How to Never Pay Full Price for Xbox Live Gold

Quick online and ad searches can save you a lot of money

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Microsoft offers a premium Xbox Live Gold subscription service to gamers who own an Xbox console system. The paid service offers access to advanced multiplayer mode, free games, and big discounts on purchases made in the Xbox Store. The Xbox Live Gold membership is available for a monthly fee of $9.99, or a once yearly fee of $59.99.

But you don't have to pay full price for a subscription. Here are a few tricks to never pay full price again. 

Discounts on subscription cards

The easiest way to get Xbox Live Gold at a discount is to keep an eye out for deals on subscription and gift cards at a good price, purchase those, and then use them to subscribe or renew. You can use multiple gift and subscription cards for Xbox Live Gold, and each one can extend a current subscription. Buy a couple of inexpensive cards when you find them at a discount and you’ll be set for quite a while.

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

Xbox Live Gold bundled with games and products

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 want to purchase. You might not get a full year of Xbox Live Gold—usually, it these bundles come with three month subscription bonuses—but many retailers bundle Xbox Live Gold subscription cards with games and accessories at a discount.

Retailer coupons and promotional codes

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 Xbox Live Gold cards. One year of Xbox Live Gold might be listed for $60 at some retailers, but when you use coupon codes, that price can be reduced substantially.

Check local ads and online deal sites

Keep an eye on the Sunday promotional 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 game release. Also, make CheapAssGamer.com a regular online stop, because the site is usually the first place users post information on great deals for Xbox Live Gold subscription cards. Slickdeals.net is another website with a broad range of product deals, but especially on electronics and gift cards and subscription cards.

Saving money on Xbox Live Gold

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.