Ever since Netflix and other streaming websites have come onto the scene, sometimes it might not seem worth it to take a trip to the movies. With that said, it’s nice to watch the occasional film at the actual theatre, especially if there’s special effects or 3D glasses required. However, going to the movies isn’t nearly as cheap as it was when we were kids. You begin to remember that fact once you have your ticket in hand, but have to skip out on the popcorn and drink because that’s like an extra $10.

So, what many people do is just bring their snacks with them to the movies. Yes, there are several different views on this topic. Some people might view this as theft, others will say it’s a completely viable thing to do after shelling out so much for the ticket itself, and some of us just really hate the snacks on offer at the theatre. For those of us not as skilled at the art of sneaking, here are a few tips to make your next theatre visit a tad less pricey.

1. Bring items already sold at the theatre


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The snacks sold at the theatre aren’t exactly hard to find at any regular grocery store. The popcorn you might not be able to get away with, since each theatre has their own specific bags, but it will work if you’re good with munching away on some sour Skittles and Maltesers. Most likely, no one is going to hunt you down for proof of payment, so you could definitely get away with saving a few bucks here.

2. Empty out snacks into Ziplock bags


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This tip is best for those foods that make an unbelievable amount of noise when you open them. Leave the noisy wrappers at home, and instead put everything you think you’ll want to have during the movie into a ziplock bag for minimal disruption and way less of a chance at getting caught.

3. Don’t bring anything too smelly


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I feel like this one is pretty obvious, but i’m just going to put it out there anyway. Do not be one of those people who brings some blue cheese and crackers with them to eat during the film, just don’t do it. If you’re super hungry and feel like bringing something a little bigger than just a chocolate bar, make sure you don’t sit in a super crowded area of the theatre. If you’re lucky, no one will really care, but there are some super intense movie goers who might feel the need to let someone know.

4. Use your clothing


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I’m talking baggy sweaters, baggy pants, baggy shoes? Basically, anything loose and baggy will your friend when you’re trying to sneak some food in. This one should be easy since sweatpants and movies are the ideal combination. Slip stuff into your pockets, the hood of your sweater, and if you’re really comfortable, you can even place some candy into your shoes. Just make sure it hasn’t already been opened.

5. Bring a really big bag with you


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Lastly, and probably the most commonly used method: the bag trick. Pretty self-explanatory I would say, just try to pick a bag that has a sturdy bottom so nothing gets spilled in there. Most of the time, the person checking your ticket is just really bored and ready to leave so they’re probably not even gonna pay attention or search through your bag.