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With video games, cable television, and the internet, the value of a good board game has gone down considerably. With the decreasing demand comes decreasing costs to buying games and you can get a new copy of Monopoly for $11 when it would cost you perhaps double that ten years ago. But think about it like this, instead of two people going to the movies you instead opted to purchase a board game and play that instead? Monopoly might be overkill but Scrabble is only $11 and has incredible replay value. Plus, it’s an educational experience.

When movies are $9 a piece ($7 if you’re a student or its a matinee in some places), the price for two to see the latest releases push twenty bucks. For about half of that you can buy yourself a classic that you can play over and over again. And if you look hard enough, you can probably buy a used copy of a board game somewhere for even less than $11.

What was your favorite classic?

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14 Responses to “Play Board Games, Save Money”

  1. Carman says:

    Trump: the Game. Just kidding; I have that upstairs but I only played it once. Has anyone played The Apprentice Game? I was going to make a joke but there really is one.

    My all-time favorite would probably be Risk; it’s involved enough to get pissed over but short and simple enough–I’m looking at you, Axis & Allies–to play when your fraternity’s on double-secret probation.

    I just purchased Trivial Pursuit: SNL DVD Edition Game from for $7.50 plus free shipping (probably because I also bought a desk). It should be a lot of fun until I know all 450 questions.

  2. jim says:

    Trump would shill anything. Then again, so would I if I could. haha. I think my favorite game was Life because it was easy and fun (very little skill involved). You should see my girlfriend’s family’s stash of games… almost every game imaginable. It’s amazing…

  3. maribeth says:

    Big Boggle. They don’t make it anymore–you have to buy it on eBay.

    However, you don’t actually have to buy Boggle on eBay. Multiple computers on a network enables you and your friends to play Weboggle ( over the Internet for free. You compete against each other and against players across the country. You can also play in team mode. I admit it is a little weird to be sitting next to someone on the couch, each with their own laptop, playing Boggle against each other over a distant server, but it is fun.

    For games with an actual board, I like Scrabble and Settlers of Catan. Taboo and 25 Words or Less make good party games.

  4. FMF says:

    Uno is our family favorite, followed closely by Aggravation. Love them both!

  5. martha says:

    One of my favorites is 221 B Baker Street, its the adult version of Clue! Lots of fun if you love Clue as a kid 🙂

  6. udandi says:

    I grew up playing Acquire (the 1960-something bookshelf version) with my family.

  7. John says:

    Monopoly, trivial pursuit, and dungeons and dragons.

  8. Just got this game ‘Ticket To Ride,’ great game check it out.

  9. mbhunter says:

    Monopoly, no question. But I’m a serious player, and the majority of people I play with just want to chat.

  10. dad says:

    Monopoly would have to be my favorite. But we’re kind of on a Yahtzee kick with the kids. And you can play more or less for free

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  12. FMF says:

    I played Monopoly a lot as a high school/college student. Loved it. It’s just that my kids are too young now to be crushed by my take-over-the-world style. 😉

  13. Shobs says:

    Risk, without a doubt. I have entertained myself for hours playing it against 5 computer players. I still play an old EGA version from the late 80’s/early 90’s. It gets the job done. When I’m lucky enough to find people who’d like to play me, I break out my actual board.

  14. So true! I had a game party with lots of my friends for my birthday, and it was hysterical fun. It’s going to be a recurring event now–all potluck, too, to save more money.

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