I don’t like the idea of sitting in movie theater seats.. I think about all the coughing, sniffly, sneezy, disease-ridden, snotty, yucky germs that are likely all over the seat backs and arm rests…and it’s enough to give me the heebie-jeebies.
I much prefer the comfort and cleanliness of watching movies at home. On our bed or couch. With plenty of blankets and pillows. And unlimited snacks. And the ability to “pause” for bathroom breaks and baby-is-waking moments.
When planning dates, my husband and I will often briefly contemplate going to the movies. But inevitably we look at each other and say, “nah.” Movies are more thoroughly enjoyed when we don’t have to think about 4-year-old Suzie or 16-year-old Johnny or 40-year-old Craig that likely sat in our seat before us, doing who-knows-what and smearing all kinds of yuck over the seat.
That said, your neighborhood Blockbuster is definitely not the way to go if you rent more than one movie per month. Renting a new release will likely cost you around $5 and that doesn’t include gas or drive time or potential late fees.
Enter Netflix – the largest online movie rental service.
There are four plans to choose from:
- $4.99 a month: 1 DVD at a time, Limit 2 DVDs per month
- $8.99 a month: 1 DVD at a time, Exchange DVDs as often as you want
- $13.99 a month: 2 DVDs at a time, Exchange DVDs as often as you want
- $16.99 a month: 3 DVDs at a time, Exchange DVDs as often as you want
Even if you just watch one or two movies a month, it’s much cheaper to just sign up with Netflix’s basic plan than to drive down to your neighborhood Blockbuster…only to find that your movie-of-choice isn’t available. With Netflix, you’re guaranteed fast delivery, directly to your door.
With over 100,000 DVD titles to choose from, the selection is even better than what you’ll find in-store. You’ll be able to find everything from new releases to classics to documentaries to TV shows to fitness films. When you’re done watching, just place the DVD in the provided, postage-paid envelope and send away. The next movie in your queue will arrive before you can say lickety-split three times fast.
Best of all, Netflix’s site is extremely organized and easy-to-use. As you rent and rate movies, you’ll even receive customized recommendations of other movies you might enjoy.
Right now, we have Juno, WALL*E, and August Rush on our countertop. Fireproof is the next movie in our queue (along with 12 others). We’re trying the 3 DVD a month plan right now, courtesy of Netflix. It’s a little much for us, I think. We’re not big movie watchers. The 1 DVD a month plan would suit us just fine. That said, I’m definitely ready to say sayonara to Blockbuster forever. I much prefer the convenience and cost-savings of Netflix.
P.S. If you’re unsure if you’ll like it, you can always just sign up for a FREE 2-week trial.
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