How to save money on video games this holiday season
byNov 11th 2008 3:00PM
GeekDad offers the following 5 ways to save money on games this holiday season.
- Know your release dates and what games you can wait to buy.
- Read reviews to avoid the crud that many developers shovel out this time of year.
- Play the demo; nothing helps you separate the wheat from the chaff quicker than hands on time.
- Trade in and or buy used games, even new release used games are $5 cheaper.
- Join a gaming community, which exist solely to help others find cheap video game deals.
Another method GeekDad mentions is a subscription rental service such as Gamefly.com. This is an excellent way to get through the glut of games coming out in the next few weeks. I've personally used several of these services and Gamefly tops the list in selection and shipping times. If you plan to play a lot of new releases, sports games especially, then a subscription service is an absolute must.
Finally there's nothing more disappointing than finding out the game you bought for your 12-year-old doesn't sync up with the restrictions you have on gaming at your house. Thankfully parents can avoid the hassle of selling a used game at half price by making informed decisions with the information at WhatTheyPlay.com. What They Play is a ratings and discussion board dedicated to helping parents understand what is really in the games their children play.
As a gamer and a saver, I am living proof that you can enjoy your gaming and still make prudent financial decisions. While many people are quick to dismiss gaming as expensive, even with an initial cost of $60, my cost per hour of entertainment for Halo 3 was only $0.67, making it one of the cheapest forms of entertainment aside from solitaire. If you already have a console it is likely one of the cheapest ways to entertain you and your friends, just don't forget the cheese poofs!
If you follow even a few of these steps you can easily cut your monthly gaming bill in half and put that money towards something important like an emergency fund or snowballing your debt away. How do you save money on video games? Share your best tips below.