My 7 Essential Subscriptions

Irtiza Hafiz
7 min readJun 28, 2022
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Earlier this year, I created a system to decide what subscriptions are worth keeping. You can learn more about the system here.

Following the system, I ended up saving around $200 per month. I started investing it in the stock market. With the magic of compounding, this $200 per month should end up being around $107,000 20 years from now.

That doesn’t mean I got rid of all subscriptions from my life. I understand there are some subscription based apps and services that are essential to my life. They actually provide value and improve my life.

In this post, I will go through those subscriptions and explain why I see myself keeping them in the long run.

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TickTick, $2.33/month

I am not exaggerating when I say my life would be very different without TickTick.

TickTick is my productivity powerhouse. It’s my all-in-one-app.

TickTick is my task manager, calendar, habit tracker and pomodoro timer. It is my life’s hub. Everything I do every day lives in this app.

I have talked at lengths about TickTick in a different post. If you want to learn more about it, check this out.

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Medium, $5.00/month

I spend a considerable amount of time everyday on the Medium platform.

Medium has an incredible collection of beautifully crafted stories on productivity, personal finance, health, lifestyle and so much more. The stories are written by regular people like you and me, so they are extremely relatable.

I love learning from other people’s experiences, and Medium is the perfect platform to do just that. I feel like in a few minutes of reading I can learn what other people learned over a few months or years or even a lifetime.

I am a Medium writer myself. As a result, I love getting involved in the community, reading other people’s life…

Irtiza Hafiz

I write about tech, productivity, intentional living, sustainability, personal finance, heath and other topics related to personal growth.