It is crazy expensive to go to the movies. This is nothing new, of course, but with movies coming out onto blue ray and DVD so quick now, it is almost a waste to go see the movie you want in the theatre. Still, going to the theater is more for the experience than anything and there is nothing like seeing a movie in one.
Here are some tips on how to save money at the movies.
Buy your movie tickets in bulk. You can buy them online at the major theatre brand’s websites. They are usually around $6-$7 each and don’t expire. The only catch is, you have to buy a lot of them. This can mean buying 50 or more. While this is a lot to shell out, you could share them with a few other families and share the costs. If you go to the movies often, this is a great deal.
Join any loyalty clubs the theatre offers. It may take you a while to get enough in points to cash in, but if you are spending money there anyways, you might as well get something for free down the line.
Only go to matinées. Matinées are usually 30% cheaper and it is the same movie with the same offerings for snacks, just early in the day. Matinées usually end before 4 or 5 pm. Some theaters let it go as long as 6 to pay the matinee price.
Join savings websites like Groupon . Sometimes, especially around holidays or slow times of the year, movie theaters will offer great deals on movie tickets. Fandango offers great deals through Groupon and sometimes it is as good at Buy one get one free tickets.
Listen to local radio stations. There are many chances to win free movie tickets to special screenings or even huge premiers of big blockbusters just by listening to your local radio stations. These giveaways happen most often during the early morning, around lunch and late at night.
Check with Costco. If you live in a major metropolitan area, your local Costco may have great prices on movie passes in 4 packs. You can usually get them for around 30% off.
Look at gift card websites for discounted gift cards to theatres. You can often get them for cheaper than the remaining balance on the card, so you save money by getting your tickets and refreshments at a lower price overall, too.
If a movie in a theater is not the same without hot, buttery popcorn, ask the theater if they have a re-useable bucket offer. Many times, usually during the spring and summer, theatres will offer a bucket that is branded that you can purchase that gets you free of very low cost refills. You just bring it with you each time you come to see a movie and they refill it for you. Also look for theaters with large that offer large drinks with free refills.
Every little bit counts and these tips can save you some money and hopefully further your enjoyment. The next time you want to go out to the movies take a little time to plan ahead and you can have fun and save money at the same time.
What about you? How do you like to save money at the movies?
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