December 13, 2018

Two Months of Free TV via Streaming Service Free Trials

If you haven't cut the cord yet then one of the steps you should take is to try out the various online TV streaming services.    The major services all offer free trials usually for a week.    With so many services competing and all of them offering trials you can actually string together about two full months of free television by doing free trials back to back.

Here are the services and the free trial lengths plus the potentially available addon channels.

Hulu  live TV 7 days
possible addons : HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz

Philo 7 days
possible addons : none ?

Youtube TV 14 days
(possible + Showtime, Starz

Playstation Vue 5 days
HBO, Showtime, Cinemax

DirectTV Now 7 days
HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz

Sling TV 7 days
possible addons : showtime, starz ?

fuboTV 7 days
possible addons : Showtime, NBA league pass


You can follow the links to find the details on what channels each service offers and what devices they support.

For the addon channels I believe you can get those in your free trial as well in all cases but I am not 100% certain.   I've already tested each service myself and I can't remember the details on all services so sorry I can't go back and check it.    So this can potentially give you two months of free movie channels too and thats a good deal in itself.

Of courses it should be clear that the different services all have different offerings and you won't be able to watch every show every day if you're jumping around from service to service.

Note that Hulu Live TV is different than the plain Hulu service.    Basic Hulu does not carry live cable networks.    This is the Hulu Live TV version with over 55 channels for ~$40/mo



--This article may contain referral links which pay this site a commission for purchases made at the sites.

November 26, 2018

up to 62% cash back on Tracfone, Straight Talk and Simple Mobile

I just noticed that Ebates is offering "up to" 62% cash back on Straight talk.     And I checked and their related companies Tracfone and Simple Mobile also have "up to" 62% back today.

The terms on the 62% cash back vary and are limited.    See the Ebates page for each vendor for the specifics.     But generally the 62% cash back is not available on the more expensive phones.   

EDIT to add :   cash back does NOT apply to purchases of just airtime.

Even so if you pick a good phone and plan combo you can find a  good deal right now after cash back.

The examples below are theoretical and I have not tried them.   

An example with Tracfone would be :  a reconditioned Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro for $24.99 and the 1 year plan for $125 totaling $149.99.   After the 62% cash back net cost would be $57 
Note that the Tracfone terms are not totally clear to me.    It says 62% cash back on phones under $100, accessors and airtime.   If you buy a $25 phone and $125 airtime plan then I'm not sure if that falls under the "less than $100" entirely or not.   So this example deal MIGHT not work, depending on the exact terms of the cashback. 

Another alternative with Tracfone would be : reconditioned ZTE Zfive 2 for $9.99 plus the $35 two month 1GB plan.   This has a $4 discount as well so cost at check out is $40.99.   After 62% cash back the net cost is $15.58.


An example for Simple Mobile  :   Samsung Galaxy On5 phone for $19.99 plus a 3GB one month plan for $25 would be $44.99.   After 62% cash back the net cost would be $17.07   



Specifics on the 62% cash back for Tracfone and Simple mobile copied off the Ebates  site :

Tracfone :

  • 62.0% Cash Back on phones less than $100.00, accessories and airtime (when purchased in conjunction with a phone) 
  • $30.00 Cash Back on phones $100.00 or more
  • Cash Back will be automatically added to your Ebates account tomorrow.
  • Exclusions: Cash Back is not available on airtime only purchases and a plan purchase that does not include a device.

Simple Mobile :
$30.00 Cash Back on the iPhone 6s 32GB, iPhone 6s Plus 32GB, iPhone SE 32GB, iPhone 7 32GB, iPhone 7 Plus 32GB, iPhone 8 64 GB in Space Grey, iPhone 8 Plus 64GB, iPhone X 64GB, Samsung Galaxy S8 in Black, Samsung Galaxy S8+ in Black, Samsung Galaxy S9, and Samsung Galaxy S9+ in Midnight Black
62.0% Cash Back on most other orders
Cash Back will be automatically added to your Ebates account today.
Exclusions: Cash Back is not available on orders including only airtime or service plans.
Special Terms: Use of coupon/promotional codes not listed on Ebates may void Cash Back.



Standard Ebates blurb: To get cash back from Ebates you need to be signed up with Ebates.  Then simply go to Ebates to get the referral to the store before you do your shopping.  I also get a referral bonus if you use my links to sign up with Ebates.  


--This article may contain referral links which pay this site a commission for purchases made at the sites.

November 23, 2018

Hulu for 99c a month for 12 months + $5 for Showtime + maybe $10 Ebates cashback

Hulu is running a promotion for their limited commercials plan for just 99¢ per month for 12 months.   The deal is good for new subscribers.   Previous subscribers who have not had active accounts for a year can also qualify.

Hulu is also running a promotion to add Showtime for just $5 a month for the first 3 months. 

Showtime is usually $11 a month.   If you would be buying Showtime anyway you can actually save $4 by getting Hulu for a year ($12) and three months of showtime ($15). 

Ebates also offers $10 cash back for Hulu.    I'm not sure if this 99c deal qualifies but its certainly worth trying since you'd get $10 cash back and that covers the discount Hulu price for 10 months.   I don't think I can test the $10 cashback since I've already had Hulu myself and I can't get this deal.

Assuming the Ebates  deal qualifies then you'd get a total cost of $7 for 12 months of Hulu and 3 months of Showtime.   Or you could possibly even just do 1 month of Hulu and cancel after

Note I'm not 100% sure the $10 cash back from Ebates works on the 99c deal but I can't see why it won't.

Note that this is the 'limited commercials' version of Hulu which kind of a misnomer since there are several commercials.   Their 'commercial free' option is the more expensive version and you can NOT upgrade from the 99c deal to the commercial free without paying the full cost of commercial free.   Still for just 99c a month its a good deal for all the programming on Hulu but you do have to suffer through their commercial breaks.   Its usually a few minutes of commercials per hour or something like that if I remember right.   Its similar to the amount of commercials you see when watching video-on-demand on a cable network or streaming programs free online.


Standard Ebates blurb: To get cash back from Ebates you need to be signed up with Ebates.  Then simply go to Ebates to get the referral to the store before you do your shopping.  I also get a referral bonus if you use my links to sign up with Ebates.  

--This article may contain referral links which pay this site a commission for purchases made at the sites.

October 24, 2018

8x11 Custom Photo Wall Calendar for $7 shipping at Shutterfly

Shutterfly has a promo deal for a free 8"x11" photo wall calendar with $6.99 shipping costs.   

Promo :  FREECAL

Or if you prefer you can get the 12" x 12" calendar for $6 plus $6.99 shipping.

This deal expires today.


--This article may contain referral links which pay this site a commission for purchases made at the sites.

Blog Widget by LinkWithin