Having a portable idiot box makes the treks bearable (according to a focus group of one, moi). Since Team Bowman typically drives our cars until the wheels fall off, our rides are not equipped with built-in entertainment systems.
We (I mean I) broke down and purchased the Phillips 9-inch LCD dual screen DVD player for some upcoming weekend road trips. We had a cheapie single screen one that worked for the past 5 years and it croaked so I upgraded.
Our DVD collection is dated – lots of Elmo, Teletubbies, Max & Ruby, The Wiggles, Dora and loads of old Disney movies that they’ve watched too many times and are sick of. How many times can you watch Toy Story 1 through 3? We need a DVD makeover. I couldn’t justify buying a slew of new DVDs that I know my children will only watch a few times. And I hate that all of these DVDs are going to end up in a landfill someday.
I can’t believe it’s taken me this loooooong to figure this one out. Since I spend more time at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library than your average senior citizen, I logged into my online account and searched for DVDs. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has every kid DVD imaginable for check-out. I hit the DVD jackpot. SCORE!
Have a weekend road trip coming up? Hit up the library! This will not work for longer road trips because you only get to keep the DVDs for 3 days. If you check them out on Friday, they are due back Monday or you get a daily fine.
Step 1: Get a library card and setup an online account, S-T-A-T.
Step 2: On the Monday before your Friday road trip, search for DVDs online and put the ones you want on hold. Many of them are free and new releases are $2.
Step 3: The library will email you and let you know when they are ready for pickup. They will hold them for 7 days.
Step 4: Wait until the day you leave for your trip and pick them up.
Step 5: Make sure you return them on time or else you will receive a daily fine.
Happy road tripping, Smarties!