Growing up my family had a tradition. Whether Thanksgiving or Christmas, after the meal was eaten, the adults would get together and decide on an outing for everyone. Several times we went and played laser tag. Other times we went bowling. But some of my favorite memories are going to the newly released Thanksgiving movie of the year!
My love of movies has carried over to my own family. My kids love to watch movies, especially at the theater. However, while 6 children going to the movie theater is a lot of fun, it can get expensive. Large families aren’t cheap, ya’ll! In addition to the price of the tickets, kids love popcorn, soda and maybe a candy bar to really get the complete experience.
Fortunately for the movie lover, there are some simple ways to lower the cost of going to a theater so you don’t go over budget, or compromise the fun.
Go to the matinee
During the afternoon hours many theaters have matinees during which time you can see the same movies showing at night but for a big discounted price. The cost is usually considerably less than visiting during peak-hours because they are trying to draw in more visitors during these slow periods.
Eat before you go
While it’s fun to get all the snacks and treats, if you eat ahead of time you can buy everyone their own soda but purchase one large tub of popcorn to share. This will cut way back on the cost of snacks and since you’ve already eaten, it will be enough to keep everyone happy until the movie is over.
Buy bulk tickets
If you plan to see a movie with a group, try to purchase tickets in bulk. Live near a Costco? They sell movie ticket passes in bulk, allowing you to save quite a bit on admission. Prefer to shop online? BulkTix.com and VIP Discount Tickets are two places where you can also buy bulk passes for the theater.
Look for discounts and promotions
Sometimes, theaters offer special discounts, promotions and coupons that can help you save on the price of admission or on the food and beverages they sell. You can also follow your favorite theater online and join their rewards program to receive discounts.
Wait to watch
Don’t go to see a movie in the first month or two its released. The theaters that get first run of these movies charge more for their admission and refreshments. After a movie has been out for awhile, the smaller, cheaper theaters show them.
Going to the theater is fun and entertaining for couples or families, but the price to see the latest block buster continues to rise. Use the tips above to help you save money, so you can still enjoy a trip to the theater once in a while without going over budget.
What are some tips you have for saving money at the movie theater?