Google’s streaming device. You plug it into your TV’s HDMI and use it to stream film & TV. This new version comes with a remote control, but you can still use your phone or computer to share screens to your TV.
This launch offer gives you the value of six months Standard subscription, where two people can stream at the same time and you get HD quality. The Google website still lists this as the old price (£8.99 a month) providing £53.94 credit for Netflix.
Since a full-price Chromecast costs £59.99, you’re essentially paying £30 for that credit.
If we assume this will change with the new prices, it’d increase to a value of £59.94, an extra saving of £6.
That’s also important as you can use the credit on the other tiers. So if you had the basic £5.99 option it’d last for ten months (up from nine months). If it’s the pricier 4K version it’d only cover just over four months of your subscription.
However, just to be clear, though it says six months free, while the Google offer still gives the value at the old price there’s a chance it’ll only add in the original £53.94 credit, which would actually cover just under five and a half months. I’d certainly complain if that is the case.
The offer ends 31st December 2021 and it’s open to new and existing Netflix customers.
Watch Netflix for free
Sadly Netflix stopped the free trial in the UK in late 2019. It’s now added a page with a limited selection of content you can watch without an account.
- Murder Mystery
- The Two Popes
TV (1st episodes only
- Stranger Things
- Grace & Frankie
- Our Planet
- Love is Blind
- When They See Us
- Boss Baby Back in Business
50% off your first two months
This offer seems to have ended now, but it’s worth checking to see if it returns. It could be you see an offer when others don’t!
New users can save 50% when they first sign up to Netflix. After the first two months at this discounted price you’ll pay the full price for the level you’ve chosen.
It’s possible you’ll see a different offer, such as buy one month, get a second free. It works out you’ll pay the same amount overall, but do let me know what you see.
Switch your subscription level
There are three levels of Netflix. The basic package costs £5.99, but you don’t get HD and you can only stream on one screen at a time.
If you do want HD and two have two screens usable at the same time this standard package is £9.99.
The premium package is £13.99. For this you get 4K quality (if the content you want to watch is actually available with that version) and you can stream or download to four devices at the same time.
Personally I think most people will be happy with the first two options and very few people will get the full benefit of the top tier. Switch and you could save yourself between £3 and £6 a month. The figures in this infographic are from before the mid-December 2020 price increase, but they give you a good idea.
Share your subscription
Officially you can split your subscription with anyone at your address, which can really cut down the cost each month.
Technically it’s possible to do the same with others outside your household, though Netflix could decide to clamp down on this in the future.
If you do split this then make sure you’re clear with friends and family who is paying what and how they’ll pay the main account holder.
Pay with a cashback credit card
You can use a cashback credit card to earn money back on your subscription. We’re not talking huge amounts here, but even the 1% from American Express will add up.
Discounted Netflix gift cards
I’ve not seen one of these for a long time, but in the past I’ve been able to save 4% at CD Keys and more at the now-defunct Zeek.
If I spot any new offers I’ll share them here.
Try a different streaming service
Netflix is great, but there are other options with plenty of content – and plenty of deals. So pause your subscription for a month or two and try out free trials from the likes of Amazon Prime Video and Disney + or get dirt cheap passes for Sky channels via NOW TV. Here’s my guide to the latest offers.