How to Save Money at the Movies

Tired of putting off that date night with the hubby because it costs too much? With a little practice, you can reduce the cost of a date night from about $75 to around $30, and that includes dinner. If you're tight on cash and desperate for a night out, this how-to is your best friend.


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    Prepare a good "movie bag." Find a backpack style bag that isn't too flashy. You don't want it to attract too much attention. Get something simple that still looks like a purse. Make sure it's big enough to fit one of those little, cloth, six pack cooler bags into so you have a place for cold drinks. Use your common sense though. No gigantic, neon beach bags.
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    Buy your own movie snacks at the grocery store. A large popcorn, 2 boxes of candy and 2 medium sodas will run you about $26 at the concession stand. You can buy a bag of pre-popped popcorn, 2 boxes of candy and 2 bottled sodas at the store for about $6. Buy it before you go and load up your movie bag. If you are worried about store-bought snacks making too much noise, put them into zip-lock bags. Those are usually much quieter than the plastic bags they come in.
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    Grab your food to go. Stop and get some burritos or a couple of burgers and add those to your movie bag. Don't forget the napkins! And don't worry about someone smelling the food. Most theaters nowadays serve hot pizza, nachos, hot dogs, etc. Those smells will cover up anything that might come from your bag.
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    Hit the movies when they're the cheapest. AMC movie theaters only charge $6 per person in most of their theaters for showings before noon. Many other theaters do the same thing for first showings of the day or slow days of the week. Some theaters have discount showings on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, when business is slow. There's no coupon needed, and you don't have to wait 6 weeks for the movie to hit the discount theater. Check online or call your local theater to find out about these discount showings.


  • There are always signs on the front door that say "No Outside Food or Drinks Allowed." But they do NOT search bags on the way into the theater, especially on really busy nights.
  • Taco Bell burritos are great theater food.


  • These instructions can sound tacky, but think about just how much you would do for a peaceful night out with your husband when money is tight.

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