Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A Frugal Alternative to Blockbuster

Many people like to watch movies at the theater on a fairly regular basis. This can get pretty expensive. A cheaper alternative is to rent a movie and watch it at home. This is much cheaper, especially for more than one person. When combined with coupons, or discounts for older movies, this can be a really cheap form of entertainment. But what if I told you, you could do better. Most public libraries offer a wide selection of DVDs. You may be surprised to find out how current their selection is. In my hometown in sunny South Florida, we have an excellent library system. Almost any person could go to the library and find a movie that not only were they willing to watch but that they had actually wanted to see. Currently, I'm living in Mississippi. The library options here are pretty slim, but still offer some choices. In addition, the Air Force base library has a surprisingly good selection, for those who are eligible users. Another choice is a place like SwitchPlanet, which allows you to swap your books, dvds, and cds with other users. I must admit, I've never tried this service, but I love the concept. If anyone tries this, please post a comment.

1 comment:

Sweetmomu said...

This is a great idea. I discovered that my hometown library in Fort Wayne, Indiana even carried some rare and out-of-print DVD's that couldn't be found on Amazon or at Blockbuster.

I was raised to appreciate the benefits of the public library, and even in this new digital world they are still adding value!