Review: TrackMySubs

If you’re anything like me you have a bunch of subscriptions at the same time: Netflix, Adobe CC, MailChimp, my ISP, Office 365, etc. Many of these renew on their own but a few of them don’t and there are times when the providers don’t send reminders.  That’s where TrackMySubs comes in.

 

TrackMySubs is, yes, another subscription service, that monitors all of your subscriptions in one place.  There are a few things you have to do to get set up.

 

The most tedious step of all is entering each of your subscriptions into it.  Luckily they’ve tried to make it as painfree as possible—start typing in the name of the service and it suggests popular companies. Enter the date of the renewal, the frequency, cost, and whether you would like to be reminded.  It was also fairly easy to change the default currency to GBP.  Here you can assign notes or discount codes for instance to remind you when it’s time to renew.

 

The thing I really appreciated was TrackMySub’s ability to have folders for different subs so that I could sort by my business expenses from my personal.  To that end, I could set up reminders to go to different emails for each subscription which I enjoyed. Further, you can customise labels for different cards you use (for instance business vs. personal) that help you distinguish which card you used for what service.

 

The thing that surprised me is how much money each year I am spending on these services which only became apparent to me in the reporting section.  The other thing I’ve noticed in recent years is that subscriptions seems to be the direction most companies are taking instead of outright purchases of software (anyone remember the whole Adobe Creative Cloud versus Creative Suite debate?) TrackMySubs allows a very loose definition of subscriptions which I appreciated as it allowed for monthly expenses like gym membership, insurance, house payments, etc.

 

While it would be a lot simpler for TrackMySubs to find my subscriptions for me from my bank statement, I can realise that this would be a huge trust in privacy so I think they’re on the right track now by making me enter my details manually.

 

There was only one area that could be improved. The timeline section, which seems an odd layout to what I expected, lists subscriptions running vertically throughout the year.  Perhaps a calendar view would be easier to understand?

 

Currently, TrackMySubs runs at £29/$36 per year with a special discount for IMIS members with 70% off (login as a member and go to Member’s Section and Discounts.)  For someone with a small production company or a freelancer who is on set often and doesn’t have the time to remember everything I felt the service was quite cheap.  And hey, if you’re a freelancer, TrackMySubs would be considered to be claimed against your taxes normally (check with your tax advisor).

 

We spoke with Gabe Alves from TrackMySubs and he commented that a Chrome plugin is in the works which would help with that whole thing of opening the site up every time you sign up for a new service.