High costs and a tough economy have made going to the movies a thing of the past for some people.

People who are determined to see their favorite movie on the big screen have found a few cost effective ways to save some money, even though a couple of them might not be technically legal!

The top tactics for saving money according to PRNewswire are:

Go to a matinee instead of an evening show – 62 percent

Bring my own snacks and/or drinks – 38 percent

Use coupons to save on ticket costs and/or concession stand purchases  - 32 percent

Then there is the not so legal group that pay for one movie, but sneak into additional movies – 6 percent

Have you found a surefire way to save some hard earned money at the movies?