November 30th, 2015 by RichmondBargains



I rounded up some cool Richmond deals that don’t require you getting out of your PJ’s on this rainy Cyber Monday 🙂

Entertainment Books – Pay as low as $10.50 net cost for a 2016 Richmond Entertainment Book, with free shipping. (Best deal of the year)

    How:
    – Shop Entertainment.com through your Ebates cash back account, which will give you 35% cash back on your purchase
    – Books are on sale for $19 each today, with free shipping
    – Purchase any two books (can be two Richmond or Richmond + another market) to save an extra 15% on your purchase
    – (Do NOT join the annual renewal program)

* Remember to use your Ebates today! Lots of double cash back rates today for Cyber Monday, including Walmart (5%), Living Social & Groupon (10%), JCPenney (15%), Kohl’s (10%) and many more. (I get a referral bonus if you sign up as a new Ebates user, but I would tell you you’re crazy not to take advantage of cash back shopping even if I didn’t!) *

Living Social – 25% off sitewide with code CYBER25. Max discount $20 (deals for places like Jiffy Lube, Putt-Putt, Nacho Mama’s, Padow’s, It’s Hip to Be Round)

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Kings Dominion – $39.99 for a 2016 admission ticket that includes parking

KidsDineFree.net – Get a KidsDineFree card for $10 with code “gobble” (50% off)

Richmond Magazine – Get a two-year subscription for $16

Colonial Williamsburg – Buy one annual pass, get one free

Flying Squirrels – 30% off your online order with code CYBER

The Nutcracker – 50% off Second Dress Circle tickets to select performances of Richmond Ballet’s The Nutcracker

River City Food Tours – Save 20% off gift certificates with code THANKSGIVING15

Quirk Hotel – Stay 2 nights and get your second night for $20.15! Advance purchase required, non-cancelable. Some blackouts may apply, not applicable to groups and applies to new reservations only. Travel Dec 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016.

Most deals listed above are valid today only 11/30

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March 25th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

garnett's entertainment book

There’s a concerning story about Entertainment Book coupons on Richmond.com:
“Restaurant Owner Warns Customers Not to Buy ‘Fake’ Coupon”

Kendra Feather, who owns several local restaurants including Garnett’s, discovered that Entertainment had an unauthorized “buy one menu item, get one free” printable coupon for Garnett’s Cafe on its website. When she contacted Entertainment, she was shown the contract “she” had signed – but the name signed appears to be “Candra Sether.”

Entertainment is apologetic and investigating the matter, and said the coupon is being removed from the site (it was still available at 8:12 p.m. last night, as you can see by my phone screen shot above). This is not in the 2014 books, just online.

While this is the exception, not the rule, it’s a good reminder why it’s important to mention the coupon you plan on using at the beginning of a meal! I have heard similar issues with Restaurant.com, that restaurants who at one time agreed to be listed on the site were unable to get their coupons removed later.

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December 2nd, 2013 by RichmondBargains


For Cyber Monday, all Entertainment Book coupon books are on sale for $20 with free shipping. Additional books are just $15. (Valid 12/02/2013 12:00am EST – 12/04/2013 9:00 AM EST)

The cash back website Ebates is offering 45% cash back on Entertainment.com purchases – $20-$9 (45% cash back) = only $11 net cost. This is generally close to the lowest price on these until spring.

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April 30th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

An update to the Entertainment.com bankruptcy I posted about last month – Entertainment sent me the following press release, the gist of which is that there will still be Entertainment books! (and let the company know if you have any trouble redeeming coupons):

    Troy, MI, April 25th, 2013 – Entertainment®, a leader of discounts and promotions for over 50 years, has been acquired by HSP-EPI Acquisitions, LLC, a group led by Lowell Potiker, son of company founders Hughes and Sheila Potiker.

    The acquisition by HSP-EPI Acquisitions, LLC, took place after Entertainment filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy petition on March 12, 2013, but then resumed operations on March 27, 2013, due to interest from investors like Potiker. On April 23, 2013, the transition of Entertainment to HSP-EPI Acquisitions, LLC was completed…

    The company has re-hired many employees and is looking to reinstate the majority of its workforce over the next few weeks.

    The team will release the 2014 Entertainment Books this year on schedule. Current products in the market, such as the 2013 Entertainment Book Membership or other savings membership programs, are still valid through the expiration date printed or displayed on them. This includes the ability for consumers to purchase books on Entertainment.com as well as print coupons from the online website. Additionally, the company’s merchant redemption guarantee remains in effect. [emphasis added]

    “The chapter 7 filing was a difficult time for our employees, business partners and consumers,” says Potiker. “It is unfortunate that despite delivering products to millions of consumers each year, the bankruptcy filing occurred not due to any issue related to company sales, but due to shareholder financing at the ownership level. Thankfully, with the help of the bankruptcy court, we were able to move quickly to resume operations. Now with the acquisition complete, we can not only continue on with our business, but move aggressively with our growth plans to support both our core business and ongoing expansion into the digital space.”

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March 26th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

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I received an email from Cara, alerting me that Entertainment Promotions, publisher of the Entertainment Book, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy earlier this month (meaning the company will be dissolved; employees have already been laid off; the company’s Facebook page has been deleted).

    *Even though the Entertainment.com website appears to still be selling the books, I wouldn’t purchase one if you haven’t already because of the uncertainty of fulfillment and redemption.

    *This means no future Entertainment books, which is a shame, because I still liked them even with the advent of daily deal sites. The popularity of my Entertainment Book giveaway in January tells me you guys still like them too.

    *More pressing – The current book coupons don’t expire until November 1, 2013. Will businesses still accept the coupons from the 2013 book?

Entertainment has not made any public statement about it that I can find.

Here are my non-legal expertise thoughts:

Merchants join the Entertainment book program for the exposure, which they received when you purchased your book. Entertainment does not owe them any money when you redeem a coupon. Therefore, businesses should still honor the coupons as published.

(Honestly, the small businesses included in the book may not be aware of the bankruptcy unless Entertainment notifies them. The more I have opportunity to interact with small business owners, the more I realize how insanely busy they are – not much spare time to troll the web for news about Entertainment Books.)

But it’s slightly more complicated, because if the business refuses the coupon, you have no recourse.

From Entertainment.com’s frequently asked questions

What should I do if a merchant did not honor/recognize my coupon/card?

In some rare instances (e.g. a business/franchise closing, a merchant decision to opt out of the program after the book publishes, or an unforeseen change in the merchant’s establishment, etc.), a merchant may refuse to honor your discount. Any changes or updates regarding a merchant’s products, discounts or status should be reflected in the online Merchant Hotline, accessible at www.entertainment.com/hotline.

If a merchant that is listed on Entertainment.com did not honor your discount, please contact our Customer Service team to let them know. When completing the customer service form, please provide the name and location of the merchant.

From Terms of Use:

ENTERTAINMENT PUBLICATIONS, LLC, and/or its parent or subsidiaries, will not be responsible if any establishment breaches its contract or refuses to accept the Membership Card/Bonus Card/coupons; however, it will attempt to secure compliance.

With the company no longer operating, there is effectively no enforcement, and therefore no incentive to comply (beyond keeping you as a customer, of course!)

So if an Entertainment Book coupon is the reason you are patronizing a merchant, it is imperative to verify in advance (before purchase, visit, etc.) with the merchant whether they are still honoring Entertainment Book coupons.

Thoughts? Anyone own a business that has participated with Entertainment and know more about the legal ramifications?

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January 1st, 2013 by RichmondBargains


Happy New Year, bargain-lovers! I hope your year is off to a great start.

To celebrate 2013, I’m giving away a 2013 Entertainment Book, Richmond edition!

– To enter, just enter your name and email address in the Rafflecopter widget below to “login” and then enter your email again to enter. (If you can’t see the widget, click the link and it should take you to a page where you can enter) –

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ends 1/7/12 at 11:59pm EST.
(I’m trying out Rafflecopter to run this giveaway for the first time, so please bear with me if there are any roadbumps and let me know if you have questions)

Also, Heather B. let me know she found Entertainment Books on clearance for $10 at Office Max, so be on the lookout in stores for book deals!

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November 26th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

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If you’re in the market for a 2013 Entertainment Book, today’s your shot to get one for as little as $12.50 net cost, shipped.

Richmond Entertainment Books are on sale for $25 with free shipping.

To get one for half that price, shop through cash back site Ebates.com, which is offering 50% cash back on Entertainment Books for Cyber Monday.

    1. Sign in or create an Ebates.com account
    2. Search for Entertainment.com on Ebates.
    3. Click the link provided to be taken to Entertainment.com – this allows Ebates to track your purchase and credit your cash back.
    4. Purchase your Entertainment Book(s) on Entertainment.com as you normally would. The price will be $25 and you should see your Ebates account credited with cash back in 2-3 days

With the $12.50 in cash back, the final net price of a book is $12.50, the best deal we will likely see on Entertainment Books til at least spring.

If you are shopping other online stores for Cyber Monday sales, definitely check Ebates for cash back offers to those places as well – today Walmart has 5% back, Kohl’s 8%, etc.

Note: I do receive a referral bonus if you sign up for Ebates through my link and make a purchase. It’s a site I highly recommend and use frequently to save extra on my online purchases!

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July 25th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

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If you didn’t go for the 2 for $10 sale last week, this week you can go here to get a 2012 Entertainment Book for $5.99 plus $1 shipping.

The 2013 books will be released in about a month, but the 2012 coupons are valid until November 1, so you’ll have about three months to use them.

You can also shop through a cash back website like Mr. Rebates, which is currently offering *30% back* on your Entertainment.com purchase.

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July 16th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

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The sale I was waiting for has arrived – 2012 Entertainment Books are on sale “2 for $10”, plus $1 per book shipping, this week.

That’s about as low as they go. The 2013 books will be released in about a month, but the 2012 coupons are valid until November 1, so you’ll have a little over three months to use them. If you’re traveling anywhere on vacation soon, it might be worth picking up a book for your destination.

You can also shop through a cash back website like Mr. Rebates, which is currently offering 20% back on your Entertainment.com purchase. Just make sure that the “2 books for $10” offer is showing up when you click through from Mr. Rebates site, not the one book for $8.99.

Recently, we saved an extra $15 using an Entertainment Book coupon at Dick’s Sporting Goods, stocking up on clearance athletic apparel during their “extra 50% off clearance” sale. Another favorite of mine is the “buy one, get one free” admission to the Children’s Museum of Richmond.

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May 16th, 2012 by RichmondBargains


Entertainment.com is having a 12-Hour Sale today: All books are $12, with free shipping!

Shop through cash back website Ebates for 26% cash back, making the net cost only $8.88 after extra cash back.

Entertainment books have a lot of “buy one, get one free” offers for local restaurants and attractions.

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