People Are Exposing Which Monthly Subscriptions "Basically Pay For Themselves," And I’m Taking Notes

Even if you're budgeting, there are probably subscription services that are 100% worth it and you wouldn't even think of cutting. Like, I am sure that if you have kids, Disney+ is a monthly subscription that is totally worth paying for.

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I recently came across this Reddit post from a few months ago, in which user AndreLinoge55 was curious about just that when they asked: "What is a monthly subscription that is worth every penny?"

A person holding a credit card in one hand and looking at a tablet displaying Basic, Standard, and Premium subscription plans.
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The thread got thousands of responses. Below are the top, best, and most-often repeated subscriptions that people feel are worth paying for:

1."I use Spotify while working 8–10 hours daily, five days a week. It's the best money I’ve ever spent avoiding commercials while listening to whatever I want."

A smartphone displays the Spotify logo beside a pair of white earphones

2."My local movie theater chain offers three movies per week for $20 per month. They also offer refillable popcorn buckets that live for, like, five months for $30. Fantastic deal."

A family of three, with parents and a young child, happily watching a movie in a theater, holding buckets of popcorn. Other audience members are in the background

3."My local gas station chain called Sheetz has unlimited fries for $9.99 a month. They're solid fries too."

Sheetz sign with the text "Fresh Food" on top and "Made to Order" below the main logo

4."In the 1990s, Rolling Stone magazine offered lifetime subscriptions for $50. I got it, and I still get them for free every month. When I move, I fill out a change of address form, and they keep sending them to the new residence. Over 25 years so far."

Six Rolling Stone magazine covers featuring Kirsten Dunst, Robert Blake, Jennifer Garner, Incubus, Pink, Britney Spears, and Mick Jagger

5."Respectfully speaking, if you’re going to use it, a gym membership."

A man in a gym wearing athletic clothes works out with a dumbbell, seated on a bench, focusing on his bicep curl. The gym has various fitness equipment in the background

6."Kindle Unlimited is awesome for the wife and I. We read about 175 books per year."

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7."Mealime app on my phone. It's $2.99 a month, and it has tons of meal recipes. It creates a shopping list for you and has a reminder each week to help you create your weekly menu before you go grocery shopping. It then has very effective recipes that are super easy to follow, with in-app timers to keep you on track."

Mealime webpage headline, "Meal planning made easy," with menu options for recipes, cookware, guides, and work-related resources

8."I have a weekly delivery of fresh vegetables from local suppliers. It’s a bit more expensive than going to a shop, but they're fresh and taste amazing. Even friends recognized that the carrots are way more intensive in taste."

A variety of fresh vegetables including radishes, green onions, carrots, asparagus, green beans, broccoli, and zucchini, arranged in a wooden box

9."The Great Courses. College-level lectures on a variety of topics. It's intellectually rewarding."

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10."Not a monthly subscription, but I love my annual Costco subscription because I love the quality of customer service and the better wages for their employees."

Large Costco Wholesale store sign on a building with a blue sky background

11."AAA can get you discounts on so much stuff. My girlfriend and I went to Disneyland and got the tickets at a big discount because of AAA."

Exterior view of a AAA (American Automobile Association) brick building with the AAA logo and the words "Car Care, Insurance, Travel" displayed on the facade

12."Google Photos for me. Guaranteed storage of photos one click away is just worth not having to care and do it manually."

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13."Game Pass"

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14."A library card! Yes, you get your library card free. However, libraries are partly funded by us paying our property taxes/city council rates. Even if you're renting, part of the landlord's mortgage goes to escrow, which pays the property taxes for your rental."

A person pays for a stack of books at a store counter. Another customer stands nearby

15."I bought my mom a gift subscription to the New York Times and she no longer forwards me wild stuff from websites."

Smartphone screen displaying "The New York Times" with the newspaper's logo in the background
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16."I know I'm going to catch shit for this, but AARP really has saved me a lot on travel, insurance, and a couple of other things."

AARP logo is displayed on a smartphone screen with a larger AARP logo in the background

17.And lastly, "Not a monthly subscription, but $100-plus every five years for TSA PreCheck and Global Entry is the best money I’ve ever spent in terms of time saved."

A TSA officer examines a passenger's documents in an airport's TSA PreCheck line, indicated by a sign that reads "TSA Pre✓ Enter Here."

You can read the original thread on Reddit.

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.