Hulu is awesome. We don’t have cable or satellite, so Hulu is how we watch TV without actually having tv. It’s great! Unfortunately, it’s also one of the first things to go when we have to start cutting back on our budget. Even though it’s a reasonable price ($7.99 a month plus taxes for the regular subscription,) it isn’t a necessity. So imagine my excitement when I realized I could get a year of Hulu for free! Even better, it’s super easy to do!
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UPDATE 9/10/17: Hulu no longer supports the Watch & Earn offers. You can still get a free trial for two weeks by using my referral link.
1. Sign up for a Plenti account
If you don’t already have one, sign up for a Plenti account. It’s a great rewards program that spans across several stores and services. Basically, you earn points (called Plenti Points) for completing certain tasks or buying certain products that you can redeem like cash at participating retailers (Macy’s, Rite Aid, Exxon, and more.) This is key to saving (or making) money with Hulu.
2. Activate the Hulu offer for new members on your Plenti Card
Once you have a Plenti account, you can browse through the available offers and activate ones you are interested in. If you are not currently a Hulu member, you can activate the one-time sign-up offer through Plenti for $10 in Plenti Points. You must do this before signing up for Hulu. If you are already a Hulu member (or have been in the last 12 months,) you are not eligible for that offer, but that’s okay! You can still get Hulu for free without it!
3. Sign up for your Hulu.com account!
Sign up for your Hulu account (if you are a new member, you can use my referral link to get your first two weeks free!) and select the Limited Commercials subscription plan. Hulu is currently running a limited-time special in which you can get their regular package (typically $7.99 a month) for $5.99 a month for a year. This is key to your free year of Hulu!
Once you have your Hulu account set up, go to your account settings and link your Plenti card to your Hulu account. This is necessary to redeem any points for your activity on Hulu.
4. Activate the three Watch & Earn offers on your Plenti Card
Plenti has three offers you can activate monthly in order to earn Plenti Points through Hulu. They are each a genre category (children, action, and comedy) that require you to watch 10 episodes of any of the shows listed for each category. Once you watch 10 episodes, you earn 200 Plenti Points (equivalent to $2) to use at any of the eligible locations. If you complete all three genre offers, you will earn 600 Plenti Points ($6) a month–enough to cover the cost of your monthly Hulu subscription!
You have to activate the offers each month in order to earn the points, so be sure to check your Plenti account often for new offers.
For information on which shows are available for the Watch & Earn offers, check out Hulu’s guide to Plenti.
5. Redeem your Plenti Points
Once you’ve earned your points, you can use them at qualifying retailers. You’ll be asked for your Plenti card at the checkout (if you don’t have a physical card yet, some retailers let you enter your phone number and pin OR scan your digital card on your phone through the Plenti app) and the cashier will prompt you to use your Plenti Points. If you use them, they will subtract from your total due and you can pay the remaining balance (if any) with whatever payment option you prefer.
So there you have it! It’s that easy to get a free Hulu subscription for a year. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments below!