Just because you’re on a budget and living frugally doesn’t mean that you should never have fun! I believe that a good budget always includes money for entertainment- and how you use that money is up to you- whether it’s a clothing shopping spree, a manicure, date nights, or the movies. I work at a movie theater on weekends (because, hey, free movies) and I can personally tell you that most people WAY overspend at the movies. Here are my tips for having fun at the theater, while saving as much money as possible:
-Go to a matinee- At my theater, it’s $3 cheaper per ticket if you come before 4:00pm. Some other chains also have discounted days (2$ Tuesday, etc.). Look up what your local one has to offer, and don’t go to a 7:00 show on a Friday night!
-Ask for discounts- Many theaters offer discounts for senior citizens, children, military, and college students. ALWAYS ask for a discount, and don’t assume they will automatically ring you up as a senior- they won’t.
-Eat beforehand, or bring in your own snacks- Almost all theaters do not allow outside food or drink, so it’s best to eat beforehand to resist the temptation of $10 popcorn.
-If you must order concessions, buying things in a combo is usually cheaper than buying individual items.
-Don’t order tickets online- There is usually an additional “processing fee” of $1-$2 for ordering through sites like Fandango. Skip it, unless you are buying ahead for a show that will most likely sell out.