$1 Movie Rentals

Cancel your Blockbuster membership because there is a more convenient and cheap method of renting movies in the form of a red electronic box.


The redbox is a self-service DVD vender that allows you to rent the newest releases for only a dollar.  My favorite aspect of the redbox is that they can be found in most grocery stores (I love the efficiency of being able to get food and movies in one trip) along with Wal-Mart and McDonald’s (as if Big Macs aren’t tempting enough).  The process is simple: use the touch screen to select whether you’d like to rent or return a movie, pick your movie (sorted by release date), swipe your credit card (the redbox doesn’t accept cash), and out slides your DVD.  There is no real late fee, you are just charged an additional dollar for each day you keep the movie. If you don’t want to risk the possibility a DVD being out of stock, you can reserve a DVD via the redbox website.  Also, once you are ready to return a DVD, you can choose any redbox location to do so.

In Harrisonburg there are redboxes at Martin’s off of East Market Street and the Wal Marts off of Burgess Road and South High Street.

So when Wall-E, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, and Tropic Thunder come out on November 18th, I’d suggest making a trip to your local redbox.




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Your Closet Has Value

Two things you should know about me are that I have a passionate hate for clothes shopping and that I love getting paid for doing absolutely nothing (but then again who doesn’t).

However, with the opening of Plato’s Closet, the latter stepped up to challenge the former. Plato’s Closet, which opened last Thursday in the Spotswood Valley Square Shopping Center, buys and sells name brand clothing at 70 percent off the original retail cost. Plato’s Closet buys your inconspicuously used clothes or accessories that they consider the “latest” trend or “hottest” brand then sells them to their targeted customers- teens and the twenties crowd.

This weekend my curiosity (and the fact that I still wear clothes I had from high school) got the better of me and I went to see what Plato’s Closet was all about. Unfortunately, I donated most of my old clothes to Good Will a couple months ago so I had a limited selection of what I was attempting to sell. I brought in a bag of jeans and shirts and handed it over to an employee who was very meticulous in picking which items the store chose to reuse. She tossed aside any shirt with the slightest sign of being washed and jeans that had fray at the bottom (even though I was always under the impression that the rugged look was “in”). In the end, I was paid $5 for a Hollister polo and Urban Outfitters shirt. This amount fell short of my desire but I figured beggars can’t be choosers.

Five dollars richer, I ventured through the store in hopes of finding a good deal, making note of the impressive selection of jeans and tank tops. I ended up buying a pair of American Eagle jeans for $12 that were originally $39.99 and an American Eagle shirt for $6 opposed to it’s original $20. I realized that my detest for shopping didn’t necessarily stem from a weak fashion sense but more from an inability to find good deals on good clothes. Inspired by the amount of money I saved, an enthusiasm for shopping was born. I could have really gone to town in there but I had to remind myself that despite these great deals, I was still on a tight budget.

A couple other things I made note of- Plato’s Closet was overwhelmingly comprised of female attire but fellows don’t be discouraged, there was a corner in the back of the store dedicated to you. Like I said before, the extensive amount of jeans and tank tops were the store’s strong point. An avid fan of hoodies and zip-up jackets, I was a little disappointed by their selection in this area but the fact that the store had a good deal of shoes, jewelry, hats, scarves, and belts compensated for this. If your trying to sell back clothes, go at an odd hour during the week like first thing in the morning, or you’ll have to face a longer wait behind other enthusiastic sellers.

Plato’s Closet is located at 1790 East Market Street off in Spotswood Valley Square of Rt. 33 adjacent to T.J. Maxx and Fashion Bug. It’s open seven days a week, 10 am-8 pm Monday through Saturday, and 1 pm-6 pm on Sunday. You can contact the store at 540-432-8648 or at info@platosclosetharrisonburg.com. If your coming from 81- Take Exit 247A and follow Rt. 33 East for about 1 mile. Spotswood Valley Square will be on your left across the street from Valley Mall.

So next time you need to fulfill a clothing void, bypass the mall and check out Plato’s Closet first.



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Financial Optimism

Hi! Welcome to Saving Sense!

I created this blog as a class assignment to take a look at ways for college students to save money. As college students, we’re already in this financial limbo since our parents are less accessible and we don’t have the time to hold a sustainable career. The fact that our country is in economic turmoil right now doesn’t exactly help our situation either.

So, as a JMU student with a tight wallet, I’m going to take it upon myself to offer saving tips and scope out the array of cheap dining, clothing, entertainment, and other miscellaneous sources of saving through out the Harrisonburg area. I know that the fate of our bank accounts are looking dismal right now, but I want to convey through this blog that there is hope in crawling out of the financial holes many of us have found ourselves in.

Thanks for checking this out and feel free to leave as much feedback or ideas as you want!



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