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Cut the Cable: Ways to Save Money on Television and Movies

Posted By Olivia On 04/15/2009 @ 10:18 am In Frugal Living | 20 Comments

In today’s world, the cost of entertainment is high. However, it is also one of the things people are still willing to spend money on. A television, for example, is nearly seen as a necessity in American households. Did you know, though, that there are ways to watch television shows and movies without paying for cable or satellite service? You can use the following tips to save big time on quality entertainment.

Watch Television Shows and Movies on the Internet. If you have an internet subscription, you can download full episodes of television shows and full movies for free. My husband and I personally do this and we love it! We are able to choose exactly which episode we want to watch and when we want to watch it. We also do not have to sit through excessive commercials. Many individual television networks, such as NBC [3], offer full episodes of their shows in HD quality for free. Hulu [4], Megavideo [5], Sidereel [6], and Surf the Channel [7] are also great sites where you can find links to all sorts of great television shows and movies.

Go to the Dollar Theater. I cannot even remember the last time my husband and I have watched a movie at the theater for full price. The dollar theater provides us with most of the perks of the normal theater for a fraction of the price. You do have to wait a bit longer to see new releases and the quality is not quite as good as the normal theater, but it sure is worth the price. My favorite part about the dollar theater is that I never feel guilty after seeing a movie that I did not enjoy. I never feel as though I wasted my money. To save even more on a movie date, eat dinner before you go and opt out of purchasing concessions.

Take Advantage of Free Redbox Codes. Redbox [8] is quickly becoming the most popular way to rent movies. Rentals are only one dollar per night! However, there are often coupon codes you can find online that allow you to rent a movie free for one night! These coupon codes usually come out on Wednesdays and are listed all around the internet. Also, there is no need to buy a DVD player or television to watch these movies. You can watch them on your computer! Yet again the computer can save money on movies.

Watch Television with Friends and Family. A final great way to save money on television and movies is to get together with your friends and family. Instead of renting movies, you can have a movie night at a different person’s house each week. That way, you can see movies you have never seen before and also spend some quality time with people you care about. This idea is also helpful if you do not own a television. My husband and I go over to my mother-in-laws house almost every week and watch television with them. This time together helps us to grow closer together as a family. Of course, you should be respectful of the people you are visiting. Make sure you are not visiting just for the television. Your primary reason for visiting should be to build stronger relationships with the people you are visiting.

With a little bit of creativity, you can save significantly on television and movies. If you have any other suggestions, I would love to hear them! I am always on the look-out for more ways to get free entertainment.

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