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Save on Video Games & Movies

on 2.27.2013 at 1:22pm

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Here are some simple was to save money on video games and movies.  Those expenses can add up before you know it!

Movies and video games are a huge part of our culture’s entertainment and, consequently, our entertainment budget.  So how do we make sure we are stretching our dollar as far as it can go on that entertainment budget?  Things like using daily deal sites for movie tickets and just plain cutting back are great ways to save, but here are some other options for you to consider.

Video Games

While brick and mortar stores may be struggling, Redbox and the Blockbuster Kiosks are pretty prevalent.  Often the fee is $1-$2 per night, which is considerably cheaper than the $60 price tag on most new games.  Rent the game for a weekend you’ve saved over $50.  Keep in mind that these kiosks often have codes for free rentals.

Sites like Gamefly and Gamerang operate just like Netflix with monthly subscriptions starting around $15.  These two sites are cost effective if you plan on playing games for more than a few nights and wish to have a constant stream of games.  Availability of popular games can be tight, however.

Buy Used
Don’t buy games right when they come out.  Wait a few weeks and you can grab it used on Amazon, Gamestop, Glyde, Craigslist, etc.  Used games at Gamestop can still be expensive with only $5-$10 off, so check the other resources first.  However, Gamestop often has bins of older games for $10 or under.  Be a Gamestop Rewards Member for $14.99 annual fee and receive a 1 year subscription to Game Informer magazine, rewards, special deals, and additional trade in credit.

Borrowing from friends can be a great way to save on games.  Swap one game for another and enjoy a new game at no extra cost.

Shop Sales
Even video games go on sale.  Black Friday is a natural choice, but Amazon, Gamestop, and others will have sales on video games.  Game producers are getting frustrated at the resale of games so they will often drop the price down for a period of time to encourage buying new rather than used.
Don’t forget about your local garage sale either.

Download Demos
With the big consoles all having internet connectivity, downloading game demos is a great way to make sure your kiddo is actually going to enjoy this game.

Selling Video Games
Selling old games can be a great way to put money towards new games.  As mentioned earlier, Gamestop members get a standard added trade in value on all games.  However, they will often run deals for additional 20%+ on games traded in at a specific time, for a specific product, or a number of games traded in at the same time.  Although Gamestop is the easiest choice, you’ll only want to use them during one of these trade in promotions.

Glyde is a site that makes trading in games super easy.  You pick the game you want to sell and you don’t have to pay anything until it sells.  It even gives you a market value for the game.  There is a transaction fee and a shipping fee, but they provide the shipping materials for you and it’s a very easy process.

Craigslist is a great option as there is no transaction fee or shipping cost, but it may be tougher to find a seller depending on the popularity of your item.

Amazon can be a good option but there are many fees involved per item that can make it not worthwhile.  There is a 99¢ cost per item along with 15% referral fee and 80¢ to $1.35 closing fee.  You’ll probably get the most eyes on your game, but you’ll also probably have the most competition.


A lot of the same tactics from video games can be applied here.  Renting is a natural choice for many of us who don’t care to have our own movie library.  Many movies range from $1-$2 per night which is a big savings from the $25+ price tag for new movies.

Buying Used
With Blu-rays gaining popularity the price of used DVDs has dropped dramatically.  Amazon, Craigslist, Glyde, and others are great resources for finding cheap deals.

Usually there is at least one friend in a group who has a good movie library and loves sharing his/her movies.

Again, Black Friday is a big one here.  This past year we saw DVDs as low as $3 and Blu rays for as low as $5.  Amazon and other retailers will run sales throughout the year as well, you’ll just have to keep an eye out for the movie you want.  Your local garage sale also may have some gems.

Selling Movies
Same idea as games.  Craigslist is a great, free resource.  Glyde is super easy with just a few fees while Amazon is helpful but heavy on the fees.  Some local stores will also buy movies from you.  Comic book and music stores are probably your best bet.

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    • Lora

      Another great resource for movies is your local library. My library system has just-released movies on DVD. For example, I just watched Skyfall for free by getting it from the library. Any movie that we don’t want to see in the theaters goes on our “borrow it for free from the library” list. That way, if we didn’t like the movie, at least it was free!

    • missthemister

      Lora beat me to my suggestion. The library also lets you keep the DVD longer than most rental places – mine is 5 days. We also borrow CD’s to check out music that we are only kind of familiar with.

    • Kylie

      Pawn shops are a very good place to buy and sell movies and games. We have purchased most of our Wii game from pawn shops

    • Kim

      You can also earn Gamestop GCs through Swagbucks! So then they are free! If you aren’t a part of Swagbucks here is my referral link! http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/Umwhat

    • Mightymousemom

      I have 2 boys (1 is a teen) who love video games,xbox live etc. We are Gamestop regulars. One way we save money is to try to buy games used even if they are new releases & the used price is just a few dollars off. One huge advantage of used purchases is that you can return a used game in 7 days for a full refund. I love our Gamestop employees. I always ask if a given game is any good in addition to reading reviews. They are honest if a game is not so great & I appreciate that. We trade used games as soon as they are done with them to get he most trade in value.

    • for pc games steam is a great option. download the game right to the computer and redownloading is free


    • Lexus Oswalt

      Now is one of those times to trade in at GameStop. They are running the extra 50% on game trades. For example, If a game normally trades in for $20, right now it will be $30.

    • tori729

      I was able to get a ton of Disney DVDs by signing up for the movie club. You do have to keep on top of it – they will send you an offer every month and if you don’t decline it you automatically are sent and charged full price for the movie. But I think overall I made out well. They do have good combo prices for the featured movies and you have to buy 2 at regular price to fulfill the deal. Anyway, you can reply to me if you’re interested and I’ll get referral credit. :)