The Entertainment Book: Good Deal?

I had always wondered about the Entertainment Book.  Was it a good deal or not?  Would I derive benefit from it?  Or was I just throwing money away?  Well, a couple of months ago, my mom and I were sitting in the parking lot at Taco Bell deciding what we wanted to order, when a lady walked up to the car.  She told us that she was from out of town, and they had bought the Entertainment book for our area.  They had spent the weekend here; however, they were not going to be back until after the book had expired.  She asked us if we would like to have it.  We accepted it and thanked her.  I was excited to finally see what this book was truly about that so many people said saved them money.

Entertainment BookI have since spent some time going through the book.  It is divided into various sections to make for easier use – Featured Offers, Dining Out, Family Dining, Fast Food, Entertainment and Sports, Travel, and Retail shopping.  Overall, I was surprised at the number of vendors that participated in the book.  There were quite a few national chains such as Taco Bell, Dairy Queen, Sonic, Subway, and more.

When I looked through the various coupons, I found that my family frequented about 10% of the businesses; however, I had heard of about 75% of the businesses.  There was a nice mix of national chains, local chains, well known restaurants, and little known places.  There were quite a few buy one get one free coupons although some of the locations offered $5 off or $10 off certain sized purchases.  Only a few places offered a true “free offer”.  In my book, I found a free drink from Dairy Queen, Free order of breadsticks from Fox’s Pizza Den, a free cookie from Quizno’s, Free small seasoned fries from Rally’s, a free regular Italian ice from Rita’s Ice, and a free vanilla cone from Sonic.  So that was about $12 of free items in the featured offers.  The rest of the coupons were dependent on some type of purchase.

Overall, if you eat out or do a lot of shopping, the Entertainment Book can be a good deal.  If you rarely eat out or purchase entertainment type of items, then this would probably not be a good savings item for you.  I would encourage you to take a few minutes to look through the book in your area, see what they offer, and seriously consider it.  Also, see if any of the children in your area are selling it for a fundraiser.  In our area, some of the local schools will sell them as a fundraiser for various school trips.  If you can support a good cause plus get good savings, that makes it a doubly good deal!

About Jocelin Boutet

Jocelin Boutet is a homeschool graduate who grew up learning finances from a young age and now passionately has her own ministry – Standing in YHVH’s Hand Ministries – with a mission of training believers how to be stronger in their walk with the Messiah and free of the world in lifestyle, finances, and relationships. As well as being a Financial Coach and Trainer, previously serving with Crown Financial Ministries, and Certificate in Biblical Studies, her personal practical experience as well as involvement on a daily basis in Christian finances gives her a unique perspective. She has been blessed to speak regularly in person as well as on the radio on God’s View on Money.

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  • Aaron

    I’m a fan of the Entertainment book – we definitely see our return on investment every year from the use. We also keep er handy whenever out and about.

  • JKirton2

    While I do eat out alot, I rarely if ever patron the places in the Entertainment Book! So, for me, NOT a good deal!

  • AbigailP

    The Entertainment Book can be a great tool — even if you do only use 10% of the businesses — as long as you don’t fall into the coupon trap. That is, as long as you only use the coupons for things you would get anyway. It’s easy to start rationalizing meals out because you have a coupon (which we find ourselves doing), so you need to be careful.

    Still, it can be a great deal, and don’t forget to use cash back sites to make it even cheaper.

    • http://www.onemoneydesign.com/ Jason Price

      Good advice Abigail. I would agree on the 10%. You can still get your money back and save even with this low %. But you do have to be careful with the coupon trap.

  • Roger Wohlner

    We generally have purchased the books via school or organizations that our kids were involved in. I will say that car rental deals are great we’ve saved in the neighborhood of $100 or more for a week’s rental on several occasions. We did a week long college tour with our son, put on 2500 miles and paid only $250 (incl insurance which I rarely take) via an Entertainment deal. In the 90s when our kids were younger we saved over $80/night at a resort in Wisconsin for a vacation. Aside from that we generally use the movie coupons and there is usually one or two for Dick’s Sporting Goods, someone always needs a pair of running shoes, etc.

  • http://www.onemoneydesign.com/ Jason Price

    We purchased the Entertainment Book one time and I think we easily got our money’s worth. Although, it was difficult to remember to use it at times we were able to get a couple of good deals at favorite restaurants that easily paid for the price of the book. I think we’ll definitely use it again. Reading from the comments here we all need to follow Roger’s lead! Great job on all that savings.

  • Karen @MSEnthusiast

    I love the Entertainment book. Sometimes I would buy it a few months after it came out, it saved my family mucho dinero.

  • Eric J. Nisall – DollarVersity

    I don’t buy the book personally, but my parents do and they get more than their money’s worth from it. It could be that they got lucky and a bunch of the restaurants and attractions they go to anyway offer deals in the book, plus they always seem to get it for much less than the direct purchase price. It’s like anything really, for some people it can be highly valuable based on personal references, tastes and of course location.

  • Mike

    We got one as a gift from a friend because we just started a kitchen remodel and will be eating out a lot. So far we’ve only saved a few dollars as there aren’t that many places in it that we like to go to or that are kid friendly.