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12 Ways to Save at the Movies by Tracy Shaw

Tips for saving money at the movies

With summer just about here, you know that Hollywood is rolling out a bunch of FUN movies to satisfy everyone’s craving for easy, relaxing entertainment. But, before you head out to enjoy the show – I gathered some FUN information to help you save! I don’t know about you, but movie prices here are $10-$11 per ticket and concessions can be very expensive.

Here are 12 tips to help you from blowing your movie budget:

1. Join AAA

The automobile club offers $8 tickets to Regal and United Artists movie theaters. You do usually have to go to one of their offices to buy them, not a bad deal if you have one close!

2. Buy Movie Packs

You can buy a four-pack of tickets from Costco, good for a variety of theatres, for just $34.99 and a 10- pack for $82.99. There’s no expiration date and you can use the tickets seven days a week. also saves you an average of $2 to $3 off a ticket’s face value for seven different chains.

3. Attend Second-Run Theatres

There are several chains that show movies a bit past their prime. If you can wait to see the latest flicks, you’ll pay anywhere from $3 to $6 for the same movie – that’s over 50% off!

4. Ask for Senior Discount

If you’re 60 or over, you’ll get a discount from select locations of AMC Theatres. Ultimately, it helps to ask the cashier or one of the theatre managers about available discounts for seniors. Just be prepared to show your ID.

5. Go For FREE

Many of the theatres have FREE or $1 movies all summer long during the week. These movies are always kid-friendly (G and PG-rated options) and they usually have a cost-effective kid concession option too. Contact your favorite establishment and see if they participate and what times the shows are. Ours start
the 2nd week in June.

6. Skip the Concession Stand

Eat before you head out to the movies, or go at a non-eating time. That way you and the kids won’t be tempted by all the treats when you walk thru the door.

7. Use Discount Gift Cards

Save 10 to 30 percent by purchasing discount movie theater gift cards from such sites as In addition to saving instantly on ticket prices, you can cut the cost of concessions if the smell of popcorn is too tempting to overcome.

8. Use Your Credit Card

Credit card companies and banks have increased their reward perks over the last few years and some of those include free passes to the movies. Visa Signature offers their credit card holders two-for-one movie tickets via Fandango on Fridays. Deutsche Bank Debit Card users can get one free pass for every
one ticket purchased through Make sure you call your credit card or bank about such reward perks and take advantage of the discount.

9. Be Loyal

AMC Theatres offers points toward discounts, concession upgrades and more if you join their Stubs Rewards Program. Check with your local theatres to see if they provide similar deals for loyal customers. Kerasotes Theaters has the FiveBuckClub, which sends weekly emails with a list of movies members can
see for $5.

10. Grab a Daily Deal

Sites like Groupon and Eversave have featured deals (like Hollywood Movie Money or Fandango) which will give you a savings of up to 50 percent. These are usually one of my favorite deals – so I usually post it when I see it! Always look at the fine print and expiration date of any deal before you purchase.

11. Go Early

Matinees (usually between 4 and 6 pm) can save you anywhere from 30 to 50 percent off prime-time ticket price. This is actually when we usually go with the kids – it’s also less crowded.

12. Speak Up

Have you ever watched a movie where the sound system was off enough to drive you crazy? Or you could hear the movie in the next door better than your own? Or maybe a bunch of excited teenagers chatted thru the whole movie. Don’t be afraid to ask for a voucher or your money back if you have a bad experience. You may be surprised how often theaters will accommodate a polite request.

For more ways to save your family money – Visit for grocery coupons, deals, and more!

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