4 Effective Ways To Manage Your Subscriptions

Are your Spotify, Netflix, magazine, book and newspaper subscriptions getting in the way of your monthly budget? Here’s how to keep things organized in the digital age.

Over the past few years, more and more online service providers have been trying to make their way into the Philippines.

Digital music streamer Spotify reported last year that the country broke the record in Asian markets—it tallied a total of 2.5 billion streams from its first year alone here. Aside from Spotify, countless subscription services have also tried to get a slice of the Philippine market.

As time goes by, you may not have noticed that your subscriptions have been piling up—and trying to manage them may be an exercise in futility. However, this doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. With the right skills, you can still be on top of your subscriptions without missing a single one—payments, most especially.

Email subscriptions

Having an organized email helps you streamline your everyday work. When you see the contents of your inbox free from gunk, it is much easier to go through your mail one by one. Tidy up your subscriptions by using services like Unroll.me. This also allows you to opt out even if there’s no unsubscribe button. Aside from tracking your subscriptions, you can also get personalized digest every day to read all updates in one single email instead of going through each and every one of them.

News subscriptions

Gone are the days when you had to wait for your morning paper with a cup of joe; in this day and age, your digital newsboy can deliver the hottest news to your inbox for free. Want to keep your news subscriptions more manageable? You can use apps like feedly and Pulse for a more aerodynamic news reading. They’re already curated in your preferred news website anyway. Aside from these, you may also just sign up to simple news aggregators like Quartz Daily Brief for a dose of every news you need to know in a single email subscription.

Bills payment

How do you manage your payments for utilities and online subscriptions like Netflix and Spotify? While putting them in your card’s auto debit will basically do the trick, tracking your expenses may only be possible once they’ve been charged on your card. If you want to keep track of all your bills—including your credit card dues—you need an all-in-one solution for all your needs like FileThis. It doesn’t only help you keep track of your deadlines and pay your bills on time, it also does the analyzing of your bills for you.

Online subscriptions

Most online subscriptions like Netflix or iFlix, Spotify, and other online media platforms charge you every 30 days. How does this start? Usually, they begin your billing cycle immediately after you confirm your subscription. If you feel like your subscription dates are all over the place, you may want to cancel your plan—for now. Once you’ve hit your target date of billing, enroll your account again and you can have your account billed on the date you want. –Dino Mari Testa