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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Cutting Those Bills - Netflix Gets Net'fixed

We love Netflix. Yes, at times, it feels that we get 'long wait' listed for the new releases. Yes, at times, they seem to suspiciously slow down there 'processing & sending' of DVD's. Yet, one of our favorite enjoyment is to sit down in front of the big screen, make a bowl of popcorn, and watch a good movie. We enjoy it so much that we prefer to watch movies at home rather than going to the movies. Besides, at our house, we don't have the distraction of ringing cell phones, annoying talkers during the movie, people yelling at the characters (FYI: they can't hear you), and the staggering costs of going to the movies (currently around $25 for tickets, popcorn, and a drink! And Hollywood still can't figure out why people are not going to the movies for terribly writing and acting movies!)

So it is fairly obviously why we like Netflix. It is hassle-free other than dropping the envelops into a mailbox to mail back to Netflix and opening the envelope to watch the movie. Unfortunately, with our recent effort to cut the fat from our recurring bills, we realize that paying $32/month for Netflix is just too much. Because of this, we have down-graded our subscription to just 2 movies out-at-a-time. This will change our monthly bill to roughly $17/month. The difference is a 47% savings. We are excited with this due to another recurring bill down by 20% or more.


  • We sometimes do Netflix for a month at a time. We usually start on a Monday, and we select the 3 out option as this seems to give us the the lowest cost per rental. Mailing time between our house and the nearest Netflix location nearest is only one day so we can usually go through about 30 discs a month.

    We rarely stay a member more than a month at a time though because Netflix penalizes heavy users by slowing the processing time between when orders are returned and new discs are shipped out. Luckily, their system seems to reset itself after each cancellation.

    By Blogger John OMM, at 4:51 PM, April 12, 2006  

  • That is an interesting idea. I think we may have to try this, because the 'long-listed' is frustrating us to the point of cancellation.

    By Blogger Medicated Money, at 3:21 PM, April 18, 2006  

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