The Perfect Weekend to Binge

This past weekend in New York City it snowed and it snowed enough for anyone to have the excuse to stay inside all weekend.  Most people don’t need an excuse to stay inside (such as myself) however this opportunity was granted for those who do need an excuse and I do hope the advantage was taken.

This time could have been spent on catching up on shows recorded on your DVR or on your watchlist on Hulu.  Maybe there was a season of a TV show you wanted to watch on Netflix.  Something on Amazon Prime catch you eye?  Or you could have did what I did and binge movies.  Yes, you can binge movies.

My last binge on movies, I based the movies on an actor – Eddie Murphy.  I started with the Beverly Hills Cop series and moved on from there.  Other binges have been on movies with multiple sequels such as the SAW movies or Die Hard.  I’ve even based a binge on a cartoon character such as Tinkerbell and watched all the various Tinkerbell movies on Netflix.   This weekend I had no such method for my binge and used Redbox and Hulu as my bingeing method. 

Redbox is the new Blockbuster or Hollywood Video.  Remember those places?  However unlike what Blockbuster and Hollywood Video use to be, Redbox is not a store.  Redbox is an actual giant red box that dispenses DVDs and video games.  Each Redbox has a variety of different movies, usually new releases that aren’t yet streaming on Netflix or Hulu or airing on any premium channels (HBO, Showtime etc).  You might be able to find the movies On Demand but Redbox is your cheaper option.  Movies are $1.50 a day and are due by 9 pm the following day.  Redbox also gives the option for Blu-Ray version of every movie offered, however that is more expensive.

I love the option of Redbox but I only rent when I have a coupon.  This weekend I was able to use a coupon for $1.25 off the first night, then one for .50 cent off my second pick the first night  and then one for 1 free movie for the first night.  Even though Redbox is relatively cheap, the price adds up when renting more than one movie.  Plus only one coupon code can be used at a time, so unless the code saves you enough money, I suggest two non Blu-Ray movies at a time.  Also make sure to return the movie by 9pm the next day to avoid paying for another day.  Most if not all the coupon codes are only good for one night and if trying to keep the cost wallet friendly be ready to watch the movie the same night rented. 

For my snow induced binge weekend, I rented: Alice Through The Looking Glass, The Shallows, The Legend of Tarzan (2016), Independence Day: Resurgence and The Magnificent Seven (2016) and  I used Hulu to watch Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.  No specific reason for the movies, although all were movies I wanted to see but not enough to see in theaters or didn’t get a chance to see in theaters. Either way the movies provided another successful binge session. 

I’m no meteorologist but I believe that it might snow again and If it does and you find yourself home then now know what to do.  Binge watch and give binge watching movies a try.  To find a local Redbox near you, visit this site and hopefully there is something (there will be) you want to watch.