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This Subscription Poll Will Reveal If Your Subscription Habits Are Normal Or Not

Because *everything* is a subscription now.

I recently read a great piece on Vox about how subscriptions have taken over our lives, and honestly, same. From music and games to software like Photoshop (not to mention how many streaming services there are these days), more and more businesses are asking us to sign up for subscriptions rather than make one time purchases.

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For example, here's a quick list of things that I'm currently subscribed to:

• Four different streaming services (Netflix, Hulu bundle with HBO Max, and the Criterion Channel for when I'm feeling fancy)

• Spotify

• Nintendo Switch Online

• The Chani app for astrology

• Skillshare

• Headspace

• Several musicians' Patreons

Aaaand honestly, I'm probably missing a couple. Even though I try to be organized with my budget, subscriptions have a way of flying under the radar. Some hit my credit card every month and show up in the subscriptions tab on my budgeting app, but since I pay others through Apple or PayPal, they tend to get lost in the shuffle. And though it often feels like no big deal to drop $5 to $10 a month on something, having a bunch of subscriptions can add up really fast.

Thinking about my own subscription habits got me wondering about how many subscriptions you have, how much you're actually using them, and what you think about them. So let's get to the poll:

  1. 1. First things first, about how many subscriptions do you think you're currently paying for?

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1. First things first, about how many subscriptions do you think you're currently paying for?
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  1. 2. Do you know how much you spend on subscriptions every month?

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2. Do you know how much you spend on subscriptions every month?
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    Yes, $0.
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    Yes, $50 or less.
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    Yes, $50 to $100.
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    Yes, $100 or more.
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    No, but I'm not worried about it.
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    No, but I suspect that I'm spending too much.
  1. 3. Have you actually used all the things you're subscribed to in the last month?

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3. Have you actually used all the things you're subscribed to in the last month?
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  1. 4. If you're not really using one of your subscriptions, what keeps you from canceling it?

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4. If you're not really using one of your subscriptions, what keeps you from canceling it?
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    I keep forgetting to stop the subscription.
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    I might want to use it later.
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    It supports an independent creator.
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    Another reason that I'll share in the comments.
  1. 5. What kinds of subscriptions do you think you spend the most money on?

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5. What kinds of subscriptions do you think you spend the most money on?
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    Entertainment
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    Product boxes
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    Independent creators
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  1. 6. Do you share log-ins for any subscriptions with people outside of your household?

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6. Do you share log-ins for any subscriptions with people outside of your household?
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  1. 7. Have you ever used multiple email addresses to get more than one free trial of a subscription that you didn't want to pay for?

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7. Have you ever used multiple email addresses to get more than one free trial of a subscription that you didn't want to pay for?
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  1. 8. If you woke up tomorrow and your favorite show could only be found on a new streaming service, would you make an account?

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8. If you woke up tomorrow and your favorite show could only be found on a new streaming service, would you make an account?
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    Of course!
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    Maybe...it depends on the price and if they have anything else I want to see.
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    I'd have to cancel another subscription first.
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    No, I don't want any more subscriptions.
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    No, I'd rather just buy the series.
  1. 9. And finally, what word do you associate with subscriptions?

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9. And finally, what word do you associate with subscriptions?
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    Useful
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    Convenient
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Is there anything else you want to say about subscriptions? Share your take in the comments.

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