Ok, I don’t want to tell you how to live your life. Especially when it involves choc tops.
But when I heard that Mia Freedman took three kids to the movies on the weekend and it cost her $270, this be mah face:
Because the movies can be fun, but if you're not prepared it can burn a big hole in your pocket.
Consider this a guide of what NOT to do: (post continues after audio):
There's a better way. Full price tickets are for chumps, and the Candy bar is like a Casino poker machine room. You think, 'Oh, it's just a bit of fun, I'll just take a look', but before you know it the mirrors, shiny surfaces, blinking lights and nattily-dressed attendants will swallow your money and leave you feeling slightly dirty.
Here's how to beat the system: Be prepared.
Book online and Google "Hoyts/Event Cinemas movie discount code" etc.
There are entire internet sites out there dedicated to snagging you a bargain if you just Google whatever it is you want to buy followed by "discount code".
Look at sites like Groupon for discounts
Two tickets for $20 is a pretty regular occurrence. (You might have to go on a Monday or Tuesday).
Don't go at peak times
Matinee sessions can be cheaper. Off peak times are cheaper. They're also better because there aren't horny teenagers feeling each other up in the back seats on a Saturday night
Find the Entertainment Book. (It's probably on top of the fridge)
This fat coupon book is full of discounts for savvy savers and you've probably got one in the house that you've forgotten about, haven't you. You started out the year full of ambitious discounting but now it's just getting dusty on the top of the fridge or buried in a pile of bills. Dig it out. Or if you have a friend that has one, go over to their house and drink a pot of tea with them and when they're inevitably in the toilets having a wee, rip out that page and run.
How you get tricked into buying more in stores. (Post continues after video)
Sign up to movie rewards programs
For about $12 bucks (you sometimes get a free movie ticket as part of it so it pays for itself), you can be part of the cinema rewards club and get big discounts, rack up points to get free movies, all for the cost of your personal details, which everyone has anyway by now, right?