With the cost of living rising and shows like TLC’s Extreme Couponing becoming the next biggest reality TV show, many Americans are starting to consider doing a little couponing of their own. We could all stand to save a few dollars here and there, and clipping coupons out of the Sunday paper can help you do that. However, Sunday paper coupons usually don’t apply to family entertainment.
As a society, we love to spend time at local restaurants and entertainment spots with family and friends. Unfortunately, this isn’t always cheap. To combat the high prices of dining out and trips to the movie theatre or local putt-putt course, many families choose to purchase Entertainment Coupon Books.
If you have kids or nieces and nephews, you have most likely seen one of these books. Students usually sell them as part of a school fundraiser, and for an easy $20 you can purchase a book loaded with coupons for everything from a free coffee with your bagel purchase to two-for-one museum passes. But the real question is are these coupon books really worth their cost?
It could be and it couldn’t. This may not be the definitive answer that you want, but the value of the book really depends on the type of spender you naturally are. If the coupons will already fit into the way you regularly spend, then it is a good deal.
Let’s say that every Friday you go to your local driving range and then out to a favorite restaurant with a few buddies. Your Entertainment Book has great coupons for both of these establishments and allows you to get two bucked of balls for the price of one, therefore extending your entertainment time, and allows you to get a free appetizer with your meal. You normally purchase an appetizer so using the coupon allows you to save an extra $6.00 to $8.00. If you are this type of person, then an Entertainment Book is a good purchase.
However, if you are someone that buys a new dress simply because it is 20 percent off even though you didn’t even have the budget for the discounted price, then an Entertainment Book is not for you. Some people are prompted to spend more than they normally would simply because something seems to be a bargain or a deal. Sure, getting two meals for the price of one is a great deal, but spending money on one meal which you never had money for in the first place is a bad idea.
Entertainment Books really do have a great variety of coupons to all sorts of local and franchised or corporate restaurants and entertainment spots. They can easily save larger families who go out often $15 to $20 on each family night out. However, before you purchase one, actually consider the type of spender you are. If you purge your bank accounts simply because your favorite store was having a sale, avoid repeated buyer’s remorse and don’t buy a book. If you are in charge of your spending habits or just want a reason to donate to your local school, then be sure to purchase an Entertainment book as not only do they support a good cause, but they also save you money.