I know many people who go on dates via Netflix. You can watch movies without leaving your couch so who wouldn’t take advantage of that. Unfortunately, there are major changes coming your way if you are a Netflix movie watching. With the news of them increasing their plan pricing Consumer Savings Expert, Andrea Woroch offers a few alternatives to help those of you who don’t want to pay the increased costs.
DVD Exchange With Friends
Do you have a shelf full of DVDs you just can’t bring yourself to watch again? Get a few friends or co-workers in on a movie exchange. Trade movies one for one and trade back when you’re all done watching.
Rent From the Library
With the demise of local video rental stores, finding releases from a few years back is growing increasingly difficult. Renting movies from the library can help you track down many titles not available from Redbox. Even better, the rentals are free!
Discount Gift Cards
Going to see a movie in the theatre isn’t exactly a steal, but there are some ways around high prices. Popular cinemas like AMC and Regal both have more than 100 discounted gift cards available at GiftCardGranny.com.
If you work a 9-5, matinee movies may be out of your reach, but they make for another way to beat high prices. Tickets cost much less and you don’t have to deal with the massive crowds you find in the evening.
Neighborhood Movie Night
Consider going in with a group of neighbors and investing in a backyard movie set-up. Hopefully, someone already has a projector they’re willing to share. All you need then is a screen. Inflatable, outdoor projection screens can easily be found online for less than $200. This tip might not save a ton of money, but it can help a whole group of people stop paying their money to Netflix.
Plenty of filmmakers just want their movie to get seen. College campuses are great resources for finding free screenings. Many towns also offer free showings of classic films at parks throughout the summer. A local paper is a good way to find out if there are any offerings in your area.
The natural world was here before streaming Netflix and it will certainly be here long after. Take the money you’d spend on movies and invest it in a national parks pass. The cost is only $80 for one year and it gets you and anyone in the car with you into more than 2,000 sites across the country.
Dial Into Daily Movie Deals
Deal of the day sites like Groupon and LivingSocial occasionally offer discounted movie theater tickets for as little as $2 per person. That’s a pretty cheap movie night outing and well worth the price. Just make sure to skip the popcorn and candy – your wallet and waist will thank you.
About The Author: Consumer Savings Expert, Andrea Woroch has been featured as a media expert source on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, FOX & Friends, ABC News NOW, MSNBC, Kiplinger Personal Finance, Smart Money and many more.