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I love getting coupons in the mail and generally have a steady flow of coupons arriving in our mailbox every day (see my daily Mail Call posts to follow along and make sure you’re getting all of the same ones!).  And while saving $1 on bread and $3 on cleaning products really does add up to significant weekly savings for our family, some of our biggest savings come from the Entertainment Coupon Savings book that we buy each year.  We’re talking about 100s of dollars in savings here.

The Coupon Savings book is often sold as a fundraiser for schools and community organizations, or you can purchase them on-line.  In fact they’re 15% OFF this week with FREE shipping so if you’re considering getting one, it’s a good time to do so.   Each book is tailor made for each city and if you’re going to be spending any time in a different region while on vacation, it’s often well worth buying an extra book for that city too.

The book is divided into categories:

  • Dining Out
  • Casual & Family Dining
  • Fast Food & Carryout
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Hotel & Travel
  • Retail & Services

If you dine out at least twice a year this book will pay for itself.  If you golf or downhill ski at least once – this book will pay for itself.   If you go to the movies 3 times, dry clean on a regular basis, or get your oil changed 3 times per year –  the coupons for these services alone will more than cover the cost of the book. Any savings on top are just gravy!

We recouped the cost of the book within a month last year and then contiued to save all year long.  Here’s a list of the coupons that our family used from the 2012 book (I’ve highlighted our favs!).  The 2012 coupons don’t expire until November 1st so we might use a few more before working on the 2013 book.  Note: we’re in the Ottawa area so some of the names might not be familiar to you – remember that the books are customized to each city/region:

  • Metro – $10 off a $100 grocery purchase – there were 2 of these in the 2012 book.
  • Rainbow Cinemas – B1G1 FREE admission and $3 tickets for up to 6 people.  We’ve used at least a dozen of these coupons – there are usually 6 per book
  • Social Restaurant – 20% off the entire food bill
  • East Side Marios – $5 OFF a $15 bill
  • Kinki – B1G1 FREE lunch
  • LaPointe – 50% off any appetizer (no other purchase necessary.  I like these ones!)
  • A&W – B1G1 FREE teen burgers, papa burgers … I’ve kind of lost track.  We use these on road trips!
  • Gabriel Pizza -2x $3 OFF any delivery large pizza
  • Timothy’s – 3xB1G1 FREE specialty beverage
  • Kernel’s Popcorn – B1G1 FREE medium popcorn
  • Orange Julius – B1G1 FREE any size drink
  • Cosmic Adventures – 3 x B1G1 FREE admission
  • Canadian Museum of Nature – B1G1 FREE admission
  • Canadian Museuem of Science & Technology – B1G1 FREE admission
  • Canadian Museum of Agriculture – up to 4 tickets at 50% off
  • IMAX – 2x B1G1 FREE admission
  • Yuk Yuk’s – B1G1 FREE admission
  • Ottawa 67’s – B2G2 FREE tickets
  • Camp Fortune – B1G1 FREE weekday lift ticket
  • Edelweiss – B1G1 FREE weekday lift ticket
  • Please Mum – 2x 50% OFF a regular priced item
  • Mr. Lube – 3x 2% OFF any oil change package – we save $12 on each one for our vehicles.
  • Park ‘N Fly – 20% OFF regular priced parking

And I can only imagine if we were a family who golfed or ate out more often, how many more coupons we would have used last year.  The new 2013 book has three coupons for B1G1 FREE Beaver Tails – perhaps you’ll see us enjoying those on the Rideau Canal skateway this winter!

When the new book arrives each fall, I always start by flagging the coupons that I know we’ll use throughout the year.  Keeping the book in the glove box of the car pretty much guarantees that we’ll always have the coupons with us when we need them, and since the coupons are perforated, it’s easy to slip one into my wallet on the fly.  Be sure to let your waitress, ticket-taker or cashier know that you’re using an Entertainment.com coupon when you’re placing your order or making a purchase – it often changes how they ring it in and they’ll appreciate the headz-up.  There is also a key-fob and membership card for additional deals that are listed on-line.  I’ve never bothered to research these in the past but am determined to look more into it for the 2013 year.

I must confess that I wasn’t entirely sold on the book when I first researched it on-line because when I browsed through the list of businesses for the Ottawa book, I didn’t really see that many that were relevant to our family’s needs. What a pleasant suprise when the book arrived in the mail though – there were WAY more coupons inside than the website listed and they really are for popular outing destinations. And when Entertainment.com was selling off their surplus 2012 books last year for $5 a piece with FREE shipping if you pre-ordered your 2013 book, it was a no brainer for us to order one – we’ve more than saved the $5 in the extra coupons and received our 2013 book a full month earlier than usual.   And since the coupons don’t expire until November 1st each year, we’re now able to choose between both books.  I’ll be keeping track of specifically how much we save from the 2013 book – follow along as I post update articles here on Canadian Coupons.net !

So if couponing plays a role in your savings strategy, consider thinking outside mailbox and look into adding the Coupon Savings Book to your collection of  printable and mail coupons.  We’re glad we did.

Happy Couponing!

Christa Clips ~ October 18, 2012

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