From movie tickets to cheaper concessions, learn all the ways you could be saving money when you head to the cinema.
Your membership to AAA, Groupon and warehouse stores like Costco can earn you deals on tickets. AAA Discounts will vary by region and zip code. Groupon offers movie ticket packages from
Fandango from time to time, and sometimes they include discounted concessions. At Costco you'll still buy in bulk, but the
savings will be worth it.
By downloading the Cinemode app to quiet your phone, you can earn rewards towards coupons for free candy or a small popcorn with concession purchases.
Second-run theaters, which play movies about 3-4 months after their initial release have significantly reduced ticket prices.
Search online (or in your phone book) to find one near you.
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Many theaters offer discounted tickets to students, seniors and military. Call your local theater ahead of time to find out
their policy (some may limit these discounts to matinees or movies before a certain time of day) and then make sure you have
the proper identification on you when you purchase your tickets.
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Don't throw away your cup! Many theaters often give free or reduced price refills when you bring your cup or carton back to the concession stand.
Many theaters have significantly reduced prices for matinees and the first show of the day (upwards of 50 percent!). Check your local theater for details.
Just like loyalty programs at your grocery store, you can get rewards for joining up at your local movie theaters. Members
of AMC's Stubs get free upgrades at concession stands, online purchasing fee waived, $10 Rewards for every $100 you spend and more. Members
of the Regal Crown Club earn points for purchases when they present their card and can receive free movie vouchers and concession discounts.
If your theater lets you bring your own food and drink, why shell out on the incredibly-marked up concession items? You can
also snack smarter by packing heatlhier snacks and water, avoiding the onslaught of calories in the concession foods. However,
if your theater won't permit you to bring your own, eat beforehand so you'll be less likely to buy expensive movie theater
soda and popcorn.
Sources: Brittany Ramos, blogger at ThePrudentPatron.com and Savings.com Deal Pro; Andrew Schrage, co-owner of Money Crashers Personal Finances