Like many people I am price conscious and try my best to be a wise steward of my money. I have not had cable in around 10 years, and I only started using Netflix a few years ago. I have been a fan of Redbox over the years, and I especially enjoy Redbox for renting new movies once they come out on video. Often I receive promo codes that enable me to rent a movie for free. I received an e-mail promo code from Redbox recently, and I rented two movies tonight which was sort of a splurge for me. I was surprised when my DVD’s both came up as $1.75 each to rent. I am not like many people that own a Blu-ray player so I was renting a regular priced DVD. Also, I noticed that it did not seem like Blu-ray prices (nor video game prices) were recently raised, but for some reason the price of regular DVD’s was raised and they now cost $1.75.
I decided to do some “detective work” because I had not heard anything about the Redbox DVD price hike. When you do a google search using “redbox price increase”, you find lots of old information about their previous price hike from 2014 (or a bit of information about their price hike in 2011). The price hike in 2014 by Redbox was anywhere from a 25%-50% raise depending on what you were renting (DVD, Blu-ray DVD, or game).
$1.75 a day for DVDs, $2 a day Blu-ray™ Discs and $3 a day for video games”
While a price hike is not fun for consumers and while this price raise seems to be flying under the radar in terms of news press so far, I still maintain that Redbox is a very convenient and affordable way to rent movies. Their kiosks seem to be everywhere so it is not hard to find one while you are out shopping or on your way home from work or school. Redbox is something that I hope lasts for many more years to come, but hopefully they will lay off the price hikes for awhile.
It is a beautiful sunny Spring afternoon, and I want to get out and enjoy it more by taking a walk and breathing the fresh air. Working an office job does not lend much to that type of thing, especially when you are short staffed and sometimes sacrifice your breaks for the good of the office and for the work-horse mentality that invades American society of which I am not a fan.
So on that note, my new small group Bible study group is doing a social activity this afternoon and that idea would seem to line up with my thoughts on the importance of free time to recharge and have fun. But the chosen activity is going to a wine bar, and since I have never been a drinker, it is not really very fun for me to go to an activity where that is the goal. Many other Christians I know drink, but my Grandpa was an alcoholic, and I grew up never being interested in drinking at all. Starbucks is more my jam, as I think the kids say now.
So yeah, that makes me think of the term adulting, a term that makes me smile when I hear it these days. You know, when you would rather take a nap than go out on the town. That kind of thing. I ran around a lot in my twenties and early thirties. Nothing decadent, but I was constantly going to concerts around my state or in neighboring states which was one of my favorite things. I also went on a couple of mission trips to Haiti and Scotland, went on short term fun trips to Canada and Nashville, saw a ton of movies, and did lots of church events and fun activities with friends. Now sometimes I find myself wanting to read a good book or chill at home.
Today, on my Saturday off work, I wanted to get my laundry done, put up a new shower curtain liner, catch up on an Agents of Shield episode that I missed, and I ran a few fun errands (Starbucks and to Disc Replay, an amazing used movie and game store in my city; I purchased three great used movies for $3.33 to $4.99 each). To be honest, the wine bar holds no interest to me. Maybe that sounds “uncool”, but the older that I get the more I try to listen to myself and my heart. What sounds fun to others is not always fun for me and that is ok. You need to be true to yourself, not the popular things or what society dictates. Maybe that is why they call it “Adulting.”
If you have not seen the tv ads or heard already, Starbucks Happy Hour is here in the United States! It began on May 5 and ends on May 14, 2017. It is only from 3-6 pm at Starbucks and is a half off frappuccino happy hour!! I have tried the new midnight mint mocha creme frappuccino several times and it is really good. The Smores frappuccino is also back. I believe those are both only for a limited time so hurry in if you want to catch them before they are gone!!!
Starbucks new Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino (photo by Julie A. Smith)
I am a definite fan of Redbox. I love the concept of being able to rent movies on the cheap at locations that are essentially like movie vending machines all over town. Redbox has a plethora of locations in my city and surrounding area, and you can find Redbox locations at places like Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, and Ruler Foods. All you need is a credit card to rent a regular DVD, Blue Ray DVD, or game. They typically send receipts via e-mail, and if you rent regularly, then they often send you promo codes (that you use before putting in your payment information) to get a free rental on a particular day or rent 1, get 1 free. I signed up to get notices by text to be in the loop, and they are doing a fun 12 days of deals promotion currently that I want to give a shout-out to.
It is now Day 9 of the 12 Days of Deals (I am slightly behind promoting it, but I still want to get the word out). All you have to do is reply NICE for a promo code rental discount to 727272. You can text DAILY thru 12/10/14. Since I have done it, I have gotten promo codes for 75 cents off, 50 cents off, and rent one & get one free. While Redbox did raise their prices recently from $1.20 to $1.50 for regular DVD’s (and I believe Blu-Ray movies are now $2 and games are slightly higher, too), however, this Christmas deal promotion is pretty sweet.
“Don’t let your friends & family miss out on the 12 Days of Deals fun! Click to share via Facebook or email: http://m.rbx.me/12dd” (promo quoted from Redbox).