I find spending $18.95 or even $12.95 far too expensive on a DVD that might only be watched once or twice.
In the spirit of frugality and household economy I took up the challenge to find the cheapest possible way to obtain inexpensive DVDs.
This is what I came up with (in order of expense):
- Buy used DVDs on www.half.com (I choose to only buy DVDs < $5.00).
- Rent DVDs from the public library (usually $1.00 - $1.50 each, some are free).
- Buy used DVDs at garage sales (very hit or miss, often $1-$2)
- Sometimes Craigslist will offer used Children's DVDs very cheaply.
- Make my own DVDs
Here is how I get free DVDs, I make them for my personal use:
- Buy a DVD Recorder - Walmart sells them as cheaply as $100 now, check out the ilo.
- Buy blank DVD's - they can be bought very cheaply from www.supermediastore.com, probably about $0.25 each.
- Schedule a recording. Since I record commercial free DVDs for my children, I usually record either a 2 hour swath of Noggin or play videos I had already recorded on the DVR / Tivo.
- Put DVDs in cases that can be cheaply bought from Costco (in-store).
And there you are.
Now here's a spreadsheet showing the cost.
Wow!!! Incredible, after all that work the cost is $4.20 per DVD.
Now if you make lots of DVDs, the cost will certainly go down.
I really focus on recording PBS children's shows for my children to watch. They are commercial free -- children are so vulnerable to commercials. I don't mind the price in exchange for the convenience. We can take a portable DVD player travelling or in the car and watch better quality video entertainment that way.
All in all, if you want a permament recording, making your own DVD is cheaper than buying used ones via mail. Also, you have control of the content. However, unless you make quite a few, it won't be only $0.29 per blank DVD.
Then again, you might argue that you would normally be subscribing to premium channels anyway so that shouldn't be part of the cost.
Have a great Monday,
Making Our Way