Frugal Friday: Catch a Flick For Free – Or Close To

I have wonderful memories of the movies. The first in my recollection was going to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to see Star Wars. I was five. And it was a really. big. deal. As a teenager, a night at the movies with my girlfriends was a regular weekend affair, complete with those nuclear cheese nachos, a giant soda, and Junior Mints. These days with my small army of children, a trip to the movies is a little pricey. We save movie theatres for very special occasions. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy movies together. We’ve just learned to be more creative.

Here are some ways that you can catch a flick for free – or close to:

1. Check them out from your local library. Use their online catalog to locate and request movies as soon as they’re released. You may have to get in line and be a little flexible as to when you watch the film, but you usually get it for at least a week, and it’s usually FREE.

2. Attend free movies at the theatre this summer. Plenty of theatres offer family films for free or low cost each week. Check out Regal Entertainment Group and AMC Summer Movie Club. I found that the theatre down the road will be hosting two free movies a week all summer. You know where me and my small army of children will be!

3. For more free movie ticket sources, check out this post at Freebies4Mom which explains how to get tickets year-round.

4. Sign up with RedBox for their weekly updates. You get a free movie rental with a valid email subscription and then will be sent their montly free rental code one Monday a month.

5. Check with your employer to see if they buy passes in bulk for employees. FishPapa and I enjoyed movies this way for several years when I taught high school.

6. Buy an Entertainment book and redeem coupons for discounts at AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and others.

What money saving idea can you share with us today? It’s such a boon to hear what other people do to pinch a penny.

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Looking forward to your great ideas!

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  1. Money Savin' Momma says:

    As a librarian (stay at home mom for the next few years though), I am so glad to see you mention the library! Librries ROCK! 🙂

    So many good freebies there, I guess that's why librarianship was a natural fit for me, lol. 🙂

  2. FishMama says:

    It wasn't until we moved to KC and a great library system that I realized what a gold mine it really was. I almost never buy books or videos anymore unless it's one we have to have that the library doesn't own. We've saved beaucoup bucks this way.

  3. Christian Frugal Mama says:

    Sorry! I accidently posted the wrong one at first and can't seem to delete it!

  4. Jessika says:

    Lightsabers: My six year old loves Star Wars and lightsabers.But they aren't cheap and they break. Kids and big sticks aren't the greatest combination for safe fun either. Here's how to cut down on the cost and pain and still have a good time. Cut a new floatie pool noodle in half. Wrap silver duct tape or black electrical tape around about five inches of the noodle,starting from the cut end. Voila! Softer, safer, cheaper.

  5. TopazTook says:

    For those who live in or visit the Twin Cities, Minnesota, area, the Mall of America theaters have a free family movie on Saturday morning year-round:

    Scroll down on the page.

  6. Hoosier Homemade says:

    We are lucky enough that my son works at the local movie theatre and we can see the movies for free all the time. I save my popcorn bag and he re-fills it.
    Thanks for hosting!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Oh! I put the wrong link in for my post. Please delete #52, and for the rest of you read #53 🙂 Happy frugal friday!

  8. Marcia Wilwerding says:

    We just watched Paul Blart: Mall Cop last night from Netflix. It wasn't as good as I had hoped (too much alcohol and rock music). It had some funny parts, however. Great tips.

  9. dancingwithdaffodils says:

    We loooooove the library too & if we aren't paying late fees for a movie – it is free! The selection is usually pretty good and our library is part of a system so we can order from other libraries. This greatly increases our choices.

    Thanks for the tips!!

  10. We like to rent a movie from the box at the supermarket- it is only $1 per night. We usually go to the dollar store & get snacks & pop popcorn. Pile up the quilts & pillows on the floor- turn off the lights & have ourselves a great night

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