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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)


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


2 jumbo-size candy bars


New release video rental


Total - $8.68

At the movies

(Average first-run theater)

Large-size popcorn, (with refill)


Two 32-ounce drinks


2 theater-size candy bars


2 tickets


Total - $28.25