Frugal Gaming. Smart Gaming.

Typically between September through the following April is a great time for gamers. New, exciting and yes, good video games are released. The dry spell for gamers is over!

What does this mean for the frugal gamer or the frugal parent of a gamer? Simple. As the new game is released, older games tend to drop in price. Especially franchise games. Especially used franchise games.

Be aware much older games are rarely accepted as trade-in. Nor are they easy to find on the shelf. Ordering online or calling around will help you.

Another little tip is to inspect the game disc if buying used games. If you see gouges or tons of scratches, ask for another copy.

Missing the insert/booklet? Ask for it. If they don't have it, ask for a discount. You may get a discount. You may not. But you won't know until you ask!

Keep you eyes open for discounted franchise games like these:

Gears of War 1 & 2
Elder Scrolls
Assassin's Creed 1, 2 & Brotherhood
Mass Effect 1 & 2
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 1& 2
Call of Duty series
Battlefield series
Batman series
Halo series
Star Wars series

All have fun and/or great storylines. Those with multiplayer may still have servers open extending the fun and value of the game.

So, yes, your gaming friends might be playing the new Gears of War 3. But you my friend, just shelled out the same amount of money and got three or more games. Then, in a couple of months, grab that Gears of War 3. Used. For half the price.

Now that is smart gaming!

Special thanks to Scott Campbell, former Manager, Gamestop for his help in the compiling info for this post.


Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Stay frugal!