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How to Easily Find & Cancel Unwanted Subscriptions

by on January 24, 2020
in Tips & How-Tos, Shopping, Money Savers, Time Savers :: 15 comments

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It's easy to become a victim of subscription creep. There's your music subscription, video streaming subscriptions, gym membership, online storage, cell phone service, and probably much more. Companies make it simple to sign up for their services, and it's often easy to let them continue long after you don't need them because either you've forgotten about the subscription or it's difficult to unsubscribe. 

That's where subscription monitoring services like Trim and TrueBill come in. They analyze your credit card and bank account transactions for subscriptions and flag the recurring charges. They will then help you unsubscribe to unwanted services.

Trim uses text messages to alert you each month to recurring charges. Simply reply with "Cancel," and the name of the subscription and Trim will take care of it — if they can. Some subscriptions can't be canceled by Trim. TrueBill works the same way except you use the TrueBill app instead of text messaging for subscription information and cancellations.

How do Trim and TrueBill make money?

The privacy policies for TrueBill and Trim clearly state that they will not sell your personal information to third parties. But you may get communications from businesses that they have affiliate relationships with and they may sell your data once it's been anonymized. 

Also, both services offer bill negotiation services. They'll call your cable company and other services providers at your request to negotiate a lower rate. According to Trim's Payment Terms, you'll pay 33% percent of the first year of savings they negotiate for you. If they can't negotiate a lower rate, you don't pay anything. TrueBill works similarly but takes 40% of your first year of savings.

Easily cancel in-app subscriptions made with your phone

Some of your subscriptions, like your music streaming service, online gym classes and more, may be billed through Google Play or Apple's App Store. It's easy to check to see what services are being billed through Google and Apple and cancel your subscriptions. 

For iPhones and iPads, go to Settings > Apple ID (where your name is at the top) > Subscriptions. There you'll see a list of current and their next billing date or expiration date. Tap on a subscription to cancel your subscription. 

For Android, open the Google Play app then select Menu > Subscriptions. Select the subscription you want to cancel and then select Cancel subscription. If you have more than on Google account on your phone check all accounts in Google Play. You can easily swictch between accounts when you go to Menu in the Google Play app. You can also use your computer to to to play.google.com, make sure you're signed into your account (you'll see the photo in the upper right corner), and select My Subscriptions from the menu on the left. Select Manage next to the subscription you'd like to cancel and then select Cancel subscription.

Updated on 1/24/2020

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Stop payment and get refund

From James Harvey on October 26, 2019 :: 9:11 am

I nedd to stop payments off my debit card from Tn-tnpaymt.com site they been taking money off my card for a month and im nit signed up for nothing i think ita scam can u pleea get my money back

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Stpp

From Millan Dirua on February 05, 2020 :: 1:57 am

0ks stop my payment I did not know that I have been charged for this and over K2000 has been drawn from my account

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YOU DO NOT HAVE MY

From Donna Butler Nolte on February 05, 2020 :: 10:38 am

YOU DO NOT HAVE MY PERMISSION TO TAKE MY MONEY OFF MY DEBIT CARD ASSHOLE ....I WANT MY REFUND NOW….DONNA NOLTE ....

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I want a refund

From MUJJANTE Derrick on January 27, 2020 :: 9:25 pm

Some one is using my card

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Someone has taken 53: 64 and another for 90:82

From donna nolte on February 04, 2020 :: 7:28 am

Out of my bank account…please help who took it thank you…..Donna Nolte

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STOP TAKING MY MONEY OFF

From Donna Butler Nolte on February 05, 2020 :: 10:23 am

STOP TAKING MY MONEY OFF MY DEPIT CARD ASSHOLE ...I WANT A REFUND NOW .....

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This isn't the place to be commenting

From Josh Kirschner on February 05, 2020 :: 12:20 pm

Hi Donna,

You need to contact the company making the withdrawals or your bank to resolve this issue. Cursing about it in our comment section isn’t going to do anything for you.

Josh

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Someone said it has taken

From Kelta on February 13, 2020 :: 2:57 pm

Someone said it has taken over 2k from they’re account, I think they have the right to be upset Mr. Kirschner.

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Yes, but this is the wrong place to try and get it back

From Josh Kirschner on February 13, 2020 :: 7:25 pm

Understandable they’re upset. But there’s no point trying to communicate with whomever took their money by commenting on this page; that person/company isn’t reading this and it’s not going to help them get their money back. If they want the withdrawals to stop, they need to contact the company or their bank.

STOP TAKING MY MONEY OUT

From Donna Butler Nolte on February 05, 2020 :: 10:25 am

STOP TAKING MY MONEY OUT OF MY DEPIT CARD NOW ASSHOLE ....I WANT A REFUND NOW…

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MY DEPIT CARD IS NOT

From Donna Butler Nolte on February 05, 2020 :: 10:20 am

MY DEPIT CARD IS NOT FOR TAKING I WANT MY MONEY BACK NOW FROM THESE SCAMMERS….NOW .....DONNA NOLTE

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AND EVERYWHERE I PRESS YOU

From Donna Butler Nolte on February 05, 2020 :: 10:41 am

AND EVERYWHERE I PRESS YOU DICKHEADS CANT BE REACHED ..HOW CONVENIENT….I WANT MY MONEY BACK NOW OR IM GETTING POLICE INVOLVED….NOW ....DONNA NOLTE

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Do not deduct Money out

From Lila Ringuette on February 12, 2020 :: 1:21 pm

Do not deduct Money out of my Visa. I didn’t give you guys permission to that.

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Refund

From Manuel Butch on March 14, 2020 :: 9:46 pm

Please refund my money from micmusic.comCYP

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Stop charging me for Prime subscription

From Irene tomasovich on April 01, 2020 :: 6:03 pm

I was using the free application.  Then I noticed that you were charging me $41.10 last month. I don’t this subscription. Cancel my subscription as soon as possible.!!!!!!!!!! I’m retired and have 41.10 deductions for this subscription

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