Smart Consumer: Enjoy Hollywood glamour on a budget
If you go to the movies a lot, make sure to avail of discounts. Check this sample out.
- Cineworld has a monthly ticket for €19.99 for as many movies as you like to see.
The Irish Film Institute's membership scheme costs €25 a year. You get one free preview screening every month as well as discounts on tickets, food and shop items.
- Other cinemas also have discounts, for students, teenagers, families and seniors.
- Buy a tray of bottled water (small), from 30c each in Lidl, and keep it in the car for events and for going to the cinema.
- Likewise, a small bag of sweets bought in a shop is better for your health and your pocket that the giant bags sold in the cinema. (If you feel guilty about the latter's clean-up costs, then don't litter the floor.)
- Instead of buying two regular cartons of popcorn, buy one large and share it between two or three people. You can also avail of "combo" discounts but the savings you can make on these are not usually that massive.
For example, a regular drink and popcorn costs €9.20 if bought together at the Vue cinema in Liffey Valley, compared to €9.75 separately.
Other combo deals show a similar level of saving on snacks.
- Get great-value entertainment by going to the movies outside peak hours.
The Eye cinema in Galway not only has some of the cheapest standard ticket prices in the country, it also has a discount scheme every Tuesday, when students' favourite flicks cost €4.
The Gate Multiplex in Cork charges the same sum for early morning screenings.
- Beware of online booking fees. These range from 50c at the Swan and Savoy in Dublin and The Eye in Galway up to 87c at pricier outlets.