The Motherloot Blog: Product Reviews

Here is my secret confession… I love to play video games with my husband. My love for this started when we were in college at Purdue University. We would go bowling and they had an arcade next to the bowling alley. My husband thought it would be fun to challenge me in a game of Tekken. I ended up beating him in the game and then beat the arcade game itself. I had a crowd of guys surrounding me, whispering in awe that they couldn’t believe how good I was. They all became witness to my gaming glory days. Many of our date nights consisted of playing a video game and just spending time together.

Now that we are supposedly “grown-ups,” we haven’t gotten a chance to share our hobby as much as we used to. A few weeks ago though, we did get an opportunity to do this when our kids were enjoying an evening at grandma and grandpa’s house. We picked up a game and two movies from Blockbuster for the evening. I pulled a ten out and the total bill came to sixteen dollars! I had that cold sweaty feeling (only a truly frugal person can relate to this) and felt a little sick as I handed over my debit card. I figured that I would be able to make the correction once I had a glance at the receipt, but no such luck. The cost to rent a game at Blockbuster is a whopping eight dollars. I was pretty upset that we had spent that much and it took a lot of reassuring from my husband to convince me to let it go and enjoy the evening. He kept pointing out that we hadn’t been able to do this since college and to try and not let it ruin our night.

To make a long story short, we rent a lot of movies. I do try and get them from the library, but the ones that I really want aren’t there and it is usually after library hours when I want to pick one up. We decided to try out a movie club. We originally signed up with a two week trial using Blockbuster. I loved that you got the movies and two coupons for in-store rentals. I thought this would be perfect because we could rent two video games and movies for ten bucks a month. When I went to cash in my coupons, however, I discovered that Blockbuster would only let me use the coupons for movie…not for games, as I had intended to use my membership. I sent a note of complaint and cancelled our subscription. I do know that if you buy the higher plans, that you can use the coupons for both games & movie rentals. I did not want to spend more than this and was disappointed with how slow their service was (only received one movie after sending it back the next day during the entire two weeks).

I decided to do some research to see if I could find a plan that would fit our needs a little better. I ran across a great company called and I decided to give this company a shot. They had a great plan where we could get any game or movie, two out at a time (unlimited) for $12.99 per month. We decided to give it a shot this month and have been extremely pleased with how timely the movies have come to us and the selection that they offer.

If you are looking for something like this, I highly recommend this company. If you use the provided link, I do get credit for a referral, but promise that I wouldn’t refer you to something I wasn’t proud of.

If you have had an experience (either positive or negative) with a movie club company, please share away by clicking on the comments button.



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    Not really. I really just like the fighting games because I am not coordinated enough to do any games that require real skill :)


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    I too, am a mother who loves video games. I am just curious if your taste in games has changed since you became a mother?


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    Netflix ladies. It’s the only way. LOL Seriously after trying several, this option is long overdue! I LOVE it. My husband has a better explanation of it: Netflix. If you’re not converted yet you need to be. It is such a simple solution to movie rentals and enjoyment. I think they do games too – not sure.



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    My husband buys almost every single movie (the good ones) on DVD the day it comes available. You should see our collection! Therefore, I haven’t been to Blockbusters in a long time!

    Here via Carnival of Family Life.


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    This looks really good. I clicked through and checked it out.

    We currently have blockbuster, but are only averaging one movie per week and it costs $10 per month. This sounds like a much better option. And we are really trying to avoid buying Direct TV, so this might help! Thanks!

    Home of Pass the Torch Tuesday


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    Amy, because I live in a semi-rural area now, renting movies became problematic–or returning them on time, actually. I had never thought I would do a by-mail movie club, because we don’t watch that many movies. But with the prices up over $5 to rent a movie, and a lower volume plan, we used Netflix a while. The turnaround was poor for my area, and with only 2 movies out at a time, it wasn’t working. Then I found Blockbuster. We are still on a lower price plan, and so we use the free movie rental coupons as well each month!

    However, I will keep this other club in mind. I didn’t know that games rentals were so high. My husband and I enjoyed our N64 long before we have kids, and my daughter just got a Game Cube for her bday, so I think that the fun will begin again!


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    Sorry to hear you didn’t have a good experience w/Blockbuster. We LOVE our plan. $14.99 for 2 movies out at a time plus, one internet coupon per week good on any rental including new releases. We rent a ton of movies and it more than pays for itself. At $3.79 per movie, even if we only used the internet coupon every week, it would still be worth it. We have never had a problem with slow service, in fact, turnaround time is about 48 hours. It could be because their movie “warehouse” is local but it sure works for us. Glad to hear though you found something that works for you!


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