1. EAT BEFORE The sight and smell of fatty foods, especially buttery popcorn, can trigger your brain to bring on hunger. Everyone knows that hunger is not a friend of your budget, especially at a movie theater where everything is overpriced.
2. BRING YOUR OWN SNACKS Grab snacks at a gas station before you head to the theater. For an even more financially sound option, plan ahead and buy them at a grocery or dollar store.
3. CHEAPER THEATERS Unless it’s a movie that you absolutely must see on the best screen with the biggest sound system possible, go to the smaller, cheaper theater. While you should make sure to take into consideration possible transportation and gas costs, saving a couple bucks a ticket sounds pretty appealing.
4. GET FREE TICKETS Become familiar with the radio stations and other media sources in your area. Movie theaters will often give them tickets for giveaways in return for mentions and exposure. Register for contests on radio websites and join their social networks to make sure you know when and where they are giving away tickets.
5. JOIN A REWARD PROGRAM Many theaters will reward you for loyalty to their establishment via a “rewards program.” They are free to join and every time you go to their theater you accumulate points which can lead to some pretty sweet freebies; from popcorn to movie tickets.
6. DO YOUR RESEARCH One word, matinée. Who wants to go to a packed movie theater anyway? Be sure you know all of the specifics before making a decision to head to the movies. Going to an afternoon show can shave multiple dollars off of the ticket cost and put you in a theater all by yourself. As well, some theaters offer FREE showings of older movies during the summer, or a discount day each week. Also, lets not forget that Drive-Ins actually still exist in some areas. Make sure you are well informed.
7. DOLLAR MOVIES Go see that flick your friends have been telling you about. Some dollar theaters even pay extra to get movies sooner, so you can see a movie for $3 which would’ve cost you $9 a week earlier.
Getting out of the house is good for the psyche. You don’t have to break the bank in order to see a good flick on the big screen. Practice these tips and watch them as Ballers on Budgets do.