Spend Less On Your Family’s Entertainment Costs


Last year, American families spent $23.3 billion on entertainment in the home. This was a rise of more than 11% compared to the previous year and was a record-figure, according to The Digital Entertainment Group. And while keeping your kids occupied at home is an important goal for any parent, you’ll be pleased to hear that it can be done on a budget.

Rent rather than buy

American consumers are spending more money on purchasing digital content than renting it. In 2018, the country spent $2.46 billion buying movies and television shows, whereas just $2.09 billion was spent on streamed content. However, you can save a small fortune by renting or streaming content instead of buying it. For example, one of Disney’s newest movies, Ralph Breaks the Internet, can be digitally rented from Amazon Prime for just $5.99, whereas it costs $14.99 to purchase it.

Buy second-hand devices

There’s no denying that kids love games consoles, tablets, televisions, and electronic e-readers. However, these appliances are costing Americans $1 trillion every year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. Rather than buying brand new devices, such as a PS4 at $299, opt for a second hand one, which can be bought from online marketplaces for half the price. It’s also wise to safeguard your household appliances and family’s gadgets. By doing this, the cost of repairs or a replacement item will be given to you, meaning your family will have access to their favorite entertainment at all times.

Switch to a streaming TV service

If you’re tempted to add a new package to your cable TV setup to keep your little ones occupied during the school break, then you should think again. The average family currently spends $107 per month on their cable TV, according to Fortune. Instead of paying such a substantial amount each month, consider joining the 33 million Americans who have ditched cable TV altogether and opt for a streaming TV service. The likes of Netflix and Hulu are budget-friendly and offer plenty of child-friendly and family content for less than $13 per month.

U.S. families are increasingly spending big money on entertainment within the home. But there’s no need to spend anywhere near as much as the national average if you rent rather than buy content, purchase used appliances, and switch to a TV streaming service.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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