If you’re like me and 94 million other people who have a Netflix account, you’re spending at least $96 each year on your subscription.
I don’t know about you, but I wanna squeeze every last bit of awesomeness out of that $96 expense.
1. Pay your Netflix bill with a discounted gift card from Raise.
Raise.com sells legit discounted digital and physical gift cards for hundreds of retailers — including Netflix.
Discounts vary depending on inventory, but I’ve seen up to 4% off the face value of a gift card. Say a Netflix gift card is worth $100 but I can get it for $96 on Raise. I can then turn around and use the discounted card to pay my Netflix bill, saving me 4%.
For bigger savings, try searching for Rite Aid, Walgreens, or CVS gift cards — all have an average discount of 11% on Raise.com. Use those drugstore gift cards to buy Netflix cards in-store for 11% savings on your Netflix bill!
2. Share your Netflix account with up to three other people.
You’ll need to subscribe to the premium plan, however, which allows up to four devices to access Netflix at the same time. The premium plan may be $14 a month (versus $8 for the basic plan), but if you break down the annual bill of $168 between four people, you each only have to pay about $42 for a year of service. Not bad!
3. Kick people off your account by going to account settings.
Someone not paying their end of the bill? Or maybe someone’s been slacking on their homework … Kick them off easily by going to “Settings” under “Your Account.” Then hit “Sign out of all devices.”
4. Restrict what your kids watch by setting the maturity level on their profiles.
Don’t let the kiddos watch just anything on Netflix. Set up profiles just for them and restrict what they can view by specifying the maturity level. Go to “Parental controls” under “Settings” in your account profile. Then establish a PIN that only the adults in the house know.
5. Want the best quality HD? Don’t stream Netflix on Chrome or Firefox.
Browsers matter, folks — especially when streaming HD movies. While Safari, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge can stream movies in 1080p, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera have maximum resolutions of 720p.
6. Watch Netflix on your TV.
Streaming Netflix on your computer or laptop is nice, but streaming Netflix on your big-screen TV is amazing. These days, it’s super easy to do too. All you need is a streaming media player like Roku ($30), Amazon Prime Fire Stick ($40), Apple TV ($150), or Google Chromecast ($35).
Simply plug your chosen device into the HDMI port on your TV, connect to the Internet, and sign in to your Netflix account. I’ve been doing this for years now and have even gotten rid of my cable service altogether because there are other movie-watching apps that can be used with each device — like HBO Now, Hulu, and more. See more in 8 Ways to Watch TV Without Paying for Cable.
7. Switch to low HD if you’re using phone data to watch movies.
The best quality HD video you can stream on Netflix will use 3-7 GB per hour. That would kill your phone’s data plan if you’re not connected to Wi-Fi.
Save yourself some moolah by switching to “Basic video quality” when streaming Netflix on a mobile device when you’re out and about. Doing this will only use .3 GB per hour.
To make the switch, go to “Playback settings” under “My profile” in your account settings.
8. Or, download shows and movies so you can watch offline.
Before you step onto an airplane or hit the road, make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi and then download a couple shows or movies to watch offline. It’s one of my favorite new Netflix features!
9. Get help deciding what to watch with Netflix Roulette.
Gone may be the days of spending hours deciding what to watch on Netflix. Let Netflix Roulette make the decision for you. For the best matches, filter your results by direction, actor, or keyword.
10. Browse hidden genres with the Netflix ID Bible.
With thousands of movies and shows on Netflix, there are only so many categories that will fit neatly under their Browse function. So what do you do if you’re looking for the perfect classic thriller and don’t have time to scroll through the hundreds of titles classified as “Thriller?”
Go to the Netflix ID Bible and find the genre code you’re interested in. For instance, the code for Classic Thrillers is 46588. Now insert that code to the end of this hyperlink and load it in your browser’s address bar to go straight to that genre in Netflix.
11. Or, just install the Netflix Categories plugin in your Chrome browser.
Netflix Categories is a free, new plugin that allows you to search for hidden genres right in your browser. You can also add categories to your favorites so there’s no need to scroll through the 200 sub-genres listed in the plugin.
12. Know when new movies and shows are being released.
Limit the time spent searching for what to watch even further by knowing exactly what the Netflix new releases are. Go to WhatsOnNetflix.com to find out the precise date a new show or movie will be available. Remember, movies and shows don’t stick around on Netflix forever, so prioritize!
13. Customize subtitles.
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