Celebrate the 2012 Oscars with dinner and a movie — on me.

Whenever I offer free movie tickets there’s a lot of interest. I can only infer that the tighter economy has led a lot of people to cut back on entertainment.

This week you’ll get both dinner and a movie in time for the Feb. 26 Academy Awards. Even if you don’t go see a nominated picture, you’ll be hitting the theater for free. If you play your cards right, you’ll be hitting the theater more than once.

That’s because the AMC Theatres gift card is for $25. See the first show of the day and you might get as many as four admissions. (It’s $6 a pop here in Seattle. How about in your neighborhood?) Or go once, with your sweetie, and use the remainder of the card’s worth for popcorn.

That is, if you’re still hungry after spending the $25 Restaurant.com gift card that’s the other half of this prize package. It may not be enough to feed you, depending on how fancy-schmancy a restaurant you choose. But it’s a start.

Then again, it might be more than enough. I took a $25 Restaurant.com card to Zayda Buddy’s down in Ballard and not only got filled up, but also took home a bunch of leftover Minnesota-style pizza for the freezer.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline is 9 p.m. PST Monday, Feb. 20. If I do not hear back from the winner by Wednesday night, I will choose another name.

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  1. Would love to win! The hubby and I have been together since 2005 and have NEVER been to a movie together. Yeah, we’re that lame.

  2. Kimberly Hull

    What an awesome date night that would be!! Very cool of you Donna!! :~)

  3. Kimberly Hull

    Signed up for emails 🙂

  4. Kimberly Hull

    following on facebook as well 😮

  5. oh man, I haven’t been to a movie that cost more than $3 for a long, long time. Please put me in the drawing!

  6. Wow, I think this is your best give away yet! My fingers are crossed.

  7. Wonderful prize! The AMC close to me is surrounded by restaurants. So many choices!

  8. Facebook too.

  9. This would be a great way to end my week! I was let go this week, so a little movie and meal out w/ a friend would help lift spirits a bit.

  10. I already follow you on Twitter and love it 🙂

  11. I also am subscribed to your blog through Google reader 🙂

  12. It would be great to win… Thanks, C

  13. Please, I neeeed to go to the movies!

  14. I could use a movie break right now…

  15. And yes, I subscribed via e-mail.

  16. PICK. ME, PICK ME!!!!!

  17. Thank you so much for the generous giveaway! It’s been a while since we’ve had a date night (a long while) and I would love to go to dinner and a movie with my husband.
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  18. I subscribe via email
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  19. I follow on facebook
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  20. Hi Donna, I love your columns; there is always something to take away from your ideas and money saving tips. I just subscribed via e-mail and can’t wait to learn about more great ways to save.

  21. Maureen g

    Would love to win this! Me and hubby haven’t had a date night in I don’t know how long and we’ve been married almost 10 years!! Pick me, pick me!

  22. What a fabulous combo giveaway! I hope I win.

  23. AMC is the most expensive movie theater chain here in DFW. Rave is a close second. Although it’s a chain, Cinemark has a theater that has fixed pricing – $4 for a matinee and $6 after 6 pm. And you can sign up for weekly emails that offer a concession coupon. You can get a free drink with a purchase of a popcorn or a free popcorn with a drink purchase. Love it!

  24. I want it!!!

  25. Im subscribed via RSS

  26. I follow you on Facebook.

  27. Dinner and a movie is still a great date night for my husband and I after more than 20 years. Part of surviving and thriving as a couple is finding time together doing simple things!

  28. We really could use a night out on the town right now!

  29. Sounds like a great date night to me 🙂 Thanks for the contest – wish me luck!

  30. I also subscribe by e-mail.

  31. I subscribe via email 🙂

  32. I follow on Facebook, too!

  33. I follow you on Facebook too!

  34. This is very cool of you! It would be nice to win!

  35. Also a Facebook fan 🙂

  36. Cindie Amarillas

    Love your blog!

  37. I would love to win the dinner and a movie!

  38. Hot dang, date night!

  39. Elizabeth

    Awesome! Movie prices are outrageous – free would make it fun again! Thanks.

  40. Elizabeth

    I subscribe via email.

  41. I follow you on Facebook

  42. And by email so I don’t miss a thing!

  43. My husband and I hardly ever go out. This would give us a perfect reason to enjoy some quality time together. Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. I subscribe via email.

  45. I follow on twitter (moeyshay)

  46. ImJuniperNow

    May I confess that I haven’t been to the movies in years? (Thank you, FIOS). But I’ll be happy to go with these tickets!

  47. I really hope I win this

  48. I subscribe via email

  49. I follow you on twitter.

  50. I’m an e-mail subscriber.

  51. Thanks for the giveaway!

  52. I follow via RSS.

  53. Follow on twitter @amandawk

  54. Tammy Lane

    Great contest! Don’t forget to use your Regal Rewards card if you have one. It does add up ;}

  55. I would LUV to see some Oscar nominated movies!

  56. Hubby and I never go to the movies because it’s so expensive – would love to see The Artist!!

  57. Jaemi Bean

    Would love to go to the movies!

    Playing the song from Annie in my head..
    Let’s go to the movies Annie ………


  58. Well, can’t say I never saw a movie, but it has been a little over 2 years, as you are definitely right, Donna, our finances are that we can’t waste a penny of our money right now. In our area, prices are still going up, and I can’t see that articles on the internet say that things are getting better. The gas prices also have us staying at home as much as we can.

  59. Thanks for the chance!

  60. I subscribe to your emails.

  61. I follow you on FB with my username Mary Happymommy.

  62. You’re offering movie and food…and it’s Friday? Bliss comes in threes. Thanks.

  63. I follow you and your daughter’s “I Pick up Pennies” on email.

  64. I love going to the movies!

  65. I get your email

  66. I like on facebook

  67. I want to win.

  68. We’ve definitely been cutting back on entertainment to save a little money. It would be great to win. Thank you for the giveaway.

  69. I follow you on Facebook.

  70. I follow your posts with RSS.

  71. Would love this.

  72. email subscriber

  73. Subscribe via email.

  74. Always an enterer…….still waiting for my turn to win : )

  75. FB Follower

  76. Subscriber as well

  77. Dinner AND a movie?! Pick me! Pick me! Thanks!

  78. I get your emails!

  79. Ello! I would LOVE to win I follow on FB and by email. Thanks for having these contests! Love em.

  80. Also, I’m subscribed via Google Reader.

  81. Ready for a night out!

  82. Would LOVE to win! So many movies we want to see!

  83. I subscribe via email

  84. I follow on fb and twitter (@KHBride)

  85. I’d love to win this!!

  86. Great giveaway!

  87. Debi Goodwin

    I’m an e-mail & RSS subscriber. I loe going to the movies & would love to win!

  88. me! me! me! I want to win! thank you for the chance!

  89. Love it! Haven’t gotten the time to see a movie yet this year. Awesome prize!

  90. Ooooh, that sounds like fun, haven’t been to a movie in ages! Thank you!

  91. Christy S

    Would love to win!! Thanks!

  92. Christy S

    I also subscribe via RSS (google reader)

  93. Christy S

    Following on Twitter (simpsonranch)

  94. Christy S

    aannnnd – liking on FB!

  95. average guy

    there’s no downside, so why not sign up?

  96. Would love to win a night out – for me myself and I! Thanks for the consideration!

  97. Thanks for the giveaway!

  98. I subscribe via email.

  99. I follow you on Facebook.

  100. Marcia Carli

    I love movies!!!! Super giveaway!!!

  101. Sounds like a fun date night.

  102. This would be a great date night!

  103. I follow on rss reader

  104. I like u on Facebook

  105. Michelle King

    I’d love to win this giveaway.:)

  106. Just subscribed via email; thanks!

  107. I love giveaways! 😉 I’m putting on the timer for a 10 minute de-cluttering challenge…

  108. Ro in San Diego

    I want to win! I follow you on Facebook and email.

  109. I could always use some free entertainment!

  110. Sounds like a great night to me!

  111. Sandra Gonzales

    Dinner and a movie? Would be great for a dull February.

  112. Sandra Gonzales

    Yup- I get your emails.

  113. Sandra Gonzales

    And your tweets!

  114. I can’t remember the last movie I saw – it would be great to get a night out with hubby!

  115. I really want to go see “The Vow”! Thanks for the contest!

  116. What a great idea for a giveaway! Thnks

  117. Who doesn’t like going to the movies? I’d love this!

  118. Another great giveaway.

  119. I’m a facebook fan.

  120. I receive your emails.

  121. I get your rss feed.

  122. This would be fantastic…just in time for my birthday! With the twins, we haven’t been able to afford to go out in a long time. 🙂

  123. I’m subscribed to e-mail 🙂

  124. follow you on facebook, too 🙂

  125. Thanks, I’d love to go see The Help

  126. I subscribe via email

  127. lynda eads

    I love dinner and a movie but have ben saving money to pay down debt

  128. Count me in…DW would love a “movie date”…and I would love it more if it was….FREE… If it’s free ….it’s for me!

  129. A free date with the hubby would be so nice!

  130. I follow you here.

  131. This would be fun for the hubby and me!

  132. Rachael Olson

    This would be perfect for us!

  133. Rachael Olson

    I also follow on fb.

  134. I just followed you on Twitter (@kchowy)!!! Thanks for all the giveaways!

  135. I subscribe to your RSS feed.

  136. Movie ??? It’s been a long time. So many choices , so little time .

  137. Count me in!

  138. I’m an email subscriber. captainliss(at)gmail(dot)com

  139. Thrifty Writer

    Would love to see some flicks on the big screen – movies are WAY too expensive in NYC!

    Feel better,
    Thrifty Writer

  140. Thrifty Writer

    Oh, I also follow you on Twitter,

  141. Thrifty Writer

    And I subscribe to your blog via Feedburner.

  142. I’m subscribed via RSS.

  143. I also follow you on FB.

  144. I tend to go to the cheap ($2 or $1 on Tuesdays) theater closest to my home, get DVDs from the library, or go to the movies when we get a gift card as a present. So going to see a new movie when it is still new sounds fabulous!

  145. It’s my birthday! Can I win?!

  146. Shelia O.

    I can’t remember the last time I saw a movie in the theater. We get DVDs for free at our local library. Winning would be a real treat.

  147. I would love to win. My husband has been unemployed for 7 months. We could use a night out.

  148. PNW Nancy

    I haven’t been to the movies in ages–I’d love to win.

  149. PNW Nancy

    I “like” you on FB.

  150. PNW Nancy

    I am an email subscriber.

  151. Rita rodriquez

    I would love to have a night out of dinner and a movie with the love of my life (my husband)

  152. Want it! Thank you!

  153. Sounds good to me!


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