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How To Save Money At The Cinema

Going to the cinema may seem like a lavish expense, but it doesn't have to be. Helen and I visit the cinema regularly, with both of us seeing a movie for much less than the cost of one adult.

In today's post, I want to share our simple tips and tricks on how to save money at the cinema…

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Get Yourself A Student Card

Tip number one on how to save money at the cinema starts with getting yourself a student card. Even if you're not a student.

Any day of the week this is likely to save you up to 20% on your ticket. Plus the whole host of other benefits that come with holding a student card.

Check Showing Times

Next you're going to want to check the showing times of the movie you want to see.

The majority of cinema chains charge more on an evening or a weekend so if you can try and get to the cinema during the day.

These screenshots are a fantastic example of this, the exact same movie, the exact same cinema except one showing is at 3.30pm and the other is at 19.25.

Compare The Market

When Orange Wednesdays came to an end in 2015 most people thought the world was going to end. In fact, #RIPOrangeWednesdays trended on Twitter for an entire week!

Nevertheless, comparison website Compare The Market came to the rescue offering the same service if you take out an insurance policy on their website.

Now, this may sound expensive, but it isn't, in fact, it's even better than the Orange Wednesday's. That's because a basic insurance policy can be purchased for circa £3 for the entire year.

That's right, two for one cinema tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the entire year for £3!

If you want to save money at the cinema by doing this then here's what you need to do… Head to CompareTheMarket website and take out a policy for a one-day trip in the UK.

The details don't matter as long as it's your details, that's because you'll never actually be taking the trip. (If you want to combine it with a trip you're taking where you need insurance then go for it!)

Then you simply need to download the mobile application for your iOS or Android device and you’ll have a new code delivered to your account every single week.

The full eligible policies for this offer are; bought car insurance, motorcycle insurance, van insurance, contents and/or buildings insurance, pet insurance, life insurance, landlord insurance or travel insurance. Switched energy (gas and/or electric), broadband, home telephone or digital TV. Obtained a credit card or loan.

You can combine this offer with your student card too!

Avoid 3D

Wherever you can avoid seeing a film in 3D. Even if you have your own 3D glasses from a previous visit the cost of viewing a film in 3D can be up to 25% more per person.

Here you can see that a standard showing at 5 pm is £11.60 per person based on general admission.

The same film in 3D starting just 15 minutes later is an additional £2.00.

If you don't have 3D glasses then you'll need these to view the film. The price of the ticket doesn't include the glasses which at this particular cinema are an additional £1.50 per pair.

Get A TasteCard

If you're a Tastecard member you can find discounts of up to and around 40% off for most cinema brands. A one-month membership is just £1.

However, a yearly membership to the Tastecard programme is £29.99 – it does come with multiple other benefits so it's worth seeing if it's right for you before making any commitments.

Odeon Deals

Odeon 2 For 1 Weekend Tickets

Sign up for Times Plus and one of the benefits includes Odeon 2 for 1 cinema tickets to use every weekend. New codes are released each Monday.

Save Money At Odeon With The Odeon Limitless Card

The Odeon Limitless card is the same as a Cineworld Unlimited card except it's for Odeon cinemas instead of Cineworld cinemas.

This is ideal if your local cinema is an Odeon brand, not a Cineworld brand.

The card currently costs £17.99 (£19.99 if you're based in London) and is available to people over the age of 15. Although you save 5% if you pay the full 12 months in advance rather than via direct debit.

The minimum term of the membership is 12 months. So be sure you're going to use it for the full term and get maximum value from it.

It will, however, cost you extra for; 3D screenings, 3D glasses, IMAX, ISENSE, The Gallery, D-Box, Premier seating and any premium screening or seat type.

Cineworld Deals

Save Money At Cineworld With The Cineworld Unlimited Card

If you're a huge cinema buff then it might pay to subscribe to your local cinema. Most of these subscriptions require a twelve-month subscription, so be sure you're going to get your money's worth.

The Cineworld Unlimited card and find out if its worthwhile for you.At the time of writing this card is £17.90 per month.

It gives you access to an unlimited number of cinema showings across the Cineworld UK franchise. Any day. Any time.

If two adults purchase student cards, use a compare the market code and visit at an off-peak time when the cost is just £4.125 each (£8.25 for two) that means you'd have to see more than four movies a month for this to be worthwhile. That's one film every week for a year.

This certainly isn't going to be for everyone, but if you're unable to go in off-peak times or on a weekday for example, then suddenly the Cineworld Unlimited card becomes a little more affordable.

Read more about the Cineworld Unlimited card from Emma Drew a money blogger who has had this membership card for a number of years now.

Save Money At Cineworld With Tesco

You can use your Tesco Clubcard points in exchange for vouchers at Cineworld Cinemas. This can make your trip to the cinema complete FREE. However, you will still need to pay a booking fee of 50p per person.

This is my favourite way to save money on one-off trips to the cinema especially if we're trying to have a no-spend month etc. You can learn more about the Tesco Clubcard and Cineworld promotion here.

6 thoughts on “How To Save Money At The Cinema”

  1. Thanks Francesca, glad you enjoyed them. We love seeing films it’s one of our very few lifestyle expenses but we could never afford it if we had to pay full price. I don’t know how others go on 🙁

  2. I have a lot of love for my Cineworld Unlimited Card. Thankfully I’m able to purchase it at a lower rate (£144 for the year) but since renewing in July & deciding to keep track I’ve seen 50 different films, at a cost of £2.88 per film. That’s not including the amount of tickets I’ve been able to purchase for free for other people on Meerkat Movie days. It’s a great cost to share between a couple if you’re able to go regularly on Tuesdays & Wednesdays!

    1. Rebecca, that’s absolutely amazing! Great to see the experience pay for someone. I know that if you’re a movie buff it’s well worth the money, I have a friend who swears by his and has had it for around four years now.

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