If your household is feeling the pinch of paying for multiple accounts on, say, mobile phone lines, Netflix bills and streaming music, it might be worth looking into family pricing options, even if you don’t have a traditional nuclear family. Services including iTunes, Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Prime and even Fitbit have ways to tie together multiple accounts and it could save you money over keeping all those accounts separate.
Where it gets sticky is whether the people you want to group together actually live in the same household. Some services such as Spotify allow you to share a Premium account with multiple family members with the stipulation that they all be at the same address. Apple’s Family Sharing, on the other hand, has no such stipulation, meaning you could share iTunes music, movies and other purchases with far-flung people across the country. With streaming services such as Netflix, an upgraded family account means multiple people can be watching video at the same time instead of interrupting each other’s usage. But there may be hidden charges; with Apple, for instance, you may have to pay for additional cloud storage (starting at $4.99 a month) in order for everybody’s iCloud accounts on Family Sharing to be backed up and in sync. Read the fine print and see what works best for your group.
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