We didn’t get one last year because we were moving from one area to another, but this year, we’re all nice and settled. To put it bluntly, the boyfriend and I are coupon whores. We hate eating somewhere if we don’t have a coupon. Wow, that makes it sound like we’re being cheap. Frankly, we are. Unless we have some reason to eat somewhere without a coupon (meeting friends somewhere, special occasion, whatever) we just don’t. Or, we sometimes eat without a coupon… begrudgingly.
Nearl all of the coupons we use right now come in the mail. You’d be surprised the amount of junk mail and coupon flyers that arrive in our mailbox. But it tends to be the same things, week after week. Even though the Arby’s coupons are amazing (3 for $5 Beef ‘N Cheddars!), man cannot live on shaved roast beef alone.
So, like our experiment two years ago (which went very well), we’re grabbing another Entertainment Book. I frankly don’t know how it will work out. The quality of the coupons in the Entertainment Book varies widely from region to region. The ones in Rochester were spectacular, and it more than paid for itself. The nice thing about Entertainment Book’s website is that they give you a preview of some of the coupons you’ll be getting in your book. I can tell from the preview for the Washington DC/Northern Virginia one that we’ll use enough to at least save us the price of the book. So it’s about as safe of a gamble as they come.
Come back at the end of the year, and I’ll tally up exactly how much we save, and estimate any extra costs (gas for driving out of our way, Metro fare, whatevs). Hopefully, it will make for an interesting year that gets us out to places that don’t mail coupons straight to our house.
If you decide to try out the Entertainment Book for yourself, be sure to check out my list of tips for getting the most out of your Entertainment Book.
*Disclosure: I get $4 if you buy an Entertainment Book through one of the links on this site. The links also serve as coupons themselves, and will sometimes save you money off the price of the Entertainment Book when you go through the link rather than going to the website directly (depending on the current promotion).