We are enamored with movies. Whether it's the adrenaline rush of the impossible car chase, the tenderness of young love, or the nonstop laughter that accompanies some of the best comedians of all time, we love movies. This is no more apparent than in the box office statistics published each Monday morning after opening weekend. Some of the top grossing movies of all time include Titanic and The Dark Knight, with gross ticket sales over $500M domestically (and a staggering $1B worldwide). In the current economic climate, we have been forced to find innovative ways to continue to enjoy movies while saving money. Below are a few tips on how to accomplish that feat.
One of the best places to purchase movie DVDs is Blockbuster. Blockbuster sells their previously viewed inventory for a fraction of what new DVD movies cost (most are priced at $9.99 or less) and Blockbuster guarantees them against defect for 45 days post-purchase. The only catch is that you'll have to wait a couple of months before a new release becomes available to buy used. It's a small price to pay for the discount you receive.
Don't forget about online auctions and flea markets. You would be surprised at the deep discounts movies can be purchased for, though beware of movie pirates. Keep in mind the golden rule: If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
The best place to rent DVD movies is Redbox. If you haven't yet seen the long line of people standing in front of the suspicious-looking red machine located in front of your neighborhood Wal-Mart or Walgreens, look again. These red machines are the greatest innovation of the 21st century -- DVD movie vending machines. Redbox offers new release titles for $1.00 per night, up to $25 (then they quit charging you and the movie belongs to you). This beats average rental rates for big chains by up to $2 per movie rental for 2 nights.
The best place to watch a new release movie is at Regal Cinema. Since emerging from bankruptcy, Regal Entertainment Group has invested lots of time and money into ensuring that its customers have the best movie viewing experience ever. With new, state of the art theaters being built and older theaters being retrofitted with cutting edge sound and lighting, Regal offers moviegoers, young and old, an unparalleled entertainment experience and the absolute most bang for their entertainment buck.
Another Money-Saving Tip - Movie Swapping
And last but not least, there are several movie swapping sites online now where you can swap an old movie from your collection for a movie from someone else's collection. The only cost is postage. This is ideal for people who do not wish to build a collection, but just want to enjoy as many great flicks as possible.
Just because money is tight doesn't mean you have to forego movie watching altogether. The above listed tips are just a few ideas to help you feed your addiction while saving money. There are countless online e-trailers, wholesalers, and used disc dealers that offer steep discounts for DVD movie purchases, as well as a plethora of discount movie theaters that allow even the most cash-strapped individual the opportunity to see a movie in the theater, sometimes for less than what it costs to rent.