Monday, January 18, 2010

The Red Box

I used to be foolish to think that the Red Boxwas a surprise bauble from Cartier. Oh my, how times have changed. That was then, this is now. Now when someone is talking about the Red Box I immediately assume they mean theDVD vending machine. What has happened to me? Eeeek Gads, I am getting so weak.

With a convenient spot right outside of Giant Eagle, our RedBox is my newest little splurge. For $1.00, I can rent a DVD without unbuckling my kids and schlepping them into the store and being convinced that we NEED candy and sodas for twice the suggested retail price. The RedBox is my new friend. If you have never tried it, here is what to expect.

You need a credit or debit card to activate a rental. After selecting the movies you want, you swipe your card and take home the red hard plastic sleeves full of entertainment. You have 24 hours to watch and return your selections or the $1 goes to $2 and so on. The vending machine of DVD's dispenses the choices, spits them out, you take them, watch them, return them to the machine and that is it. It is so simple, easy and cheap. You do not have to talk to an idiot clerk or be swayed into buying other stuff.

During the check out process there is place to enter your promo code. Redbox Codes are the way to get free DVD rentals from the beloved Redbox. Redbox which is owned by the Coinstar companyand their partners create these codes to get more people into their stores and use their services. You can google the phrase Redbox Movie promo codes and find them posted on line. You can also sign up for perks and one free movie on the RedBox website.You simply need to enter the coupon code from the main screen or just before checkout at your local Redbox kiosk. When you do, you will receive a one-day free rental. Any additional days you keep the movie will be charged at the usual $1/day.

The new release movies are there along with other genres including kids choices. The selections vary by location and demand, but you can actually reserve your picks on line and then be guaranteed they are available for you. For example, just the other day the kids needed some down time. I knew they would love to see the animated show called UP, so I went online and snagged it. I popped over to the red box, rented UP, shoved it in the van and they watched it from their car seats while I hit a few drive through errands. This is a refreshing way for me to get some stuff done while the kids are mildly entertained. I added some Trader Joe's Kettle Corn (individually bagged like snack size potato chips) for an added movie feel. Now, they expect this kind of ride everyday, honestly, who wouldn't?

Jeff and I watched Julie & Julia last night. I spent a dollar on the DVD from the RedBox kiosk. It was totally worth it, although now I am craving anything in a creamy Buerre Blanc Sauce or slathered in butter. Perhaps I should have rented 30 days to a better butt instead of a Julia Child flick that was focused on food. Oh well, Butter? Better Butts? It is all right there at the RedBox.

Bon Appetit and Enjoy the Show.

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