The recent Netflix price increase has everybody wondering if there are better ways to watch movies online and on DVD. The answer is, yes, there are lots of better ways. In fact, by taking some of the steps below, not only can you sometimes watch movies for free (or almost for free), but you can also help the planet stay healthy by reducing the need to manufacture millions of DVDs, keep trash out of landfills and reduce pollution. Read on to find eco friendly ways to green your movie watching habits and save money.
- Swap DVDs. Many times you or someone you know has a stash of movie DVDs. So, to give the DVDs another life, ask friends, family and workmates to join in a movie swapping venture. To get started, all you need to do is exchange movies one-for-one and then trade back when you’ve finished watching.
- Check Out From the Library. Many libraries stock a large collection of movies that you can check out for free. And, oftentimes can reserve them online for easy browsing and pickup.
- Free Screenings. Look for free movie screenings at churches, libraries, high schools, college campuses, city recreation departments, state parks and other places. Check your local newspaper, go online or call around to find upcoming movie events.
- Download movies and TV Shows Fom at Hulu. You can view popular TV shows and movies and for free right online. You don’t even need to sign up or open an account; however, they do show two short ads per movie.
- Movie Night. Set up regular movie night with friends and family. Either take turns hosting the event at your homes OR hold the movie night at one designated location. Then, have individuals or families contribute a couple of dollars to the movie rental fee by passing around a collection hat.
- Invest In Discount Gift Cards. Popular cinemas like AMC and Regal offer discounted gift cards available at places like GiftCardGranny.com.
- Ask Around. Call or visit your local theaters online to find out if they have any special deals of the day, season or month. Ask if they will put you on an emailing list to inform you of their latest deals.
- Matinee Movies. Check with your local theaters to see if they offer reduced matinee prices. Tickets usually cost several dollars less that regular rates, and since matinees are usually offered before 5 p.m. throughout the week, you might avoid big crowds.
- Buy in Bulk. Deal of the day sites like LivingSocial and Groupon sometimes offer cut-rate movie theater tickets for as low as $2 per person when purchased in volume.
- Redbox: Look for a Redbox in front of a local store, and right on the spot, rent a DVD for $1 a day, plus tax. You can also reserve a movie online, and return it to any Redbox location.