In today’s economy, we simply can’t afford to go to the movies as a family. When we went to see Cars 2 and got one large popcorn and two large drinks for 4 people to share, it cost us almost $50.
Our solution is Family Movie Night! Do you do family movie night? My kids love it and beg for it! For a fraction of the cost of what it takes to go to the theater, you can make family movie night at home a real event your kids will look forward to.
RedBox offers new movies for only $1.20 (plus tax) per night. Return them before 9:00PM the next night and you have yourself a deal. TONIGHT enjoy a FREE RedBox rental March 8th ONLY – details on their FB Page!
Blockbuster Express is only $1 per night depending on the release.
I also keep an eye out for deal on movies to buy, on weeks money or time is too tight for trips to RedBox, I pull a movie out of my hidden stash for family movie night, then it gets added to our movie collection.
If you have Netflix, HuluPlus or Amazon Prime, you can use movies from those sources, for no additional cost for the actual movie part of family movie night.
There are also free resources online and you can either watch on the computer or hook your computer to your TV. Crackle, PubDHub, Hulu & YouTube are just a few of the free resources available for movies.
Add some atmosphere by popping some good old fashioned popcorn on the stove (or over the fire in the winter) Make hot chocolate or lemonade. Or, if like us you rarely have coke in your house, buy a liter of coke to serve up with the movie. Make root beer floats. Set out nuts, mints and pretzels. But a couple of $1 boxes of movie candy. Muffin tins with various snack foods are a favorite here at the Lewis house.
Toss a blanket on the floor or cuddle up on the couch under blankets and enjoy some family time. It’s a great way to have family fun on a dime and works well if a family member is too sick or exhausted to go out and do something.
And for once, kool-aid stains and the gum in your carpet won’t be an eyesore, but will add atmosphere and make your movie watching experience more like actually being in the theater. If you’re going for totally authentic feel free to invite your loud, obnoxious uncle and friend with the colicy baby and some teenagers with their cell phones glued to their hands over to watch the movie with you.