Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Year of Living Frugally-NetFlix it!

Doug and I both love movies. I guess you might call us film fanatics. I know that when I met Doug, he had hundreds of DVDs and crates full of VHS tapes. When I moved in with him, he valiantly sold and gave away most of his collection, to make room for things that I felt were necessary-like clothes and furniture. When we were figuring out our entertainment budget, we realized that buying DVDs was just not an option anymore. We looked into Netflix. For $10.00 a month, which is the same price of one admission to a movie, we can have DVDs mailed to us, and even better, we can have them on demand. Doug already had an XBOX 360, and with that, we download many movies, tv series and documentaries right to our television. It is pretty cool!
One of the great benefits is being able to watch programming that we don't see on regular cable or in the theaters around here. We both love foreign films, and old classic movies and we are both avid documentary fans. Sadly, most of these never make it to the QC. But, now we can watch them at home. Plus, many old tv series that we either never watched or enjoyed in the past, are available. Having a tv marathon is a great way to spend a rainy day. Right now we are plowing through Battlestar Galactica, and watch a few episodes every week.,  as well as 3 to 4 movies a week through NetFlix. We've cut way back on going out to the movies. That opens up money for other things-like paying down debt. For us, our NetFlix account pays for itself a dozen times over in the amount of entertainment we receive. I think it is our best Frugal buy yet.

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