First off, before I go any further… before you think I’m going to get on some moral high horse… I must confess: I have been known to sneak candy into the movie theatre on more than one occasion.
My mission was one of frugality: Buy the giant boxes of candy from Amazon, usually the Assorted Candy Party Mix, then avoid the $3.50 candy at the movie theatre concessions.
I wasn’t as bad as some friends though… they actually brought microwave popcorn with them (tacky!), and my husband once confessed to bringing a Big Mac MEAL into the theatre when he was in high school.
But I’m not going to do it anymore. Not after reading Frugal Dad’s post entitled Ask the Reader: Is Sneaking Candy into a Movie Theatre Frugal or Cheap?
Frugal Dad makes the point that since movie theatres make most of their money from the concessions, it’s pretty cheap to bring in your own snacks. He says that if the price is too high, then don’t buy the treats… and if you’re like us, and don’t go very often, then it’s not an expense that would break you anyway.
The post and its many responses really made me think. I always felt kind of cheap whenever we did sneak in candy… and when you get that lousy feeling in the pit of your stomach… then it’s probably the wrong thing to do.
And if the money spent really was the issue, then maybe we shouldn’t be going to the movies at all. I mean, is a 5-spot really going to make that much difference when we only go to the show a handful of times a year?
It also made me think about our children. None of them have been to a movie theatre yet, but I know they will. I don’t want to explain to them why we “hide our candy.” It just seems a bit deceitful. And how do you explain to the kids that it’s okay to bring snacks into the theatre, but not okay to bring food into a restaurant. It’s just awkward.
So, I’ve changed my thinking. Now, what do you think? Is sneaking candy into the movies wrong?