I am a thrifty xangian and have used xanga exclusively by not paying for premium. Here is xanga's official comparison sheet:
Roughly I am saving $25 a year and I do see all my Xanga entries back to 2007 (that must mean I have saved $125)
But I only get to use three icons and cannot upload more than 100mb of photos per month.
I have not changed my user name but with all the points that I get with comments (and some folks have solicited donations of points) it would be no problem to change my user name without money.
Has anyone complained about the font of PPhilip? That larger print is free and the standard set up is also free.
I do hate some of the ads but still I am willing to put up with it.