Nowadays movies are becoming more and more extravagant and opulent, which means that they not only cost more money to make but also cost more money to see. Considering how much you have to shell out to see the newest flick on a Friday night, you can be forgiven for letting yourself fall out of the loop of film-based pop-culture. But just because Hollywood has become extremely crafty at convincing you to burn holes in your pocket doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways around coughing up all of your extra pennies. Try implementing these tips and tricks the next time you plan an outing to the cinema.
1. Do Your Homework
Making sure you have a good idea of what you’re going to see before you head to the movies is one of the key ways of saving money, especially should the opportunity only present itself during the weekend. Look up the film’s info and credits on iMDb, watch the teasers and trailers on YouTube, and check the reviews on RottenTomatoes – if you don’t feel the need to see it after doing all of that, either pick another flick or skip it altogether.
2. Eat Up Before You Go
Movie theater food is expensive and it always has been. Between the popcorn, boxed candy, slurpees, and now the gourmet food and alcoholic beverages that a lot of theaters are serving now, it’s easy to see how most theaters earn their money through their concessions. If you don’t eat a full meal before you go, make sure you take a bigger purse or wear a baggier pair of pants to smuggle in some far cheaper grocery store candy.
3. Get a Rewards Card
Yes, getting pestered by theaters employees about whether or not you have a rewards card gets old really fast. So, what’s the best way to rid yourself of this headache? Take a few seconds and sign up for one. Granted, if you only go a couple of times a year you can just skip it – but if you take the family once or more a month, then do yourself the favor. The best deal comes from the AMC Stubs card, which gives you $10 for every $100 you spend on both tickets and concessions. The Regal Crown Club is also a good program that gives you a coupon for either a free drink, popcorn, or ticket for every $50 you spend.
4. Adjust Your Schedule
Not everyone has a flexible work schedule, but if you do you should try making the time to come in earlier in the day instead of in the evening. Most theaters offer a cheaper ticket if you drop by before about on weekends. If you have the time, always go before 2 PM between Monday and Thursday: Regal Cinemas, for example, offers a ticket that costs less than $5 during those time.
5. Invest in a Streaming Service
Perhaps after your studying you have encountered a few movies you feel lukewarm about but aren’t willing to spend $15 on at the moment, or maybe you only like going out to the theater on special occasions – this doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on all of those adrenaline-powered action movies from your favorite director or those romantic comedies you will always deny that you love. Now that rental stores are a thing of the past, there are streaming services. Netflix is good bang for your buck and has multiple rental options (DVD and online), containing a huge variety of movies and TV shows. Amazon and Hulu are also highly rated.