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Saving on movie night

By Jeff Fruhwirth · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Posted: 4 pm ET

My wife loves to go watch movies, but the cost is getting out of hand! In our area (where prices may be on the cheaper side), it costs $9 for any movie after 5:30 p.m.

Even though it's just the two of us, that's still almost $20 for approximately two hours' worth of entertainment.

So, instead of forgoing movies, here are some options for keeping costs down.

Watch movies at home

Right now, we are members of the disc portion of Netflix, which costs us about $8 per month. We get about six DVDs per month. Redbox is another great option for movies on DVD. And cable companies typically offer on-demand service that allows you to watch movies for a few dollars.

We also get movies and other entertainment at the local library. Our library has a great selection of movies and TV series on DVD and Blu-ray. You can check out a DVD for free for five days. While the selection isn't as extensive as Netflix, there are a lot of great movies, and they get a lot of new releases as well.

Look for theater discounts

Watching movies at home is not nearly as much fun as going out to the multiplex.

So, if you plan to head over to the theater, minimize your cost by searching daily deal sites that offer movie ticket discounts, or discounts on movie gift cards. Stock up on deals when you see them available, and use them at a later date.

Another way to save at the theater is to avoid paying for snacks and drinks if possible. Movie theater snacks and drinks are several times more expensive than they are outside of the theater.

Skip the theater snacks and eat your treats at home later. Or, grab something after the film and extend your movie night.

What tips do you have to lower the cost of movie nights?

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