Watching movies together as a family is a great way to bond and share a common interest. It can also help facilitate meaningful discussions and learning experiences, as each family member shares their own views and opinions regarding the film. If you enjoy taking your loved ones to the movies, but want to keep the cost down, you’ll appreciate these simple ways families can save money at the movie theater.
Use discount gift cards
Check out websites such as Card Cash, where you’ll find gift cards that are up to 30% less than face value. Use these gift cards on tickets and movie concessions, and you’ll save big.
Buy in bulk
Costco and Sam’s Club both sell discount packs of movie tickets. If you’re a member, you can buy a 4-pack of tickets for Regal, AMC, and Cinemark theaters for around $35 or a 10-pack for about $85. That is much less than box office prices!
Join reward programs
Most major theaters offer reward programs that allow you to earn coupons for free or discounted tickets and concessions. Simply inquire at your local theater to register.
Enjoy a matinee
Heading to the movies earlier in the day can help save you big bucks. Most daytime showings are 30-50% less than evening movies.
Take advantage of promotions
Many movie theaters offer promotional prices on their slower days. In my area, movie tickets on Tuesday are half price. Ask your local theater, or check their website for info.
Be sure to check out the summer promotions for kids that many theaters offer as well. My family loves going to the Regal Summer Movie Express films in our city, with tickets that cost only $1. Such an affordable family outing!
Discover the benefit of second-run theaters
If you don’t mind waiting until a movie has been out for awhile, you can save money by attending a showing at a second-run theater. Prices are usually 50-60% less than traditional theaters.
Search for deals online
Ask about specialty discounts
Most theaters offer discounts for seniors, students, and military members. Some even give discounts if you’re a AAA member, or based on your affiliation with other organizations. Simply ask what discounts are available at your favorite theater.
Limit the treats
Movies and snacks are a wonderful combination, but theater concessions are ridiculously priced. You can easily pay $5 for a bottle of water, or $8 for a container of popcorn. Keep things affordable by sharing snacks. Buy one popcorn or candy, and then divvy it up. Better for your budget, and for your health. You could also skip the movie snacks altogether and grab ice cream or another special treat before, or after, the film.
Skip the IMAX and 3D movies
IMAX and 3D films are popular, but they cost more. Take the family to a traditional version of a film, and you’ll save yourself several dollars per ticket. The kids won’t mind, and you won’t have to wear those uncomfortable 3D glasses.
Do you have tips for saving money at the movie theater? Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments below.
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