For many years, I swore by the annual entertainment book for my dining out coupons, movie ticket deals and more. Even so, as I became increasingly familiar with daily deal websites, the entertainment book didn't seem to be worth its weight in pennies. Then, I had a friend challenge me to a 30-days-of-savings battle royal to see which venue reigned savings supreme. The ante was $35 (the cost of one entertainment book) and prize was the ultimate title of "Frugalista."
From September 15 to October 15, we would pick one activity per weekend for our families (which each had five members) and one dining out excursion. She could only use her entertainment book and I could only use daily deal websites. Once the rules were set, it was ready, set, go. Whoever spent less and saved more over the 30-day challenge would be declared the winner.
Over the course of 30 days, we visited museums, went to the movies, played laser tag and went to a haunted house. On her end, her family went to a museum, played miniature golf, rode go-karts and went to the movies. When we added up the receipts, I saved $23.70 more than she did and spent $30 less than she did.
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