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Save Big Bucks at the Movies by Karen Sorrell


as a movie preview caught your eye? Can’t wait to see the newest flick? Going to the movies these days can be a major investment. Many of us are cutting back on our movie going because of the high cost. Renting a movie can be a great alternative, but sometimes, nothing beats the sights, sounds and smells of the movie theater experience. When you just have to see your movie on the big screen, here are some tips that will help you save money and beat the crowds.

Bargain Matinees Movie matinees can be a great way to

beat the crowds and save a few dollars per ticket. Most theaters offer matinee prices if you attend before 6 p.m. The theater may also offer early bird pricing, where the first matinee of the day is an even low- er price.

Special Days Some theaters have a special day dur-

ing the week when ticket prices are re- duced for certain groups: senior citizens, military, students, even family days. The theater may even discount ticket prices for the whole day, like Tuesday, when movie

Discounted Movie Tickets

and Movie Passes Check out the deals at warehouse re-

tailers where you can often purchase dis- counted movie tickets. The discount will vary, but you might save anywhere from a couple of dollars a ticket to enough to cover the cost of an additional ticket. In addition, places like Groupon, Fandango or the movie theaters themselves some- times post offers that drastically reduce the cost of a ticket. Look for “movie mon- ey” and movie passes on cereal boxes, newly released DVDs and other products, especially on children’s products.

goer traffic is traditionally at its lowest. Ask at your theater’s box office or check out its website to find out if special days are available.

Blockbuster Movies During the first week of a major movie

release, some theaters will block special pricing and movie passes. Usually, though, matinee prices are still in effect. Avoid seeing the new movie during peak times, and you’ll enjoy the lower cost and fewer crowds.

Movie Theater Clubs Sign up with theater chains for their

customer club programs. Every time you purchase movie tickets and present your club card, you’ll earn points. After you’ve earned enough points, you will receive free movie tickets, free popcorn, free drinks and more. Joining many movie the- ater clubs is free and is an easy way to lower your movie going costs. Even if you don’t join a club, check out whether you can sign up to have movie coupons sent to your mobile phone.

Popcorn, Candy and Drinks Movie theater snacks can cost as much

as the price of admission. Compare the varying sizes of popcorn and drinks and check out your theater’s combo deals to find the best fit for you. Often, movie the- aters offer free refills on large popcorn buckets and large fountain drinks. If you’re with a group of people, buy the re- fillable popcorn bucket, get some extra trays from the concession stand, divide the large popcorn up among the trays, and then go back for your free refill. If you can, bring your own snacks and drinks into the theater in your pockets or purse. Bringing your own treats will save you a bundle.

Discount Movie Theaters Finally, check to find a “dollar” movie

theater in your neighborhood. These the- aters offer great value for those times when you just have to see that movie in the theater, but you’re willing to wait for the experience. These theaters charge only one to two dollars for the same mov- ie on the big screen. You’ll even find 3D movies at ticket prices as low as four dol- lars.

The bottom line is that you don’t have

to skip going to the theater to watch that “must-see movie.” Use some of these easy tips and you’ll save enough money to feel great about the whole experience.



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