How To Visit the Movies Cheaper in the School Holidays {FREE PRINTABLE}

Want to know how to visit the movies cheaper in the school holidays? Check out my favourite movie money saving tips including a cute free printable.

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If you’ve been to the movies recently, you have probably noticed how expensive it can get!

 

Just the tickets alone can be a bit of a burden if you are paying for two or more (and we are often paying for four to five people).

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That is why I always buy my tickets to the movies online in advance via the Telstra Thanks Movies website. As a Telstra customer, I can get $11 tickets to any standard movie screening at Events Cinemas, except on Saturdays after 5pm. The Telstra Thanks Movies offer is just one of the many benefits you gain from being a Telstra customer. Going to the movies used to be an indulgence, but thanks to the Telstra Thanks Movies program, I am able to take my family on a more regular basis.

 

$11 movie tickets can be a huge life saver, but the food and drink can be the real kicker. By the time you buy popcorn, a drink and a choc top, you’ve spent over $100. Wanna know how to visit the movies cheaper in the school holidays? Keep reading. Or if you’re just after the cute printable {{download here}}

 

Of course you can bring your own snacks and juice or water, which would be a lot cheaper, not to mention healthier. But for me and my family, the whole movie theatre experience is in having a little popcorn, some fizzy drink and a choc top to accompany our movie.

 

Drinks:

When prepping to go to the movies, I make sure that I have bought a slab of cans so that my boys can take a fizzy drink. We normally save buying cans of soda for the school holidays, and I try to only refrigerate one can each per day (or less, if I can get away with it) to avoid over indulging.

Now that you have cold drinks, leave yourself a note on your front door, or set an alarm on your phone, to remind you to take them out of the fridge and place them into an insulated bag right before you leave the house.

Buying soft drink from Coles makes visiting the movies cheaper these school holidays

Kirks Pasito 10 pack 375mL = $9.56 (approx. 96c/can)

 

Popcorn:

I usually have some popping kernels or bags of popcorn in my cupboard. Right before we leave I will make some pop corn, and put it into these brown paper bags that I always have on hand for the kids school lunch orders.

I jazz up the brown paper bags with this neat little printable just for fun, and the kids love it! Just cut it out, and stick it on.

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Even on occasions where I buy popcorn from the cinemas, I make up some of these bags so that I can buy a medium and separate it. That way there are no arguments.

 

Making your own Popcorn makes visiting the movies cheaper these school holidays

Popping Corn Kernels 400g = $2.08 (approx 13c per serve!)

Coolpak Individual packets of Popcorn makes visiting the movies cheaper these school holidays Coolpak Popcorn 10 pack 20g individual bags = $4.17 (approx 42c per bag)

Poppin' Microwave Popcorn makes visiting the movies cheaper these school holidays Poppin’ Microwave Popcorn 4 pack = $6.04 ($1.51 per package)

Lunchbags full of Homemade Popcorn makes visiting the movies cheaper these school holidays Brown Paper Bags 100 pack = $2.63

 

Confectionery:

If you have a few little sweet tooths in your clan, then you may also buy the occasional chocolate bar or bag of lollies. Please, please don’t buy these from the cinemas. I understand the convenience and that the movie theatres need to make some moolah, but it’s generally more like highway robbery! (No offense, Event Cinemas). Whilst you’re at your local grocery store picking up the popping kernels and cans of drink, make sure you head to the confectionery aisle and purchase from the specials.

Buying Chocolate bars from Coles makes visiting the movies cheaper these school holidays

Mars Bars Fun Size Share Pack 12 pack = $4.61 (38c/chocolate bar)

Buying Lollies from Coles makes visiting the movies cheaper these school holidays Allens Party Mix Family Size 480g = $5.49

 

Ice Cream:

Now that we’ve covered the drink, popcorn and the sweets, it’s ice cream time. You’ll find that most cinemas are close to a food court. You can often get better value by going to one of these fast food stores to buy your ice cream.

I still buy a choc top from the cinemas, because in my mind I will always relate a trip to the movies to having a choc top.

 

Here are a few fun and interesting movies that have come out around these school holidays:

 

  • Paddington
  • Alexander And The Horrible No Good Very Bad Day
  • Annie
  • Big Hero 6
  • Penguins of Madagascar
  • The Hobbit: The Battles of the Five Armies
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

 

Please use your discretion when choosing some of these films, as they may not be appropriate for young children.

In select cinemas they are showing alternative movies, such as the Frozen Sing-A-Long, Home Alone and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

 

I hope you enjoyed this fun little free printable, and some great tips on how to make your next trip to the movies a little more affordable.

 

Will you be taking your kids to the movies these school holidays?

What are you going to see?

 

Thanks for stopping by,

Sheridan Anne

 

 

 

 

 

** Prices accurate for local Central Coast Coles stores as of the 18th of December. Please check your local store for more details

 Images courtesy of Telstra and Coles websites

This post is not sponsored. As always, all opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy for further details.

The printable shared in this post is for personal use only. Thank you

Sheridan

2 Comments

  1. What a great idea! I went to the movies recently with my old nanny family. There was four of us. By the time MB had paid for our tickets, for her coke, and for the twins to get giant popcorns, frozen cokes, and jaffas – we were maxing $100…. that’s not an affordable family outing. Crazy how expensive some cinemas price their food. It’s immoral really.
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