[by Greg Perry]
Last night, I saw the premier of the most excellent and over-the-top hilarious Thor Ragnarok movie.
If you saw it, or if you plan to, I paid less than you did.
Note: The US premier wasn’t showing during matinee hours. If it were, obviously I would have paid far less than last night’s regular ticket price. But, I would have paid less than you if you also could see it at a matinee. Nya-nya-nya.
By the way, I’m going to give you the nitty-gritty details to save a sack of cash every year. But I’ll wrap up this article with a simple, step-by-step guide that tells you exactly how to do it and shows how simple it actually is.
How You Can Pay Less to See Thor
I always join whatever club or rewards program anybody has where I buy things. Most people don’t mess with them which is exactly why I do it. The store or, in this case, movie theater can offer those who do it more because most people do not participate.
I like the AMC Stubs Insider program, although the other major chains and many local theaters have rewards memberships also. AMC is close to us (less gas, saving time and more money) and is a comfortable theater. You get $5 in credit for movies or food after reaching 5,000 points. You reach 5,000 points by spending $250. The upshot of this is that with a free AMC Stubbs member, you get 2% off all purchases.
Note: This doesn’t count the free popcorn upgrades and $2 off all movies you see on Tuesdays. If you ever see Tuesday movies (with this deal you should) or buy food (don’t know why you would, although I did for a special reason), your savings are more than the flat 2%.
Pro Tip: If you see lots of movies, you’ll want to pay $15 to get the AMC Stubs Premier membership which gives you $5 off Tuesday movie tickets and 10% cashback after spending $100 points, or 10% off your tickets and food. Last year, they offered me a free one-year upgrade to Premier, so I took it.
I prefer to order online at AMC’s website. Standing in line to buy tickets makes no sense to me. AMC charges a $1.75 “convenience fee” if you buy tickets online (makes no sense) but AMC Stubs members get the $1.75 fee waived.
My ticket, with sales tax, was priced at $11.49 with the “convenience fee” waived.
My ABC Stubs Premier discount of 10% brought the effective price down from $10.49 to $9.99.
So far, my $10.49 ticket is actually: $9.99
But Wait, There’s More!
Why do I prefer to order online?
Because I use gift cards to get more money off.
I know, who wants to mess with ordering gift cards that you never use, they take a week to arrive, and by then you’ve forgotten what you wanted originally.
I don’t do it that way.
I buy all gift cards at Raise because almost all they sell are electronic that you can use immediately!
Yesterday afternoon when I was buying my ticket, I went to Raise to see they had $10 eGift cards discounted 12.5%.
So far, my $10.49 ticket is actually: $8.74
Only First I Did This Because I like More Money…
That quick stop to eBates netted me 1% off my $8.75 AMC eGift card with a $10 face value.
So far, my my $10.49 ticket is actually: $8.65
I only use cashback credit cards for all purchases, and so I got another 2% off the Raise gift card using it.
My $10.49 ticket is actually: $8.47, a savings of $2.02.
Note: I told you I’d make this very simple below. That’s coming.
Can a Family of Four use $8.08 Every Time They Go to the Movies?
Yeah, it’s $2.02 of each ticket you buy. 4 people means $8.08 back.
Do This Now:
Want $5 right now? Go to this Raise link for a $5 signup bonus on your first purchase and sign up now. You’ll foolish not to grab an immediate eGift card at a discount when you stand in line at Wal-Mart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Chipotle, Panera, or whenever else you go.
But don’t buy yet!
After signing up at Raise and getting your $5 gift from them, now go to eBates and do the free sign up for a sign-up bonus of $10!. Because do you know what eBates does? eBates gives you 1% back on all Raise eGift Card purchases!
I Promised I’d Make this Easy
It’s far easier than it sounds above when you see it in action.
Any time you are in line or online and about to buy anything:
- Go to eBates and search for Raise and click the link. Any Raise eGift card you then buy will put 1% back into your eBates account.
- Once eBates sends you to Raise, search for the place you want to buy something. Chipotle, AMC Movies, wherever. Buy the eCard that is closest to your estimated purchase price.
- At the site (or in the store or restaurant if you print your eGift card and take it with you), but whatever you want.
I Do Far More Actually
When I go to Chipotle, I do those 3 steps.
When I go to Panera, I do those 3 steps.
When I go to a place like Lowe’s, I add one extra step! I look to eBay to locate $20 off $100 coupons. Lowe’s isn’t the only store with these coupons, search for any and all! Right now, you can find a package of THREE $20 off $100 Lowe’s coupons for under $4.
So, you do the eBates to Raise dance above to get a Lowe’s eGift card you can use in the store or online. Right before checking out, use the $20 off $100 coupon you just bought on eBay. You pay nearly wholesale prices at Lowes and other places you locate coupons on eBay because of the coupon stacked with the 3-step dance I describe above.
Pro tip: You do understand that before you go to eBay, you do it all again: Start with eBates to get to Raise, then search Raise for an eBay eGift card. This means you never pay full price at eBay for the ultra-discounted coupons for places like Lowes. Use that eBay eGift card to buy the Lowes coupons. Then you go to eBates to get to Raise where you locate a Lowes eGift card and before checking out, enter the coupon code for the $20 off $100. (Again, Lowes is just a good, current example. Do this for everything you can.)
Warning: You can only get an eBates cashback for eBay and Raise in one trip. So, always start at eBates to get to Raise to go to eBay for the coupon, then go back to eBates to get to Raise to go to Lowes or wherever coupon.