Renting and Buying Movies on a Budget

Giovanni Sades / FreeDigitalPhotos.netLet’s be honest, not all movies are worth seeing in the theater or purchasing on video. Many factors determine whether or not a person enjoys a particular movie and everyone’s opinion and perspective differs. Sometimes the plot line leaves something to be desired, the acting is below par, or maybe you just don’t find the movie captivating. One thing is almost certain, you will not like every movie you watch. Conscious shoppers have learned to watch or rent any movie before deciding to purchase it.

Renting and Borrowing

-Join Netflix

As of this writing, you can rent unlimited movies without any late fees or shipping costs for less than $10 a month. In addition, you will have access to thousands of movies instantly from any computer with an Internet connection.

-Public Libraries

Libraries and Universities often offer free movie rentals to their members. Take advantage of them.

-Start a Movie Club

Share movies with your friends. Develop a checkout system and keep track of who has what. Organization is essential in making a movie club successful. If you don’t trust others enough to lend out your movies trade them instead.

-Avoid On-Demand and Pay-Per-View Fees

Don’t fall victim to this overpriced “luxury.” Most movies that are on-demand are also available on video to rent or purchase. Plan ahead and strive to only pay for movies which you intend to keep.

-Revisit Your Classics

To experience one of your favorite movies with a friend or lover who has never seen it before can be a bonding experience. Go through your old movies and enjoy some of your favorite pastimes.


-Skip The Extras

Unless you’re an avid collector of a movie series, try to avoid buying the “special” or director’s edition. Many times these extras are not worth the additional cost. Compare the difference between the two and make your decision accordingly.

-Buy Previously Viewed

Movie rental shops and discount stores can be a great source for buying used movies at a highly discounted price.

-Shop The Bargain Bins

By spending 10 minutes rummaging through a bin full of discounted movies you may find a classic which you’ve always wanted for a great price. If you don’t see one you like walk away. Avoid the urge to buy something just because the price tag is low.

-Black Friday

Skip some of that beauty sleep the day after Thanksgiving and take advantage of the discounted prices on movies by shopping during the early morning.

-Search The Web

Websites like, Ebay and other auction sites can produce some really good deals on movies you may not have found otherwise. Do the research and stay informed.

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