Subscription services haven't always been difficult to navigate, but today's retailing market has become saturated with countless claims of deals, subscriptions and services that you must get. The overload of advertisements may get to be overwhelming and you're left wondering which are worth the cost and will fulfill your needs. The search stops here as we have rounded up the subscriptions and memberships that can be sworn by.
This is quickly becoming the holy grail of all paid memberships. For only $99 a year you will receive free two-day shipping for qualifying Amazon buys (which is a ton of stuff), video and music streaming and photo storage. Students can also receive the membership for only $49 a year.
Cable is quickly becoming a thing of the past, thanks to online video streaming services that allow you to take your favorite movies or shows on the go. Hulu is great for those wanting to stay up-to-date on the latest episodes of countless TV shows for a monthly price of $7.99, and for an additional $4 you can upgrade to the commercial-free option. Netflix, on the other hand, is primarily centered around movies, old TV shows, and original series and can be purchased for $7.99 per month for unlimited streaming. Both services offer a variety of both TV shows and movies as well as offering their own original content.
Both are big box retailers that offer members to purchase a large variety of goods in bulk—from cleaning products to groceries, which can result in huge savings over time. Costco costs $55 annually or customers have the option of upgrading to the "Executive" option at $110 annually, but offering perks including cash back on purchases. A Sam's Club membership is available at $45 or for an additional $55 can be moved up to the "Plus" membership that offers cash back rewards and exclusive shopping hours for these cardholders. The biggest factor in deciding which is right for you is the location of each retailer, you could save $10 on the Sam's Club membership, but if the closest location is 100 miles away the $10 difference doesn't make much sense.
This music streaming service allows anyone to stream as much music as they would like, but limits the number of song skips and includes commercial breaks sporadically. Upgrading this free service to Spotify premium provides the same access to music, but removes all commercial advertisements and unlimited song skips for only $9.99 or $4.99 for college students.
This subscription brings your favorite books with you wherever you go. Thousands of audio books are available with the application whether it be on your iPad, tablet or smartphone. Available in a variety of monthly or annual plans starting as low as $14.99 monthly. Not sure on the membership? Try a free trial for 30 days before you buy.
This is a study tool for all students and subjects. The site offers users to make their own flashcards and search other user's sets while also offering additional study tools. Available for as little as $7 a month this outlet is a prime example of studying smarter.
Need a tow, have a flat tire, or a jump? This membership takes all your car worries away and is only a call away. If this membership doesn't pay for itself in car assistance you can bet it will with the range of discounts available at attractions, hotels, and more. Available at three coverage options with the lowest at only $49 annually.
National Park Pass
Love the outdoors? Now you can have an excuse to travel more often. The National Park Service department offers a variety of passes and prices depending on your background. The most commonly purchased is the Annual Pass which is available for $80 annually. The pass allows for the card holder and three guests into more than 2,000 recreation parks. This can be purchased online or at various national parks across the country.