The art of going to the movies has been an American tradition for several decades and can be a great place to take a date or just go with a bunch of friends to watch the latest new releases. One problem in today’s economy is that it is expensive to go to the movies, and now with newer theater’s with more plush seating the prices have just gone up. Since everyone is trying to save money these day,s take a look below for a few ways to save money at the movies!
Matinees are one of the easiest ways to save money at the cinema because all you are doing is changing the time you see the movie. Matinees can shave dollars off the ticket price, and can be found for under $10.00 making it well worth it to go at the time.
One way to work this into your day is go at the latest possible time the matinee is offered and go to dinner afterwards on the weekend. This way if you are going out on a date you are just switching up your routine and besides it’s never good to be predictable!
Skip The Snacks
Let’s face it popcorn can be a movie theater staple, but when trying to save cash it is just eating a hole into your wallet. Movie theater snacks are so overpriced that just walk away from the counter when they ask if you want anything.
This goes for drinks too, but most theaters now allow patrons to bring their own bottled water. This is a huge cost savings for you because you can just bring packets of Crystal Light or flavored water and keep the savings in your pockets.
It is also a good idea to plan your meal ahead of time. Eating before you go to the theatre is probably your best bet because no one wants to sit through an entire movie hungry.
Loyalty programs are one of the quickest ways to earn discounts and free movie tickets. AMC and Regal Cinemas both offer these programs and it is actually really easy to sign up for them.
“Loyalty programs reward you for your patronage via a card. When you spend money on tickets and concessions, you garner points on your card, which can later pay for tickets or net discounts on other stuff,” according to MoneyCrashers.com
They will probably send you emails everyday, but it will be worth it in the end when you end up at the movies for free.