Last Saturday I had the whole day to myself. I had the luxury of deciding whether I should do laundry or clean my apartment. Don’t be jealous.

However, I decided to take my chances with what was behind door number three: see a movie with my girlfriend. Not only was this a much better option, but it only cost me five measly bucks. What a deal!

Luckily, I live alone in my apartment and I was kinda sick this weekend, so Tag came over and helped me with my chores. However, for the unlucky (you know, married) guys out there, your wife probably had a whole honey-do list waiting for you Saturday morning. Going to a movie is a great way to turn a crappy Saturday into a pretty darn good one. And you can do it really cheap.

Here’s why you might want to see a Saturday afternoon movie, and some ideas on how to convince your significant other (if necessary).

1. See the First Showing

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When is the best time to start doing chores on the weekend? Probably right around lunch time. That’s why the best time to go to a movie is the very first showing. It’ll interrupt the entire day of cleaning activities. Not only that, but lots of movie theaters have discounts for the first showing. Here in Dallas, it was just $5 a ticket for the early show. Talk about a deal!

Here’s how the conversation might play out:

Wife: “OK dear, you get started on the lawn while I pull all the Christmas decorations out of the basement to dust them. You know how it bothers me to think my favorite Santa figurine is covered in our dead skin!!!”

Husband: “My Lovely Beautiful Pumpkin Pie Sandwich, You know I would love to clean Christmas decorations in the middle of September, but I don’t think you need to be working so hard. It seems like all you do is work, work, work. Why don’t you let me take you to a movie? And better yet, it’s just five bucks a ticket if we make the early show!”

Wife: “You’re so sweet, and I’m so proud of you for being budget conscious. I have been wanting to see [insert chick flick here]!!!! We better hurry though, or we’ll be late!”

Husband (not audibly): “Perfect! Even watching The Notebook on repeat would be better than dealing with Christmas decorations in September.”

Result: Cheap movie tickets, and 2-3 hours of relaxation for a measly $10.

2. Brush Your Teeth Before You Go

If you’re anything like me, then you don’t think about brushing your teeth until you’re about to walk out the door. Some weird people do it when they get out of bed and then have toothpaste breath while they eat their Frosted Flakes. Gross! There’s nothing worse than eating right after you’ve brushed your teeth.

Which, as I learned this weekend, is a great deterrent against buying a $13 bag of popcorn at the movie theater. I brushed my teeth right before walking out the door, and when we got to the theater my usual appetite for popcorn swimming in imitation butter was eliminated. In fact, this principle applies to any time you want to force yourself to have a little self control with eating.

It might play out like this:

Wife: “Babe, hurry up! You convince me to take a break from chores to see a movie and now you’re brushing your teeth when we should be walking out the door!”

Husband: “You’re right babe, I’m sorry! I was just thinking if I wanted to sneak a kiss or two in the movies… you know, like we did that one time *wink* *devilish smile*, I don’t want my breath to ruin the moment.”

Wife: “Awwww. *blush* In that case, I might need to freshen up a bit myself.”

Result: Both you and the wife won’t want to ruin your fresh breath with outrageously priced snacks. Plus if the movie is really boring, you might get some throwback movie theater action!

A Perfect Saturday Afternoon!

So there’s how I spent my Saturday afternoon at the movies without spending a bunch of money. I mentioned before that I don’t have any husbandly responsibilities, but if I did, I would sure as heck pay $10 to avoid them on a Saturday afternoon. Then if the movie is good, that’s just icing on the cake.

Now if you really want some good tips on how to save money at the movies, check out this fantastically useful post at Wealth Informatics. I was going to write a post like this, but did a Google search and realized it’s already been done. Enjoy!