Why I never pay full price for a game and neither should you.
To continue our Gaming Theology series, we mentioned at the start that there would be topics that we would visit again to flesh out other areas of the topics we bring up. A few weeks ago, we discussed budgeting (if you haven’t read that yet, you can click here). Similar to how we manage our priorities, budgeting is in the same vein. But with new games starting off at $60 (at least, that’s how much they are here in America), gaming can become an expensive hobby, especially if there are several games coming out around the same time.
A philosophy I have when it comes to gaming is this: I never pay full price for a game. Why? Because new releases tend to go on sale within a month after release. Don’t believe me? Just this past week, GameStop had a deal where you trade in one of 20 games from a list to net you a copy of The Division for $34.99. Fortunately, I had a game on that list, along with some gift cards, and managed to walk away spending a total of $7 for The Division. That’s just one way to save money when buying games.
Here are 5 tips to save money when buying video games.
- Amazon Prime – Recently, Amazon announced that all Prime members will receive a 20% discount off new releases in video games. Not only that, but that promotion extends up to two weeks after the new game releases. That knocks the new game price down to $47.99, before tax and shipping. If you’re a college student, you can get Amazon Prime free for one year. For a college student, this is a bit of a no-brainer.
- Best Buy Gamer’s Club Unlocked – Similar to Amazon Prime’s set-up, Best Buy’s Gamers Club Unlocked will net you 20% off new titles for two years, at the low cost of $30. This also gets you deals on used games and accessories, doubles your Best Buy Rewards points, and gets you exclusive offers that you wouldn’t get otherwise. If you’re a fan of Best Buy and don’t want to spend the $70+ for Amazon Prime every year, this is another great alternative.
- Twitter – Seriously, if you’re not on Twitter, you’re missing out on one of the best ways to find great deals on games. With accounts such as Cheap A** Gamer, GamerDeals, or Daily Game Deals, there’s plenty of ways to be notified throughout the day of deals on video games. We even retweet some deals on our own Twitter account.
- Playstation Plus/Xbox Live Gold – A question we get often is, “Is PS Plus/Xbox Live Gold worth it?” The answer is a resounding yes. Also, you’ll need it to play with your friends online anyway, so why not? The great thing about both subscriptions is they net you up to 6 free games each month, depending on which systems you own. This is incredibly helpful, especially during those seasons in college when money is tight. Plus, have you seen the added discounts you get during Playstation Flash Sales when you’re a PS Plus member? Insane deals.
- Google – This one may sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how often folks overlook this. This was how I found out about the deal GameStop had where I was able to purchase The Division for $7. Just type in whatever game you are interested in, add in “deal” or “discount”, and hit “Google”. You aren’t guaranteed a deal every time, but you’ll sometimes come across some great deals.
Those are just some of the ways you can save money when buying games. Most, if not all, of the above-mentioned ways are the ones that I personally use, so I can vouch for them. With just a little extra effort, you too can get games at a discounted price. You don’t always need to pay full price for a video game, especially if your budget does not allow for it.
What kind of methods do you use to save money on games?