Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Movie Date Night

We have started a movie night with our teens and their dates. It started when our oldest son was complaining to me that there was nothing to do with his girlfriend but go to the movies which he can’t afford to do all the time. Little did he know I was going “YES” under my breath. He was listening and bringing to practice what we were trying to pass down to him. Sometimes simple is more fun and rewarding. Oh and less money.

Our teen date movie night happens once a month. Here’s how it goes:

• Each family member picks out a movie of choice. Each movie picked is written on a sheet of paper, folded and placed in a jar. Shake jar and mom picks a movie. Mom is the only one who knows the movie feature. This will eliminate the complaining.
• Each child gets to bring a date or friend to the movie night.
• We remove the coffee table from the movie screening area and place floor pillows around the movie screening area.
• Bowls of popcorn, drinks and candy are available for enjoyment.

Jell-o Popcorn
Movie night favorite

3 bags of Jolly Time Light Crispy’n White popcorn
¼ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
2 Table spoons of light corn syrup
1 3oz box of Jell-O (our favorite flavor is raspberry)

Pop popcorn and place in a large mixing bowl. Melt butter in a small sauce pan. Once butter is melted add brown sugar, jell-o and corn syrup. Stir and cook on medium heat until it starts to boil. Once it boils turn down heat to low and continue cooking for 1 minute. Remove from heat and pour syrup over the popcorn mixing as you go. Spread out popcorn mixture onto cookie sheets and bake in the oven on low heat for 10 minutes. Remove cookie sheets and let cool. Break up popcorn and place into small serving bowls.

Cost of Jell-o Popcorn: $3.09

Movie Theater Date

Group of 8
Movie Tickets = $63.60
Popcorn/Drinks/Candy= $40.00
Total: $103.60

Home Movie Date
Group of 8
DVD Rental= $3.99
Total: $11.99

Total Savings: $91.61 for home movie night

Added bonus you get to spend time with your children and their friends. It is a great way to get to know who your children hang out with.

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