Renting Movies Online with Blockbuster and Netflix
January 27, 2009
Renting movies online was the topic of a piece on NPR yesterday that covered the cost of going to the movie theater vs renting movies. “Trading down” was the term they used to describe the increase in the number of people who were renting movies from Netflix or Blockbuster in order to save money on their entertainment budget.
Despite several ways you can save money at the movies, it’s still usually cheaper to rent a movie, especially if there are two of you. We’ve cut way back on our movie theater visits not just because of the cost of movie tickets but because it’s more expensive to go when you have to get a babysitter.
One nice thing about renting a movie is that you can watch it whenever it fits into your schedule instead of having to go at a certain time; it’s also nice to be able to pause the movie for refreshment or bathroom breaks whenever you want. However, we still really enjoy the movie theater experience every now and then but it just seems to get more and more expensive.
How about you, are you “trading down” and going to the movies less often? There are several ways you can save money on movie rentals, such as the Blockbuster free trial or signing up for both Netflix and Blockbuster as they compete against one another.
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