The Melbourne Entertainment Book 2014-15 and why we think it’s worth buying
THE Entertainment Book is a dictionary of discounts for the discerning student, traveller or city dweller. Kai Yi Wong shows you how you can stretch your dollar further at the supermarket, enjoy restaurant, travel and hotel discounts, and more.
If $65 is a hefty sum to fork out alone, I recommend going for the print version and splitting the cost between two or three friends – not a bad option since a number of vouchers are one-for-one deals and you’ll need a plus-one to share it with anyway.
As any student worth their salt knows, cost savings are a constant worry, so any help you can get is good help.
A small investment you may wish to consider making is in the Melbourne Entertainment Book. It costs $65, but it’s a heavy tome packed to the gills with vouchers and discounts that will help stretch your dollar further on everything from everyday items at Woolworths and BigW for example, to the occasional excursion to McDonald’s, Breadtop, Chatime, Grill’d, TGI Friday’s, Pancake Parlour, Movenpick and more.
Students who have caught a case of wanderlust would appreciate travel discounts to local destinations such as the Puffing Billy and the Australian Zoo. They also include interstate discounts including DreamWorld, MovieWorld and SeaWorld in Gold Coast and car rental and flight deals with companies includes Hertz, Emirates and Virgin Australia.
For special occasions worthy of a splurge, make use of the Entertainment Book Gold Card to dine at restaurants like Red Spice Road at QV, Merrywell Upstairs at Crown, Markov in Carlton and Seamstress in the city.
This year, you can choose between the printed volume or the digital edition, and each has its benefits.
Here’s a tip.
If $65 is a hefty sum to fork out alone, I recommend going for the print version and splitting the cost between two or three friends – not a bad option since a number of vouchers are one-for-one deals and you’ll need a plus-one to share it with anyway. It’ll also help you to maximise the value of the purchase as most would struggle to use even half of the vouchers contained in the Entertainment Book.
For smartphone users, you may prefer to go for the digital edition, so you claim your discounts everywhere you go – especially good for those last-minute meal or shopping decisions when you wished you only had that voucher on hand.
Finally, here’s a declaration of interest that needs to be made, and another reason why you should purchase a copy of this book.
A small portion of the proceeds (20 per cent) goes towards Meld’s fundraising efforts as a not-for-profit community organisation. Not a bad deal for $65, in my opinion.