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Save money at the movies

With summer around the corner, Hollywood is about to roll out a slew of sequels, blockbusters and indie films sure to satisfy. Follow these tips to avoid blowing your summer movie budget.

Join AAA The automobile club offers cheap tickets to Regal and Edwards movie theaters (but you have to go to one of their offices to buy them).

Buy movie packs This is perfect for families. You can buy a four-pack of tickets from Costco, good for a variety of theatres, for just $34.99 and a 10-pack for $82.99. There's no expiration date and you can use the tickets seven days a week.

Scope out second-run theatres If you can patient for the movie to get to the smaller second-run theatres, you'll pay anywhere from $3 to $6 for the same movie.

Get senior rates Seniors are eligible for discounts - ask the cashier or one of the theatre managers about what's available and be prepared to show your ID.

Bypass the concession stand 'Nuff said.

Use discount gift cards Save 10 to 30% by purchasing discount movie theatre gift cards from online re-sellers.

Swipe your plastic Credit card companies and banks have increased their reward perks and some of those include free passes to the theater. Find out if yours has!

Be loyal See if your local theatre provides perks such as ticket discounts and concession upgrades for loyal customers.

Daily deal it Search through the inbox clutter for offers from sites like Groupon and LivingSocial who often feature movie theater savings of up to 50%.

Early-bird deals Matinees can save you anywhere from 30 to 50% off prime-time ticket prices.

Say something Don't be afraid to ask for a voucher or your money back if you have a bad experience. You may be surprised how often theaters will accommodate a polite request.


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