There are three popular video games on the market at this time. Each one sells its game disks for $50 or more a piece, when new. I don’t know about you, but the idea of spending that kind of money for a game actually offends my sensibilities.
Now I will admit that I don’t actually play these games, but my children do, and that means come holidays and birthdays, they all want something new. I found some great ways to save money and still give them video games they want.
Buy Your Games USED
There is no easier way to cut your costs than to purchase games that are used. You can do this at various game stores, online or at game exchanges. Unlike my children who like to play the same game over and over beating it several times, there are those who only see the point of winning once.
This means that they spend $50 for the newest game and then are willing to sell it for $20 in order to acquire money for the next thing coming out. GREAT! I am willing to help them out; and I get a relatively new game for less than half the price. The games are usually guaranteed to work properly, which means if they don’t I just take them back to the store and get another copy. You have to be a bit more wary if purchasing from a private individual online, but for the most part, the games are the same.
By the way, extend this policy to the game console too. When the Wii came out it cost $250 new, but if you were willing to wait a few weeks they were available for $179 used. My kids waited, and everyone saved.
Purchasing a game you don’t know anything about is a waste of money. Renting the same game will cost you $5 at the local video store. If you like the game enough that you think it is worth purchasing used, then go ahead and do so. Otherwise, you have saved yourself a bundle. If a game costs $50 and you rent it twice to complete the whole game, you are $40 ahead.
Turn in Your Old Games
Many people horde their games long after they finished playing them. If a couple of months go by and you haven’t gotten back to the game, consider selling it back to the game store. Some stores give you cash while others provide merchandise credit. Either way you come out ahead. In addition, you get rid of unused games and you can purchase newer ones without spending a penny.
Play Online Games – For Free
The popularity of online gaming continues to grow in leaps and bounds. You can find literally dozens of sites that host free online games you can play individually or in a group setting. My teen spends hours each week on these sites and hasn’t bought any new video game for the game system in months. There is always something new to play and he gets to save up for something else, like a new computer.
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