Subscriptions: How to Save by Sharing.

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sharing subscriptions can save you money

Everyone stop what you’re doing right now.
We need to talk about subscriptions. More specifically, how to save by sharing one subscription between multiple people.

Whilst helping people save money with Bean, we started to see a trend of several people in one household paying for an Amazon Prime account. That means you’re literally paying double for something that is supposed to save you time and money! You can even register multiple cards and addresses making keeping track of which package belongs to each person a real cinch. And this isn’t some huge secret; Amazon even encourages families and roommates to set up a “household” where you can share all services. The only downside to this is if you rely heavily on Amazon Music or the video streaming, which only one person can enjoy at a time, but I think that’s just a good excuse to whip up some extra popcorn and get everyone together.

 

But this got us thinking… Surely there must be even more places where sharing an account can save someone some money? Here are our top picks for subscription sharing.

Spotify

For a long time Spotify fell firmly into the solo accounts category, but with an ever increasing demand for sharing they’ve now introduced Spotify Family where you can pay a monthly fee of £14.99 for up to five individual accounts. That’s going from almost a tenner each to less than three quid – bargainous!

 

Did you know you could save by sharing your spotify subscription?

 

They do stipulate that all members need to live at the same address so this is ideal for families or roommates but if you don’t mind all registering the same address there’s no reason this can’t work for friends who live apart.

Netflix

Gone are the days of being kicked off mid-episode because someone has jumped on your account. Netflix standard now supports two sessions running at the same time as well as the option to upgrade to up to four users streaming at the same time. So you can enjoy your Parks and Recreation binge while your roommate explores the newest environmental documentaries in the next room.

Kindle & Nook Loans

More of a reader than a watcher? We’ve got you covered! Both the Amazon Kindle and Nook e-readers have sharing systems enabled meaning that, without having to share passwords or account info, you can lend a title to a friend for a set period of time. It’s important to note that the nominated book will be unavailable for you while on digital loan, but it’s a good way to cut back on costs if you have a bit of a book obsession, like me.

Did you know you could share your kindle and nook ebooks?

Asos Premier 

If you do a lot of online shopping with Asos, their premier membership can be a lifesaver. For less than a tenner, you get a year of free next day shipping, free returns and a heads up on any sales coming up. If you’re not a bonafide shopaholic but still want to take advantage of the quick shipping, find a friend with an account. Much like Amazon Prime, you can add several cards and delivery addresses to your account, meaning as long as you trust your friend not to go on a shopping spree with your Visa then you can piggyback on their account.

 

Every little counts when you’re saving so if you’re already paying for any of these services check in with your friends, family, and housemates and make sure you aren’t paying double.


We’re always on the lookout for more saving tips and tricks so make sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram so you never miss out on an update. Looking to cut back even more? Sign up to Bean today and see how much you could be saving on your bills and subscriptions.

Making the most of a last minute vacation

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Scrambling to put together a last minute plan for the late May bank holiday? Don’t worry, Bean has the information you need to plan an incredible vacation on a day’s notice. It’s true that advance planning can often cut down on a lot of the cost of travelling but if this May has crept up on you (like it has us!) then there is still plenty you can do without breaking the bank. Here are just a few of our favourite last minute travel tips.

Make your budget go further by staying closer

We’re incredibly lucky in the UK to have so many great destinations in our backyard. From the boardwalk and beaches of Brighton to the historic sites of Cambridge, there’s a getaway for every taste. The best part? You can save 20% on rail tickets with Thameslink and Great Northern Railways this bank holiday, making dozens of destinations cheaper than a tenner to visit.




Let savings lead your adventure

On one impulsive night out, my friends and I decided to book an impromptu weekend away but, being quite strapped for cash, needed to keep it cheap. We decided to check the cheapest flights available for that weekend on Skyscanner and planned our entire vacation around it. We had a blast! Not only does it let you take advantage of some amazing travel deals but it forces you off the beaten path to discover new places you might not have even considered. I mean, can you really turn down thirty quid, round trip, to Krakow?



Get creative with accommodation

Who says a vacation has to include a costly hotel? There are fantastic alternative options out there these days. I have seen some truly swanky airbnb’s listed all over the world and, if you’re traveling alone or as a duo, rent a room, rather than the whole property. Not only will you cut costs further but you get a built in guide who can tell you where the locals really hang out and what tourist traps to avoid. Looking for a large group? Check out listings for bunk houses on YHA. It’s a bit more “rustic” and usually involves self catering and cleaning up at the end, but it’s a great way to get away with all your friends without wiping out your savings account.


Embrace the great outdoors

Speaking of untraditional accommodation, some of my favourite childhood memories involve chucking up a tent in our garden and pretending we were explorers in the wilderness. Take it a step beyond backyard imaginations by packing up that tent and hitting one of the (literally) thousands of camping grounds across the UK. Pitchup is a great place to search for your next outdoor adventure. Don’t own a tent? No problem! They’ve got listings where you can rent one on arrival or, go crazy and upgrade to a tipi, wigwam, bell tent or even a luxury yurt. Yes, you get to sleep in a yurt. Move over infinity pools, I see a new Instagram trend this summer.

Splurge smarter

Still craving that exotic getaway? If you’ve got a little extra tucked away for rainy day spending then check out lastminute.com for some travel and accommodation packages. It’ll set you back a bit more than the other options listed but you’ll still save a pretty penny compared to booking direct. In an attempt to make their deals more attractive, hotels will often include some meals and cheap transport at the destination but make sure to read the fine print so you know exactly what you’re paying for.

With so many options available there’s no reason to let your budget (or lack of planning) stop you from having an incredible last minute vacation this bank holiday. What are you waiting for? Friday will be here before you know it; where will you be when it arrives?

We’d love to see where your last minute vacations take you. Send us a snap and any travel saving tricks you use to hello@usebean.com and we’ll feature you on our social accounts. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest Bean updates, saving advice, and more. Happy traveling!