If your entertainment dollars are limited (and who aren’t these days?), you may find yourself starting to think about cutting back on your spending for things like movies. We certainly can’t afford to go to the movie theatre every week. But there are other options for you and your family to get your movie fixed.
Netflix is one frugal way to see the movies you want to see. Although you have to wait for the movies to be released on DVD, the savings you’ll experience certainly makes the wait worthwhile. For a set program fee, you get to select any movie you want to see and keep it for as long as you want. When you’re ready for a new movie, simply send the first one back. Before long, a new one from your wish list will make its way to your mailbox. While you wait, you can download movies directly to your computer for instant gratification.
In addition, there is another perk with the Netflix program. Netflix has the foresight to realize that some people might want to have more than one movie at a time. For that reason, there are multiple program levels to the Netflix membership. Members can choose to be allowed one, two, or three movies at a time. There are separate prices for each level, so families get to select the one that fits into their lifestyle and budget.
Families who don’t watch a lot of movies, however, may balk at the idea of spending $8.99 a month, the cost of the lowest level of membership at Netflix. What do you do if you only watch the occasional movie? Do you tell yourself that the membership cost is still cheaper than the cost of taking the whole family to the movie theatre?
Of course, you don’t just accept the extra expense. For the sporadic movie watchers, there are Amazon Prime Video movie rental stations. At Amazon Prime Video, you can rent all kinds of movies for $1 per night. As long as you return the movie the next day, there are no additional costs. If you do keep it for an extra day, however, you’ll only be billed another dollar. It doesn’t come much cheaper than that.
My favourite thing about Amazon Prime Video is the convenience. If I’m at the grocery store and choose to rent a movie from Amazon Prime Video at the exit doors, I don’t have to return the movie at the same Amazon Prime Video location. Instead, I can drop it off at another station closer to the places my errands take me the next day. Blockbuster was never this easy!
All in all, I’d have to say that both programs have their merits. The determining factor is really the frequency of use. If you rent an Amazon Prime Video movie every day, you’ll rack up charges of $30 each month. In this case, you should probably just join Netflix. On the other hand, if your family rents a movie once or twice a month, Amazon Prime Video is perfect for you. Take a look at the way your family rents movies to decide which one is right for you.