Surefire Ways to Never Pay Full Price for Xbox Live Gold

Save money on your Xbox Live Gold subscription

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Microsoft's Xbox Live service is free, but Microsoft offers a premium Xbox Live Gold subscription that adds advanced multiplayer mode, free games and big discounts in the Xbox Store. Xbox Live Gold membership is available for a monthly or yearly fee. Currently, the annual fee is $59.99, but you can use a few quick tips to never pay full price again. 

Wait for a Deal

The easiest way to get Xbox Live Gold for cheap is to wait for deals and cash in when you find a good price. You can use multiple gift and subscription cards for Xbox Live Gold, and they just keep adding on to the end of your current subscription. Buy a couple of inexpensive cards when you find them and you’ll be set for quite a while.

Keep an eye on listings at sites like Amazon or eBay, and you're sure to find Xbox Live subscriptions for less than MSRP. A quick search online reveals several subscription card deals at well under full price.

Bundle With Things You Want Anyway

Another way to get Xbox Live Gold at a discount is to wait for a bundle package that includes the Live Gold service with a product you are buying. You might not get a full year of Xbox Live Gold—usually, it is three months—but many retailers bundle Live Gold subscription cards with games and accessories.


An easy way to save money on Xbox Live Gold is to take advantage of coupon codes at online retailers. Xbox Live Gold subscriptions almost always count as accessories, and any location that has a sale or coupon code for gaming accessories may stock Live Gold cards. One year of Xbox Live Gold might be listed for $60 at some retailers, but when you can use coupon codes, they cut that price down substantially.

Check Local Ads and Online Deal Sites

Keep an eye on the Sunday ads from retailers such as Walmart, Kmart, Target, Toys "R" Us, and Best Buy because you never know when they might include an Xbox Live Gold card with a new release coming out that week. Also, make a regular online stop because the site is usually the first place to post information on deals on Live Gold subscription cards. is another website that focuses on deals like this.

Bottom Line

With a little effort, it is pretty easy to save money on Xbox Live Gold subscription cards. Watch deal websites. Use coupon codes. Bundle with accessories or games you plan to buy anyway, and buy several cards when you find good deals. Your effort will be rewarded with premium access to the best online gaming network available, and you’ll have extra cash in your pocket.