My love of movies has prompted me to be not-so-frugal and buy lots and lots of them. I have an ever growing collection that (to me) never seems big enough. I've been holding myself back for the past month or two though and haven't purchased any new movies (even though there are at least 4-6 out right now that I desperately want to ad to my collection-it's so frustrating!). So today I thought it would be appropriate to share a few tips on how I keep my movie-hunger sated.
1. Netflix. I personally don't care that the prices went up a while back. Even after they went up...it was still super cheap. If you don't watch a lot of movies, I can see where paying a monthly fee for Netflix wouldn't be worth it. But for people like me who watch movies almost daily (ok maybe a wee bit less..but not much)...it's totally awesome! AND Matthew and I share an account so it's practically free for me right now anyways. When I was a kid, my dad took us to the video store every weekend and let us each pick one movie. He spent more in one weekend of rentals than it costs for one month of Netflix (maybe even two). That's a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.
2. Amazon. This one isn't free, but it's pretty darn cheap. Amazon now has a wonderful little feature: Instant Watch. It costs around 3 bucks on average to rent an 'instant-watch' film. If you're dieing to watch something in particular and you couldn't find it on Netflix, your best shot is going to be Amazon. They even have a few that aren't even in theaters yet! I was browsing through there the other day and found out I could see The Good Doctor (go watch the trailer!) for $10. I know that's a bit steep, but it's just an example. Amazons selection is fantastic!
3. Pre-Owned. There is a little used video store not far from me called The Movie Trading Co. The selection is insane and the prices are even crazier. I haven't been in a while because I AM trying to save money, but if there is a movie you MUST have for your collection, try finding a place that sells them used! I've never had a problem with them not working or the boxes being scratched up.
4. Movie Swap. Call up a few of your friends and get together to trade movies. Watch them together or take them home with you. Either way you're getting to see something new and so are your friends :)
5. Discount tickets. Matthew and I love movie dates. It's sort of our thing. To save on going to the movies we almost always go to the matinee showings. The crowds are smaller and the tickets are much cheaper. I haven't been to a dollar theater in a long time, but when I lived in Waco, Tuesdays were my solo-movie days. I took myself to see a movie every Tuesday because it was only 50 cents. I got to have my me time and see a movie too. It was great :)
These are my main thrifty movie moves. If you're a movie lover like myself, I hope you can appreciate these tips. What are your favorite ways to save on movies?