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Saving Money With RedBox Rentals


red-boxSlashing your family's budget takes a more than just cutting coupons or skipping the fast food and take out. Look a little further into where you spend your money. One area that can add up quickly is renting movies. There are so many options out there that seem like a good deal when it comes to bringing home this entertainment... but are they really?

All over Lawrence you will find RedBox Movie rentals outside of your favorite stores: HyVee, Dillon's, WalMart, McDonald's. RedBox is a DIY movie rental... and the rentals are only $1 per day....unless, of course, you can get them free! You can search for the closest location online.

In yesterday's River City Pulse you will find the weekly ad for Hy-Vee. One of the coupons available is for a FREE movie rental from the Red Box. You will find a code that you can enter to get your free movie. You will still need to swipe your credit or debit card in order to rent the movie (so they can come and get ya' if you don't return it....or just charge you)...but you won't be charged. You can use this code once per credit/debit card you own.

In addition...if you sign up at RedBox you will get an email with another code for a free movie rental.

Still not enough? Every Monday is Free Movie Monday at RedBox! The company puts out a code for a free rental that works until midnight on Monday...and is due back by 9pm on Tuesday.

RedBox releases new movies every Tuesday and is up to date with the latest releases and movie titles. Afraid that the movie you want won't be there when you arrive? Don't want to drive all over town looking for the kiosk that carries the movie you want to see? You can reserve your movie online and schedule to pick it up at the kiosk of your choice!

Be sure to check them out...and then watch as you've saved just a little more money for yourself this month!


Shane Garrett 8 years, 8 months ago

When I was just a child. We were told to wait until it came onto TV. Cuz we was to poor to go to the picture shows. So like a year later when it was to come on TV we would all hike to grandma's house to watch the movie in black and white while popping corn.

Julie Jacob 8 years, 8 months ago

Jenn I'm getting emails from redbox but have never seen a free rental code on Mondays. Where are these located?

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 8 months ago

of course, mcdonald's has the deal where if you buy a large drink you get a free redbox rental. we usually stock up on those... about the only time we buy anything from mcd's. they do that about 2-3 times per year i think.

and i, too, was wondering where you can find the code for free monday rentals. please enlighten up.

ohgeeze 8 years, 8 months ago

The good thing about their customer service is that they are willing to help you out when a movie is scratched. They give you a code for another free one, and a free one for your trouble...at least they have for me.

The downside is the selection...but I suppose beggers can't be choosers!

sinverguenza 8 years, 8 months ago

The downside is this - you can rent a Redbox movie just once in your life - let's say you did it in June - you return it the next day and a couple of days later, you see the charge for $1.08 deducted from your bank account.

Then two months later, you get a charge from Redbox for $2.16. But you haven't rented another movie, and you were already charged for the movie you rented, and your credit card hasn't been stolen and used by someone else because it's in your wallet.

So you try to call Redbox and they don't answer. You're on hold for 20 minutes and give up. You try again and again and get the same results over the next couple of days. Finally, you call the bank and dispute the charge, and they give you your money back.

It's only $2.16, what's the big deal? Well, the big deal is that Redbox.com explicitly states that no one has access to your card information - not other users, not even employees - and that your info is encoded the second you swipe at the kiosk.

And that's a lie. So then you have to get a new credit card because you don't know how Redbox has your info, don't know why you were charged, and can't contact them to discuss the matter to make sure it won't happen again. You read up on the complaints boards online and find out this has happened to a lot of people in one form or another - and some of them have been shafted for $100+ dollars, not just $2.16.

I've been tempted to stop everyone I've seen at Redbox since then and tell them this story. This will do, though.

gccs14r 8 years, 8 months ago

Before cable television and VCRs were commonplace, the only way to watch a movie was either at the theater or on one of the broadcast channels. We didn't have to hike to Grandma's house, but we didn't have either a VCR or cable in the 70s. Heck, I think those early top-loader VCRs were $1200 or something like that, which was a year's rent for a 3-bedroom house. No way a single mom making $2.65 an hour was going to buy one of those.

ksjayhawk74 8 years, 8 months ago

Some of the locations, like McDonalds should have 2 machines next to each other.

It popular and a lot of times, people have to wait in line.

Shane Garrett 8 years, 8 months ago

Yep, I think it was 1970 something before I knew the Wizard of OZ was in color. Dang! I was surprized.

jr_worldly 8 years, 8 months ago

i get my movies at the public library-- they're free and i can keep them longer than a day.

alm77 8 years, 8 months ago

jcstep, that's a text message thing. Used to be every Monday,now it's only first Monday of the month.

persevering_gal 8 years, 8 months ago

Jenn -

RedBox rarely does the free promo codes anymore. It's a very rare occasion where I will receive a text message. They are actually in the process of a lawsuit against them as well by Warner Brothers and other production companies. Whether RedBox lasts or not is now up to the judicial system.


Despite the lawsuits, RedBox is now placing Blu-Ray films (which I could care less about - DVD works just fine thank you very much) and video games into kiosks in select cities to see how successful that is.

gphawk89 8 years, 8 months ago

I WAS enjoying the Redbox at my local McDonald's. The Blockbuster located next door complained to the strip mall's landlord that the Redbox was hurting their business, so McDonald's was forced to remove it. Blockbuster, if a little red machine is taking that much business away from you, maybe you should think about adjusting your offerings or prices to be more competitive.

momof4 8 years, 8 months ago

sinverguenza, We had the same thing happen to us several times. I won't rent from redbox again.

Michael Stanclift 8 years, 8 months ago

Redbox is fantastic. The guy who thought it up is a genius.

denak 8 years, 8 months ago

I think Redbox is great. However, in terms of deals and saving money, I still put my money on Netflix. We get unlimited three at a time for only 18.88 a month. Two people can barely even go to the movies on 19 dollars. And since there are no late fees, if my kids want to watch the movie, again and again and again, they can and I don't have to worry about being charged extra.

Another good movie deal is the movies shown on campus. For only three dollars (two dollars if you are a student or you use the coupon in the free calendar) you can see see current movies. Two weeks ago, we went to see "UP" and before that "Transformers." In a few weeks, we are going to see Harry Potter again. For two bucks, that can't be beat.....and they allow you to bring your own treats!!!!


BigPrune 8 years, 8 months ago

Redbox was started by Coinstar 51% ownership and McDonalds 49% ownership. Coinstar is a company that makes a machine that takes your coins at the grocery store for a percentage. Last I heard, McD's sold out their interest of Redbox and took the money and ran. The free movie rentals from McD's hurt Blockbuster by devaluing the customer's perception of renting a dvd for a higher price, but nothing like Netflix.

If you sincerely want to be frugal, wait for the movie to come out on TV, and if you want to be even more frugal, wait for it to come out on ABC, NBC, or CBS if you are even more frugal and only use an antenna, and if you are even more frugal than that, skip the movie. television, DVD and the electricity those use and check out the book for free (if there is a book) at the library. If you want to be even more frugal, read the book outside in the daylight, and if you want to be even more frugal than that, don't waste the gas driving to the library to check out the book because you'll only be wasting gasoline and wear and tear on your car, and if you want to be even more frugal than that, forget the movie/book all together, because if you walk to the library you are burning calories and those calories have to be replenished by eating food, which costs money, but walking would be healthier for you in the long run but probably insignificant in maintainng your health enough to stay out of the hospital for when you get old, which will cost someone a lot of money anyway.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 8 months ago

actually, netflix is a better deal... and of course, going to the public library and checking out movies for free. redbox has its place but for me, it will never take the place of companies w/ a larger selection.

and that's jacked up about what some folks have went thru w/ getting charges on their cards weeks later... that can't happen to me tho. i always use a prepaid card that only has 2 bucks left on it. LOL ;)

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 8 months ago

hey, prune, if you really want to be frugal then go to the libary or borrow from a friend (or someone like my cousin who always BUYS the movies he wants to see and now has a big collection of his own).

how is lawrence's libary when it comes to getting new releases?

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 8 months ago

sorry, prune, you already mentioned walking to the library and thus, burning calories as well. :) good idea.

we check out movies from our library here in salina alot. i like to do that because they still have alot of good OLD movies too (and still have alot of the old VHSs as well). they have a good selection... you just have to take the time to browse.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 8 months ago

blockbuster and h'wood video are going to really have to step it up, tho, or they will effectively be put out of business before too long.

SuperJenn 8 years, 8 months ago

Pogo ... thanks for inserting the link for inside redbox ... busy week here with the baby and I hadn't gotten around to posting it yet!

Lots of good suggestions.... all good ideas! As with any company or service, I'm sure it isn't perfect...as always use your best judgement!

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