One of the things that most people consider when they set a budget is how much money to allocate to entertainment expenses. This may seem like a small portion of the money spends, but it can add up quickly.
Most people enjoy getting out to the movies, especially when it’s time for the next blockbuster to hit the big screen. If you’re planning on taking the whole family it can quickly add up to a costly night on the town. With new movies opening each weekend it’s crucial when you set a budget to think about how quickly you need to see that new release.
Most movies that are in the theater can be found on DVDs within a few months. If you are patient this can add up to substantial savings over the course of a year. Considering that the cost of purchasing the DVD is equal to, on average, the cost of two adult movie tickets, you can see the benefit in waiting a few months to see the film. An even bigger incentive is to think about the cost of renting that DVD. If you take that route, you’ll be spending a very small amount to see the exact same feature film just a few short months earlier.
Although the cost of the movie tickets is going to take a big bite out of your monthly entertainment budget, there is another aspect to the theater experience that can prove expensive. That’s the refreshment stand. For anyone who has been to a movie recently, they can attest to the fact that popcorn and peanuts face a huge mark-up when they are purchased inside the doors of a movie theater. For most theater goers though, it’s an important part of the experience and one they don’t want to forfeit in the name of a budget.
There are some steps you can take to enjoy outing to the movies within the limits you had when you set a family budget. Consider these ideas:
- Go to a matinee instead of an evening showing. Matinees are less expensive and the show is identical.
- Bring your own candy. Smaller size versions of the large movie theater candy bars are more than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth and your budget.
- Purchase a bottle of water instead of a soda. Often the water in a theatre is much less expensive than buying a sugar filled soda or juice and it’s better for your health as well.
Making a few small changes in your entertainment choices can result in big savings for the family. Make a night out at the movies a special event and the children will enjoy it more knowing that they don’t get that luxury each week. Keep your eyes open for any discount or 2-for-1 coupons from your local DVD rental outlet. A big bowl of popcorn, a few cans of soda and some rented movies make for a fun family night that’s easy on the budget.