I got myself an entertainment.com Coupon Savings Book the other day at Costco.
The book’s got a lot of coupons for a lot of restaurants that I have never been to or even heard of. I thought I would use the coupons as an opportunity to visit some new restaurants while saving myself a bit of money. I also thought it might be fun to document my savings from the coupons with an ongoing series of posts to see how much money I can save.
As soon as I got home and skimmed through the book and the website that it was associated with, I realized that I overpaid for the book. The website was selling the book for $19.99 – a whopping $10 less than the $29.99 I shelled out. I hoped that it was not an ominous sign for the prospective savings (or non-savings) that were to come.
My first use of one of the coupons in the book came the very next day. I visited the Osaka Supermarket at Park Royal for some grocery shopping and used one of the $5 off (a minimum purchase of $50) coupons for TNT Supermarkets in the book. After using the $5 coupon, my total savings from the book became -$24.99 (taking into account the $29.99 I paid for the book – but not taking into account the taxes for the sake of simplicity).
Two days after I visited Osaka, I visited Nando’s so I could take advantage of the $19.99 Nando’s coupon in the book. The coupon entitled me to a whole chicken, one Portuguese bread or garlic bread, and two sides. I chose to substitute the whole chicken with 5 leg and thighs, ordered a Caesar salad and coleslaw for my sides, and got the garlic bread instead of the Portuguese bread.
The coleslaw was sweet and crunchy, the garlic bread was chewy and garlicky, and the Caesar salad had fresh leafs that were mostly covered with sauce. I ordered two legs extra spicy, two medium, and one un-basted. All three versions had meat that was tender and juicy. The extra spicy version really did have an extra spicy flavour along with some tanginess. The medium felt like it had more tanginess; this was probably due to the fact that my taste buds were not as overwhelmed with spiciness as they were with the extra spicy version. Even though I thought that both the medium and extra spicy were tasty, I thought that the un-basted version was the best-tasting version. The un-basted leg was flavourless by itself, but it was extremely flavourful when doused with the packs of spicy peri-peri sauce. The sauce was much more flavourful added-on than baked-in. I could detect a distinct tanginess as well as a distinct spiciness in the added-on sauce that I could not detect in the baked-in sauce. I also liked the gooeyness of the added-on sauce as well as how its slightly cold temperature worked with its spicy nature. I’ll be ordering the un-basted version and adding peri-peri sauce on my own from now on.
How much did I save by using the coupon? Since they did not have an exact match with the exact combination that was offered with the coupon, I’ll try my best to calculate my savings with their existing offerings. They have a $25 meal combo with one whole chicken, one large side, and two Portuguese/garlic breads. The whole chicken matched and the large side costs $.50 less than the two regular sides I got. The extra piece of bread included with the regular combination came in at $2 extra. So subtracting $2.00 and adding $.50 to the $25 came out to a total of $23.50. $23.50 is $3.51 more than what I paid. Taking out the penny to make a nice, simple number gives me savings of $3.50.
Adding $3.50 savings to my running total of -$25 (again, adding a cent to make things simple) gives me a new total -$21.50. That’s still $1.51 more than what I should’ve paid for the book. Stay tuned to see if I can save my way through the cost of book and beyond…In the meantime, I try to see if I can convince Costco to give me a $10 refund for the extra amount I paid for the book.