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Dinner and a Movie On a Budget + $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Going to the movies in January is fun because theaters are full of award-nominated films! Don’t you love when you know in advance it’ll be worth the ticket price?!

Academy Award Oscar statuesphoto credit: lincolnblues via photopin cc

I almost always go out for dinner when I go to the movies too. If I eat first, I won’t be tempted to buy popcorn, candy and soda which can cost as much if not more than the movie ticket itself.

Tip: If your theater has a rewards club and/or email newsletter, I highly recommend signing up. I accrue points for ticket purchases and I have earned free popcorn, soda and movie tickets many, many times. I also receive notices about fun giveaways, advance screenings and special discount offers. It’s worth it!

popcorn and movie tickets
Here are some more savvy spending tips for the month of January:

Plan ahead: To save on dinner out, remember to look at group buying sites (Groupon, Living Social) for special restaurant dinner deals and packages. (Discover cardmembers can also shop online through ShopDiscover.com for purchases at Groupon or LivingSocial, to earn 5% Cashback Bonus at either merchant.)

Make your credit card work for you: Now through March 31, Discover cardmembers can sign up to earn 5% Cashback Bonus on up to $1,500 in restaurant and movie purchases.

Discover 5-percent cash back bonus

Turn rewards into cash: Redeem accumulated Cashback Bonus rewards for partner gift cards from several restaurants and movie theaters (AMC Theaters, Outback Steakhouse and Red Lobster).

Take advantage of online shopping for serious savings: Discover cardmembers can shop online through ShopDiscover, Discover’s exclusive online portal, to earn extra Cashback Bonus.

Visit Discover.com for more information on the Discover it Card and to apply.

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One lucky reader will win a $50 Discover gift card!


I receive compensation as a Discover Preferred Blogger, but all opinions are mine alone.

RULES: Giveaway ends 11:59 pm ET, February 17, 2014. No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, Eighteen (18) years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law. One lucky winner will be chosen using random.org. One entry per household and IP address. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Cheating will not be tolerated, and entries will be verified for accuracy. I will email the winner and they will have 48 hours to respond to the notification email, or a new winner will be chosen. Entering this giveaway means you are in agreement with this blog’s Terms of Use policy.

About Liz

Liz Mays is a lifestyle, food and travel blogger living in coastal North Carolina. If she's not in her kitchen creating recipes, she's probably off on another whirlwind travel adventure, scrapbooking her photos and memories, curled up watching a movie or sound asleep.


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    Thanks for the giveaway!

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