My wife and I love to watch movies. Action and documentaries are two of our favorite genres. If you want to watch movies for less, consider a few of these options. You’re sure to save money – and you’ll only spend $10/month or less.
Cut the cable. Try one of these alternatives!
Netflix is pretty much a no-brainer. Awhile back I wrote an article about whether or not Netflix is worth it, and I’m happy to report that we’ve tried it out again in 2013 and are pleased with the variety of content. Streaming is what we’re currently signed up with, and it’s only $7.99 per month.
DVDs are another option from Netflix, although the wait time (a day or two) to receive a disk in the mail will turn off some people. You can get one DVD out at a time for another $7.99 per month – not as worth it as streaming to us.
Hulu is free of charge, which makes it a fantastic option when you’re on a tight budget. My wife and I watch a few TV shows from Hulu on a regular basis. It can be frustrating at times because the shows are available later than they occur on cable, but hey, it’s free.
Hulu also has a service called Hulu Plus (like Netflix, $7.99) that allows you to stream shows sooner than normal (and more of them). We haven’t felt the need to sign up, but if you find you enjoy Hulu, Hulu Plus might be the next logical step.
Redbox is another popular low cost choice, and in my market, you can pick up DVDs for $1.20 each. That’ll get you 8 movies for your $10/month budget; a pretty awesome deal.
While it’s nice that you can get movies the same day as you reserve them online, you do still have to drive to the kiosk to pick them up. The good thing is that if you’re traveling, you can drop off your movie when you’re done with it at any Redbox location.
Redbox and Verizon recently teamed up to launch “Redbox Instant.” With it, you get 4 rentals per month from the kiosk plus unlimited streaming. While that sounds like a great deal, my wife and I didn’t use it at all during the free trial. I think this was because we took the free trial during a time when there wasn’t anything we wanted to rent from the kiosk, and we usually found something we wanted to watch on Netflix instead.
Welp, there you have it. How do you keep your entertainment costs down?
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