I think we can all agree that watching movies at home instead of the theater is an easy way to cut costs from the family entertainment budget. Opting to watch movies at home can save a family of four up to $200 per year!
But here’s the thing: Those at-home rentals can easily start to add up too. Movie rentals on iTunes average around $4.99 and Redbox $1.50 to $2 per day. That may not seem like much, but if someone forgets to return the rental for a week, you’re looking at a $14 charge! People tend to grossly underestimate how many movies they’re actually renting—every charge seems so small in the moment, while you’re snuggled up on your couch!
The good news? There are plenty of movies you can stream for free, you just have to know where to look. You can be frugal and keep your family movie night—now, your only costs are popcorn! Oh, and by the way—all of these options are completely, 100% legal—all you have to do is watch a few ads!
Reelgood scrapes the web for legal, free movies and shows to watch, saving you the work of having to check a bunch of different sites. Reelgood is free to use, and will even pull in your Netflix or Hulu subscription at the same time if you’d like to browse everything in one place.
Crackle is owned by Sony, so it has a strong lineup of both blockbuster hits and more obscure B-movies. What’s different about Crackle is they’re always updating their library of free movies by cycling through them—so anything that’s free right now won’t be free for long.
Vudu doesn’t have a monthly subscription—think of it like iTunes, where you can rent individual titles. They boast a “Vudu on Us” section that gives you access to stream thousands of free movies (with commercials, of course).
Snagfilms is all about what they call philanthropic movies and shows. What does that mean? There are over 10,000 independent titles cover topics like refugee and immigrant stories, youth and education issues, seeking justice, history, and health. You can get free access to great documentaries as well as classic Hitchcock films.