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Date Night: 7 Ways to Save Some Coin at the Movie Theater

If there’s one thing my husband LOVES, it’s movies. It’s fun to go out to theater but it can quickly add up, especially since movie prices have gone up significantly in the last few decades. Combine them with popcorn, drinks, and flick-worthy candy and a family of four could easily spend over $100 for one night at the theater.

Click through for our 7 favorite ways to save cash at the movie theater…

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    Date Night: 7 Ways to Save Some Coin at the Movie Theater

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  • Socialize With Your Local Theater 2 of 8
    Date Night: 7 Ways to Save Some Coin at the Movie Theater

    Promotions are common on social media these days so be sure to follow and like your closest theater chain on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with special movie night events or coupons to save more money. If your local theater offers a dollar night/discount night for movies, plan to head to the theater on an off-night rather than the weekend or opening night.

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  • Eat at Home 3 of 8
    Date Night: 7 Ways to Save Some Coin at the Movie Theater

    Keep snacks to a minimum by filling up at home on healthy food. You can enjoy a traditional box of popcorn but can forgo all the other pricey snacks for the two hours of show time. 

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  • Head for the Matinee 4 of 8
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    Earlier movie times during the day often have reduced ticket prices. Plan to go to the matinee showing rather than pay extra for the same movie during the evening.

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  • Skip the Special Effects 5 of 8
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    Movies shown in 3D are significantly higher priced so skip the fancy technology and opt for the 2D version instead.

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  • Go "Mom and Pop" 6 of 8
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    If you live in the vicinity of a smaller movie theater, consider checking out what they have to offer. There are many theaters that are more family-friendly in price because they show movies after they've left the larger theater chains. You'll have to wait to see the blockbuster releases but it will be cheaper for your night out. Independent theaters and drive-ins are also worth a like or follow on social media.

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  • Credit Card Rewards 7 of 8
    Date Night: 7 Ways to Save Some Coin at the Movie Theater

    Some major credit card companies offer rewards centered around movie theaters. You earn rewards and incentives just for using your credit card. You can cash in your rewards points for free movie passes or gift cards. 

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  • Buy Discounted Gift Cards 8 of 8
    Date Night: 7 Ways to Save Some Coin at the Movie Theater

    There are websites online that help facilitate the sale of unused/unwanted gift cards at a discounted rate. Check out these sites for movie theater gift cards. You'll get face value of the card but for less money. 

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