It is becoming so expensive to go to the movies and we have set up a movie fund as part of our budget. It is such a treat to go to the movies as a family.

Posted anonymously, 30th June 2016

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  • I will only go very rarely and try to use vouchers where possible


  • Look at the local papers for competitions, online competitions and local video store for competitions to win free movie tickets.


  • Have virtually given up on movies since it is approaching $100 for one movie to go as a family. We can get months and months and months of entertainment at home for that amount of money… and has ended up being more enjoyable, convenient too. The one thing I do miss about movies though are the ones that are in 3d with surround sound. There is something different about seeing those on the big screen (if you can tolerate the popcorn, noise, disappointing seat position, crowds, smells, germs, parking hastles and expense!)


  • We only go once a year or so – it’s surprisingly hard to find sessions with captions for my deaf son.

    • I am disappointed to read that you and your son are limited by closed captions not being available. Surely, it is not difficult for cinemas to be inclusive of all children and adults. No one should be disadvantaged. Is it worth lobbying?


  • We have 2 movies to watch next week that Miss 6 yr old granddaughter chose herself on Foxtel & we get to curl up together in a comfortable lounge with the fire keeping us cosy. She loves the popcorn & choc top that Grandma provides too!


  • Check also with your phone providers we get good deals with Optus perks – $11 for Adults $8.50 for kids they also sometimes have competitions and you can win passes. So possibly other providers may have something similar.

    • Thanks – will look at my provider. Love the helpful tips from wonderful mums! :)


  • Thats a great idea but also keep a eye on the local papers for competitions.. we have seen two movies for free this year..

    • Some competition sites have DVDs as prizes.

      If we spot a movie that we all want to see, if it is about to come out on DVD we wait for the price to drop buy the DVD instead. A family of 4 can watch it for the price of what 2 would pay at the cinema. If we really like it we might watch it several times over a period of time. We can have an in-house movie night with other family and/or friends. Purchased DVDs can be shared. We hired one and it was damaged. We rang and explained that when we removed it from its cover and explained that we discovered the damage and arranged to return it for an exchange. When we got there we were accused of the damage. We asked for a different movie, got the store owner to open it and that one was damaged too. We later found out that it had happened to other people too – at another store. It “turned me off” hiring any more DVDs.


  • I also find going to the movies quite expensive. But I recently found out that, as a RAC member, I can buy tickets online for $10.20! This way going out is so much more accessible!!

    • Thanks for the tip – will look into my motor club membership. :)

      • Yes, very important to check indeed! You can buy them also through Telstra, if you are a customer, but they are more expensive and with a much more limited choice over the movie theaters where you can go.


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