Updated on 10/19/2016
There are a lot of different ways to save money in life, but it usually boils down to one of three different ways to reduce costs. The first two involve either cutting out the expense completely or replacing it with an alternative. These can be extremely effective, but come with the sometimes difficult decision of weighing how much you value the item/service/experience versus the money that must be spent to have it. On the other hand, the third option is finding ways to have the exact same item/service/experience for less money out of your pocket. While the first two are important for establishing a healthy level of spending, the third one removes the philosophical decisions on value versus cost and becomes a straightforward game of find the best deal.
One such cost cutting opportunity I’ve been thinking about lately is movies. Becky and I are huge movie fans and watch a ton of them over the course of any given month. For the most part, our cost is extremely small for the amount of hours of entertainment it provides because the majority of movies watched are via streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video. On the other hand, we do enjoy the movie theater experience and end up going to a movie or so per month when there is a new one we really want to see. The most effective way to reduce your movie viewing expenses, hands down, is to stick to streaming services or stop watching them completely. If you’re like us though and end up visiting the theater on any kind of regular basis, there are a lot of opportunities to cut down on the cost of tickets. Below, I’ve assembled a list of all the tips and tricks I know about to save money on movie tickets and they range from simply buying at a discount from the right places all the way to seeing brand new movies completely free, sometimes before they are even released to the public! Let’s dive right in.