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Expense Report: September 2017

Summary

 

Expenses clocked a new high this month as I had 2 weeks before I transitioned to a new job. I took some time off and travelled around China, meeting old friends before the new job kicks in.

Total expenses for July: $4,411.63 (including fixed expenses of $957.95

Details

Food: $443.86

Groceries: $13.50

Transportation: $118.29

Shopping: $1120.19

Entertainment: $180.35

Personal Care: $0

Travel: $1449.49

Wedding Red Packet: $128

Expense Report: August 2017

Summary

 

Food expenses was a much higher as I ate in restaurants a bit more often this month and shopping was up again with a few new home appliances (which I enjoyed massive staff discounts) and a new pair of glasses from Owndays.

Total expenses for July: $4,242.38 (including fixed expenses of $957.95

Details

Food: $750.67

Groceries: $58.20

Transportation: $131.37

Shopping: $1656.45

Entertainment: $259.56

Personal Care: $10

Travel: $418.18

How I saved money on my Hulu and VPN subscriptions in 2017

This is an update on how I saved money on my Hulu subscriptions this year. Its slightly different from the Hulu savings tip I posted in a few years ago and in this post, I will also cover on VPN subscriptions as well.

In 2014, I blogged about how I saved money by purchasing disconted Hulu gift cards on eBay to pay for my Hulu subscription. That’s one way to get around paying for monthly Hulu subscriptions because I don’t have a US credit card. That ship has already sailed and if you do a search on eBay, the Hulu gift card deals aren’t that great and there are hardly any discounts.

That’s where Hulu shared accounts enter the scene

I found this guy (or girl) on Carousell selling Hulu shared accounts who is selling Hulu shared acccounts. Essentially, it just means that someone in US paid for a Hulu subscription and is trying to make some money back to offset the subscription fees by sharing his/her Hulu account. The only condition of the deal was that I cannot make any changes to the account or create my own Hulu profile (which isn’t a big deal to me).

The price is rock-bottom cheap because it’s only $10 for lifetime use. Now, I’m very wary of lifetime subscriptions because they only last as long as the account is not terminated. In this case, the Carousell seller guaranteed at least 6 months of Hulu subscription usage or they will give me another shared account to use.

Which is not a bad deal because I take it that I’m paying $10 for 6 months of Hulu subscription.

I decided to share this on my blog because I’m already using my shared account for about 4 months now and everything is still working smoothly. I also paid for a Crunchyroll shared account to catch up on the latest animes. For my crunchyroll shared account, I’ve only had a problem with the account once but the Carousell seller was quick to give me another shared account to use within the same day.

Let’s talk about VPN subscriptions

To watch shows on Hulu, we need to make Hulu think that we are logging in to their platform in US. One of the ways to do this is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which allows us to connect to Hulu through a US-based network to ‘pretend’ that we are accessing Hulu in US.

For the working adults, they should not be new to VPN because many companies have VPN software that allows their employees to have a secured connection to their file and email servers when they are using public wifi networks.

We all know that VPN can be quite cumbersome and in most cases, result in a slow Internet connection.

For me, I only watch shows on Hulu using my Apple TV or iPad at home. If you’re like me, there’s another option that you can consider. Smart DNS.

What’s Smart DNS?

Smart DNS is a sophisticated technology which allows Internet users all over the world to unblock Geo-restricted (or Geo-Blocked) websites like Netflix, Hulu, WWE Newtork, BeInSports.net, BBC and many more popular websites which contain regional-restricted content by re-routing traffic required for determining your geographical location.

Sounds complicated but essentially, Smart DNS only requires you to change your DNS setting to the designated IP address provided by your Smart DNS provider.

The Smart DNS provider that I use at home is GetFlix.

Based in Australia, GetFlix is a subsidiary of Global Stealth Inc. They have servers that will get you 18 different Netflix regions, which is more than adequate. In terms of privacy policy, they say that they will not sell, trade, or rent any personal information at any time. That said, they might use non-personal data for marketing, or to share with their “business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers.” Although this is a nice way to say they do keep some logs, I have no reason to think they will maliciously use my personal information.

GetFlix offers a rather cheap subscription of 4.95 USD per month and a heavy discount of up to 54% off if I sign up for 24 months for 54.90 USD.

While this is a pretty sweet deal, I’m always on the lookout for even sweeter deals.

I found that StackSocial is offering a lifetime GetFlix subscription for a crazy low price of 35 USD.

GetFlix is running a lifetime deal on StackSocial for a limited time only!

$35 $891

Limited time only

Get Lifetime Subscription to GetFlix

  • Access popular global streaming services from anywhere around the world
  • Access over 50 VPN nodes
  • Enjoy a fast & reliable solution for watching TV, listening to online radio & more
  • Benefit from easy-to-use Smart DNS technology
  • Get a free, optional VPN & SmartVPN account to encrypt all your traffic with 256Bit SSL encryption
  • Use w/ all of your favorite devices
  • Utilize the services without needing to install any software
  • Access Netflix on any device: computers, mobile devices, media players, gaming consoles, smart TVs
  • Please note: Getflix doesn’t replace the need for a subscription streaming service

Cheapest subscription ever!

This year, I’m paying less than $50 to access my favourite TV shows on Hulu. I think this is the best deal possible (at least in 2017) and I’m enjoying huge savings without being tied to any contracts.

If you have any other money saving tips, please share them with me in the comments section below.