It’s Friday night and everyone you know is going to the movies, but, unfortunately, you’re not going. A trip to the movies can really break the bank, and your job at the fast food joint down the road only pays minimum wage.
You really can’t afford a trip to the theater, not if you want to buy the car you’ve been saving for, anyways. So, while all your friends get to spend the evening ogling Channing Tatum, you’re stuck at home, bored.
Luckily, there are other ways to see the summer blockbuster, and while you have to put in some thought to make them as much fun as a trip to the theater, they’ll help you save some of your hard-earned cash. So pick what’s right for you. Then make some popcorn, turn off the lights, and get comfy.
Renting leads to savings
If your town is like mine, all the video rental stores closed down a few years ago. But that doesn’t mean you can’t rent movies.
Some common ways to rent movies are via:
- Mail service
- The library
- Rental kiosks
Renting is cheaper than going to a theater, but it has some major drawbacks.
For example, the DVD you rent could be so scratched that you can’t watch the movie. The movie you want could be out of stock.
Or, worst of all, someone could spoil the surprise ending while you’re waiting for it to come out on DVD.
Get your movies mailed to youSpecial delivery!
The two most common mail service companies in the U.S. are Blockbuster and Netflix, with Netflix dominating in terms of numbers of users. Most of the smaller companies only offer DVDs geared towards a niche market.
If you subscribe to a mail service, you go online and pick the movie you want, and the company will mail the DVD to you. You’ll get the video in about two days. When you’re done you mail the DVD back, and the company sends you the next one on your list.
Netflix charges $7.99 a month for unlimited DVDs; your first month is free. Blockbuster charges $9.99 for its most basic plan; the first two months are only $4.99.
The best part of mail rental? No due dates and no late fees!
A month’s worth of movies for less than a theater ticket—whata deal. But, be aware with mail service, you won’t be able to spontaneously watch a movie. You’ll have to wait for it to come in the mail.
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