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Entertainment:  Movie Rentals

Updated January 2015

Blockbuster Online Online movie rental service, offering over 80,000 movie titles.  Plans start at $9.99 per month (one DVD at a time), $14.99 (two DVDs at a time) and $19.99 (3 DVDs at a time) for unlimited movies, TV and games plus unlimited in-store exchanges. There are no due dates and no late fees.  Sign up for a free 30-day trial.
County Libraries FREE videos, DVDs and Blu-rays at your local library!  Get your library card, log-in online and reserve old and new release movies from your computer.  When the movies are available, you'll be notified by phone or email and typically you'll have one week to claim it and one week to view it (or more weeks if the movie is not a new-release).  Granted, on some new release DVDs the que may have hundreds of reservations ahead of you and you might not get the movie for a few months; but for a free movie rental, you can't go wrong.  Click on the following links for your library:  Clackamas county, Clark county, Multnomah county, Washington county.
DVDPlay (now called Blockbuster Express)
Automated DVD rental kiosks located inside area Safeway grocery stores.  Rates vary from $1.00 - $2.00 per evening, depending on the movie.  The website does provide locations, inventory and the ability to reserve your movie beforehand.  Google 'Blockbuster Express codes' to get some rentals for free.
DVDXpress Automated DVD rental kiosks with about 12 locations sprinkled around the Portland area at places such as Lamb's Markets and Haggen Food Stores.  Usually around 20 new-release selections.  Web site provides live inventory information of movies available and the ability to reserve your movie online.  Use their email receipt function, and they'll send 2-for-1 codes for your next rental.  You can also go to their Facebook page and become a fan for free rental specials for customers that check-in with them on Foursquare.
Netflix $7.99 per month for on-demand viewing online.  They still offer the DVD by mail option for $7.99 per month, but only one DVD at a time.  You can find it here.  Sign up for their free 30-day trial.
Redbox Automated DVD, Blu-ray and video game rental kiosks located around the Portland area, mainly at McDonalds and grocery stores.  See web site for specific locations and live inventory of movies available.  $1.50 per night for DVDs and $2.00 for Blu-ray, must be returned by 9pm of the following day.  You can reserve your selection online.  For special rental codes, please visit http://www.insideredbox.com/.
Other Options
On demand from Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and Hulu Plus ($7.99 per month).  Borrow movies from your friends, family or co-workers.  If you live in an apartment complex, some of the larger ones with a community center offer a complimentary DVD library.  You could also search for illegal movies online - as frugal as we are, we would NOT recommend this since you'll likely pick up a virus, get scammed, spammed or get a really horrible experience that just isn't worth all the trouble. 

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