How to see your favorite movies for Less

cooltext676200706-scaleIf you love going to the movies but don’t like paying the steep movie price, then this post is for you.  It seems as though the price of going to the movie theater, these days, has gone up right alongside the price of gas and if you’re on a budget or have a large family…that with refreshments could put a nice size dent in your wallet.   

But don’t fret; here are some great ways to see your favorite movies, in the theater, for less:

Take advantage of theater loyalty programs

For a small upfront fee, most national theater chains offer loyalty cards to its customers and that can mean discounted movie tickets and free refreshments for you after you’ve met the criteria.  So if you love going to the movie theater on a regular basis then taking advantage of the theater loyalty program would be most suitable for you. 

Go at a less popular time

No one wants to get up early on the weekends but it you’re smart, going to the movie before noon can be a great way to see your movie for less.  As a matter of fact, most of the movies are discounted as much as 40% off the regular price of $10-12.50.  If the movie is in 3D then the discount can be even steeper.  Not only will you enjoy paying less than most other movie goers but you’ll also enjoy peace and quiet as well as the advantage of choice/premium seating when going at a less popular time….that’s priceless. 

 Wait for it to go to the dollar theater

Prior to coming out on DVD, most popular movies will make a pit stop at the dollar theater for a couple of weeks.  This is a great way for you to see the movie at 75-90% off but the one caveat is that you’ll have to wait about 8-10 weeks to see it but if paying less is the object then holding out to see your favorite movie at the dollar theater is worth every penny.  This is an ideal way for large families, with kids, to see movies at the theater without paying an arm and a leg.

Frugal Friday: Introducing the Coupon Czarina

Frugal FridaysWelcome to the Frugal Friday edition of My Take on Money.  Every Friday my goal is to bring you exciting ways to save money. 

We all know that one of the best ways to save some hard earned dough is through couponing.  Couponing is not new…it’s been around for years but it really didn’t get popular until TLC kicked it up a notch with the Extreme Couponing reality shows.  Of course, you don’t have to go to the extreme to save money these days.  If you coupon responsibly and only buy what you need, when it goes on sale, then you can reasonably shave 50-75% off of your grocery bill every time you shop.  However, there’s an art to couponing as it takes strategic planning and some perseverance but in the end, it’s very rewarding to see the grocery bill drop in half at the cash register….it’s honestly like an adrenaline rush.

But anyway, check out these great deals from my friend, the Coupon Czarina.

In her own words…

Well I went to CVS and loaded up on Dial Body wash (they have some great new scents out now), Rightguard Bodywash and Deodorant and Pantene shampoo; let’s do the breakdown:

Dial Bodywash—2 for $7, $2 off 2 coupon, and $2 in EB (limit one on this deal) had a CVS coupon for $2 any Body wash.

Right Guard – 2 for $6, $2 off 2 coupon, $2 in EB (6 items was the limit on this so I got 6 products because I had many coupons; 4 body washes and 2 deodorants)

Pantene Shampoo— 2 for $7, $3 off 2, $1 in EB (limit one) Used CVS coupon for $1.50 off any shampoo, had 2 of these.

There was also a deal on any Listerine, Reach or Rembrandt—Spend $10 get $5 in EB.  I had a CVS coupon for $2 off $10 for any Oral product.

Also had CVS coupon for $5 off $15 or more purchase.

I had $23 worth of coupons….my total was almost $40 so I saved over half and got $14 in EB.  Great shopping there.

I also went to Publix and got great deals on vitamins, bodywash Dial and Dove for men, Activia yogurt, Purex detergent, etc.  I saved over $40 the bill came to over $100 but I got it down to $60.  I got steaks, a whole sub, etc.  By the way, Publix has a $5 off coupon when you purchase $15 of either Dial Bodywash, Rightgard Deodorant or Purex Detergent.

Czarina shopping










So there you have it, as you can see the Coupon Czarina saved a good bit using coupons and you can too. 

Do you like to coupon? What are some great deals you took advantage of using coupons?

Happiness found in a cookie….it’s the small things that make me happy.

Happy Tuesday guys.  Lately, I’ve been going to Barnes & Noble most evenings after work to study for the CFP exam, which I’m scheduled to take this coming November.  However, I never can sit in the cafe area, which is actually a Starbucks, without purchasing something.  To tell you the truth, I’m not all that keen on the coffee, it’s too strong for me, but Lord help me, I love the pastries and especially that salted caramel toffee cookie….it is to die for.  I find myself buying one every time I’m there.  As a matter of fact, I bought one yesterday.  I’m beginning to think that this little cookie is fast becoming one of my weaknesses….I can’t help it….I love those cookies. I find myself getting excited and longing for one every time I know that I’m going to go to B&N.  Am I coming to study or is it the cookie?  I don’t know….it’s both!

Okay, I know, what you’re thinking…”this girl is crazy talking about a cookie…aren’t there other things more important in life to talk about?”  Yes indeed there are more important things going on in the world other than my addiction to salted caramel toffee cookies but isn’t it just a great feeling to take your mind off the problems of the world every now and again?  Believe me, there will always be something going on that holds our attention.  If it isn’t global warming, then it’s terrorist plots stateside or in the Middle East or the price of gas climbing another .20 cents/gal.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that, every now and again, you should just sit back and think about the little things that make your life or your day happy, i.e. mellow in the moment a little….life is already hard enough.  We’ve all got bills, bills, and more bills….and the majority of us have no choice but to get up everyday and punch the clock.  I’m hoping to exit the stage left of the 9-5 rat race soon, but for now, I’m apart of the gang.

So go ahead, have that latte every now and again if that makes you happy, or if your idea of happiness is kicking back on the front porch or hanging out in the park playing softball….don’t let anyone deter you from doing it because you surely do deserve it.  As for me…I’m going to keep eating my salted caramel toffee cookies and I’m going to eat it slow and savor the goodness and smile and concentrate on the good things in life.

What small simple things do you do that make you happy?