Gaming on a budget: 10 Ways to save money on video games

Saving money on video games is a challenge for many gamers, as the cost of new releases can add up quickly. But there are several ways to keep your gaming budget in check while still enjoying your favorite titles. Here are 10 ways to save money on video games:

  1. Wait for sales: One of the best ways to save money on video games is to wait for sales. Retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and Steam often have sales on popular games, sometimes offering discounts of up to 50% off.
  2. Subscribe to newsletters: Sign up for newsletters from your favorite retailers or gaming websites to stay informed about the latest sales and promotions. You may also receive exclusive offers and discounts.
  3. Buy pre-owned games: Buying pre-owned games can save you a significant amount of money compared to buying new. Many retailers and online marketplaces offer pre-owned games at a lower price, and you can also trade in your old games for credit towards new ones.
  4. Look for free games: Many free-to-play games are available online, and some of them are just as good as paid games. Try playing free games before you buy to save money and find new games to enjoy.
  5. Use promo codes: Promo codes and coupons can help you save money on video games, so be sure to look for them before making a purchase.
  6. Buy older games: Older games are often cheaper than newer releases, and they can still be just as much fun to play. Check out classic games or ones that have been out for a while to save money and try something new.
  7. Rent games: If you’re not sure if you want to buy a game, consider renting it first. Many video game rental services offer games for a low monthly fee, so you can try before you buy.
  8. Buy digital games: Digital games can be cheaper than physical copies, and they take up less space in your home. Plus, you can download them instantly and start playing right away.
  9. Buy games in bulk: Many retailers offer discounts when you buy multiple games at once. Consider buying a bundle or a collection to save money on multiple games at once.
  10. Use game-sharing services: Game-sharing services like PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold allow you to share games with friends and family, so you can try new games without having to buy them.

By following these tips, you can save money on video games while still enjoying your favorite titles. Whether you’re a casual gamer or a hardcore player, these strategies can help you keep your gaming budget in check.

PS4 w/ inFAMOUS Second Son, 3 months of PS+ for $399; $9.99 Games This Weekend Only!

Sony PS4
Sony PlayStation 4

I came across the news of some excellent PlayStation related sales this weekend that I thought I needed to share since there are some great bargains here and I plan on taking advantage of them myself!

First, for those interested in getting a PS4 (like me!), this weekend Amazon has not only the PlayStation 4 console for $399 (normal price) but it comes with a code to get inFAMOUS Second Son for free as well as 3 months of PlayStation Plus which also gets you a bunch of free games every month and amazing discounts on other games and content so to say this is a steal would be an understatement!  Here is the product page if you are interested in picking up a new PS4 and some great games at a great price!

Speaking of great PlayStation games at great prices, Sony is also doing one of their flash sales this weekend which means there are a bunch of games for just $9.99, some of which regularly go for $50!  There are a ton of great games in this sale ranging from Bioshock Infinite to the God of War collection so if you are worried they just reduced the price on garbage games, there is no need to fear!  The entire list of games that are on sale can be found below with the listing of which system they are for (PS3 or PS Vita), the sale price of $9.99 and what the regular price is.

At the minimum, I plan on picking up the God of War Collection for the Vita (I already have it on the PS3 but it would be nice to have a copy I can play on the go) and XCOM: Enemy Unknown which I tried for the PC a while back and it seems like a pretty good game.  If there are any games you suggest I pick up in this sale (I already have Bioshock Infinite for PC), let me know as I am always looking for good games to play!

Let me know which games you plan on getting or if you plan on taking advantage of this great PS4 console deal in the comments below!  And don’t forget, these sales last for only this weekend so if you want to load up on games, you need to act soon!

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BioShock Infinite PS3 $9.99 $39.99
BioShock 2: Ultimate Edition PS3 $9.99 $39.99
Darksiders II PS3 $9.99 $39.99
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two PS Vita PS Vita $9.99 $29.99
DmC Devil May Cry PS3 $9.99 $39.99
Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires PS3 $9.99 $49.99
God of War: Collection PS Vita PS Vita $9.99 $29.99
God of War: Collection PS3 $9.99 $29.99
Lost Planet 3 PS3 $9.99 $39.99
Metro: Last Light PS3 $9.99 $49.99
MX vs ATV: Alive Ultimate Edition PS3 $9.99 $39.99
Persona 4 Arena PS3 $9.99 $29.99
Prototype 2 PS3 $9.99 $39.99
Resident Evil Revelations PS3 $9.99 $39.99
Starhawk Ultimate Edition PS3 $9.99 $49.99
STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN PS Vita PS Vita $9.99 $39.99
Tales of Graces f PS3 $9.99 $34.99
The Sly Collection PS Vita PS Vita $9.99 $29.99
The Sly Collection PS3 $9.99 $29.99
Wonderbook: Walking with Dinosaurs PS3 $9.99 $29.99
XCOM: Enemy Unknown PS3 $9.99 $39.99

1 Year of PlayStation Plus is 20% off ($39.99) right now!

1 Year of PlayStation Plus
1 Year of PlayStation Plus

Are you looking to renew or perhaps get a PlayStation Plus subscription?  If so, I have found the deal for you!

I don’t know how long it will last but right now, Best Buy has 1 Year PlayStation Plus membership cards on sale for just $39.99 which is 20% off of the normal $49.99.  Even at full price, it is probably the best deal in console gaming when you get 2 free games every month for each of Sony’s major platforms (PS4, PS3 and the PS Vita), plus a ton of members only discounts on games, DLC and other content.

I talked about how good of value memberships like PlayStation Plus is in a previous post called 8 Killer tips on how to save boatloads of cash on video games.  If you are looking to get your gaming fix for very little money, I highly recommend checking out that post!

If you want to know exactly what you are getting with the membership including what games you can get for free for this month, head over to Sony’s page for the service.

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