If you are a movie nut like I am, you can’t go a week without enjoying a new release or an old favorite.  However, when our neighborhood Blockbuster closed their doors, we were left to decide how we would rent movies.  Consider the following options:

Redbox kiosks are popping up all over and becoming quite popular with $1.00 per day movie rentals ($1.50 for Blu-ray).   From the comfort of your own computer, you can reserve a movie online to pick up at your nearest kiosk.  If the movie you are looking for is not available at your nearest kiosk, Redbox will let you know where to find it.

You have until 9:00 p.m. the next day to return the movie, otherwise if late you are charged $1.00 per day.  Returning a movie is made easy—you simply return your movie to ANY Redbox, ANYWHERE!  If you rent often, then you may want to consider some of the other more cost-effective options.

Go to and set up an account to get started.


Netflix is probably one of the more popular means of renting movies.  This mail-in service allows you to rent unlimited movies, one at a time or stream movies into your home.  There is never a late fee and you can return movies in a pre-paid mail-in envelope which Netflix provides you.  You can choose from literally thousands of movies and television programs.

Check out their offers online at or call their 24-hour customer service at 1-866-636-3076 for more information and current offers.


Blockbuster has modeled its mail-in program after Netflix, with the exception that Blockbuster allows you store visits as well as mail-in.  However, with many of their stores closing it may not be your best and most cost-effective choice. Check out their offers online at

For other options check out your cable or satellite service such as Pay-per-view and on-demand.  They can be more costly, but for much more convenient.   If you like free, checkout Hulu online.  The selections are limited, but did I mention that it was FREE!

Good luck and be sure to share your experiences with us.