Kids love a good movie, but taking a family of four to the local theater can set you back more than $30 -- and that's without the jumbo tub of popcorn. Save some money and create a new family tradition by having a weekly or monthly movie night at home.
It's easier than ever to rent movies. With a broadband Internet connection, you don't even have to leave the house. Services like Netflix carry an on-demand archive of thousands of family-friendly movies, from new releases to all-time favorites. A subscription to Netflix, which gives you unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows, only costs $7.99 a month, less than the price of one movie ticket. You can also rent and download movies from services like iTunes and Amazon.
If you don't have a fast Internet connection, you can still pick up a DVD from Redbox, which currently has 28,000 locations nationwide. Movies only cost a dollar (if you return them within 24 hours) and Redbox machines are conveniently located at grocery stores, drug stores and gas stations.
To keep everyone happy, let each member of the family pick a movie. And don't forget the popcorn!