One of the biggest categories of spending for 20-somethings is entertainment*. We have grown up in a culture where we feel the need to be constantly entertained, so it is only natural that we spend a large amount of our budget buying things that entertain us. Think movie tickets, trips to the amusement park, video game systems, huge DVD collections, mindless wandering/purchasing at the mall, mindless internet shopping... the list goes on. So how about a way to entertain yourself but still save cash?
Everyone's heard of Redbox by now. If you haven't, the general idea of Redbox is this: Redbox movie rental kiosks are located in grocery stores, convenience stores, fast food restaurants, etc. You pay $1.25ish to rent a movie for a day. You are responsible for returning it to a kiosk by 9 pm the day after you rent (note: you can return it to any kiosk! not just the one where you got it). For every extra day you keep it, they charge you another rental period (so another $1.25ish).
Alright, so $1.25 is pretty cheap. This is true. But what is even better than $1.25? ..... FREE!
Try this: next time you rent a movie at a Redbox kiosk and it gives you the option to type a promo code, type in "DVDONME" **. This should give you a totally free rental for a night! This will work on each of your credit/debit cards... so use it once for every form of plastic you have! Just remember to return it by 9 pm the next night or else you'll be charged $1.25 for that next day :)
Try this next time you're tempted to spend major money to entertain yourself. A movie night at home with your friends can be just as fun as going out-- and WAY cheaper! Trust me, your friends will enjoy the change of pace.
* Yeah, that's not backed up by any sort of fact or figures. Just go with me here.
** UPDATE (4/30/14): I tried this code the other day and it didn't work anymore, womp womp :( Let me know if you hear of any others and I'll add that to this post!