It seems there’s a subscription service for everything now, from razors to socks to GMO-free snacks. Most of them are reasonably priced and offer incentives when you convince unsuspecting friends and family to join too. So we’re willing to bet that you’ve handed your (credit card) digits to at least one, and maybe a few, subscription services. And let’s not even get started with other services like gym memberships, cloud storage, and Netflix.
After a while, the gloss wears off even GlossyBox, and you may decide the monthly package is no longer worth the hits to your bank account. So why haven’t you ended that relationship yet? Unsurprisingly, it’s usually not as convenient to cancel those subscriptions as it is to sign up. Often you need to get on the phone and talk to an actual person (horrors!), who might just cajole you into staying with promises of discounts or free goodies. It’s harder to break up with some of these subscriptions than it was to ditch your high school boyfriend Frankie.
Thomas Smyth, founder and CEO of AskTrim.com, offers an inventive (and free!) solution. Log on to AskTrim.com and their secure service will comb through your credit card statements for recurring charges. Within a day, and usually much faster, you will get a text message listing the subscriptions they found. The best part? If you’re ready to call it quits, all you have to do is reply “Cancel (insert unwanted subscription here).” Trim will contact the company to cancel the subscription on your behalf. No awkward breakup conversations necessary.
By the way, if you already gave up on your New Year’s Resolution to work out more, you’re not alone. Planet Fitness, L.A. Fitness, and 24-Hour Fitness are all in the top ten most frequently canceled subscriptions.
Unfortunately, they can’t cancel your daily venti triple shot mocha latte habit at Starbucks. That one’s on you.