|Take Your Own Popcorn|
Preview new releases for free with tickets for movie premiers from Gofobo. The catch is, you have to go when they tell you and you have to be there early to wait in line but it is a great way to view for free and we have even previewed fancy dinner theaters with free dinner!
Build A Collection
Sometimes it is just as cheap to buy a movie as it is to rent it for a few days. We look for discounted movies at all the big retailers and we trade old movies for "new" ones at the used bookstore. Amazon also has reasonable prices on used copies of old favorites.
Most major video game consoles have started offering live video feed thru websites like Netflix and Hulu. While you may have to pay for a discounted service, you will still save money and can likely cut your cable bill to boot.
Dollar Theaters and Matinees
Most theaters have an early morning discounted matinee showing. Our local theater offers matinees before noon for $5 as opposed to $8. We also have a theater in our neighborhood where all movies are always $2. They don't usually get new releases however. They show movies that are just about ready to be released on DVD. Perhaps you can wait a couple more weeks and get them at the library for free, but the dollar theaters are still great for a budget night out. Pop your own popcorn and take your candy with you to save even more.
Ticket w/ Purchase
Pay attention to everything you buy. I have purchased everything from DVD's to pizza that had free movie ticket rebates attached. Take advantage of these coupons for discounted or #free movie tickets. You can also buy slightly discounted movie tickets at some wholesale retailers like Costco.
A final word on snacks. Movie popcorn and candy is not only high in fat and calories, it is also expensive. Sometimes more than the movie ticket itself. We purchased a Stir Crazy popcorn popper to make homemade movie style popcorn. We use olive oil and sea salt and it taste better and saves money. We also purchase our candy at the local grocery when we buy groceries.
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