It's no secret that a night at the movies isn't the cheapest entertainment these days. Movie nights make great dates, but personally I'm not a big fan of going to see a flick with a group of friends — it's difficult for everyone to agree on a show time and you don't actually get to hang out with each other. When I'm in the mood to be social, going to the movies is more of a waste of money than a fun time. Instead of going to your local theater this weekend and downing a bucket of fake-buttered popcorn (my eternal junk food weakness), why not host a movie night at your place?
Someone is bound to have a Netflix pick that's been sitting around unwatched, and if not Buzz has tons of great reviews on movies she loves. You can find a selection of free movies at your local library, which makes for an even less expensive evening. You could do a theme and ask everyone to bring a related snack, but it would be just as fun to make homemade popcorn on the stove and invite your friends to bring anything they'd like to have in addition. Cheap movie, cheap snacks, comfy couch, stick-free floors, being able to talk throughout the show and rewind the good parts? Sounds like a great night to me.