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Do You Sneak Snacks Into the Movies to Save Money?

It's Friday (score!), which means many of us will head out for a weekend flick. Sitting in the theater without a salty or sweet treat is simply not favorable, but neither are concession stand prices. Paying premium prices for a movie ticket and snacks pushes a relaxed evening into expensive territory, and smuggling treats is a much cheaper alternative.

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absolutromantic absolutromantic 8 years
I don't go to the movies very much (maybe a few times a year), but when I do, I ALWAYS bring my own snacks. Usually cut fruit or vegetables in a ziplock bag put into my purse. If anyone at the theater ever complained, I always plan to give them an earful about how I'm not going to eat their crappy junk food and that I'm on a strict diet and this is what I can eat. I really don't care THAT much about the money savings - it's nice, but if they started offering healthy food, I'd probably buy it at the concession stand.
fredonica fredonica 8 years
My boyfriend and I always sneak in drinks and snacks. Usually we bring in stuff the theaters don't have, like organic soda, little bottles of Perrier, and fruit. We also go to matinees to save a few bucks. I refuse to pay more than $7 to see a movie ONCE.
xXxSatur9xXx xXxSatur9xXx 8 years
The only thing I will buy from the movie theatre is a slushie. mmmm... Everything else is bought from the corner store and goes right into my messenger bag XD
brookrene brookrene 8 years
movie popcorn makes me sick to my stomach so i bring my own snacks. :) it's not about the money, i just dont want a stomach-ache. ugh.
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 8 years
I will bring a drink because I don't drink soda, and I refuse to pay 3-4 dollars for a water at the movies. I make up for it by ALWAYS buying a soft pretzel when I go, they are SO good.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I'm not willing to put up with anything about movie theaters: ticket prices, concession prices, sticky seats, ear drum shattering volumes, obnoxious & inconsiderate patrons...
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Forgot to mention that I always bring my own water (I don't drink soda) or bottle of iced green tea. I always carry a large purse and anything can fit in that!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Most of the time, however not only to save money but to also eat a healthier snack (ex: Nature's Promise Honey Oat Pretzel Sticks, a 100 calorie pack of whatever type of cookie/chip, raisins, Newman's Own snacks.) I try to eat healthier and this way I can control the portion. However sometimes I break from that and order nachos or a blue-raspberry slurpie (I'm not a huge fan of popcorn unless it is carmalized.)
adrianac7 adrianac7 8 years
if I want movie snacks there's no way i'd pay for the ones they sell at the theater! did I mention my local movie theater charges $3 for parking on top of the $9 ticket!
imdamoos imdamoos 8 years
I like movie popcorn, but sometimes I just want my own food. Once I snuck in a jar of marshmallow fluff, and another time I snuck in two smoothies in my purse (one for my friend).
pinky23 pinky23 8 years
the candy portions at theaters are huge, but i love the popcorn (with butter!), so i'll buy popcorn and bring candy.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i almost need the 'other' option here. for myself - i usually get popcorn so i buy i there, but my fiance almost ALWAYS brings something with him. i don't know for sure that it's to save money but i know that it does since he doesn't have to pay the exorbitant amount of money for a bag of candy when we have it at home already.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I almost always stop at Starbucks on my way to the movie theater for a cup of coffee and walk right into the theater, cup in hand. I've never once been stopped and it definitely keeps me from snacking away all my money!
samantha999 samantha999 8 years
Absolutely. Movies are expensive and the concession stand is just calories waiting to assault my hips.
ImJessica ImJessica 8 years
My mom always used to make me do this when I was little, and I found it SO embarrassing, but now I always put a bottle of water and some candy in my purse! I'm not going to pay 3-4 times the normal price for a box of Junior Mints.
Shadowcat14 Shadowcat14 8 years
*directed at sweetstanzy's comment* eek! That would be horrible. I was stopped once because I was trying to carry something in and I was holding it, never a bag search though. Hopefully the theatre companies will never become that desperate.
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
"I don't feel a burden to purchase insanely expensive theater crud while I'm out for a movie. Purchasing the ticket is how I show my support." Darn right. My parents never let us get snacks at the movies when I was growing up and I rarely do now. I have one friend who always brings me a Diet Coke when we go together, so I do sneak a drink in when I go with her, but that's the only time. It's not as if the outside food and drink makes a bigger mess than the stuff you buy there.
sweetstanzy sweetstanzy 8 years
I bring snacks in all the time. that's what my big purse is for. But I'm afraid that theatres may start cracking down and do bag checks like at the airport.
lizs lizs 8 years
My mom always wanted to do this when I was little and it totally embarrassed me (not like anyone knew - it's dark in the movie theater!)...now I follow in her footsteps. Like many others, I think movie theater snacks can be kind of gross, so I'd rather bring my own healthy treats if we think we'll be hungry.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
I usually keep a little stash of 100 calorie packs or little peanut butter crackers in my purse, so it's not unusual for me to happen to have snacks in there at any given time... It's usually not an intentional sneak, though, it's just something that I happen to have.
gemsera gemsera 8 years
I dont go to movies, but if I did thered be no chance id buy their food, unless it was like gold class in australia where you actually get a MEAL!
sunny1intucson sunny1intucson 8 years
I absolutely love movie popcorn with lots of butter; sometimes that's my primary reason for going to the theater! But what I've been doing for the past few years is buying the kiddie pack at the theater. For $4.50 I get a small drink, small serving of popcorn, and a small sweet treat. SUCH A DEAL! But if I want candy, I just bring my own for sure.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I know it's smart to do so, but I have this ex who used to do it all the time, and for some reason I always found it kind of strange and embarrassing :oops:
chancleta chancleta 8 years
guilty and proud of it! occassionally i'll buy the popcorn but i always bring my own drinks
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
I used to smuggle my own popcorn from the microwave but I stopped because theater popcorn is SO GOOD. I also think that fountain soda tastes better so I'll buy popcorn and soda, and if I want candy or something I'll usually bring it in.
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