Friday, June 10, 2011

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.

1 comment:

  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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