Saving Money on Movie Rentals

Tips for saving money on movie rentals as suggested by the ThriftyFun community.

Go To The Library

We save money on movie rentals by going to our local library and checking them out. You also get to keep them longer without worrying about late fees.


By Julie

Library DVDs

We just had some work done on our computer hard drive and had a DVD player installed. Now we plan on borrowing DVD's from our public library. You can't get any more frugal than that!

By Marjorie

Share With Friends

I have friends that borrow movies from me, as I have a very big collection. I have both VHS and DVD. All my friends have to do is ask to borrow them. The only condition is that if they are lost, damaged, or otherwise unusable that they have to buy or get another one.

I have only had it happen to one DVD which someone kept because they wanted the movie (not my friend but a roommate).

By Julie

Rent From Your Local Store

Rather than spending the money to go to the movies, our family goes to our local store and rents movies. A big savings!

By Robin

Try Redbox


Redbox at grocery stores and McDonald's is $1.00 a night on new releases.

By Liz Brooker

Redbox Is Convenient

I use Redbox, located at McDonald's and Wal-Marts. If you sign up for text messaging, they will send you a link every Monday for a FREE rental. And right now through March, they have been running a special. If you are a registered user, you can go to the site and get a FREE rental on Wednesdays through March also.

Just be sure to get them back on time so you don't have to pay. You will still have to run your debit or credit card through. But even if you don't get it back on time, it is only $1 a day to rent. Redbox is about the only way we rent movies anymore, unless my husband wants to browse for more then he will go to a brick and mortar store. I don't like to because I am too frugal.


By Darlene Baker

Explore All Your Free Alternatives

Don't rent movies. Try borrowing movies from friends and family. Libraries have a good selection of movies that are OK for kids too. Our cable has "On Demand" and you can pick through lots of movies to watch and they're free. If you have cable, check into that.

By Anna

Have Neighborhood Movie Weekends

If you are close to one or two of your nearest neighbors, you could have a movie weekend. We use to do this all the time. One week, a family would rent 4-5 movies and we would watch them and walk them back and forth to each other's houses. The next week, someone else would be the renter. That way we all got to see the movies in the comfort of our own homes. Very economical too.

By Tarra

Trade With a Friend

Many movie rental places rent the movies out for two overnights or more. Why not trade movies with a friend? You both could see lots of movies that way, for very little cost.


By Sonya

Watch Movies On Your Computer

If you have broadband internet, you can watch free movies on Also rent from Netflix, there are a lot of free movies, besides the paid ones you can watch instantly. Your library is a good resource, too

By Evelyn Mayer

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April 10, 20090 found this helpful

Red Door is at some walgreens stores too. Family Video has free kids and fitness videos and $1 rentals on older movies.

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April 12, 20090 found this helpful

The redbox is the greatest thing ever! Only $1.07 a night. If you sign up for text messages every monday they will text you a free rental code and you won't pay anything as long as you have it back by 9pm the next night.


Great! so I usually have monday movie night. You can keep them for as long as you want they just charge your card the $1.07 a day then after like 25 days or something it is yours to keep.

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April 13, 20090 found this helpful

We have a girls/guys night out. We have a potluck together and then send the guys to another house to watch their movies and the girls watch what they want at my house. We have a great time and no one has to watch a slasher or chick flick that doesn't want to do it.

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April 14, 20090 found this helpful

We joined Netflix. For about 15 dollars a month we get 2 movies at a time, unlimited. It takes a day or two between when we mail the viewed movies back and when we get the new ones. Sometimes we have to wait a bit for the newest releases but they have a large selection of all kinds of movies, including foreign films and documentaries, which you can't always get from the library or redbox.


We can keep the movies as long as we want and there are no late fees.

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April 18, 20090 found this helpful

I love Redbox too! I can almost always find something to watch on TV, but my 3-year old granddaughter lives with me. I'm trying to use the texted "coupon" for a Tuesday afternoon movie after I pick her up at preschool. Since I teach until 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, it is too late for any of us to watch movies by the time we get home! I pick the movie up on Monday at Wal-Mart in the town where I work and return it at my local store after we watch it on Tuesday. Yes, I also love the fact that the "late fee" is just another $1 + tax. That I can deal with if I don't get the movies back by 9 p.m.

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April 18, 20090 found this helpful

We also pick up movies we love at garage sales and at the local church thrift store for $1-2 each. Many of these are on VHS, but it's a great way to get classic Disney, etc. so that my 3-yr. old granddaughter can watch them over and over and over. : )

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April 19, 20090 found this helpful

Having a Netflix account is a great way to save money on movies. Get a 3 movie account for only $19.95 per month. You choose your first 3 movies then after you watch one you send it back and within 3 days or less you have another to replace it. I have watched as many as 20 moives a month for the same low price. The other great thing is that they don't charge a late fee as there is no time limit to how long you can keep the movie. Give it a try, if you don't like it you can cancell at any time.
Be sure to pop a batch of popcorn and get a drink of your favorite beverage before showtime :-)

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