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cheerios movie tixFor me, this is one of those times that it’s definitely worth buying a product just for the FREE offer inside.  Store shelves seem to be well stocked with specially marked General Mills cereals and dry snacks which indicate FREE MOVIE on the box.  There are a number of different offers, so be sure to read the fine print (as best you can on the outside of the box) and don’t count on being able to pop into the grocery store en-route to the cinema and exchange the emptied carton for a ticket at the wicket – the redemption process takes a little bit of work! 

The FREE offers differ depending on the product that you’ve purchased, and by month. 

  • FREE Child Admission Offers are inside specially marked child cereal and Betty Crocker child snacks
  • FREE General Admission Offers are inside specially marked adult cereals and Nature Valley Bars

Huh?  I didn’t realize that Honey Nut Cheerios were for kids and plain ones were for adults, did you?!  Here are the 4 offers on the back of the “child” cereal boxes:

  • February 3-28, 2013 FREE Child Admission with the Voucher Code inside the box
  • March 3-31, 2013 B1G1 FREE Child Admission with the Voucher Code inside the box
  • April 1-30, 2013 B1G1 FREE Child Admission with the Voucher Code inside the box
  • May 1-30, 2013 B1G1 FREE Child Admission with the Voucher Code inside the box

The redemption process is a little bit complicated, in my opinion, and Cineplex/General Mills have prepared an 11 page step-by-step document to guide you through the process.  Yes, 11!  Here’s the Coles Notes (err Christa Clips) version:step by step

  1. You must have a smart phone to flash your online booking or a printer to print off your booking
  2. Not valid for any Friday or Saturday showings, nor any Midnight Showings
  3. Participating Cineplex theatres in AB, BC, MB, ON, SK, and QC include Cineplex Odeon, SilverCity, StarCite, Colossus, Coliseum, Colisee, Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema City, Famous Players and Galaxy Cinemas 
  4. Don’t redeem your voucher until you’re ready to commit to a specific show/time/location.  Once you’ve redeemed your code, it can’t be transferred
  5. You must be able to make online payment with a credit card, PayPal or Interac
  6. Extra fees will be charged for 3D, IMAX, VIP, VIP 3D, UltraAVX, UltraAVX 3D
  7. The offers inside Nature Valley Granola Bars, Fruit Snacks & Dunkaroos require 2 PINS to redeem for a FREE ticket.   You can buy 1 box of Fruit Snacks and 1 box of Dunkaroos and combine those PINs for a redemption, but you cannot mix and match with the Nature Valley Granola Bars PINS. 
  8. You can redeem up to 15 FREE tickets per transaction, any combination of the cereal or dry snacks offers

I’m happy to see that we can redeem multiple offers in one transaction and will likely make a point of finding a specially marked box of (regular) Cheerios so that our family of 4 can go to the Movies this spring for half price. flyer on fire snipit I’ve just re-ordered another $.75 OFF Cheerios coupon from WebSaver that should arrive in the mail by the end of the week.  The 460g boxes have been going on sale for as low as $2.88 lately – I’ll have to keep an eye out!  My favourite method of checking sale prices for items on my “hit list” is Flyer on Fire.  Have you tried it yet? 

Happy Couponing!

Christa Clips ~ February 26, 2013

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