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My Love Affair with the Entertainment Book

Published on July 22, 2015 10:17 am, by

Just the other night I went for dinner with friends.  Being the organised sort I had pulled out my trusty entertainment app beforehand, typed in Balmain and googled the restaurants that were in there for reviews and whether they were BYO.

Lucky for us I found a lovely little restaurant with yummy food and great service.  Add in great company and it was a memorable night.

When it came time to pay I presented my phone to receive 25% off, bringing the bill from around $185 to $145.  Not bad for dinner for 7!  And even better the $40 saved was half what the app cost me.

Around this time one of my mates asked me why so many people dislike the entertainment book.

They what? 
I get that some people don’t like to use vouchers.  I don’t really get why.  Not when it’s hard to save and the essentials cost us so much.  I’m a proud purchaser of the Entertainment Book since 1995.  And for the last 2 years I’ve purchased it as an app – no trying to remember to bring along little coupons for nights out.

I’d be interested to hear what’s not to like.  But first let me tell you about my year so far.

I purchased the book for $70 from a friend who is doing Oxfam, $13 of the money paid goes there, which makes me feel good.  It’s valid from the 1st of June 2015 to 1st June 2016.

Within just a few weeks I have made these savings –

  • $40 off the price of dinner
  • $25 saving on $500 Wish Card (Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s etc) – you purchase cards with each $100 card costing $95.
  • $650 saving on accommodation in Melbourne – 5 nights saving between $125 & $150 per night off wotif price
  • Savings approx. $20 – Random coffee & buy one get one free ice cream purchases

Total savings $735. 

That trip to Melbourne I shared my savings with my friends, but when I go with my family next time the savings are all mine.

So with more than 11 months to go, I have spent $70 and saved $735.  I’m convinced.

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Jen is an experienced banking professional who loves wine, coffee, finding a bargain and of course her three beautiful children. Since Jen's first budget led her to buy a home at 20, Jen has passionately helped others to make better decisions with their money.

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