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Redbox 101: Your Guide to Renting Free and Cheap DVDs

by Tara Kuczykowski on July 15, 2008 · 38 comments


By popular demand, here's how to use those Redbox free rental codes that I post every Monday! By the way, rentals are only $1 regularly, so this is a great resource for cheap entertainment even without a free rental code!

It really could not be easier. The first thing you should do is find your nearest Redbox using their Redbox kiosk search. From here's it's just three simple steps to redeem your free rental code:

  • Select "Rent with a Promo Code". You'll find this option on the opening touch screen in the lower left corner. Now enter your code, of course.
  • Select your movie. Redbox always has a great variety of choices. You're sure to find something appropriate for your family, and new releases are added every Tuesday. You can check out the current releases here.
  • Complete your transaction. You'll need to enter a credit card to check out, but you will not be charged unless you do not return your movie by 9:00 p.m. the following evening.

Speaking of returning movies, you can return them to any Redbox location! You need not return it to the specific location that you rented it from. They are always due back by the following evening at 9:00 p.m. The good news, however, is that you will never be charged a late fee. You will only be charged for another night's rental at the rate of $1. This is great for those of us with mommy brain that tend to forget about these things until about 8:59 p.m.

One of my favorite features is the ability to reserve your Redbox movies online ahead of time. How cool is that option?!? Unfortunately it cannot be used with the free rental codes at this time, but I'll be the first to shout out the news if they ever add it!

Be sure to check back here every Monday for the latest free rental code valid through midnight CST.

HOT TIP! – You can actually use them more than once. The trick is you will have to use a different credit card or debit card for each transaction.

Looking for a free rental code that can be used anytime? I suggest you check out Redbox Insider. They usually have several working codes listed at any given time!

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anonymous July 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Thank you so much for this info.

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2 Anonymous July 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Thank you so much for this info.

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3 Tara July 17, 2008 at 3:36 am

You're welcome, and thanks to all of you that kept me on my toes. I don't know why I didn't think about posting a how-to sooner!

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4 Tara July 17, 2008 at 3:36 am

You're welcome, and thanks to all of you that kept me on my toes. I don't know why I didn't think about posting a how-to sooner!

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5 The Mama Hood July 17, 2008 at 8:57 pm

thanks for the tip!

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6 The Mama Hood July 17, 2008 at 8:57 pm

thanks for the tip!

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7 mary t July 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm

I just did this for the first time on Monday and it was soooo easy, but do you know if you can use the same credit card each Monday for a new movie or can the credit card # only be used one time only?

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8 mary t July 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm

I just did this for the first time on Monday and it was soooo easy, but do you know if you can use the same credit card each Monday for a new movie or can the credit card # only be used one time only?

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9 Tara July 18, 2008 at 3:50 pm

You sure can, Mary, because each Monday the code is different! You may only use a code once per card, though.

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10 Tara July 18, 2008 at 3:50 pm

You sure can, Mary, because each Monday the code is different! You may only use a code once per card, though.

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11 Anonymous July 24, 2008 at 9:44 pm

My question is the new codes come out Monday right?
Now do we have the whole week to use the codes or just on Monday
Thanks please let us know!

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12 Anonymous July 24, 2008 at 9:44 pm

My question is the new codes come out Monday right?Now do we have the whole week to use the codes or just on MondayThanks please let us know!

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13 Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Monday codes can only be used on Mondays. In the month of August, there are also codes for Wednesdays.

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14 Anonymous August 13, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Monday codes can only be used on Mondays. In the month of August, there are also codes for Wednesdays.

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15 amy February 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm

I just tried to use the code and it said that it was not valid. What am I doing wrong?

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16 amy February 16, 2009 at 5:57 pm

I just tried to use the code and it said that it was not valid. What am I doing wrong?

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17 Danetta March 4, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Awesome! Thanks for the info. We pass by 2 Redbox kiosks everyday when we take our son to school, so we will definetly be checking this out!

Danetta´s last blog post..Bonggamom Finds Leapfrog Tag giveaway

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18 Danetta March 4, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Awesome! Thanks for the info. We pass by 2 Redbox kiosks everyday when we take our son to school, so we will definetly be checking this out!

Danetta´s last blog post..Bonggamom Finds Leapfrog Tag giveaway

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19 Latte March 9, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Well I am off to try this! Thanks for sharing...and I just love 101's...

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20 Latte March 9, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Well I am off to try this! Thanks for sharing...and I just love 101's...

Faith

Latte´s last blog post..Give Away!

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21 Mitz March 16, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Thank you, thank you for this information. I just found your blog last week and while I was at Walmart yesterday, I noticed the Red Box in front where the vending machines are and thought I've seen this before... Yea, now I'm ready to try it out... :):)

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22 Mitz March 16, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Thank you, thank you for this information. I just found your blog last week and while I was at Walmart yesterday, I noticed the Red Box in front where the vending machines are and thought I've seen this before... Yea, now I'm ready to try it out... :):)

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23 Ben June 9, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Didn't work for me. Since that was my first time trying redbox, it will be my last....thumbs down to them.

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24 Ben June 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Didn't work for me. Since that was my first time trying redbox, it will be my last....thumbs down to them.

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25 kiki June 25, 2009 at 7:15 am

anyone have a metro that get's these texts. I couldnt text using a 5 digit number and someone told me to spell it out but im not sure if they got the text HELP I used to get the codes with my other phone service but not anymore with metro

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26 kiki June 25, 2009 at 3:15 am

anyone have a metro that get's these texts. I couldnt text using a 5 digit number and someone told me to spell it out but im not sure if they got the text HELP I used to get the codes with my other phone service but not anymore with metro

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27 Run DMT August 3, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Great how -to! Thanks!

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28 Run DMT August 3, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Great how -to! Thanks!

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29 lauren August 6, 2009 at 5:07 am

IT DOESNT WORK FOR BLACKBERRY VIA TMOBILE EITHER - I GOT A TEXT BACK FROM 414141 SAYING THAT IT IS UNAVAILABLE WITH MY SERVICE PLAN. I HAVE UNLIMITED TEXTS, SO I DONT UNDERSTAND THE ISSUE.

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30 lauren August 6, 2009 at 1:07 am

IT DOESNT WORK FOR BLACKBERRY VIA TMOBILE EITHER - I GOT A TEXT BACK FROM 414141 SAYING THAT IT IS UNAVAILABLE WITH MY SERVICE PLAN. I HAVE UNLIMITED TEXTS, SO I DONT UNDERSTAND THE ISSUE.

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31 Tonya Starkey September 7, 2009 at 10:22 pm

i totally agree and was gonna share the Redbox code, but got home and u guys already had it! Thx....

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32 Tonya Starkey September 7, 2009 at 6:22 pm

i totally agree and was gonna share the Redbox code, but got home and u guys already had it! Thx....

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33 deb January 9, 2010 at 12:59 am

I have never had a code work for me...always says invalid code...but...still...it is cheap entertainment and ya can't go wrong for a buck. I would probably rent more of those I wasn't as interested in if the codes worked though.....

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34 deb January 8, 2010 at 7:59 pm

I have never had a code work for me...always says invalid code...but...still...it is cheap entertainment and ya can't go wrong for a buck. I would probably rent more of those I wasn't as interested in if the codes worked though.....

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35 Angela January 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Here is an email I recently got regarding the redbox rentals:

http://www.insideredbox.com/redbox-free-movie-monday-for-jan-2010-oops/?awt_l=8zgKl&awt_m=1gdHdm1PYmK97L#more-2346
This was posted on Jan. 4th

As you may be aware, last month Redbox changed the way they are distributing their monthly first monday promo codes. Now they are only sent via text message to those signed up for their SMS network, and the codes are all unique so they cannot be shared.

If that wasn’t bad enough, things got worse today…

It looks like some glitch in the Redbox system has prevented codes from being sent to most subscribers, and those who are receiving text messages, are getting no codes at all, but just a nice blank message.

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36 Angela January 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Here is an email I recently got regarding the redbox rentals:

http://www.insideredbox.com/redbox-free-movie-monday-for-jan-2010-oops/?awt_l=8zgKl&awt_m=1gdHdm1PYmK97L#more-2346
This was posted on Jan. 4th

As you may be aware, last month Redbox changed the way they are distributing their monthly first monday promo codes. Now they are only sent via text message to those signed up for their SMS network, and the codes are all unique so they cannot be shared.

If that wasn’t bad enough, things got worse today…

It looks like some glitch in the Redbox system has prevented codes from being sent to most subscribers, and those who are receiving text messages, are getting no codes at all, but just a nice blank message.

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37 Indira April 14, 2011 at 11:59 am

Tara, thank you very much for this article...And thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with all of us...You are doing a wonderful job!

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38 internet May 27, 2014 at 8:51 am

Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote
the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a
bit, but other than that, this is great blog. An excellent read.
I'll definitely be back.

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