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.