In an attempt to save money on movie tickets, I purchased a bunch of AMC tickets through a perk my employer provides. My employer gave me access to workingadvantage.com, a website that offers entertainment and shopping discounts.
Most of the discounts it provides are unimpressive and can be beaten with simple coupon searches on Google, but AMC Gold Experience tickets provide a great value.
A movie at the AMC closest to us is $14.00. That is insane, so we look for any way to lower that price. And with that site, the price came down to $8.60 per ticket, which is good for any movie. With the AMC Silver Experience ticket (which I was able to find for $7.10), you have to wait a week or two after the movie is released to be able to use the tickets, so it’s great if you’re willing to wait, but it means always being the last of your friends to see a movie.
I bought a bunch of Gold and a bunch of Silver tickets, figuring that over the course of the year, we’d want to see some movies during the opening week or two and other times we’d want to see a movie a few weeks after it came out. We could always buy more, so we’d just adjust our purchases to our movie watching habits, but it was clear that the discounts were large enough to make the initial purchase a no-brainer.
Yesterday, we went to see Iron Man 3, we whipped out a few Silver tickets, and enjoyed our movie. It wasn’t until we arrived at home that we realized that our little envelope where we kept our movie tickets (which usually resides in the car) had gone missing. We brought it into the theater, and it probably slipped out beneath our seats.
We called the theater to see if anyone turned them in, but they were likely swept into the trash after our movie.
We tried to be responsible and save money, but we ended up losing $80 in lost tickets. We had only used maybe 6 tickets, so in the end, it would have been better to just suck it up and pay the $14 each time we wanted to see a movie.
Despite this bad experience, I will absolutely be purchasing more movie tickets in the future. After losing them once, you can bet we’ll be very careful with our tickets in the future and will only take into the theater the tickets we’ll be using that day.
So despite this rather small setback, I won’t let it deter me from making the smart choice in the future. I guess even what seems like guaranteed savings has its risks.
Readers, when have you tried to save money and had it backfire on you?