Let’s go to a movie.
Oh, and did I mention you’re buying? Thanks!
Ah: there’s a little film called “Avengers: Infinity War” in theaters today. If you surf over to Fandango and buy four adult tix (we’re each bringing a Plus One, right?) for a Friday night showing, that’ll be $35.96 plus a $6 convenience fee, for a total of $41.96.
These days, many theaters feature adults-only beverages, along with an ever-growing array of soft drinks, bottled water and of course snacks, ranging from the traditional, R2D2-sized bucket of popcorn to pretzel bites, nachos, chicken tenders, pizza, mozzarella sticks, Junior Mints, Sour Patch Kids, etc., etc.
If we get a couple of beers and two glasses of wine before the show and then load up on drinks and treats for the movie — and we add on the cost of parking — we’re easily up to a hundred bucks.
I’m sure we’ll have a great time, but consider this:
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