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Six Tips to Save Money and Keep the Video Games You Love

Wed, Sep 12, 2012 @ 09:29 AM / by Erayne Hill posted in credit union, credit unions, video games, save money

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Madden 13September 12 is National Video Game Day, and in honor of this holiday, Unity One Credit Union would like to share some tips for the consummate gamers out there.

As technology continues to advance and companies such as Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo develop more realistic and fun-family interactive games, so does the price associated with those video games and consoles.  Last week, a popular video game by EA Sports called Madden 13 was released, and in the first week it sold 597,452 copies in the U.S. alone (VgChartz.com).  The game retails for $59.99 at Game Stop, a popular video game retailer.  If you were to add up the sales of the video game for week one, sales would total over $35 million.  That is a lot of money!

When it comes to popular video games like Madden 13, many gamers and parents can relate with the strain that video games can put on a person’s wallet; especially, if you have more than one game console or child (we know kids sometimes don’t like to share).  However, that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case if you follow these simple tips that will help you save money on video games:

  • Tip One:  Get a Rental Membership – This would have to be the best way to save money for those who love video games.  By getting a membership with a company such as GameFly, you can save lots of money.  They offer rates as low as $15.95/month for one game rental.  Order your game online, they mail it to you and you keep it as long you want.  Once you are done with it, simply return it in the prepaid envelope, and if you decide to keep it then you can purchase it at a discounted price.

  • Tip Two:  Play the Demo – Most video games retail at $59.99, and demos are free to download on to your game console. Also, by playing the demo, you can experience what the video game will be like before it is released.  In the case that you don’t like it no purchase has been made, and you save yourself $60. 

  • Tip Three:  Trade In Old Video Games – Along with buying pre-owned, you can also trade in your old video games.  Usually, you can receive store credit towards your next purchase or, in some cases, you can receive cash.  Again, the amount of money you receive depends on how old the video game is and the condition.CoD Black Ops cover

  • Tip Four:  Shop Around for the Best Deal – Sometimes with popular video games such as Madden 13, many retailers try to give you the best bargain by creating bundles.  For instance, Wal-Mart sometimes bundles a free month of Xbox Live with the purchase of a video game.  This is a great deal because one month of Xbox Live costs around $5 for month-to-month access.

  • Tip Five:  Buy Pre-Owned – Buying pre-owned can save you up to 20% off the original price of the video game or sometimes more depending on the release date of the video game.  GameStop offers pre-owned video games at discounted rate. 

  • Tip Six:  Delay the Purchase – If you have played the demo and liked the video game, delay the purchase.  In most cases, video games begin to drop in price after a couple of weeks and you can save yourself a couple of bucks.

Your credit union not only promotes savings, but it promotes spending wisely. So, next time you decide you want a new game but need to save a couple of bucks, try following the simple steps above.  Trust us; your wallet will thank you!

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