Resisting the Subscription Temptation

Earlier in the month, I decided to give Netflix a try. They offer a free one month trial and I figured I could squeeze in about 5 seasons of Weeds (a great show if you have a good sense of humor when it comes to drugs, sex, and swearing) within that time frame. Then, I would just cancel my membership and not have to pay a dime. The plan seemed perfect.

Unfortunately for my “get in, get out” plan™, Netflix, being the masterminds they are, actually provide an amazing service. I devoured 5 seasons of a television series in just 2 weeks! Who does that?!? I can’t even count the number of movies I’ve watched. I accomplished this through their online streaming service – I’ve never even had a DVD sent to my house. Pretending I didn’t have any homework also played a small role.

Anyway, I need to cancel my membership in the next few days or I’ll be billed $8.99. Not a lot of money. But I really don’t need another distraction on the Internet. I already procrastinate like crazy by watching YouTube videos and obsessively checking my email. Paying to be distracted isn’t a good move – for my wallet or grades.

I got what I wanted out of the free trial, though. However, it would be incredibly easy to talk myself into just keeping Netflix around. I guess that’s the point. Companies give away 30 days of service for free, but you’re hooked by the end. Or at least, that’s what they hope happens.

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