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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

How to save over 64% on movie tickets!

I've been saving at least 50% off my movie tickets for the past year or so and I assumed most people knew about this "trick". But after reading the comments over on MyMoneyBlog's post about saving $100, it occured to me to share this little gem.

To save money, I buy fandango gift codes on ebay. Here is an example, $8.70 for 2 tickets. In NYC, it costs me $12.25 for a movie ticket (including the $1.50 convenience charge). Paying $8.70 for TWO tickets means I end up paying only $4.35 per ticket - saving me 64.5%! Even if you don't have to pay $12+ for a ticket (consider yourself lucky), $4.35 per ticket should still reflect some substantial savings.

Some words of caution however. You have to make sure that fandango.com sells tickets to your favorite theatre. You also have to double check the restrictions on the gift codes. Some of them expire soon, and some of them are only for "R" rated movies. In my experience, the sellers tend to email you the codes within a couple of hours; buy them in advance if you can't wait.

FYI, here's the search terms I use on ebay: fandango tickets.

I hope this helps! If you know any other ways to save, feel free to share!

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Jonathan said...

Thanks for writing this out. Any idea how people get these codes in the first place?

4:08 PM  
Blogger Amdollar said...

They probably get them from work incentives/gifts, it doesnt matter... Ebay is great for gift cards/certificates and other "code" items, however ebay is getting really saturated (ie. $100 target gift card is bought at $99.75)

4:26 PM  
Blogger HeJustLaughs said...

Usually promotions offering free movie tickets give them out. Johnny Walker's Walking Man Society was giving them out a few months back.

9:49 PM  
Anonymous carlo17 said...

Hey thanks very much for the tip. I'm sure that with this new found information a lot of people will be trying it out including me. Wow, we could get to see a lot of movies with this one and get to save a lot of cash.

4:45 AM  
Blogger furiouspato said...

hey i got an idea, how about you write something and save me more money jackass. im poor over here. help a brother out... please?

ps. y dont you take ME to movies anymore? and hold hands like we used to? or did you figure out you can save 100% by not going anywhere with me?

6:20 AM  
Blogger HeJustLaughs said...

lol, that's funny.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to be trying this one out for sure. Please if you live in Fla particularly, check me out, I need to increase my number of clients this tax season, and I'm WAY better than the chain stores.

Gabe Johnson
www.AIUConsulting.com

11:20 AM  
Anonymous duvet dollars said...

hmm. The bids are going as far as to $12.00. Guess people are finally realizing its worth? It's useful to go to Regal or AMC website and get a corporate pack for $6.00 each if you can afford to buy in bulk. Saves a lot of money.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous amy said...

I think the author must always watch movie, then know must thing about this.

5:57 AM  
Anonymous Credit guru said...

Hm...Amusing! Small to do but save 50% COOL! Thanks for sharing the idea

4:42 AM  
Blogger Humanus said...

Hm/ Maybe. But if it's so easy to get such bonus - what is in mind of those who give the possibilities to do it?

7:36 AM  
Blogger danny said...

Great idea. I also like this concept on a blog. Might add something similar on mine. Thanks!
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10:38 PM  
Blogger jewelry stores said...

You have good knowledge.

2:31 AM  

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