Saving Money On…Family Movie Night

What is more fun than going out to dinner and a movie with your family? The problem? Dinner and a movie for a family can cost well over $100!!! The solution? A fun, festive dinner and a movie at home. You won’t even miss the germy theater seats and obnoxious chatting kids two rows back!

  • Look For FREE or Cheap Movie Rentals!
    • Redbox and Blockbuster Express often have codes for free rentals. Check their sites for promotions and offers.
    • Groupon and some of the other Daily Deal sites often offer deals on cheap movie rentals. The most recent deal in the last week was 5 Blockbuster Express rentals for only $2.
    • If your family watches many movies, or doesn’t have cable, consider signing up for Netflix.
  • Make Dinner Festive! 
    • Try to incorporate the movie theme into your menu. Examples?
      •  “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”…Spaghetti and Meatballs
      • “Ratatouille”…Pasta Primavera with French Bread or the obvious Ratatouille
      • “Pirates of the Caribbean”…Caribbean Jerk Chicken with Fresh Pineapple Salsa
      • “The Sound of Music”…Schnitzel and Soft Pretzels
      • “The Little Mermaid”…Fish Sticks
      • “Aladdin”…Pita Bread Pizzas
      • “Lady and the Tramp”…Spaghetti and Meatballs
      • “The Three Caballeros”…Tacos
      • “The Princess and The Frog”…Jambalaya
      • “Mulan”…Stir Fry or Orange Chicken
    • Make Movie Snacks Festive
      • “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”…Caramel Apples
      • “Winnie the Pooh”…Honey Fritters
      • “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”…Chocolate Fondue with Pretzels, Strawberries, and Marshmallows to dip
      • “Veggie Tales”…Carrot and Celery Sticks with Ranch Dressing
  • Set the Mood
    • Send out invitations to your kids the morning of movie night. This will get them excited for the main event!
  • Get Comfy
    • Lay out pillows, have blankets available, and snacks close by. 
  • Have Fun!
    • The most important thing is spending time with your family. Enjoy the quiet time, and try to turn your mind off. Focus only on enjoying the time together.
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One thought on “Saving Money On…Family Movie Night

  1. Hi Jessi!

    If your little ones will sit through episodes rather than whole movies, you could watch episodes (30 minutes) of Veggie Tales, or Mickey Mouse…we LOVE Mickey Mouse shaped panacakes around here!

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