If you love movies, you'll love this post! I'm going to sure 10 ways to save a ton of money on movie tickets and movies!
Do you enjoy watching movies? I sure do.
Do you enjoy paying $35 for a movie with your significant other every time you goto a movie and get some popcorn and a drink? I’d guess you’re saying no right now.
I love movies. Strange fact, but I love horror movies. I have no idea why, but ever since I was a little kid I’ve been into horror movies.
On the weekends back in the late 80’s / early 90’s, I would stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning to watch Freddy Krueger or Jason Vorhees on late night TV.
I couldn’t watch the regular R rated versions so I caught the TV edited versions.
25 years later I still try to catch everyone that comes out, but there is one problem. They're too damn expensive!
Up until recently, I rarely went to the movie theater. I just couldn’t pay that price for movie tickets. I had to find other ways to catch those movies.
Today there are tons of ways to save a bunch of money if you're a movie fan.
I’m going to show 10 tips to save a TON of money on movie tickets and movies. After you read this post, you’re going to be able to enjoy all your favorite movies for a fraction of the cost!
1. Movie Pass
This one has literally changed our lives. My wife Krista and I pretty much never went to the movies until we got our Movie Pass.
For $9.95 per month, you get to go to the theater 4 times per month to see a movie. 1 ticket at my theater costs more than $10, so this is a steal if you love movies.
We’ve been getting to the theaters usually about 1 time a week since we got the Movie Pass. Each of us has a pass so we spend about $20 per month on about 4 movie theater visits each.
You just can’t beat this deal if you love movies.
4 movies in 1 month at regular prices = $13.50 x 8 = $108.00
4 movies in 1 month with Movie Pass for 2 people = $19.90
1 Month Savings = $88.10!
2. Movie Theater Loyalty Program
This one is going to depend on what theater you go to, but most major theaters offer a loyalty program.
Since we’re going to the movie theater much more with Movie Pass, we enrolled in the Regal Theater loyalty program.
Every time we go to the theater we are getting loyalty points we can use towards theater costs such as popcorn and drinks, or even movie tickets.
Every time we go to the theater we get 100 points per dollar spent at the theater. Even though we are spending only $20 per month for Movie Pass we are still getting points for the full price of normal tickets.
So for example, we see 4 movies per month and the normal cost is $108.00
108 x 100 = 10,800 points
That’s at least 1 free popcorn or 1 free drink per month. At $5 or $6.50 for popcorn or a drink, you’re not saving a ton, but it’s definitely better than nothing, especially if you are already going to the theater.
The Roku Express is the cheapest way to get started streaming. At $29.99, you’re going to turn your TV into a smart TV and get access to tons of movies for free! (You’ll need wireless internet in your house to use it.)
Roku comes with its own free channel with access to a nice little selection of movies. In addition, you will be able to download other apps with lots of movies which I’ll talk about next.
At this point, not much needs to be said about Netflix. I think pretty much everyone knows about it.
If you don’t know about it, it provides TONS of movies for $7.99 a month. For me, Netflix has pretty much replaced everything else in terms of entertainment.
I don’t need cable TV anymore, Netflix has replaced it. The value is insane!
Hulu starts at $7.99 per month. Just like Netflix, Hulu has a selection of movies available for on-demand streaming.
I also have Hulu. It came with my Sprint cell phone plan for free. Between Netflix and Hulu, we never have a shortage of movies to check out when we feel like kicking back with a movie.
One of the catches with Hulu is that you have to watch commercials occasionally during the movie. They are normally never more than a couple minutes and not too frequent, but it is annoying when you are already paying for the service.
Crackle is another streaming app you can download on your Roku and the best thing about it is it’s free!
Crackle is another free way to see a bunch of movies! It does have ads during the movie and yes they can be annoying, but it’s hard to complain when it’s free.
It’s definitely worth checking out at the low price of free.
7. Pluto TV
Pluto TV is yet another free streaming service. What makes it different from the other apps is that it offers TV in a similar way to traditional cable TV in which there are channels of streaming shows and movies.
It also uses ads to make money so yes you will have to sit through some commercials, but it’s free, so again, it’s hard to complain.
8. Thrift Stores
If you prefer owning actual DVD’s or BlueRays you know how expensive those are at the stores. If you’re not familiar with thrift stores, you’ve got to find one near you.
They offer tons of movies for pretty much nothing. I can find a huge selection of dvds for $1 or $2 dollars.
The downside is the selection. You’re not going to find every movie there. You’ll just have to look and see what they have available.
9. Garage Sales
Garage sales are pretty much like going to a thrift store. You’ll find a small selection of movies for very cheap. $1 is usually the going price at a garage sale.
On pretty much any warm Friday or Saturday morning, you’ll find a ton of active garage sales and a ton of very cheap movies.
You might be surprised to find out that many libraries also now allow you to rent movies as well for free! Check out your local library to see what kind of selection they have!
How I Save Money on Movie Tickets and Movies
I stopped using physical DVD’s long ago and have switched to digital movies.
I have 2 subscriptions to Movie Pass for Krista and I. That is:
$9.95 Movie Pass
$9.95 Movie Pass
$19.90 Total Movie Pass Fee
We also have a subscription to Netflix on the $10.99 a month plan. This allows us 2 have to movies running at a time since we have 6 people in our family.
We also have Hulu which is free since we use Sprint for our cell phones.
We get nearly unlimited movies at the theater and home for:
$9.95 Movie Pass Monthly
$9.95 Movie Pass Monthly
$10.99 Netflix Monthly
$30.89 Total Movie Entertainment Monthly
That is a fraction of the cost of going to the movies at the normal rate and/or renting movies. It’s also a fraction of the cost of cable TV which we have also gotten rid of.
We love it and believe that $30.89 is totally worth it for us for nearly unlimited entertainment when we feel like enjoying a good movie!
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