I have just returned from an evening at the local drive-in cinema to watch Planet of the Apes (it is a great movie I really enjoyed it!) and it got me thinking about how expensive going to the cinema can be. Tickets can be $20 per adult upwards and don't get me started on the cost of cinema snacks – $10 for a small bucket of popcorn and $8 for a cup of soft drink. A night out at the cinema can very quickly add up, if you are taking your family you may not get any change from $100 – and that's just for two hours of entertainment!
Here are my tips for how to save on your next trip to the cinema:
- Visit your local drive-in cinema – they often charge a flat rate per car so the more people you take the cheaper per person it is. In the summer you can bring deck chairs and in winter bring a warm rug to snuggle up in your car. It is easy to bring your own snacks and drinks.
- Check out your local cinema club – some cinemas have a movie buffs club where you get rewarded each time you visit the cinema (eg. Every 5th movie is free) and they may have special members only screenings or other deals.
- Search for the "cheap" day of your local cinema – my local cinema has "cheap Tuesday" where all screenings are $10, check which day your local cinema has as their discount day or your cinema may have cheaper tickets for certain times of the day.
- Search for discounts – whether it is through the Entertainment Book (Australia and NZ), Optus Rewards (Australia), Groupon or other deal websites you can often find 2-for-1 movie ticket deals or discounted tickets.
- Take advantage of cheaper tickets for seniors, students and concession card holders – ask your local cinema what discounts are available.
- Bring your own drinks and snacks – this is an easy way to save $$ on your next visit to the cinema. It is worth making that trip to the grocery store to get the bag of M&Ms you really want before your movie and while you are there get a small bottle of water. Last time I checked cinemas were charging $5 for a bottle of water that is available at the grocery store for $1.50.
Let me know how you save money on your cinema tickets.
P.S. I also went to Costco today but that is for another post!