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Movie Night Without Breaking the Bank

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Recession Mama: I grew up on movies. Hot summer nights, my parents would take me and my sister to the movies to enjoy the air conditioning not available elsewhere (like our house). Now we are fully climate-controlled, but I still need a regular movie fix.

Family watching movie

In Southern California, however, movies can top $12 in a theater. I think that is insane, so I am never without a stash of movie passes. I buy movie passes for around $6. Not only can I use them myself, I can tuck a couple in an envelope for a teacher or babysitter and come the holidays, I give them out like candy. One year, I taped some to our trash cans for the city collectors! I buy my movie passes on eBay, in bulk on the theater websites, or through local organizations like trade and credit unions or university ticket offices.

The USC ticket office is right across from the Natural History Museum. Whenever I'm there with the kids, I just make a stop and pick up what I need. I have no affiliation with the school and they don't require one. The Entertainment Book is also a good resource -- they have coupons and you can order passes for many theaters on their website if you have a book. Most passes don't have an expiration date and even if they do, sometimes there is no expiration allowed in your state (check your state's laws). Sometimes the passes can't be used in the first two weeks of a movie's run, but often you can pay a buck or so extra to upgrade and see the movie on opening night if you want.

I'd better stock up ... summer's coming ...


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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
LucyRiles June 16, 2009, 2:46 PM

Excellent idea Michele! I love the idea of buying them in bulk and giving as gifts throughout the year…brilliant!

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phillips February 23, 2011, 12:51 AM

Yeah it suppose to be the probably right option to watch movies online without downloading them coz it takes time and money.. So I guess next time there is going to be huge fun while I just think about movies and tv shows.


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