A trip to the cinema needn’t cost a packet – there are plenty of steps that you can take to save on cinema tickets, meaning that you can enjoy the entertainment that’s on offer without sitting there worrying about the damage that’s being done to your bank balance.

Going to watch a movie is one of the most popular forms of entertainment for many people here in the UK. Most major cities have large multi-screen cinemas, often incorporated as part of leisure complexes that have been built on a grand scale. It’s clear to see that cinemas mean big business.

The cost of actually going to watch a film at the cinema has been steadily increasing, with prices now looking pretty steep in some parts of the country, notably in London.

If you want to catch a movie without paying over the odds, then there are a few steps that you can take to try and reduce the cost.

One idea is to try and avoid peak times. Many people decide to watch films on Friday nights or at weekends. During the week, cinemas are far less busy, meaning that they often will be offering price reductions for those wanting to go to the cinema between Monday and Thursday.

It’s also worth checking local newspapers and specialist film magazines – they will often include coupons entitling you to money off when you go to see a particular film.

The other area where you can really save money at the cinema is by avoiding the expensive food and drinks that are often on sale within the cinema complexes.

Resisting temptation can be difficult, and many people do see their drink and popcorn as a central part of the cinema experience, but avoiding the expensive refreshments can often half the cost of your cinema visit.

By following some of these simple tips, you should be able to enjoy a great trip to the cinema without paying over the odds.

Author Alexi Gibbs ©