Frugal Hack #8: Rent DVD and Bluray Movies on the Cheap

February 28, 2013 by Kyle
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Do you ever pay $4 to rent a DVD movie? I see people do it all the time when standing in line at my local Blockbuster, and every time I want to grab the person, shake him or her, and yell “What the hell is wrong with you!!” Fortunately, I haven’t yet as I’m guessing they might ban me from ever returning.

Instead, I should calmly and politely pull them aside in the parking lot and say “ya’ know, there are some really good and cheap options available when it comes to renting movies and streaming shows from home. Here are your 5 best….”

Your 5 Best Bets:

~ Blockbuster Total Access – (Grade B+) This is the option we use and love it. For $9.99 a month, we get 1 movie at a time, no due dates. and unlimited rentals per month. Essentially, if you rent 2 movies per month it will easily pay for your Total Access account. Our account also allows for 2 free in-store exchanges per month which is great for weekends when you don’t want to wait 2-3 days for a new movie to show up in your mailbox. You can just swing by your nearest Blockbuster location and swap out movies. The biggest negative is no streaming service yet. For more info, Click Here

~ Redbox (Grade C) – Redbox’s are those big red vending things you see outside your 7-Elevens, Walmarts, Walgreens, etc. They typically stock 20,000 movies and charge you $1 to $2 bucks a pop. This is a good option for those that only rent a couple movies a month. Biggest negative is you have to drive to them or happen to be at a store that has one. Again no streaming service. For more info, Click Here

~ Netflix (Grade A) – Netflix almost has it all: Streaming via wi-fi, movies by mail, and ability to view on your iPhone, Android, or tablet device. The only thing they don’t have is physical locations where you can do a quick swap-out like you can with the Blockbuster Total Access package. But with the streaming option it is pretty much a wash. If you are curious about Netflix they are currently offering a free 1 month trial which is cool. The price on the streaming only option is pretty low at only $7.99/month. For more info, Click Here

~ Hulu Plus (Grade B-) – Like Netflix, Hulu Plus comes in at $7.99/month. If you tend to be more of a TV geek rather than movies, Hulu Plus may be a good option for you as it allows you to stream current season runs of some of the most popular shows on TV. The one really cool thing is you can take the service with you and watch on your smartphone and tablets devices which is a great feature for people that travel a lot for work. Major drawback is the movie selection is still pretty weak. For more info, Click Here

~ Amazon Prime (Grade C) – If you are currently an Amazon.com Prime member, did you know that you can take advantage of a free streaming service? Pretty cool, huh? They offer hundreds of streaming movies and TV shows. They are not new releases or current TV seasons, but the price is definitely right. I noticed they have a great selection of kids shows and family oriented movies which comes in handy from time to time. For more info, Click Here

Have you tried any of these frugal hacks before or do you have an even cheaper option? Let me know.

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Nicole Becker

I use Redbox the most!! It’s only $1.27 fior a movie, how can you go wrong with that!!

GabrielB
GabrielB

Redbox, unless you watch more than 6 or 7 a month, but all in all it depends on WHAT you watch…..mix and match

Corina Ramos

Hey Kyle,

We’ve been using Netflix but my husband isn’t too happy with the selection they have so we might be switching soon so I appreciate you sharing this list, something to look over once he tells me he wants to switch 🙂

misty farmer
misty farmer

We use Netflix which I really enjoy then we use redbox for the ones that Netflix dont have :)Thanks

DC @ Young Adult Money

Everyone loves NetFlix! I read a while back that they had to get 200k more subscribers to stay profitable…it was some time ago but I really would be interested in seeing if they will have to raise rates eventually. I stick with the library for now 😉

Erica Ardali

I love my netflix – but I flirt with Redbox sometimes. 🙂

John @ Frugal Rules

We use Netflix all the time. They have some great stuff for the kids and some good movies for us too. We’ve thought about joining Amazon Prime for the shipping, but have heard the movie selection is not much to write home about.

Trish F

We like netflix but like someone earlier said the selection is not the greatest. Our local Blockbuster went out of business. I think it had something to do with netflix. Who knows. I may try out Hulu because I heard my cancelled soap operas are coming back on Hulu. Then I will definately get it. I would love to get rid of cable tv but my husband isn’t going for it.

j4ck86
j4ck86

4$ seems a little expensive for me 😛

Joanna F

The only thing I mess with is Netflix

Heather Howard
Heather Howard

Thank you so much for putting together this information. I have to say that even though you have to wait longer to see a new release, I have enjoyed Netflix’s services.They have a lot of shows for kids and it beats paying the price of cable!

Denise Taylor-Dennis

I love the sign that is too funny. We don’t even have any Blockbuster stores around any more where I live. The at home options are so much more cost effective.

Sherry Compton
Sherry Compton

I remember the days of renting movies at Blockbuster, but you can’t afford it and don’t have to anymore. Great post and compilation. Another option for some is the local library. I am a librarian in Missouri, and we get featured films as well as TV shows. You may have to wait awhile but it’s free.

Barb
Barb

Blockbuster Grade A for super great sign

Megan

The best option? The library – free, and at least here they have a better selection than most of the paid rental places.

Diana Devlin
Diana Devlin

I love the ease of being able to rent movies from anywhere these days – BJ’s, Walmart, even the supermarkets.

Audrey
Audrey

Did you know the Amazon prime benefits do not apply to amazon prime students? It SUCKS!

Paula V
Paula V

I have amazon prime but didn’t know they had free streaming. Thanks.

Patty Coleman
Patty Coleman

Great post!! We finally got Netflix and love it; however, for new movies we do use Redbox

Michelle S
Michelle S

Thanks for the good overview of choices – bought my husband a Roku device and we need to pick one or more of these. Your reviews of each will help us decide.

Chrystal D
Chrystal D

I love Redbox. You can find a lot of codes for free movies or discounts too!

Brandi Price
Brandi Price

We quit renting cause it was getting so expensive… maybe we can start renting again… LOL Thanks!

Darci Bean

I ended up canceling Netflix DVD service. All the movies we wanted always had long waits, so we would rarely get a movie we wanted.
We now use redbox and I almost always have a coupon code for a free movie.

Allie
Allie

I love REdbox!

cole mckinnon

I used to rent DVDs at Blockbuster for four bucks for years. Presently, I am paying only $7.99 per month for netflix. the instant streaming movie feature is superb and we have fantastic movies at the touch of a button.

Sam Dock
Sam Dock

We use netflix and hulu plus and once in a while when we have coupons we will go to our local family video. I do like them because we can always get a kids movie free.

carla bonesteel
carla bonesteel

I enjoy Netflix, but Hulu Plus has not impressed me yet…I also enjoy Amazon Instant Video…I get a lot of TV shows for free because I’m a prime member.

Stacy
Stacy

What I love about Redbox is that you can find so many free codes! I signed up to receive a once-a-month text, and for following them on social media I also get codes throughout the month. I have been renting at Redbox for years and NEVER paid for a movie!

Kathy B
Kathy B

Don’t forget if you have Amazon Prime they have free movies as well.

Tim
Tim

I really enjoyed this blog post, however, I would give Netflix a “C.” I have subscribed to them a couple of times and each and every time I cancel my membership due to buffering and slowness issues.

Renee Griffin
Renee Griffin

wow great price you can’t beat that in monthly rentals.

ginette4
ginette4

We have Netflix and I love it, I love that I can watch it on my laptop anywhere I go, great post!!

md kennedy
md kennedy

I am about to try Netflix – hope it stands up to your good review.

Rachael B
Rachael B

I usually use RedBox or rent through our OnDemand service. We have tons of RedBoxes around so it’s never an issue for returning.

Amanda Greene-Lebeck
Amanda Greene-Lebeck

We thought about doing the Blockbuster thing, but instead we went with Netflix, and we love it. We have been using netflix for about 2 years now.

Kay K
Kay K

Our family visits the public library every Saturday. They have free movie rentals (2012 movies too) that can be checked out for one week. No limit to movies checked out at one time. We don’t belong to any of the services you mention, but might if we didn’t our library rentals. Great info. Thanks!!

CherylS22
CherylS22

We use Netflix streaming daily. We also have Netflix DVD but it gets pretty expensive per disc so we might drop this part of the service.

This is a very informative blog. I enjoy reading all the helpful hints to get more bang for the buck.

Katy M
Katy M

We love Netflix when we watch a ton of movies- usually in the winter. We switch to Hulu Plus when we are outdoors more. It works really well for us!

addibrae
addibrae

We’ve been thinking about getting Netflix, so this is really helpful

Courtney
Courtney

Excellent tip. Love redbox~

Jennifer Hedden
Jennifer Hedden

We use redbox and have had netflix in the past. Redbox is supposed to offer streaming soon so I am looking forward to that. The problem I have with redbox and netflix is they do not offer all new releases the day they come out. The reason we don’t use Blockbuster is because they don’t offer streaming which is a must if I am going to be paying a monthly fee.

Charlotte Raynor
Charlotte Raynor

I hardly ever rent movies anymore. I cancelled my cable service so now I spend my time on network sites (or players on my iPad and iPhone) (like ABC.com) It works well and it’s free exceptwhen the ABC player goes wonkers like it has lately. Most of my shows and my favorite soap opera is on ABC so I may have to look into Hulu so I can watch my network shows before they delete them. Thanks for the great review! 🙂

ravzie
ravzie

Netflix rocks on the tv shows and the dvds, but the selection of streaming movies sux. Sorry.

Tina
Tina

Our Blockbuster is going out of business so I have been going to redbox but thinking about Netflix

Kelley Gaudette
Kelley Gaudette

I use netflix all the time.

amanda roach
amanda roach

all great deals..we use netflix.

Jennifer Appleton
Jennifer Appleton

We used Redbox pretty regularly for several months… Then we got a blu-ray player with Netflix capability. So, we started using Netflix (just streaming – not DVDs in the mail). Now, we hardly use Redbox at all! We use it if we have a free code and that’s basically it 🙂 Netflix is really nice, considering we only have basic cable

Lia Becas Jacobsen
Lia Becas Jacobsen

Thanks for the great reviews. We were just thinking about trying Netflix and I think we’ll try the trial offer. Great timing, glad I stopped by 🙂

Karen Hand
Karen Hand

Lately, we have been using Netflix streaming the most, although Redbox is relatively inexpensive. However, Netflix is a lot more convenient to access.

Jennifer isbell
Jennifer isbell

redbox is my fav. use often

Arien Cuesta
Arien Cuesta

This is my first visit to this blog, but I’ll definitely be back! Lots of great info! We use netflix, and rent lots of redbox movies, you can search for free promo codes for redbox and sign up to receive free codes via text once a month. It add up to lots of free and cheap movies!

 
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