Real Money Movie Tickets: Reduce Entertainment Costs

Paula Faris investigates how families can save big on movie night.
3:00 | 02/22/13

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Even as we all celebrate the oscars, here's a thriller of a statistic. The average american family spends $4,000 a year on family outings, entertainment. And one of the rising costs, movie tickets. So abc's paula faris decided to find ways to save you real money. Reporter: For the alinas, movie night is a family event. Every time there's a new kids' movie, we're there within the opening week. Reporter: But add in concession snacks and that blockbuster turns into a budget buster. It can get very expensive. Well over $100. Reporter: Many of you told us you feel the same way, love the movie but hate the prices. It's just not really worth it. Going to the movies just isn't as feasible as it used to be. Reporter: That's because ticket prices have gone up 30% in the last 10 years. We heard you, and the alinas, and enlisted family finance expert farnoosh torabi to pay the alinas a visit, armed and ready with some real money secrets. Are we ready to save money on vies!? Her first tip? Buy your movie tickets in bulk, in advance. You can buy your tickets ahead of time in bulk on your movie chain's website for up to $3 off per ticket. At big wholesalers like costco, they sell discounted movie tickets. Here, they're selling two for $15.99. No restrictions, no expiration date. That saves the alinas over 20%. Tickets at their new jersey theater cost $11. Another way to save, maximize your club membership. Many theaters offer affiliation discounts that can add up. For instance -- about 30% off with aaa membership. Reporter: But you have to call triple a. And if you want to save money on those costly concessions, consider buying discounted movie gift cards. You can find them online and then use them for tickets and your favorite snacks. So what about the alinas? They were spending $2,600 a year on movies, including snacks. But with these tips, they can save upwards of 30%, that's $780. And that's real money! And for all of paula's pointers and where you can find those gift cards, head to abcnews.Com.

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