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Deals Worth Waiting For: Discounted Movie Tickets with Fandango Sales
Deals Worth Waiting For
Just to review, here's what it Deals Worth Waiting For is all about:
One of the ideas that lead to the birth of DealsForALiving is that navigating deals and maximizing resources makes life easier and more joyful. It spans everything that I'm passionate about in food, technology, news and media consumption, the workday and my work, and in relationships. The more I can share these things, then the more I get to see and hear people benefiting from these deals, and these snippets of wisdom (that's how I see it).
Closest to my heart are national and international deals that are offered by big brands, because they are there for the taking by thousands, even millions, of people. What comes to mind are Labor Day sales on furniture, annual food events, Black Monday, Cyber Friday, and end of the year clearance sales. And so I want to write about these things so you can join me in enjoying the fruits of our long wait!
Treating Yourself to a Movie
Gosh, there are so many times that I was excited to see the latest movie, and I don't think that I'm the only one. When you're a kid or if you are taking a kid, then you're thinking about Bambi, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Frozen. When you're a little older, it's a teen flick like Adventures in Babysitting, American Pie, Harry Potter. You've got deeply emotional choices like The Shawshank Redemption, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan. And romantic comedies to share with your partner like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and While You Were Sleeping.
I could go on and on, and while these movies are great at home on Youtube, Amazon, your own DVD or on the go with a tablet, nothing beats the big screen. But between the increased ticket prices, ridiculous food and drink prices, and the dearth of blockbuster titles, I find myself less willing to spend the same money and getting less for it.
Heck, I know a family of 3 that has to set aside $75 to cover tickets, drinks, popcorn for the parents and a hot dog for the child. It's craziness! Thankfully, there is a better way to save a little money while enjoying a movie theater experience.
Do you use Fandango to get movie tickets?
Do you use Fandango to get movie tickets?
Limited Time Sale on Amazon Local
My reason for writing this all of a sudden (after a lot of thought about saving money on movies) is a two week limited time sale on Fandango tickets.
Behold: The Details:
- Amazon Local has a limited time sale on a Fandango ticket being offered by ACI Gift Cards
- For $7, you get a voucher worth up to $14 towards a movie ticket you can redeem on the Fandango website
- There's over 20,000 participating theaters so you'll be able to find one near you
- And so you can save up to $7/ticket which helps a lot
I'll include a link or pod below this to take you to the site.
Getting Fandango Tickets
Fandango 2 for 1 with Visa Signature
My first encounter with Fandango was actually through my credit card, which is one of the Visa Signature line. I got an email saying that there was a BOGO offer that I could get because of my credit card!
If you haven't heard of it before, it works like this:
- On Fridays, you're able to log into Fandango.com to get your tickets
- With a Visa Signature card you can buy 2 tickets for the price of 1 good for that same Friday
- This is an ongoing deal that is seasonal so it may not be available right now
- You can use this on tickets worth up to $19.50 each so it can be 3D Imax
Fandango Gift Cards
While we're on the subject, let's talk about another way you can save money at the movies. As I've mentioned in some past posts, online gift card marketplaces are a fantastic place to visit occasionally to get discounts on your favorite brands. Traditionally, Fandango vouchers are one of the more highly discounted gift cards that are readily available, so you can save another 10-20% typically. This is in sharp contrast to gift cards from Walmart, Target, or big box retailers which are only discounted 2-5%.
So even if you decide not to take advantage of the Amazon Local deal because you can't decide before the discount runs out, and if it's not Fandango Friday BOGO season, you can still save a good chunk of change before you walk into the theater.
Theater Loyalty Clubs
If You Go a Lot, Then Sign Up for the Club
True story: I know a couple that goes to the movies at least twice a month. They see every blockbuster, practically every comedy, and movies that I wouldn't even watch on cable in the early morning. The movies has become their #1 date course, and you would figure that all that experience would translate into some expertise on saving a couple bucks here and there.
They spend $50 each time they go, and when I started sharing with them some of these tips, it knocked their socks off. And my absolute favorite was when I talked about the movie loyalty clubs. They frequent AMC so I did a quick search on my phone and found the image I have placed above for AMC Stubs. Other movie theater chains often have these loyalty programs that reward their best customers.
My friends had been spending at least $100/month at the movie theatre, often more than that. Which is $1200/year (OMG) and because they didn't so much as sign up they missed out on $120 worth of perks plus email offers for freebies, and free upgrades on soda and popcorn which would save them at least $10 each time they go.
Lesson: If you go to the movies a lot, sign up for the club.
Saving at the Silver Screen
As with everything in life, I'm on the lookout for deals and glad to share them. I hope that if you like going to the movies that you'll check out what I've mentioned and save some money with friends or loved ones. If you do, please leave a comment. And if you have questions or other tips to share, you're welcome to ask.
I believe that being frugal and making smart money choices is like any other exercise. As we continue to practice good habits in saving money where possible, finding deals for what we want, and having a good time at it, then we become better at dealing for a living.
I'm committed to sharing my experiences with getting the most out of using credit cards, saving and spending tips, and I might even add a slice of perspective without trying to be a psychoanalyst like some other personal finance folks out there.
Please let me know what you think and if you'd like to hear my take on a specific topic.