Do you buy the Entertainment Book in your area?

Entertainment Book - Is it worth buying?
@maddysmommy (16236)
United States
September 3, 2008 5:39pm CST
I was curious to see whether it was worth spending $30 for the Entertainment Book that offers discounts, savings, coupons and sorts to lots of different places. I have never bought one myself but a parent I met at the swimming pools, swears by it. She purchases two every year. I just received an email from mypoints.com advertising it and wondered whether it was worth buying. Have you every bought one? is it worth it? do you make the most of it and use all the coupons etc each year? Here is the link for the Washington DC one http://dc-virginia.entertainment.com/discount/how_it_works.shtml incase you wanted to know more about what the book offers. Thanks for sharing.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
3 Sep 08
I ordered one through InboxDolalrs back in May. I got it for $15 since it was part of the way through the year, InBoxDollars was give you $8 for getting the book, so mine ended up costing me $7. I got my money back in no time. There are lots of coupons in there that I will never use, but the ones that I will and have used make it worth it even at $30 which is what my sister and my sister in law paid for theirs.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
3 Sep 08
There are a lot of useless ones but as you stated you do get your investment back quickly. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
3 Sep 08
Hmm that's a thought, I wonder if the survey sites I belong to offer this as a reward. I should check it out. I did join InBoxDollars last year but never stuck with it. Thanks Lilybug!
• Singapore
4 Sep 08
Wow, sounds like a good deal since you paid only $7... so you just need to find a coupon or more that save you 7 bucks.
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• United States
4 Sep 08
Yes, and I used to sell these books for my community college and my choir. The ones in my area are worth buying because there is so much to do here. I live in the Los Angeles area of California, and the Entertainment Books we have are perfect for us because we have so many places to eat at and have fun at.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
5 Sep 08
That's great that you're able to put it to good use. I might just wait a bit for the price to come down before purchasing one :) thanks rogue!
• United States
4 Sep 08
My father used to buy it but I think it was more for fundraising purposes as I do not remember him using but a couple times, that was back in 97. I think its hard to get the full use of Entertainment Books at all unless you spend half the week going to places, eating out every day and such. For me I have thought about using them now that I have kids and would like to take them on regular trips so I just might but I still would find it disappointing if I was not able to use at least half of the book. Its a good challenge. Hey, maybe with the economy situation, many more of us will find them more valuable and if they keep it at 30$ ok, thats perfect--though if they went back to 25$ like when they started, even better but I have been seeing discounts available and i would definately buy it discount price. Ultimately, I can very well see the EB encouraging overspending and this is what makes me wary.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Others have mentioned that the price does go down, so I might just wait until then. Thanks for you comment revellanotvanella!
@mrsjbelle (1641)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I think it is a good buy. The one that really helps me though is the school partners card. I paid 10.00 and have gotten WAY more out of it then 10.00. If you go out to eat & other entertainment places alot it will probably save you money. Are you able to scan the offers first to see if its stuff you will actually use?
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I'm going to take another good look at the site and see whether we would use any of the offers. We don't go out as much as we use to now (tight on our budget) but if I could get a few discounts to a few things, especially family outings and kid friendly places, then it might be something worth buying. Thanks for your response mrsjbelle!
@kimbers867 (2540)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I use to buy it when my girl's schools were selling them for a fundraiser. I have since stopped. There is another one out called KIDS, that has more kid friendly coupons in it. If you are going to buy one, I would wait until after the holidays, because they will start lowering the price. Sometimes you can even get them as low as $5 once June hits.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Ooh didn't know that kimbers, thanks for the tip. I might just do that :)
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I have never bought an entertainment book. My in-laws buy them though. I love to flip through it when we go to visit every few months. They use a few of the coupons in there. My mother-in-law also encourages us to use any of the coupons that we want. I always use the Target one for free digital prints. We have used the food coupons a few times too.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
4 Sep 08
My inlaws in New Zealand buy them all the time and they did make use of it as they dined out a lot. We don't as much anymore but I will take another look at the website to see whether it will come in handy. I wish it was under $10 lol
@Bluepatch (2481)
• Trinidad And Tobago
4 Sep 08
I would do this, yes, because there's usually something in there that's worthwhile. Its not going to be a habit with me, of course, but you will find a few things to attract your attention.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I will take another look at the website and see whether it is worth buying. Thanks bluepatch.
@tammytwo (4304)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I have never purchased one myself but most of the places that would be in ours would be nearly an hour drive from where we live. So wouldn't really save us much money anyway.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
4 Sep 08
I'll have to look into it a bit more and see whether I would go to the places they mention. We don't dine out as much as we use to either so it's probably likely I won't buy it. I might if it was under $10 :)
• Singapore
4 Sep 08
Hi maddysmommy, I don't buy any of those things... at most, I might just browse through at the bookstore then leave it. Or try to note down any useful information. However, such things tend not to interest me too much so I seldom read them anyway. I rather spend the money on books I need or want. But if like you say, it gets you discounts and coupons, sure, if they are worth more than the price of the book which is 30 bucks this time round for you, it is as good a deal as any. Cheers!
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
4 Sep 08
They have them in New Zealand and my inlaws use to buy then once a year. It was useful for them because they always dined out and did things together as a family so it was well worth it. We don't go out as much anymore - cutting down on spending, so we shall see. I was hoping to get some freebies LOL
@lingli_78 (12846)
• Australia
4 Sep 08
i hardly buy one... but i think it is worth it if you use it often... i will check the coupon first and see what they offer... and if what they offer is the thing that i often use, then i will definitely buy the book... again, it depends on the individuals... but most of the people say that it is worth it... take care and have a nice day...
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Thanks Lingli. I will look into it more and see whether I would use any of their discounts, coupons offered. I just wished it was a bit cheaper you know? :)
@patgalca (14309)
• Orangeville, Ontario
4 Sep 08
We bought a book like that one year. We really didn't find it was worth it. My husband purchases a golf book every year. The book is $60 and the coupons are all 2 for 1 golf coupons, which is very worth it when they golf every week. But the other books I find make me shop or eat out more than I really want to and the restrictions make it harder... at least the one we bought.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Yes, that's a thought, spending more than we really need to or want to rather. We don't dine out as much as we use to either, so maybe it might not be a good idea. I wonder if a neighbor would want to go halves with me, that's a thought!
• United States
4 Sep 08
I'm actually waiting for them to deliver my '09 book. I have already started using the printable coupons on their website. They have a ton of coupons for the Houston area and if its a coupon I know I won't use, I give it to a friend that will. They even have coupons you can use monthly. How bad can it be??
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Oh, they have printable coupons on their site as well? I'll have to have a proper look at the Washington DC one and see if they have them too. I'm just not sure whether I would use the coupons offered and get my $30 and more worth, you know? I might just ask around my neighbors and see if they purchase it. Maybe I could go halves with someone and we can share it - might cause some issues if we want to see the same things but I'm sure we can work something out. Thanks txcheerleader!
• United States
3 Sep 08
I have bought one once and i did use it but not as often as i'd like, i know of alot of people that do buy it and say it is worth it. i may by one this year since my son is in school.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
3 Sep 08
I might take another good look at the site and see what things they do offer. I only browsed briefly and thought to ask here first. Thanks floridachick!
4 Sep 08
yes
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