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When Netflix really started to catch on in the early 2000s, the grandma in me couldn’t have been more excited. No more disappointment when the latest new release wasn’t at the video store! But even more exciting was all the money I’d save, given the high price tag associated with a trip to the movies -- an average of $30 for a family of four, according to the most recent data from the National Association of Theater Owners, and that doesn’t even include a popcorn, soda and some Junior Mints, which could easily skyrocket your spending to $50 for a mere two hours of entertainment.
And now Netflix has gone and raised its prices by 60 percent and, not surprisingly, ticked off a lot of people in the process. While some may argue that a Netflix subscription is still way cheaper than going to the movies or even buying a DVD, it’s just one more rising cost for us all to endure in this time of a 9.2 unemployment rate and data that points to rising costs for about everything.
So we at iVillage wonder: Have you had to cut back on family entertainment due to cost? If so, what are you doing to keep family time fun without breaking the bank? Chime in below, or reply to us on Twitter.