Throughout the past few months I’ve had a pile of items sitting at our front door. On the bench, were things that we were no longer using, toys that hadn’t been played with and things that I’ve purchased that have sat in my closet. We’ve been simplifying, getting rid of the things that we’re no longer using and the Disney Blu Ray discs (actually all the movies) were one of those things. They’ve been sitting in a cupboard for months, untouched since Olivia was a toddler.
We buy the Blu Ray discs for one reason, and one reason only. We open them, use the code inside to download the movie for free on iTunes. We transfer is to our account where it can be accessed easily with Apple TV or the kids iPads. Then, the discs go back into the cupboard taking up valuable space that I could use to store other things.
This weekend, Jamie bought Violet an iPad because the kids argue over it like crazy (as much as toddler can argue). It’s more like a who can scream the loudest and make your parent’s ears bleed first when they want to have their turn playing Endless Alphabet or watching a movie while we’re in the car. Going through the discs that the girls received for Christmas and transferring Disney Planes on to the iPad I stashed the disc back into the cupboard and the entire pile fell on top of me.
That was it. On our theme of simplifying and getting rid of everything we’re not using – this wasn’t going to do. This was an entire cupboard of Blu Ray discs that were going to become obsolete before we’re likely going to watch them again. I’m lazy, it’s much easier to teach the kids to use Netflix (and they both can) on the PS4 to find a movie, rather than get out a disc and put it in, go through all of the previews because I can never find the Top Menu shortcut.
So, it was settled. On to the buy sell website went the discs. First the kids and Disney ones (they sold really, really quick) if you’re looking for a way to simplify your own life. I kept a handful of them that were back in the vault because it was before the time of iTunes and the Cloud and we didn’t download them for the kids, but the rest of the Kids and Jamie’s movies that haven’t been watched in 2 years + went on the buy sell Facebook page.
Just like that I had stacks of movies that were waiting for someone else to come and pick them up – and were on the road to having $200+ of proceeds from that to pay for something that we would really get use out of.
In the future, if there is a kids movie that we want to see (like Frozen or a movie Jamie wants to see) I will use our scene points to splurge on the Superticket, that gives you a movie pass to the show and a digital download of the movie + bonus scene points for future redemption. Or, buy the movie and pass it on to a friend that isn’t going to use the digital download, even split the cost with a family member that wants the actual disc.
The best part? An entire cupboard, freed up and just one more purge simplifying our life.