I bought the microwave kind for years and years. It seemed so much easier than mom's way. Of course, you then have extra packaging, cost, and ingredients I can't pronounce.
For frugal reasons I stopped buying the microwave packages and instead I bought bulk popcorn and used an air popper that I had. The air popper stopped working and it didn't make since to buy another one. I don't like to shake a pan on the stove. My stove popped corn never tastes like my mom's. Also, it seems like too much work for a simple snack, unless I am making kettle corn (recipe soon).
I found a used popper at the local used store for a couple of dollars. It lasted about a year and then it stopped working. I still don't think that buying a new popcorn popper is the frugal way to go, so I now use the microwave and a lunch size paper sack to make popcorn.
Fold the sack over several times. You have to fold several times so it doesn't open up Put into the microwave for about 3 minutes. Microwaves are all different so listen to the pop. When it slows down, it is done. Pour into a bowl and add your favorite seasonings. I can use the sack 2 times before it begins to get holes. So delicious, frugal, and simple to make. Enjoy!!