Ways to Watch a Movie

MOVIES AT HOME: Renting

We all know the economy sucks. Everybody is cutting down on extra purchases and things they don’t necessarily need. Movies are an easily dispensable purchase. If money is tight, then of course it’s logical to cut down on a few movie outings. Well below are a few ways to watch films in a more wallet friendly way.

Redbox

Pros:

* Open 24/7
* Only cost a dollar
* Can return rented DVD to any redbox

Cons:

* Fines if forget to return DVD
* Can’t pay with cash

These are giant red boxes with a touch screen on the front. They are usually located at Super-marts such as Wal-Mart and pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens. You must to have a credit card to rent the movie. Otherwise everyone would just put a dollar bill and not return the DVD. If you forget to return it then you will be charged are fine on your credit card. I had a friend that forgot they rented a movie from Redbox and left in their car for about a month. Only remembering that they had rented a movie after they saw all the fines on their credit statements. Needless to say they got charged pretty penny for the fees/fines. So if you do go with this convenient choice for renting a movie, just make sure you read Redboxs’ policies and terms and return the DVD with 24 hours of renting it. To find a Redbox location near you check out the official Redbox website.

Library

Pros:

* Completely FREE
* What’s better than free

Cons:

* Not newest movies
* Library hours

I think people forget that you can rent movies, CDs, books for free at libraries. If you don’t belong to a library find one through Publiclibraries.com. It lists all the public libraries in the United States. Find you state, then your city; it will list all the public libraries in your city; their addresses, phone numbers, and a link to their website if they have one. Most of the time all you have to do to set up an account at a library is show them a valid address. My local library has an amazing collection of DVDs. They have rated Rs, documentaries, TV show seasons, and even some DVDs that I couldn’t find in a movie store. You can usually rent up to two weeks, that’s a whole lot better than the one-nighters from most movie renting stores. The only thing missing from a library are the late working hours. Most libraries close at 5 to 7pm on the weekdays. If you have a job then it can be a challenge to reach the library at its visiting hours, but hey who ever free didn’t come with a price.

Netflix

Pros:

* Watch movies online anytime
* Rented movies sent in mail
* Low cost

Cons:

* Only certain movies available online
* Availability changes

Netflix is a very convenient way to rent movies. You can rent movies and have them sent your address, and you just send them back when you are done. You can also sign up for Netflix online. If you get an account online you can access it anytime and stream movies instantly to your computer or TV. The only issue with the instant streaming is that some of their movies are not available to watch to stream with your computer/TV. They have a only certain amount of movies that you can watch instantly. They also rotate the movies that are available instantly. This is a good and a bad thing, for example if you want to watch a movie that you didn’t get to finish previously it might not be available anymore, but on the other hand there will always be a nice mix up and new movies available to you. I have a Netflix account and let me tell you that is an outstanding collection of movies. It is definitely worth the $8.99 a month.