People are re-evaluating the types of vacations they want to take. Going on the road with an RV is more popular than ever. Visiting local attractions for a weekend getaway is now more preferable [Note from Sharon: And possible!] than planning a multi-week international itinerary. So I thought it was worthwhile to remind y’all that the Entertainment Book still exists.
I have a fondness for the book, since it was the way we started staying at nice hotels without paying a lot of money. My family almost exclusively booked hotels for our summer vacations with discounts we found in the Entertainment Book. We also found many things to do on our trips by looking in “the book.”
Back in the day, I would open the Entertainment Book and look at what discounts we could use. Maybe it was a restaurant we wanted to visit or a discount for mini-golf or bowling. Unfortunately, looking at the book eventually became less exciting because the discounts became less and less valuable. There were new ways to find discounts thanks to the wonders of the internet. Finally, the local stores stopped carrying it, so I figured it had gone the way of the dodo or Sam Goody or Blockbuster Video. As it turns out, besides the physical book still being published every year, the Entertainment Book has gone virtual.
There are over 110 different editions of the Entertainment Book for cities in the U.S. and Canada. The book still gives discounts on restaurants, hotels, rental cars, movie ticket and attraction/museum admissions. If you purchase the book, you also get access to discounts available on the Entertainment website and mobile app. Right now Entertainment.com is offering all of their 2020 books for $5 with free shipping. For that price, you’d only need to use one of the coupons or discount codes to break even, but it shouldn’t be that hard to manage that due to the number of offers available.
Websites like Groupon and LivingSocial have changed the way people look for local discounts and you can just do a quick Google search to find discount codes for almost anything you’ll buy online. Still, having other options for discounts is always a good thing to have.
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