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Staying at home vs. a night out

An evening at the movies will cost you more than three times as much as staying at home, where you can pop your own popcorn and rent a recently released video. The difference between the two doesn't include such extra costs as mileage and paying for a baby sitter.

At home

Air-popped, buttered popcorn (large size, plus refill)

$1.83

Two 32-ounce drinks (from a 2-liter bottle of soda pop)

$1.35

2 jumbo-size candy bars

$1.50

New release video rental

$4.00

Total - $8.68

At the movies

(Average first-run theater)

Large-size popcorn, (with refill)

$4.75

Two 32-ounce drinks

$5.50

2 theater-size candy bars

$4.00

2 tickets

$14.00

Total - $28.25