We joined Blockbuster Online last year, selecting the “1 at a time for $9.99” option (including tax, it came out to $10.76). We found that we could get 3-4 movies each month, along with two free in-store rentals using their e-coupons. At the time, we were powering through various episodes of CSI (Las Vegas) and CSI: New York.
Then, Blockbuster changed to their “total access” policy, where turning in a movie in-store got you a free rental. Suddenly we were getting 7-8 movies a month. This turned out to be way too much media for us, and we found our discs collecting dust.
So, I downgraded to the $7.99 “1 at a time – limit of 3 per month” plan ($8.61 including tax). We still can turn in the movies for free rentals in-store, and we still get one more free e-coupon, so we can still get up to 7 movies each month for $1.23 each! (Unfortunately our local Blockbuster doesn’t have CSI season 5, otherwise I would downgrade even more to the 2-per-month plan. Maybe when we get through season 5!)
We don’t have a TV, so we aren’t paying for cable/Tivo/etc., but have found online movie rentals to be a nice way to enjoy movies and TV shows (albeit we’re always at least one season behind). And we love not sitting through commercials.
We’re saving $25.80 a year by downgrading to a simpler plan. This inspires me to look at other areas of our finances. $2.15/month isn’t much, but if I can figure out ways to pinch pennies on other things that aren’t even being used, those pennies will add up to savings!
(By the way – I keep wondering how long this online movie rental thing will last. $1.23 per movie is a far cry from $4.99 in-store rental prices. Now the in-store folks are trying to convince me to purchase a “snack card;” somehow I don’t think this is going to help them that much.)