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3 ways you can save money on movie theater snacks

Looking to spend less time in line at concessions and save a bit of cash? These snacks can help you do just that.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: July 25, 2014 at 11:31 pm •  Published: July 25, 2014

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t complained about movie theater costs.

Not only are ticket prices increasing — they’re now on average $8.33 a ticket — but Americans are also spending more on concessions alone. In fact, six out of 10 people will spend more than $10 at the concession stand, according to Millionaire Corner, bringing the total cost for a night out at the movies up to about $20 per person.

So, how can you save while still having fun? Here’s a list of unconventional movie theater snacks that might shave a couple bucks off your trip to the box office:

Eat beforehand

Want to save money on food at the theater? A big early dinner will do, or some strategically chosen snacks.

Nuts and other legumes, known for filling people up, make a perfect pre-movie snack. Eat some almonds, pound some pistachios and then head to the theater. You’ll be full enough that you won’t need that fudge bar or hot dog.

There's also that whole gum thing. Chewing on a stick will keep you occupied during the movie and curb your appetite temporarily, providing the perfect amount of protection against those delicious movie theater smells.

And don't forget your candy necklaces and bracelets. Wear one of these bad boys into the theater and you’re home free to enjoy a sugary snack for the entirety of the movie — if you can contain yourself.

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