01 December 2015

TIP TUESDAY: Ways to Save $$$ at the Movies




If you love going to the movies as much as I do BUT 
dread the expensive admission prices and concession costs, here are some tips to help you save BIG on movie entertainment :)

1.) Save at Warehouse Clubs


If you have a Costco or Sam’s Club membership, you can save a few dollars per movie ticket when purchased in-store or online.

 Costco.com sells a 4-pack of Cinemark Theatres Platinum Supersaver Movie E-Tickets (valid for ANY movie at ANY time) for $33.99 delivered, which makes the price of each ticket just $8.50.
 Considering that you can use these tickets to see an Adult Evening movie which costs around $10-$12/each at the Cinemark box office (will vary by region), you’re saving an average of $2-$4 per ticket and the E-Tickets have no expiration date!

2.) Discount Days or Early Showings

Save at the Movies
If your movie theater offers a “discount day” for purchasing tickets on a select day, consider watching on that particular day.

For example, a participating Cinemark location in Long Beach offers Discount Day tickets for just $6.00 each on Tuesdays and the price is valid all day. 
They also offer discounts on Senior Day (Monday), Early Bird tickets (first matinee showtime of the day), Military and Student discounts, as well as various family packages.
And, if you’re able to head to the movies in the early morning or afternoon, you’ll be able to save with 
Early Bird or Matinee prices. Just catch a movie before noon to snag the early bird special.
Regal Cinemas also offers Value Days where you can enjoy discounted movie ticket prices on new release movies with a valid Regal Crown Club membership (excludes holidays and opening days for new movies)! 

3.) Loyalty Programs

Regal Loyalty Club
Sign up for the Free Regal Crown Club and you’ll be offered discounts at the concession stand and earn points toward Free tickets, popcorn and soda (awarded for every 50 points earned).
Plus, members can get candy for $2 every Monday and a small popcorn for $2 every Tuesday.

4.) Scout out the Daily Deal sites

Movie Deals on Groupon
A few times a year, Groupon offers discounted vouchers for Fandango movie tickets.
The discount is usually a percentage off the ticket price or a flat rate price for two tickets to a specific movie. Just keep in mind that convenience fees still often apply, but the voucher often can be applied towards this fee.

5.) Find a Discount or Dollar Movie Theater

Dollar Theaters
Instead of seeing movies when they are first released, consider finding a Discount or Dollar Movie Theater in your area where you’ll be able to score deeply discounted movie tickets.
You may also be able to score inexpensive concessions.

6.)  Fandango.com Promotions

Fandango Promotions
Fandango often offers discounts whenever you pay with VISA Checkout and use an applicable promo code (such as this recent Buy 1 Get 1 Free promotion,  $14 off 3 movie tickets promotion, and
$10 off 2 movie tickets promotion). Although they tacks on a convenience fee, you can still save a few bucks when purchasing tickets during a promotion.

7.) Sign up for Mobile or Email Coupons

Cinemark Promotions
Sign up for Cinemark’s Weekly Email, and enjoy FREE Weekly Concession coupons along with Featured Films, Events, Contests and Special Offers. Then just redeem on your smart phone or by printing your coupon. You can also download the FREE Cinemark Theatres app for iPhone and Android that allows you to purchase movie tickets, find showtimes, and use CineMode to earn rewards for being courteous during the show.

8.) Free Movie Ticket Offers on Products

Movie Ticket promotions
You can often find FREE movie ticket promotions advertised on products all over your local grocery store – on select movies, food products, and more…so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these promotions whenever you shop.

Also, Costco, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, and Target often have promotions or peelie offers that advertise FREE Fandango or Movie Cash whenever you purchase those specially marked or advertised movies!

9.) Buy Your Tickets in Bulk

Movie Tickets in bulk
Purchase your tickets one or two at a time and you’ll pay full price.
Purchase them 25 or more at a time, and you’ll pay a lot less. Get the details on bulk ordering for AMCCinemark, or Regal on their websites.

10.) Cash in Your Rewards Points

Rewards
Disney Movie RewardsPampers Gifts to Grow, and MyCokeRewards are just a few of the programs that allow you to cash in your rewards points for free movie tickets or concessions.
Check through the rewards catalog of every rewards program you belong to, and you should find opportunities to earn free movie tickets.

11.) Free Advance Screening Tickets

Advance Movie Screenings
Gofobo and Universal Screenings often offer up FREE advanced movie screening passes for select cities – no purchase required.
You may be asked to create an account or log in with your existing account in order to reserve your passes. Also, keep in mind that these passes are claimed quickly and are on a first come, first serve basis.

You may also be able to check out Advance Screenings for other offers in your area.