I am the coupon queen of my entire family. In my purse I always carry several envelopes full of coupons for everything from groceries to eating out to gas at the gas station, and never go somewhere without checking if I have a coupon first. My husband jokes that on my tombstone it will say something like “Is there a coupon for this?” He knows I always do everything possible to save our family money. If there’s a coupon for it, I’ll find it and use it!
In celebration of National Coupon Month in September, I received a free copy of the NEW 2014 Entertainment Coupon Book for review, and because of my passion for coupons and great deals, this may be one of my favorite reviews to date!
Entertainment sells over 145 book and access memberships in the USA and Canada. I received the Entertainment 2014 Coupon Book for the Twin Cities & Twin Ports area which has hundreds of pages of coupons for everything from dining out to entertainment & sports to travel & hotels to retail stores, both local and national, and more!
Holding this thing makes me giddy. It’s like holding a big wad of cash, which is pretty much what it’s worth. It contains thousands of dollars in savings yet only costs $35.00. And what’s even better is that when you order it you get FREE shipping and a FREE $25 Restaurant Certificate! Plus, you get a code for online exclusive access to MORE coupons, and all the coupons are good through December 31, 2014! (See below for all the different ways you can get this coupon book.)
Here are some of the coupons in this book that a frugal family can definitely use:
Mann Theatres – Get 2 admissions at $7.00 each (6 coupons)
Marcus Theatres – Get up to 4 admissions at $8.00 each (3 coupons)
Regal Entertainment Group – Several coupons including: Get 1 free movie admission on your birthday!
Como Town – Buy one get one free face painting, get $5 off an all-day unlimited ride wristband, get $2 off Como Town Soaring Eagle Zip Line
Nickelodeon Universe – Get a free 20-point pass when you purchase an 85-point pass (3 coupons), Buy one get one free Schwan’s Single Cup/Cone, Get 20% off at a Nickoledeon Universe Retail location
SeaLife Aquarium – Admission, photo package and behind-the-scenes tour discounts
Pump it Up (We love Pump it Up – check out my review!) – Buy one get one free pop-in playtime admission (2 coupons), buy one get one free adult pizza
Eagles Nest Indoor Playground in New Brighton (another favorite – check out my review!) – Buy one get one free admission
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (another review of mine!) – Buy one get one free admission (up to $12 value)
Adventure Zone in Burnsville – Buy one get one free admission
Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake – Buy one get one free admission
St. Louis Park Recreation Center & Outdoor Aquatic Park – Get 50% off up to 4 admissions
Maple Grove Community Center – Buy one get one free single day admission
Wild Woods Waterpark in Elk River – Buy one get one free admission
Zero Gravity Trampoline Park – Buy one get one free 2-hour jump admission
Mill City Museum – Buy one get one free admission
ProKart Indoors in Maple Grove – Buy one get one free ticket
Minnesota Opera (get for date night) – Get 50% off up to 2 tickets
Bunker Beach in Andover – Enjoy $3 off any admission up to 4 admissions
Wheel Fun Rentals – Get 20% off and 50% off a rental
Plus there are many coupons for bowling, golf, and even child care for places like Kids Quest and Club Kid. Of course, there are great coupons for eating out (sit-down restaurants as well as fast food), travel (rental cars and hotels), and so much more.
Here are some retail store coupons families can use:
Payless Shoe Source – 20% off (2 coupons)
Carter’s babies and kids – 15% off your entire in-store purchase
The Children’s Place – 20% off purchases of $40 or more
Family Dollar – $5 off a purchase of $25 or more
Michaels – 40% off any regular priced item
Office Depot – $10 off a $50 purchase
Fantastic Sams – various discounts for haircuts
Family Christian Stores – 25% and 40% off coupons
Once Upon a Child – $5 off a $25 purchase (3 coupons)
Family Video – Free kids rentals, rent a movie get a free dollar rental
Even some Thrift store coupons!
Plaza Thrift Store in Little Canada – 20% off
Rachel’s Save & Rave Thrift Store in Chisago City – 20% off
Restyle & Consignments in St. Francis – 20% off
The Thrift Monkey in Anoka – 20% off
Because I’m from Duluth and we visit family and friends up there regularly, I love that this coupon book has a whole section of Twin Ports area coupons. This is great for anyone who lives in the Duluth/Superior area, or for anyone who visits there during the year. There are restaurant coupons, like for Bulldog Pizza (which is really good) and Timber Lodge Steakhouse, and there are buy one get one free admission coupons for attractions like the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Glensheen Mansion, Richard I . Bong Museum, and many more.
Though most coupons are 50% off deals or buy one get one free offers, I did find a Taco Bell for a free Fresco Crunchy Taco, no purchase required.
Entertainment’s mission has been to help strengthen local communities, save people money and drive business to local merchants. They also help tens of thousands of organizations through their fundraising program by helping them raise over $2.5 billion dollars!
Here are different options for buying a 2014 Entertainment Book:
- As I mentioned earlier, you can buy the coupon book for your area online now for $35.00 and get FREE shipping and a FREE $25 Restaurant Certificate. Remember, the coupon book includes digital access to more coupons. The sooner you buy one, the sooner you can start saving.
- A cheaper option is to buy only the online and mobile digital access for $19.99. That way you print only the coupons you want.
- Support a local organization by buying the coupon book from a fundraiser. Check with your local schools or with friends and family. Get great deals and support a local cause!
- Buy the book as a GIFT! About 10 years ago when I was working a temp job after college, all the employees including temp employees received an Entertainment Coupon Book as a Christmas gift. Though I hardly remember the job, I’ll never forget that gift because it was so valuable and so much fun! This book makes a great gift so consider getting a copy or more for some friends or family.
- Buy one book for your extended family or friends to share. There are so many coupons in this book that there’s no way one family can use them all. If you can share coupons with family or friends (the nice thing is there are multiple copies of many coupons), I recommend this option. Split the cost of a book with others and you’ll all save and benefit.
In the past I’ve questioned whether actually spending money to save money with a coupon book was worth it, but now that I’ve thoroughly looked through the book and found ones I know my family will use, I can see how the $35.00 cost will quickly pay for itself with all the savings. Visit the ENTERTAINMENT website to find out more!
Disclosure: I received my own free copy of the 2014 Entertainment Coupon Book (Twin Cities & Twin Ports area edition) for writing this review. All opinions are 100% mine!
mary anstett says
I was so unhappy about how the 2014 book is laid out! This is a deal breaker for our family and this will be the last book we purchace.
Past versions have had multiple indexes including coupons by city. We travel within MN frequently and this has been great. This year there is only one index that is alphabetic, pretty useless when trying to get the biggest bang from this book.
TC Frugal Mom says
Mary – Thanks for sharing. I didn’t realize previous versions of the coupon book had indexes including by city. While I think the 2014 version has good coupons, I agree this would have been helpful. I hope future coupon books will bring the various indexes back because it would help people planning their outings.