Try These 10 Simple Money Saving Tips at Redbox
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[Updated on 6/29/18] Redbox is America’s go-to spot for inexpensive, convenient rentals. Check out these money saving tips and secrets you may not know about before you hit the little red kiosk on the corner!
1. Sign up for emails and get a free rental.
When you sign up for Redbox Emails (new members only), you’ll receive special offers in your inbox every week. Plus, whenever you confirm your email address, you’ll receive a follow-up email that includes a promo code valid for a FREE 1-day DVD rental or $1.75 off the first night’s daily rental fee for a Blu-ray Disc or video game. The promo code will expire 2 weeks after issuance.
*Note that it may take up to 24 hours to receive your first confirmation email after signing up.
Hip Tip: If you have more than one email address (consider asking your hubby and kids to sign up with their email addresses!), be sure to sign up under each email account as you’ll receive a FREE 1-day DVD rental promo code per email address! Note that these codes are one-time use and you can only use one code per transaction, regardless of the number of rentals.
2. Join Redbox Perks for rewards.
If you rent Redbox movies or games often, it’s definitely worth signing up for their FREE rewards program! Whenever you join Redbox Perks (formerly Redbox Play Pass), you’ll get a FREE 1-night DVD rental that will show up as 1,500 points in your account within 48 hours of signing up.
Plus, you’ll get the following perks for each level…
🍿 How to earn points with Redbox Perks:
You’ll earn 100 points/night for every paid DVD rental, 125 points/night for every Blu-ray rental, 200 points/night for every video game rental, and 75 points/transaction for every On Demand transaction.
🍿 When to redeem points with Redbox Perks:
You’ll earn a FREE 1-night DVD rental when you earn 1,500 points, a FREE Blu-ray rental when you earn 1,750 points, and a FREE 1-night Game rental when you earn 2,500 points.
3. Download the Redbox App for rewards.
Rent on-the-go! Whenever you download the FREE Redbox Mobile App, you’ll earn 150 bonus Perks Points. Plus, you’ll be able to reserve movies & games ahead of time to pick up at the kiosk, turn on push notifications to unlock exclusive offers, alerts, and more. Also, you may be able to score a free rental whenever you download the app and turn on push notifications for the first time!
Here’s how to turn on notifications:
- Download the Redbox mobile app.
- Under your settings, select ON for Redbox notifications.
- Check back within 24 hours for your welcome deal and to reserve your movie.
You’ll also earn 150 Redbox Perks points for adding a credit card to your profile, 200 points for completing every section of your profile, and 250 points for Setup Box Sign In.
4. Join the Redbox Text Club.
Whenever you sign up for the Redbox Text Club by texting SIGNUP to 727272 on your mobile device, you’ll receive an exclusive promo code every month, as well as occasional deals sent straight to your phone (up to 2 texts/week). You’ll also be the first to hear about the latest news, releases, and more!
5. Squeeze the most time out of your rental.
Making a late-night trip to Redbox? To get the most time out of your rental, consider waiting until after midnight (try 12:01AM) to rent or confirm your reservation. If you rent at 12:01AM today, you have until 9PM tomorrow evening to return the movie, which is almost TWO full days to enjoy it!
6. Watch for promotions at the grocery store.
Planning to buy popcorn at the grocery store for a movie night? If so, consider buying specially marked boxes of Jolly Time popcorn that include a FREE Redbox rental code inside the box!
7. Look for discounts at the kiosk.
This trick may not work every time, but it has worked many times for me on previous trips. Just add one rental to your cart and hit “Checkout” on the kiosk – even If you’re already planning to get two.
Many times, if you wait a few minutes before paying for your rental, you may see a pop-up box on the screen offering you a discount if you add an additional movie or game to your order! Instant savings!
8. Follow Redbox on social media for promotions.
Follow Redbox on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as they often give out Redbox codes for FREE or discounted rentals. Plus, Instagram users can enter their Weekly Giveaways for a chance to win FREE Combo Packs, Movies, Prize Packs, and more – just answer in the Giveaway comments section.
9. Return Redbox movies in different cities.
“Are. We. There. Yet????”…sound familiar?
If you’re planning a long road trip and have a DVD player in your vehicle, Redbox can be a lifesaver! Since you can return your rental to ANY Redbox kiosk across the country, and because there are over 41,000 kiosk locations, this is a great way to keep the little ones entertained in the back seat for hours.
As an idea, you could rent a movie in the morning in Texas, return it in the afternoon in Louisiana, and rent another movie in Mississippi that evening. How convenient! 🙌🏻
10. Buy discounted Redbox eGift cards.
Although this isn’t technically a money-saving tip, it’s a great way to pay it forward and make someone smile! 😁 The next time you’re returning your movie to the Redbox kiosk, consider leaving a few dollars inside the case for the next person so they can buy movie snacks or other rentals.
Just be sure not to cover up the barcode on the DVD as that will cause the movie to not be rented until it is fixed by a Redbox employee. Also, be sure to share and tag your good deed to social media with #RedboxPayItForward! While the tag isn’t often used anymore, if anyone can revive this HIP way to make someone’s day, it’s our generous community of readers! 😍
Happy Renting! 🍿
Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off running long distance, bargain shopping, warm weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.