9 Ways to Save Money at the Movies

I just love movies. I can have entire conversations in movie quotes. Our DVD collection spans 8 shelves on 2 walls. And, the theater? Oh, how I love it! I have been twice in the last week and would gladly go again if anyone else needs a date for The Hunger Games. (Because, really, twice just isn’t enough for that one!)

The hubby and I will go to late movies after the younger girls are in bed. (Can I get a w00t for teenagers?!) My best friend and I will see our favorite books turned movie, then dissect it over drinks. And, every now and then, we’ll go see a movie as a family.

But without a few deals and tricks, I wouldn’t be able to go at all.

  • Theater Reward Programs 1 of 9
    Theater Reward Programs
    Check with your favorite theater to see if they offer a rewards program. AMC's Stubs card costs $12 and offers free tickets, advanced premiers, and concession upgrades. It can pay for itself very quickly.
    Read more about AMC Stubs at Inexpensively
  • Advanced Movie Screenings 2 of 9
    Advanced Movie Screenings
    It's no red carpet, but you can see movies before they're ever released — for free! The movies are typically shown on Wednesdays with vouchers offered through radio stations, movie review sites, and more. The vouchers admit 2 but do not guarantee a seat as the screenings are always oversold. Arrive early to be sure you get in.
    Find screenings in your area at Gofobo
  • Daily Deal Sites 3 of 9
    Daily Deal Sites
    Okay, so I list daily deal sites in almost all of my how to save money posts, but they do frequently offer movie tickets. Sometimes, it is for a specific film. Other times they'll offer certificates or gift cards towards anything you want to see. Right now, Eversave has a deal for half price Hollywood Movie Money.
  • Movie Matinees 4 of 9
    Movie Matinees
    Daytime showings are less expensive than evening movies. If you can get away to see a movie in the afternoon, you'll save a bundle. (In the summer, some theaters even offer free 2nd run movies for kids around 10am.)
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Discount Days 5 of 9
    Discount Days
    What day you see a movie also matters! Weekdays are typically less expensive than weekends. Plus, some theaters offer discount days. The ones near here often have Movie Tuesday, with prices matinee prices all day long.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Promotional Certificates 6 of 9
    Promotional Certificates
    You can receive promotional passes to movies from so many places. I've earned them through reward programs. I've received them as part of a mail-in rebate offer. And, today, the hubby brought home another one when he donated blood. Keep your eyes peeled for offers in your mailbox, on your favorite products, and from reward & survey sites. They usually aren't good on new releases, but free is free!
  • Fandango Deals 7 of 9
    Fandango Deals
    The real lure of Fandango is being able to purchase your tickets in advance — and avoid the line at the theater. But, they frequently offer promo codes and special offers. Right now, you can get 20% off $25 in movie tickets when you use your Visa Signature card.
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    Skip the Snacks
    Of course, the real money-suck at the theater is the concession stand. It doesn't seem to matter how much I eat for dinner before we go, I'm conditioned for popcorn and movie candy at the theater. So, I have a few tricks for keeping it under control. First, I either stick with a small drink, share with the hubby or request a courtesy cup to fill up from the water fountain. Drinking less helps me sit through the whole movie, too. (Three kids, yo.) As for popcorn, I never buy more than one no matter how big of a crowd we have. This where those courtesy cups come in handy again — everyone can just keep refilling from the single tub of popcorn.
  • Snack Deals 9 of 9
    Snack Deals
    My Regal offers a $3 kids' combo. My AMC offers $2 candy with any combo purchase and a super secret $7 snack pack. Be sure to ask about deals and combos that may not be listed on the menu.
    (And, guess who just got a fisheye lens for her iPhone...?)

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