You don’t have to be loaded to enjoy video games.

So there I was, staring at the elder dragon with my mace in one hand and a lightening spell in the other. The dragon was sure he had me and dove straight down. As I strafed left to avoid his horrific bite, I unleashed my spell and nailed him right in the chest. The dragon snarled and let out a tremendous roar as he landed with authority. I rushed in, and with a mighty swing of my enchanted mace…

It was dinner time and my wife was adamant that I quit my game to come eat. I tried to protest and explain that I just needed to kill this one last dragon, but she was having none of it. I love wasting Sunday afternoons playing video games. I’m sure many of you do too; or at least your children do. The games these days are go engrossing, but also expensive. Games average $60 a pop which can put a stress on any gamers’ budget. Luckily there are some ways to enjoy your games on a budget.

Renting – You can rent a game for as cheap as a dollar or two a night. You can visit your local video store to pick one up or now you can get them out of the Redbox vending machines which are practically on every corner these days. There is also a rent by mail service called Gamefly, similar to Netflix, that lets you check out a number of games and keep them for as long as you would like for a flat monthly fee.

Buying used – You can save a significant amount of money by buying used. Several retailers sell previously owned games at a discount. You can often also find sales such as buy two and get one free. Watching the sales, you can often get two or three used games for the price of one new one. And don’t forget to check online with eBay and Craigslist.

Selling your old games – Most retailers that sell previously played games, will also buy your used games. Just as there are promotions on buying used games, there are promotions on selling them as well in which you can get additional credit for your trade-ins. EBay is another great place to sell your used games and can often net you more cash than a retail store.

Borrow or trade with friends – Does your buddy have a game that you’ve been dying to play? Maybe you have a game that your buddy would like to play. How about a game swap? You each get what you want without any cost!

Now that you have some ideas to get your game on without draining your wallet, it’s time for me to get back to dragon slaying!

 

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