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 todays post, I want to share our simple tips and tricks on how to save money at the cinema…


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.


The below screenshots are a fantastic example of this, the exact same movie, the exact same cinema except one showing is at 11.15 and the other is at 19.25.

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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.


Reward Cards

The majority of cinemas now offer a reward card as a form of loyalty. These cards are always free to join and can offer some fantastic perks such as;


Exclusive free showings to films.
Advanced bookings.
Discounted tickets.
Discounts at the concessions. Although getting your drinks and snacks from the supermarket on the way there is still going to be cheaper.



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 moneys worth.


Lets take the most popular programme the Cineworld Unlimited card and find out if its worthwhile for you.At the time of writing this card is £17.40 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 then 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.


There we have it. My top tricks and tips on how to save money at the cinema. Be sure to let me know what tricks you use to save money not only when visiting the cinema, but taking part in other leisure activities.



  1. Love these tips Cora! Trips to the cinema are ridiculously expensive these days, especially if you go to a 3D film!

    • TMM March 8, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      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. Rebecca March 19, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    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!

    • TMM March 21, 2017 at 11:01 am - Reply

      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.

  3. Rebecca September 29, 2017 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Oh my word! The Compare The Meerkat thing is fantastic! Genius!

    • TMM September 29, 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      Glad it’s helped! 🙂

  4. AK October 20, 2017 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    what a great post I might have just got myself a student card and a travel insurance for the day! Tuesday both kids are in school all day! yay cinema dates with the hubby are on the cards!! thanks for that!

    • TMM October 20, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Aw our pleasure AK! Let us know what you go and see 🙂

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