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Save Money on Movie Tickets

The cost of catching the latest summer blockbuster can be a showstopper, topping $100 for a family of four. But we've got ways to reel it in.

Stay True

Join loyalty programs at movie theater chains like Regal, Showcase Cinemas and AMC, and you'll rack up points with every purchase that can be redeemed for tickets and concessions. Another possible members-only perk: waived fees when ordering tickets online.

Mass Appeal

Buying movie tickets in bulk may take a chunk out of your wallet up front but pays off in the long run. Regal and Cinemark offer four-packs for as little as $32 at costco.com. BJs.com has ticket-and-snack combination packages at up to 35 percent off regular prices. And at samsclub.com, $17 buys two tickets for Regal, Cinemark and AMC, saving you at least 20 percent. Visit cardpool.com to purchase gift cards to movie theater chains for up to 35 percent off—no fee, no expiration date.

Snack Attack

Regal offers discounted candy on Mondays and $2 off a small popcorn on Tuesdays for its members. Sign up for Cinemark's weekly emails to receive concession coupons. The AMC KidsPack (popcorn, Frooti Tootis and a drink) is a steal. Even better, you can buy one no matter what your age.

Good Timing

It's no secret that morning or matinee showings are often cheaper, but picking the right day of the week can also save you some dough. Regal, Showcase and Cinemark offer special deals (on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; times vary), sometimes for just a dollar or two. Also, ask about student, military and senior discount days.

Free for All

Sit back, relax and enjoy a classic alfresco—without spending a penny. Check the website for your local parks and recreation department, or contact your public library for upcoming outdoor screenings.

Fun App

The Find Nearest Drive-In Movie Theatre app (iTunes, 99 cents) does just that. Pile the whole clan into the car for a cheaper movie night under the stars.

Originally published in the May 2014 issue of Family Circle magazine.