canstockphoto15590910It’s close to the weekend and you’ve probably made up your mind that you want to take your family to the movies. Believe or not, you don’t have to pay the full price. There are plenty of little known strategies you can use that can save you money. Below are 7 Easy Ways You Can Save Money at the Movies.


Wait for the DVD

Waiting for the movie to be released on DVD is one of the best ways you can save money. After watching the commercial onĀ  television, you may be anxious to see it at the movie theatre. However, patience will really save you money in the end.

You may be thinking that it’s not the same watching it at home. If you are on the edge of your seat and absolutely can’t wait to see it, here are some ways you can save at the theatre.


Do not buy food

You may be surprised that the movie theatres make very little money on the movie itself. It’s the food that they make them big profits. This is why they set their prices ridiculously high. If you can avoid it, this can easily save you a few bucks. Purchasing popcorn and soda is how that $10 trip to can turn to $20 at the blink of an eye.

If you’re going to buy food, don’t purchase the larger sizes. The medium size usually offers the most bang for your buck.


Avoid going on the weekends

Theatres will sometimes offer discounts on certain nights, particularly early to midweek. These are times when they are getting less business. As you can imagine, the prices will be lower because of the reduced demand.


Look out for employee savings

Many people don’t realize that bigger companies sometimes have agreements with local cinemas for cheaper seats. This benefits the company because it improves employee morale. It also benefits the theatre because they will get higher attendance.

You will usually save two or three dollars off the ticket price. This may not sound like much, but if you are taking a large group this will really add up.


Avoid going at night

Going in the afternoon will save you money as well. This can save you one third to half off the ticket price. Again, if you are taking a large group it is definitely worth it.


Go to the dollar theatre

It may not be the same or not as exciting as being one of the first to see the movie. But, you will still get the feel of being at the movies except you are not paying the high ticket price. This is a step above watching it at home.


Purchase multiple tickets

Sometimes theatres charge less if you purchase bulk tickets at once. This may be a good option if you love to go to the movies quite often.


These tips may seem like common sense ways to save money at the movies. But when you apply one or more, you can turn that $20 price tag to $10 before you know it.


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