In our ongoing quest to reduce our monthly subscription expenses, we cancelled Netflix. It just wasn't pulling its weight given that we're Amazon Prime members and get free movies and TV shows via Amazon's Instant Video streaming.
But every now and then we want to rent a particular movie and we miss having an ongoing DVD queue. We're fine paying the rental fee for a big-splash recent hit, but when we want to watch an older movie it's painful to pay as much for 24-hour access as we would buying the used DVD.
Solution: the local library! Our county library has an extensive media catalog, including audiobooks, videotapes and DVDs. We can request titles using the library website (not unlike adding DVDs to our old Netflix queue), and when they come available, they're delivered to our local branch.
FREE MOVIE RENTAL. That's what I'm talkin' about. I make a weekly library run anyway, so it's almost as convenient as getting the movies in my mailbox. I even keep a library basket by my door to keep track of borrowed materials and avoid overdue fines.
Look into your local library's media offerings — hopefully it's a practical option for you.
Any other tips for lowering movie rental expenses?
Several Parenthackers have mentioned the library as a source for movie rentals before but it just didn't sink in. *forehead smack* I've finally seen the light!