cheap films http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/16521/all en-US 10 Ways to Save on a Night (or Day) at the Movies http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-on-a-night-or-day-at-the-movies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-save-on-a-night-or-day-at-the-movies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/movies-726200-small.jpg" alt="movie" title="movie" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="175" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Going to the movies has always been a popular form of entertainment, but the days of nickelodeon theaters are over. With <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2013/apr/22/entertainment/la-et-ct-movie-ticket-prices-20130422">movie ticket prices averaging $7.94</a> nationally (including matinee and children&rsquo;s ticket prices), a typical night at the movies for a family of four could cost in excess of $50, including popcorn and drinks. (See also: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-movies-about-money">25 Great Movies About Money</a>)</p> <p>Instead of paying full price at the cinema, consider some of these 10 ways to save on movies.</p> <h2>1. Take Advantage of Matinees</h2> <p>Most movie theaters offer cheaper tickets for earlier show times. Matinee prices at local cinemas could cost as little as $4, while larger theater chains charge around $8-10, depending on your location. The earlier you go, the better (some cinemas have tiered pricing structures: before 12 p.m., before 5 or 6 p.m., and after).</p> <h2>2. Bargain Tuesdays and Sundays</h2> <p>If seeing a movie in the morning isn&rsquo;t possible for your work or school schedule, many movie theaters also offer cheaper ticket prices on select days of the week. Tuesday is generally one of the slower days for movie theaters (along with Sunday), hence the ticket discounts offered on these days. Some theaters charge half price admission, while others charge around $5 per ticket (again, prices depend on where you live).</p> <h2>3. Rethink Midnight Premieres</h2> <p>Midnight premieres have become something of a cultural phenomenon in recent years, with hordes of fans showing up to be the first ones to see &quot;Harry Potter,&quot; &quot;The Avengers,&quot; &quot;The Dark Knight Rises,&quot; and other highly anticipated films. Movie theaters love midnight premieres as much as the moviegoers do; they&rsquo;re able to charge more for tickets to the late night showings. Even with inflated prices, premiere tickets still sell out for the top movies. For a frugal movie fan, however, you&rsquo;re better off waiting at least until the next morning (or until it hits cable, if <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-to-avoid-watching-a-crappy-movie">everyone agrees it's a dud</a>) for new releases.</p> <h2>4. Free Movie Screenings</h2> <p>If you Google &quot;free movie screenings&quot; or check your local newspaper&rsquo;s entertainment section, you might be surprised to find a limited selection of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-movies-in-the-theater-for-free">movies screening in advance</a>. Studios use movie screenings to gauge the crowd&rsquo;s reaction and to generate early buzz for the film. It&rsquo;s a win-win situation, because studios get publicity and the moviegoers get free tickets.</p> <h2>5. Avoid the Concession Stand</h2> <p>Here&rsquo;s an oft-said but seldom-followed mantra of saving at the movies&nbsp;&mdash; don&rsquo;t buy food or drinks at the theater. The markups are quite high compared to what you&rsquo;ll pay for popcorn, candy, and soda elsewhere, so either eat a meal beforehand or bring your own water and snacks, if you can.</p> <h2>6. Support Dollar Theaters</h2> <p>If you don&rsquo;t mind waiting several weeks after a film is initially released, then why not see the movie in a dollar theater? Waiting it out can save you a bundle on movie ticket prices, and the only difference is <em>when</em> you get to see the movie in theaters. Alternatively, you could just wait until the film comes out on DVD and rent it from Netflix or RedBox or stream it from Amazon or iTunes.</p> <h2>7. Ditch 3D</h2> <p>Ever since the smashing success of &quot;Avatar&quot; in 3D, more and more studios have been releasing films in both regular and 3D formats. Unfortunately for moviegoers, ticket prices for 3D films are more expensive (a few dollars on top of the regular ticket price), and for some, 3D films cause headaches. And while some films are genuinely shot as 3D, others are merely <a target="_blank" href="http://realorfake3d.com/">converted from 2D to 3D</a> in post production, which puts a damper on the 3D viewing experience. We managed just fine before the 3D craze; save your money and see the 2D movie instead.</p> <h2>8. Sign Up for Discounts</h2> <p>Many movie <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-own-your-finances-how-much-people-spend-to-watch-movies">theaters offer discounts</a> to regular patrons who sign up for their movie clubs or like them on Facebook. Some theaters also have customer surveys in which you could win free movie tickets after submitting the form.</p> <h2>9. Get Credit Card Movie Rewards</h2> <p>If you own a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-type-of-rewards-credit-card-is-right-for-you">rewards credit card</a>, you could get some discounts or even free tickets at the movie theater. Several credit cards offer movie rewards to their cardholders:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://disneyrewards.com/rewards/classic/movie-theaters" rel="nofollow">Disney&rsquo;s Visa&reg; from Chase</a> (redeem points for movie tickets)</li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://rewards.thankyou.com/b2r/merchandise/itemDetail.do?minimumPoints=&amp;maximumPoints=&amp;itemId=31000THANKUPLUS1862620&amp;parent=31000THANKUPLUS-REGALENTERTAINMENT&amp;merchantId=31000&amp;supplierCategoryId=12135&amp;supplierId=600&amp;path=&amp;categoryName=Entertainment+Gift+Cards&amp;keyword=&amp;searchKeyword=" rel="nofollow">Citibank Thank You&reg; Rewards</a> (redeem points for Regal Entertainment gift cards)</li> <li><a target="_blank" href="https://creditcards.chase.com/freedom/activate.aspx" rel="nofollow">Chase Freedom</a> (which currently offers 5% cash back on movie theater purchases)</li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10983778?sid=976339" rel="nofollow">Visa Signature</a> (20% off a $25 Fandango gift card <em>and</em> if you buy two tickets for a Friday showing, you get the second ticket free)</li> </ul> <h2>10. Buy Tickets in Bulk</h2> <p>Buying tickets in bulk is another great way to cut back on movie expenses. <a target="_blank" href="http://bulktix.com/" rel="nofollow">Bulktix.com</a> offers tickets in bundles. Major chains such as <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amcnationalsales.com/Bulk/splash.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1" rel="nofollow">AMC</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.corporateboxoffice.com/c-2-discount-movie-tickets.aspx" rel="nofollow">Regal Entertainment</a> allow you to purchase mass quantities (50 or more) for prices as low as $6.50-$8.00. If paying this much money on movie tickets upfront is too much, then consider splitting the cost and tickets bundle with friends, family, and coworkers. This way, everyone gets a sweet discount on movie tickets.</p> <p><em>How do you save money at the movies? Tell us your frugal tips in the comment section below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-kehoe">Kelly Kehoe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-on-a-night-or-day-at-the-movies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-watch-tons-of-movies-for-free-go-vhs">Want to Watch Tons of Movies for Free? Go VHS.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-never-need-to-pay-to-watch-movies-heres-why">You Never Need to Pay to Watch Movies — Here&#039;s Why</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-own-your-finances-how-much-people-spend-to-watch-movies">You Own Your Finances: How Much People Spend to Watch Movies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-classic-horror-movies-in-the-public-domain-and-free-to-watch">6 Great Horror Movies You Can Watch for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-getting-these-5-things-for-free">Are You Getting These 5 Things for Free?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals and Coupons Entertainment cheap films free movies matinee movies Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:24:32 +0000 Kelly Kehoe 976339 at http://www.wisebread.com Want to Watch Tons of Movies for Free? Go VHS. http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-watch-tons-of-movies-for-free-go-vhs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/want-to-watch-tons-of-movies-for-free-go-vhs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4489098152_31e790d1c0_z.jpg" alt="vhs tapes" title="vhs tapes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re a movie junkie, you have might have already exhausted the seemingly endless supply of free streaming content available from sites like Hulu. It may also be that you crave something vintage or out of production. Lucky for you, it&rsquo;s possible to see obscure and amazing titles unavailable on DVD or via streaming by looking to classic VHS&nbsp;tapes &mdash; and you can usually also get them for free! (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again</a>)</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re not convinced that VHS is for you, I recommend you review why I still think <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-ways-vhs-tapes-still-rock">VHS tapes rock</a>. Then, use the following methods to score hundreds of the sturdy little films for your collection.</p> <h2>1. Hit Up Garage Sales</h2> <p>Most serious sellers won&rsquo;t be asking for much for these, and you can usually find dozens dumped, sans case, in the FREE pile. If you do see tapes for sale, ask if you can just take them. Many times, they are the last things to go, and sellers will be happy to clear the area of these clunky, space-hogging dinosaurs.</p> <h2>2. Check Craigslist</h2> <p>As long as there is an actual &ldquo;CDs/DVDs/VHS&rdquo; category on the site, you can expect people to ask cash for their collections. Unless they are mint, Disney films, or part of a large set, however, you won&rsquo;t be expected to pay more than a quarter for these films. If you&rsquo;re set on not paying a nickel, however, skip this portion of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-25-best-things-to-buy-on-craigslist">Craigslist</a>, and go straight for the FREE section.</p> <h2>3. Ask Your Local Library</h2> <p>Many libraries are moving to Blu-Ray and DVD, and they no longer have a need for their VHS tapes. You can usually find these cast-offs for free in their annual book sale, although a free-will offering is encouraged. If you feel obliged to pay for something, buy some books you are interested in, and help them take the tapes off their hands. (You can also call them ahead of time and ask if you can pick up any they don&rsquo;t want. Some are just plain obscure, and if you save them space in their sale, they will be eternally grateful.)</p> <h2>4. Let Your Friends Know</h2> <p>At any given time, at least one of my friends or family is moving, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-downsize-and-declutter">downsizing, or decluttering</a>. I know that they are throwing VHS tapes out, so why not put in a word with your crew to have them set these beauties aside? Just be sure to promptly pick them up (no leaving them there to frustrate your friends) and give a nice &ldquo;thanks&rdquo; when you leave.</p> <h2>5. Update Your Status</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s a good idea to make &ldquo;Looking for VHS tapes&rdquo; a tagline for your Facebook and Twitter. Try it!</p> <p>Now that you&rsquo;re swimming in new movies to watch, there are a few things you should know about your new collection. First, it&rsquo;s possible that tapes (especially those without cases) won&rsquo;t perform perfectly. Magnets can erase the data, and tape film can get twisted, causing the audio and video to crackle. You are taking a risk by starting a film that you aren&rsquo;t sure you can finish, but, for many films, it&rsquo;s worth the chance.</p> <p>You will also need to have a reliable VCR to watch all these tapes. If you also have an older VCR (aren&rsquo;t they all old?), you can choose to clean it occasionally with either a wet or dry tape cleaner, available on Amazon and other online retailers. Most VCRs last a very long time, however, so be diligent about keeping it dust-free to ensure many more happy years. (You can also still find tape rewinders to help prolong the life of your VCR. These are dedicated machines that do nothing but rewind tapes and were made popular by video stores that used them to rewind tapes that customers had forgotten about.) Most VCRs attach to televisions with traditional red/yellow/white audio video cables. If you have a newer TV, check to see that it will work.</p> <p><em>Do you still enjoy VHS tapes? Do you have a story of getting FREE movies that you&rsquo;d like to share?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-watch-tons-of-movies-for-free-go-vhs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-getting-these-5-things-for-free">Are You Getting These 5 Things for Free?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-on-a-night-or-day-at-the-movies">10 Ways to Save on a Night (or Day) at the Movies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-on-halloween">15 Ways to Make Money on Halloween</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-choose-traditional-books-over-e-books">5 Reasons to Choose Traditional Books Over E-Books</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-never-pay-full-price-for">25 Things to Never Pay Full Price For</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Shopping cheap films free movies vhs tapes Mon, 01 Oct 2012 10:24:43 +0000 Linsey Knerl 954750 at http://www.wisebread.com