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Entertainment Book Review – Get Coupon Deals in Your City

By Mark Riddix

Have you ever heard of the Entertainment Book? If not, don’t worry! This review will tell you everything that you need to know about it. The Entertainment Book is a discount book that helps you save money on all of your entertainment purchases. Think of the Entertainment Book as a giant coupon book. There are over 150 different Entertainment Books published annually that offer discounts on local goods and services. The Entertainment Book can also be used for online shopping and at national chains throughout the United States. The Entertainment Book can save you on just about any purchase that you make.

Background Information
Entertainment Publications was started by Hughes and Sheila Potiker in 1962 as a coupon book offering discounts on local products in the Detroit area. The company has expanded its offerings over the past 48 years and entered into 150 major markets. Entertainment Publications now offers discounts at over 60,000 different merchants. MH Equity Investors acquired Entertainment Publications in 2008.

Key Features

When you register at Entertainment.com, you get access to the following three items:

1. The Entertainment Book
The Entertainment Book is the 50% off discount coupon book which saves you money on just about any purchase. It’s pretty impressive and covers an eclectic mix of potential purchases detailed below.

2. Online Printable Coupons
Every book purchase gives you access to Entertainment.com where you can print coupons. Use online printable coupons to obtain additional discounts and offers for online shopping.

3. Membership Card
Every book comes with a membership card. The membership card can be carried with you and used to save money while dining out at restaurants and for discounts on traveling. The membership card offers similar convenience and features as a AAA Card.

Major Benefits

The Entertainment Book offers savings on the following categories:

  • Attractions: The Entertainment Book will save you money on local attractions, sporting events, special events and live events. This includes movies, museum visits, amusement parks, bowling, golf, skating, rock climbing, cruises and theatre productions. Savings can range from free admission to a few dollars off regular pricing.
  • Car Care: Discounts apply for automotive services such as oil changes, car washes, repair services, and general automotive services. The Entertainment Book can be used to lower your bill on your brake and muffler service as well. The coupon book can be used at national chain franchises such as Jiffy Lube, Mr. Tire, and Midas.
  • Dining: Fast food, casual dining, and fine dining are all fair game for savings. Baja Fresh, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Boston Market, Burger King, Ben & Jerry’s, and Auntie Anne’s are just a few of the places where Entertainment Book is accepted. That’s not even all of them. There are thousands of dining establishments where you can save money.
  • Groceries: Every dollar that you are able to hold onto is a bonus during these tight economic times. Entertainment Book can be used at most local grocery stores and major retail grocery chains. These coupons may even be accepted at grocery stores that accept coupons from competitors.
  • Home Furnishings: Dining room sets, tables, and chairs can all be purchased at a reduced price from participating retailers.
  • Move Tickets: Would you like to spend less on movie tickets, popcorn, and candy? AMC, Regal Entertainment Group, and National Amusements all accept the Entertainment Book. This will give you lower ticket prices and discounted concessions at many major theater chains.
  • Services: How would you like to cut your everyday expenses in half? Many services such as dry cleaning, salons, barber shops, spas, fitness centers, eye care centers, and tanning salons will let you use your Entertainment Book.
  • Shopping: Use the book for online shopping from the convenience of your home. There are thousands of 2 for 1 rebates and 50% off discounts that can be used for online shopping.
  • Travel: Wouldn’t it be great to save money on your summer vacation? Entertainment Book offers discounted pricing on hotels, lodging, rental cars, and airfare.
  • Fundraising: Entertainment Publications offers fundraising opportunities for schools, churches, not for profits, and sports teams. Entertainment offers Entertainment Books, Sally Foster products, and gourmet cookie dough to help your organization raise cash.

Final Thoughts

The Entertainment Book is an intriguing product with favorable ratings from the majority of previous customers who are usually repeat buyers. The book can easily pay for itself after a few uses and is worth trying out for the bargain hunter looking to save a few bucks.

Have you used the Entertainment Book before? How much money did you save over the course of the year?

Mark Riddix
Mark Riddix is the founder and president of an independent investment advisory firm that provides personalized investing and asset management consulting. Mark has written financial columns for Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area newspapers and is the author of the book, Your Financial Playbook.

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  • http://www.meg1620.wordpress.com Megan

    I’m not sure your numbers are right – ours are regularly priced at $35. I purchased one a few days ago for 50% off with free shipping – my total was $17.50. Maybe it’s a regional book that’s only $17 to start with?

    • Mark Riddix

      Megan,

      They were running a special when I wrote the review. The price was only $17. I checked it recently and the price has risen to $35. Thanks for the update.

  • http://madsaver.com Mac

    Each region has different prices for these books and the price gradually goes down at least monthly. Eventually the book will be free with purchase of the next years book, but nearly all the coupons will have been expired by then.
    I’ve purchased these books each of the last 3 years, but I think I’ll skip it this year. In the Mpls/StPaul area, the deals keep on getting worse each year and we end up using it less & less. :(

  • Gina

    I have purchased and Entertainment book once before and I found it useful if you make an effort to keep track of what will expire. At this price, it will likely pay for itself.

  • Elizabeth I

    I purchased one of these books once. I agree with Gina. You have to keep track of what is going to expire and you have to be willing to try new restaurants, etc.

    • Winston

      I have bought a coupon book one time back when I was in high school for 20 dollars. It wasn’t a good deal for me because I had no interests in a lot of the stores listed in that coupon book. Because of this experience, it is very unlikely that I will buy one of those again in the future.

    • Judy

      In Sarasota, where I live, many of the offers are not valid during “season,” when tourist business is brisk. Many are not valid on Saturday or Sunday. You must scrutinize the “windows” when coupons are valid.

  • Karmella

    Just a caution, a lot of the offers and discounts are not as useful if you’re not buying a larger amount and/or are single. At least that was the case when I last really looked at one, which was a few years ago.

  • Em D

    My family always got these when I was younger and my parents were good about staying on top of the coupons. I’ve been tempted by their 50% off deals, but I think I may actually spend more with the book as it will encourage me to go out more so I can use these good deals.

    • http://madsaver.com Mac

      Exactly. Most of the restaurants listed in the book are not the really popular ones (there are exceptions), and for the most part I wouldn’t spend my money there anyway. It does get me to try out new restaurants, but if I didn’t have the book I may have stayed in and made something new at home. Or, if I do go out, I may get the appetizer or dessert just because one of our entrees is free.

      That said, if the book has several restaurants that you already go to or have rave reviews, it can be an excellent deal.

      • Mark Riddix

        I wasn’t aware of that. I agree. It is a good deal if you frequent a lot of the businesses.

  • Arquimedes Perez

    Do not get this book online! You will be automatically signed up for an annual renewal that will charge your credit card ($30.00). They say they will notify you about the renewal, but they don’t.

    If you want to send it back, it costs you $7.95 re-stocking fee! I talked to them on 11 August 2010 and they refuse to waive it or admit any wrong doing.

    On your online account, it does’nt say anywhere about an automatic renewal. You would have to call them to opt out. By that time, most people will just keep the book.

    I am going to file a complaint with the BBB and the AJ for these shady practices.

    • steve

      They did the same thing to me. I didn’t sign up for an automatic renewal

    • Ann

      I like the book, but dealing with buying the book made me angry every year!

      The first time I ordered the book on-line when they sent an email stating buying the current year’s book at a discount and the next year’s book will cost $15. When the time came to receive the following year’s book, it was the full price! So I called and they denied ever had that offer, while I was reading the offer to them from a site I found on-line. The order confirmation did not specify the year, so they said the offer must be for the previous year’s book. I ended up buying the book for $20, still a good price compare to retail but more than the email offer that they did not honor after the fact.

      Last year it took me 2 months to get the gift certificate that came with ordering the book.

      This year, I signed up for automatic renewal to get the book for $10 less than retail. From previous experience, I kept the email confirmation. Guess what, the book didn’t come, so I called with the confirmation number. They don’t even have my order in the system and said that the best they can do is $5 off at this time. While I was talking to them, the entertainment.com website shows $10 off retail offer. Of course, when I click on it to order, it went back to normal price, and the person on the phone said the offer does not exist!!

      Don’t ever trust their special offer, on-line or email because they will just deny everything!

      • Judy

        This company has some questionable business practices. We need to get a Class Action Lawsuit going against them.

      • Roger

        I specifically responded to the post card that said I would be renewed for 2011 and told them NO – we do not use the book often enough to make it worth the price – they sent it anyway, when I complained, they told me that they have $7.95 restocking fee. I agree with the idea of a class action lawsuit. I am going to send this page to my credit card with my complaint to see if they will reverse the charge. Wish I had looked this up in Google earlier. I see I am nowhere near alone. Roger – Richmond – [email protected]

    • Yourmssghere

      Yes, Arquimedes, this just happened to me. I can NOT believe this practice of theirs got past my eagle eye when I recently purchased two Entertainment Books. They automatically charged my credit card for TWO books. And one of them is for St. Petersburgh, a town I don’t live near. For me to buy a St. Pete book for $10 is one matter. To have it automatically sent to me for $30 is another matter entirely. We need to get a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT going against this company to get them to change their sneaky business practices.

  • Judy

    Be very careful when buying an Entertainment Book. This company has the unsavory business practice of checking a box on your order that signs you up for automatic renewals. You might be surprised with what looks like an unauthorized charge on your credit card some months after buying one these books. I was just clobbered with a surprise $60 fee on my Discover Card. I did not KNOWINGLY authorize Entertainment Books to “automatically” send me book renewals. I plan to contact the Attorney General about this. It seems that E.B. needs some assistance with customer relations.

  • Erol

    I bought the 2011 book in June for $5, not realizing I was signing up for an annual membership. That’s fine. However, there was no email notice I was getting my 2012 book and when I got it, I found out I had 30 days to return it so I wasn’t too concerned. Boy, was I wrong. It takes 10-14 days for the book to come to me and another 10-14 days to get back to Entertainment. However, the 30 days start the day they ship the book. So, at best, you have 10 days to return or, at worst, you have to return it the day you receive it. Also, though you can do just about anything on their web site regarding your account, this annual membership status is not shown and therefore I have no way to verify that they really cancelled it.
    I don’t know why companies think they can get away with such practices. They got my $30 but they will never receive another penny from me. That’s my “annual promise” to them. And, yes, I certainly do feel ripped off.

  • http://www.dealsextra.com.au/entertainment-book/ entertainment book 2011

    a very informative article on entertainment book. looks like entertainment book is trying to reach all available fields of daily need. hope the offers they provide will be very helpful for the poeple. will take a try shortly.

  • Felipe2_2

    A class action lawsuit is a great idea. the ethics of the company and how they manage their employees and customers need to be questioned.

  • Sheila

    I purchased the 2012 Entertainment book. Many of the local restaurants I tried to use the coupons said they will not honor the coupons. They has a salesperson come in and the restaurant refused to be included…yet their was their coupon. I know one of the managers and he verified this information. I’ve been burned too many times by the 2012 Entertainment Book to ever buy again.

  • Sybilroslyn

    2012 Delaware Area Entertainment-some restaurants listed closed. Not worth the investment!!

  • Angela

    The same thing just happened to me. I am so mad! I bought the 2012 book for $5 and then they sent me an email saying your 2013 is on the way. I didn’t want another book and there is no way to cancel your subscription online. They charge you $7.95 for restocking if you send it back. What guarantee do I have that they won’t send another one next year even after I told them to cancel my so called membership? Has anyone tried a BBB complaint? Any luck?

  • Angela

    The same thing just happened to me. I am so mad! I bought the 2012 book for $5 and then they sent me an email saying your 2013 is on the way. I didn’t want another book and there is no way to cancel your subscription online. They charge you $7.95 for restocking if you send it back. What guarantee do I have that they won’t send another one next year even after I told them to cancel my so called membership? Has anyone tried a BBB complaint? Any luck?

    • hateripoffs

      same thing happened to me

  • boo

    I HATE THIS COMPANY! They did this to me too! I SWEAR I did NOT know about this renewal thing! I ALWAYS mark in my calendar when I need to cancel things before they charge me, and this was NOWHERE on my calendar… they did NOT inform me – sail mail or email – about the “renewal” book coming to me. I will NEVER purchase another one of these books in my life… I am disputing this charge with my credit card company – hopefully they will do something about it. In the meantime, I’m all for a class action lawsuit! Emai me when it happens! [email protected]

    • hateripoffs

      I agree this is a rip off

  • hateripoffs

    This is a rip off company.
    Be aware that if you buy their 5.00 special you will be automatically billed
    for a new book at $30 the next year.
    If you return it you will be charged 7.50 restocking fees

  • hateripoffs

    MARK RIDDIX…

    you need to do your homework when you write these articles.!!!!

  • bob

    Autobilled from previous year purchase. Several businesses won’t accept the coupons. Attempted 3 phone calls and unsubscribed from the website but still getting emails and letter saying I need to pay for the next book. RIP OFF

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