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How to Easily Find and Cancel Unwanted Subscriptions

by on March 30, 2023
in Tips & How-Tos, Shopping, Money Savers, Time Savers :: 67 comments

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Fact checked and updated with current pricing and privacy policy information on 3/30/2023

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 too easy for you 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 come in. They analyze your credit card and bank account transactions for subscriptions and flag the recurring charges. You can then request that they help you unsubscribe from unwanted services – if they can. Unfortunately, not all subscriptions can be canceled by these services.

The two main services for automatic subscription monitoring are Trim and Rocket Money (formerly Truebill). While I used to recommend both, I now only recommend Trim due to changes in the privacy policy and pricing when the Rocket Companies acquired Truebill.

Your bank and credit card statements hold a lot of personal information that can be gleaned from your purchases. The privacy policy for Trim clearly states that they will not sell your personal information to third parties. However, when you use Rocket Money, you agree to the Rocket Companies Privacy Policy, which allows for sharing your personal data within its group of companies (Rocket Money is part of the Rocket Family of Companies, which includes Rocket Mortgage, Rocket Auto, Rocket Loans, Rocket Homes, among others), affiliates, and third parties. You can fill out a form to opt out of the sharing of your personal information, but the default is to share your data.

Another significant difference is that canceling unwanted subscriptions is part of Trim’s free service. Cancelation is only available to Rocket Money premium subscribers (starting at $3 per month).

Trim and Rocket Money also offer bill negotiation services to help lower your monthly subscription costs. They'll call your cable company and other service providers to negotiate a lower rate at your request. According to Trim's Payment Terms, you'll pay 15% percent of the first year of savings they negotiate for you upfront. This is lower than Rocket Money, which charges between 30% and 60% of your first-year savings upfront. For both services, if they can't negotiate a lower rate, you don't pay anything.

Both Trim and Rocket Money are BBB Accredited Businesses: Rocket Money has a B rating, and Trim has an A- rating. For both, most of the complaints are regarding bill negotiation.

How to view and cancel subscriptions billed through Google Play or Apple's App Store

Some of your subscriptions may be billed through Google Play or Apple's App Store and won’t appear on your Trim or Rocket Money dashboard. However, checking to see what services are being billed through Google and Apple and canceling your subscriptions is easy.

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 or expiration dates. Tap on a subscription to cancel your subscription. And if you recently renewed your subscription, you can request a refund from Apple.

For Android, open the Google Play app, then select your profile photo, and then Payments and subscriptions > Subscriptions. Select the subscription you want to cancel and then select "Cancel subscription." If you have more than one Google account on your phone, check all accounts in Google Play. You can easily switch between accounts when you go to Menu in the Google Play app. You can also use your computer to go to; make sure you're signed into your account (you'll see the photo in the upper right corner). Next, click on your photo, and select Payments & subscriptions > Subscriptions. Click on “Manage” next to the subscription you'd like to cancel, and then choose "Cancel subscription."

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Wait..What... 90% of Comments are Subscription Complaints? 😂😂

From Laughing Lilith 420 on July 13, 2021 :: 2:21 am

I never comment on random discussions or at all really but, this can’t be ignored LOL SOO, Let me get this straight. Most, and I mean MOST, of the comments here are people complaining about different credit card charges from different subscriptions?? Really? Smh… I just can’t. THIS ISN’T CHALET SERVICE. Best of all, almost each complaint (Definitely not comments) is about a different company. So many different companies. Like this is Amazon’s billing department or Andromo or something called Blue Dolphin? Just… LOL 😅😅😅 Oh my LLS 🤣😁 siigh, thanks all ya ever so deranged people, loved it!🤪 It’s the little things


No more payments

From Tony D Nelson Jr. on August 30, 2021 :: 6:36 am

I need these payments to stop now thank you.


Wow these people are special

From Andrew DeBoer on September 23, 2021 :: 12:07 am

How have all these people made it this far in life and they don’t understand that this site isn’t the one charging them for anything?


Stop to subscribe.

From Isaac Anuhi on October 11, 2021 :: 5:08 am

I am an old man of 63 years old , how do I subscribe to games.please I order stop gw to 1880.does you father play games at 63.fools



From me lol on October 28, 2021 :: 10:24 pm

this comment section is KILLING ME AHDJEJFB like y’all are acting like this is a discussion that every company ever sees the poor writer 😭😭


Did not sign up for subscription to these products

From DEBBIE MCCLAY on November 20, 2021 :: 4:37 pm

I was supposed to get 2 products for free and after I received them they sent me 1 more of each product following 2 deductions of $94.90 from my bank account without my approval.No one gave anyone my permission to take funds from my bank account or to send me anymore products other than the initial free trial products. I do not want anything else from you. I only want CANCELLATION of this SUBSRIPTION which I never wanted to begin with. only wanted free trial product.


Define Depit card?

From Rj Rarer on January 11, 2022 :: 4:10 am

So ladylike!


cancel subscribtion

From sthembiso marcus on March 06, 2022 :: 3:09 am

i want to cancel some subscribtions.



From David Reimer on March 14, 2022 :: 9:31 pm

cancell description



From Sandra on August 30, 2022 :: 6:41 am



Cancel Subscription or renewel

From SUSANA MENDOZA on January 22, 2023 :: 3:46 pm

I am the husband who is cancelling a subscription to MidwestLiving. My wife Susan Mendoza is deceased. I have been canceling magazine subscriptions for my wife.  I do not read her magazines. I can’t see myself receiving all these magazines and paying for them when I do not read them.  Thank you.
Juan Mendoza.


I cancelled my subscription

From Clara Waltering on February 18, 2023 :: 2:51 pm

Stop everything I didn’t order this, I cancelled the moment I realized I order wrong So don’t take anymore money out or I’m going to get a lawyer and sue your company.


From Pauline Oakley on April 03, 2023 :: 10:58 am

I wish to cancel the subscription. Money not to come out my account



From Patricia Hollister on May 01, 2023 :: 2:14 pm

I have two accounts one for 5.99 and one for 6.99
I want to cancel them both.  My credit card ends in XXXX [redacted]. Can you please help me.  I want something that has Hallmark shows old and new.  I don’t now what Peacok has.


irate credit card subscribers

From Rodney Clutter on May 05, 2023 :: 12:11 pm

they are rightfully upset their accts are hit by small printers from planet Uranus. they click on something that usually says FREE, and lo & behold, they get zapped with charge by rayguns from outer space! Godzooks!!


Cancel my subscription give me my money back I didn’t give you permission to bill my account

From Chad Waltman on May 09, 2023 :: 8:52 pm

Give me my money back I didn’t give you permission to bill my account


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