Tom and I LOVE movies. We try to have a stay-at-home, order pizza, hang out in our pj’s style movie-night once a weekend. We haven’t been able to do that as often as we’d like this summer, but summers are always a bit hectic. Tom and I don’t often pay to go see movies (though we are seeing Inception at the IMAX near our house on Saturday, yay!) because of the cost. And we like to kick back in our house because we’re homebodies. So our date-night-in is perfect for us.
We noticed pretty quickly in the first few months of our marriage how much it was costing us, though. We would spend $20 a month at Blockbuster, and we were only seeing one movie a week.
It just seemed ridiculous. So we looked into Netflix and Redbox.
Here’s the thing about Redbox. I like them. It only costs $1 to rent a movie. So, they are really inexpensive, if you return the movie withing 24 hours. If you are someone who forgets to return movies the next day or something comes up and you decide to watch the movie later, you’ve just put yourself in line to pay a dollar a day for the movie. That doesn’t sound too bad. But say that you get the movie on Friday to watch that night. Your friends call and invite you to something you really want to go to. You decide to watch the movie Saturday. But Saturday, you never get around to it or already had plans because you were supposed to have your date night on Friday. Sunday, you go to church, come home, make lunch, eat, spend some time with family, make dinner, eat again, and realize that you have work in the morning and no time to watch a movie. You either watch it Monday or return it Monday, never having seen it. Well, you’ve just payed Redbox the same amount of money you would have paid to Blockbuster. And maybe that scenario sounds silly, but I bet it happens more often than you would think.
I do use Redbox sometimes: when I have a code to get a free movie AND know I can return it the next day. Redbox does occasionally email out freebie codes or put them on Facebook. If you can return the movie the next day, you just scored a free rental. If you’re a day late, you’ve only paid what you would have for a one day rental. That’s not too bad.
But Netflix was the winner in our household. We love it. For less than half of what we were paying with Blockbuster, we were having movies sent to our door one after the other, all month long. As soon as we finished one, we would mail it back to Netflix, and they would send us another. We would have it in a few days. But there is no set date that we had to return it to them by. We could keep the movie for a long time, with the understanding that we wouldn’t receive another until they got the one we had out back.
We were able to look at the queue of movies we had on their site and move whatever we were in the mood for to the top so we would receive it next. We could also stream movies and television shows that they had online straight to our tv, and that didn’t count as our movie that was “out.” It’s great.
Recently, Tom and I changed our subscription to 2 movies out at a time. We mainly did this because there are a lot of shows we wanted to watch that were not available to stream to our tv. We wanted to get them on DVD to watch, but we didn’t want to give up our movies either. So, we upgraded. For us to get 8 or more movies a month from Netflix is still less expensive than renting just 4 movies from Blockbuster a month. In fact it’s about $6 less. While getting at least twice as much. What?! That’s crazy.
So if you regularly watch movies and are still renting from Blockbuster or some other store, you really should check out Netflix. Just compare how much you spend per month versus how much you would spend with Netflix. You might find that you could save yourself some money.