I stopped going to the movie theater after it dawned on me how much it actually cost me in dollars and cents.
Watching a movie in the theater with its huge screen and surround sound always brought a sense of nostalgia to me. I loved it. As children, every Friday night, as long as my brother and I kept our chores done without being told, my dad would give us a dollar apiece to go to the movie theater. That dollar paid for the movie, a bag of popcorn or box of candy, and a soda. Those Friday nights were wonderful, and it is something I continued to do even after I had children of my own.
After the kids left home I still continued to go; sometimes on my own, but usually with a few friends. One evening after returning home, I tallied up what I had spent that evening, which is something I always do after spending money. I was shocked to realize that I had spent a little over $20, and that didn’t include dinner.
It cost me $9.50 for the ticket to get into the theater, $4.95 for popcorn, $3 for a box of Junior Mints and $2 for my soda. The total for just the movie was $19.45, but then there was gas on top of that, and I figured that to be about $5. To me, that was a lot of money for just a couple of hours.
I was talking to my friends about it the next morning Needless to say, we were all equally shocked. After talking about our finances and our love of movies a while, one of my friends came up with a really good idea. Once a month we would meet one of our homes, rent a movie, each bring a favorite dish or snack, and drink.
We all liked that idea, and gave it a try the next month. It worked out so well, we’ve been doing it now for about two years now, and we all have a blast. It really is a lot more fun than going to a theater. Granted we don’t have the giant screen and surround sound, but we do have a lot more fun; we have good companionship, good food and a lot more of it for half the price, and we can be just as comfortable a we can be.
Like I said, I love watching movies in a theater, but with today’s economy the way it is, spending $20 is quite a bit of money, and if you can spend half that and have more fun and close companionship with a group of friends, that’s the thing to do.