Rethinking Netflix: Is it Worth it?

Linda and I have been using Netflix for a couple years now and have really loved it. We haven’t had cable since we got married and watch most of our TV shows for free on Hulu.com , so spending $10 a month to always have a movie to watch and unlimited streaming to our TV seemed to be worth it – and it was for a while. Doing the Math But it just dawned on me the other day that we don’t quite use it as much as we used to. We probably average about 3-4 movies in the mail each month and really don’t use the streaming movies or tv very often at all any more. I should say when we first got it, we found tons of old episodes of our favorite shows on there, so we were using it quite a bit. But at this point it seems that we have gotten “caught up” and other than occasionally adding a new release that we are interested in, we just don’t use it that much. So, even if we watch 4 movies a month at $10/m it is costing us $2.50 per movie which is still quite a bit more than Redbox. Granted, the convenience of not having to drive to a Redbox is worth something, but our nearest Redbox is a very short drive. In addition to that, if we really didn’t want to leave the house we could rent a movie on itunes or via Amazon.com and stream it to our TV. While it might not be as cheap as Redbox, it might be worth it on those occasions when we can’t leave the house. Totals So, financially speaking, there really isn’t much of a clear-cut winner for us. We might save a couple dollars each month by not using Netflix any more, but it is pretty small change in the grand scheme of things. Time Vaccum More important to me than the few bucks we could save is the fact that we always have a movie sitting by the TV just waiting to be viewed. For me I often find that it is a lot easier to drop in a movie than to sit down and read a book, or go for a walk, or have a quiet conversation with my wife, or do anything more productive than giving 2 hours of my life to a movie. Because I have this tendency, I think it would be helpful to cut the temptation off at the root – by getting rid of Netflix. Ideally I would just have a little more self-control, but as Romans 13:14 says, I should “ make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts “. For me Netflix is turning out to be provision for the flesh. Are you a Netflix user? How do you manage your Netflix watching time?     Related Articles: Netflix vs. Blockbuster Online video rentals 5 cheap movie-renting alternatives Netflix for Books? Free and Legal TV and Movies online Delayed gratification – Is it worth it? 8 Ways We Dramatically Reduced Our Expenses This Month Bob enjoys dark chocolate, paying off debt, giving, Foosball, loose-leaf tea, helping people succeed, learning, anything God created, playing guitar, doing things the “long” way, Philippians, excellence, Chick-Fil-A, and making his wife smile. He started ChristianPF in 2007 and has been having a blast ever since. Find him on Facebook & Twitter . The articles on this site are for entertainment purposes and should not be taken as financial advice. Please contact a financial professional for specific advice regarding your situation. Also, many of the CPF articles help us pay the bills by using affiliate relationships with Amazon, Google, eBay and others. Find out more here .

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Rethinking Netflix: Is it Worth it?

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