The summer can often lead to more activities. If you have children, you know this first hand. While I discussed options for getting your kids outside last week, sometimes you will need another option. Movies can be great way to spend time with family and friends, and there are so many options to choose from. Where do you see your movies?
In The Theater
Theater ticket prices have gone up significantly through the years (even in my lifetime). Since I went to my first movie in theaters, prices have nearly doubled in my area. This means I may have to shell out close to $10 to see a movie at prime time.
One obvious way to reduce the cost is to watch during off-hours. After all, matinee movies pretty much the same thing at a better price. Theaters typically offer their lowest prices during the day on weekdays.
With the rise in cable technology has come digital video recording. This is an option most cable companies offer for a small monthly price ($12 a month for my fiance and I). If you couple this with a few extra movie channels, you will have as much movie viewing pleasure as any one person can take. Check your channel guide for movies you want to see, set the DVR to record them and watch a movie whenever you want to see it. If your movie was taped on standard cable, you won’t have to wait through commercials, simply fast forward them.
Rentals: Online and Elsewhere
I discussed Netflix and other similar options (blockbuster rentals, etc.) in my article covering high cable bills. If you want to have a number of movies with no extra hassle, these are great options. Netflix offers a wide range of movies for less than $10 a month (and Netflix is offering a one month free trial too). The company not only have a good selection of mainstream movies, but their offering of indie films is tough to beat as well. Companies such as Blockbuster are starting to offer their rentals online for monthly fees as well. Redbox offers newer rentals for $1.29 a day. This is a great option if you live close to a kiosk and can return films quickly after viewing.
Where Do You Go?
I typically use a combination of my monthly Netflix subscription and theaters to get my movie fix. If there is a movie in theaters that my fiance and I are interested in, we will shell out the extra cash to see it. She even gets a preferred employer discount in the city we live. This cuts the cost of viewing in the theater in half.
Where do you go when you want to see a movie? Do you have a Netflix or similar subscription? Do you have DVR with your cable? In what other ways do you get creative to see a good movie?