Saturday, January 7, 2012

Saving Money on Movies

Saving Money on Movies
Take Your Own Popcorn

There are lots of ways to #save money on movies; whether you like to watch at home or view in the theater, you can find discounts and even free movie tickets just about anywhere you look. What if I told you that you could get your movie fix for free?! Yes there are ways to #save money on movies as well as get them for free.

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. 

Xbox Live

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.


Did you know that most public librarys carry the new releases as well as the classic movies?  You can get a library card for free and there is usually no extra charge to check out DVDs.  Our library lets us check out up to ten movies at a time.  We go online to reserve the more popular ones and the new releases.  The movies are right there waiting for us on Friday night; all ten for #free!

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.

You may also enjoy reading Saving Money on Groceries.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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