We haven't been to the movies in years. Why? Because it's not in our budget. There are good movies that I'd love to treat myself to , but I simply have to wait for DVD and that usually means free from the library.
Here are some great tips for those of you who can splurge a little. Check out the Oscar Prep: 9 Tricks to Saving at the Movies!
In anticipation of the Oscars, many theaters are offering discounted back-to-back showings of best picture nominees this Saturday, Feb. 23. Cinemark's marathon event features Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained for $30, plus discounts on popular concessions. If you want to catch all nine best picture nominees, hit up select locations of AMC Theaters for $60 of Oscar-worthy cinema.
This standard pre-movie request can actually save you money at Cinemark. By downloading their Cinemode app to quiet your phone during a movie, you can earn rewards towards coupons for free candy or a small popcorn with concession purchase.
Like your favorite froyo shop or clothing retailer, most movie theaters have a loyalty club where you can earn rewards. AMC's Stubs program costs $12 per year and offers a $10 credit for every $100 spent, plus free upgrades on concessions and waived online fees for Internet ticket purchases. Free programs like Carmike Rewards and Regal Crown Club offer free candy, soft drinks and movie tickets for accrued points.
There's no better present for a movie buff than a gift card to the local theater. However, you don't have to rely on subtle hints to get gift cards; you can pick up movie gift cards at a discount fromGiftCardGranny.com. With an average discount of nearly 14 percent, you'll save instantly on tickets and concessions without ever touching your cash stash.
Families and movie buffs can benefit from buying their movie tickets in bulk, but be sure to compare costs before you buy. For example, a 10-pack of AMC movie tickets from Costco will run you $86.99, or about $8.70 per ticket. This is a great deal for movie-goers in Riverside, Calif., who pay a regular-ticket price of $11.50; it's not a deal for people in Greeley, Colo., who can see an AMC flick for $8.50.
Opting for a matinee over a Friday-night opening is an obvious way to save money at the movies. However, select theaters offer discounts on low-traffic days, like Cinemark's Discount Tuesdays or Regal Value Days.
Like anything, you can typically find a discount or coupon for concessions at your favorite movie theater. Through Feb. 20, for example, Cinemark is offering a mobile coupon for $2 off popcorn when you purchase a Coca-Cola beverage. Discounts like these can make spending money on marked-up concessions a bit less painful.
You can save on coffee, clothing, movie tickets and more when you shop through your credit card's online store. For instance, Visa Signature cardholders can save 20% on a $25 order of Fandango gift cards when they order the cards online. Some cards offer cash back on specific purchases, including Chase Freedom which will credit you 5% on all movie theater purchases between April and June.
Whether it's speaking up about an unsatisfying movie experience or asking for a specific discount, saying something is key. Some managers will offer vouchers to patrons who complain about screaming babies, rowdy teenagers or poor movie sound. Additionally, don't forget to ask for senior, student and military discounts if you have the ID to prove your status.
Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure