When I was in high school, many of my friends were avid skiers. Though I didn't ski, it came as no surprise that the majority of folks I knew did, given that we lived in Colorado and the slopes were mere hours away. What was surprising to me, though, was the number of friends who used coupons to help cut the cost of lift tickets, ski rentals and more. Coupons weren't as common back in the day, so it was interesting to witness the swapping and coveting of the (then-named) Gold C coupons.
Though that was decades ago, I still live in Colorado, I still don't ski, and I'm still thoroughly impressed by the sheer number and value of the ski coupons in that iconic coupon book, now named ENTERTAINMENT Coupon Book, the 2014 offering being its 52nd edition.
The 2014 ENTERTAINMENT Coupon Book — which I recently received free for review in celebration of National Coupon Month — is one case where the phrase "the more things change, the more they stay the same" rings loud, clear and true.
So what's changed? For starters, the 2014 ENTERTAINMENT Coupon Book comes with a membership card that, once activated, allows members to not only tear out coupons from the book but to go mobile for their savings, too. The free ENTERTAINMENT Membership Coupon App provides mobile coupons, maps of merchants, a membership directory to browse all the discounts near you, and merchant info that includes location, phone number and available offers. Pull up an offer and flash your phone when asked by the retailer to cash in on the savings. New digital coupons are added daily.
Savings are also available online, as registered members can print coupons from the ENTERTAINMENT Coupon Book website. On the site, there's the option to choose local coupons, web coupons, travel coupons and more. All searches can be filtered by category or merchant in order to quickly find exactly the offer you're looking for.
Offering savings in three ways — print, mobile, online — is the big changes to the Entertainment Coupon Book. What's stayed the same is the incredible amount of savings in the book. Like in years (and years and years and years) past, there are offers for dining out, fast food & carryout, entertainment & sports, a "ski index" (at least in the Colorado one; other editions may offer something equally valuable), travel, and retail & services.
It's tons of offers equaling huge savings. In fact, the ENTERTAINMENT Coupon Book website notes there are more than 120,000 offers, and the average member saves $125 a year. I can attest to how quickly the savings add up, as the very day I received the book, my husband and I used one of the Buy One-Get One Free offers for a local eatery for dinner, saving us nearly half the cost of the $35 book right off the bat.
That was my savings in the first day, using the first coupon. As soon as I go grocery shopping (a chore I hate, so it may be a while), I'll save $5 off my bill, with another $5 coupon available for the second half of the period the 2014 ENTERTAINMENT Coupon Book coupons are valid (which is through December 2014).
Another great offering: My husband and I are huge movie fans, so we look forward to using the discounts for movies showing at Regal Entertainment Group Theaters. You can purchase tickets online in advance and save 40 percent, or you can use the several coupons in the book for savings on admission or concessions.
I have no doubt I'll use those and plenty of other coupons in the book. The skiing ones, though? Well, like I said, I don't ski. But my daughters do. And my friends do. So I'm positive those from the ski index of the book will be used, too — and appreciated. (Perhaps I'll even get daring this year and use one of the coupons for free ski lessons. Never say never.)
The 2014 ENTERTAINMENT Coupon Book is available for 141 local editions across the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Coupons are redeemable in more than 10,000 cities, and most are good through December 2014 (some even longer).
For more information and to order a 2014 ENTERTAINMENT Coupon Book for your location, where you might be traveling, or as a gift for friends and family, visit Entertainment.com. Find additional information and offers by following on Facebook and Twitter.
Disclosure: I received a 2014 ENTERTAINMENT Coupon Book free for review. Opinions and anecdotes are mine.