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Entertainment membership discounts – worth it if you are gluten free?

By on February 29, 2020 in Coeliac Life, Melbourne with 0 Comments

Entertainment membership is a charity fundraiser that offers discounts on restaurants, travel and shopping in your city. The charity gets 20% of every sale and you can select Coeliac Australia to receive this.

Digital Entertainment BookIf you have been around for a while, you will remember the heavy Entertainment Book which was full of vouchers but now it is fully digital and you can redeem vouchers on the spot from your phone. The vouchers range from 5-10% off gift cards, 2-for-1 offers and restaurant discounts that are usually something like “25% off up to the value of $40”.

You might be wondering if there are gluten free options in the Entertainment Book and whether is worth it, seeing many of the offers can’t be used if you are gluten free (think KFC, Donut King etc!).

I have found that I easily get back the cost of the membership (in Melbourne) and am not even using it to its full potential. Any way to save money when on an expensive gluten free diet is worth it!

 

What does it cost?

The one city cost is $70 per annum. You can choose extra cities for additional cost or you can choose the 2 year “multi-plus” which includes all of Australia, New Zealand and Bali, which is pretty good value at $229 if you travel a lot.

How to save money using the Entertainment membership

Listed below are some ideas on how you can save money if you join up with Entertainment.

Shopping – discounted gift cards and vouchers

You can get discounts on many retailers and one of the offers I regularly use is 5% off WISH egift cards which can be used at Woolworths supermarkets as well as BIG W, Caltex Woolworths, BWS, Dan Murphy’s and Cellarmasters.

This is even better now Woolworths is partnered with Coeliac Australia! You buy a gift card for a preset amount eg $100 and only pay $95 or for $250 and only pay $237.50.

Other examples of options are:

  • The Cheesecake shop (25% off up to $10)
  • JB HIFI (5% off egift cards) – I’ve bought a $1000 gift voucher from JB HIFI when a family member was buying a computer (saved $50)
  • Priceline (10% off egift cards)
  • Country Road (10% off egift cards)
  • Endota Spa (7% off egift cards)
  • Lorna Jane (10% off egift cards)
  • Sheridan (25% off full priced merchandise)

Restaurant vouchers (Melbourne)

We are lucky in Melbourne that there are some good venues offering gluten free options in the Entertainment Book. You can search by location or name of venue and look at the results in list view or on a map.

 

Below are some of the restaurants I have noticed as being listed (note that these change from year to year and are single use only).

City:

  • Fathers office (25% off up to the value of $30)
  • Longrain (25% off up to the value of $40)
  • Ezard (25% off up to the value of $50)
  • Ginger Boy (25% off up to the value of $40)
  • Tutto Bene (25% off up to the value of $45)

Suburbs:

  • Volt Café in Clyde North (25% off up to the value of $25)
  • Sweet Salt Fish & Chips in Northcote (25% off up to the value of $20)
  • The Firehouse in Ringwood (25% off up to the value of $35)
  • The Beehive Hotel in Hawthorn (25% off up to the value of $40)
  • Tonic and Grace in Malvern (25% off up to the value of $25)

There are also offers such as at Sushi sushi, get one free hand roll when one is purchased.

 

Travel and tourism

You can get discounts on car rentals, flights and hotels and tourist attractions. For example, 10% off at Hertz hire care and vouchers for places like the Melbourne Aquarium (buy one, get one free) and Legoland (25% off for up to four people) and Polly Woodside at Southbank (buy one, get one free).

Entertainment Book attractions

So, in answer to the original question about whether an Entertainment memberships is worth it if you are gluten free, then the answer is YES!  You can sign up with this link to support Coeliac Australia.

 

 

You may also be interested in the Coeliac Australia accredited venues page.

Coeliac Australia accredited restaurants

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About the Author: Caroline was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2006 and likes to share her gluten free finds around the UK, Australia and the rest of the world! See more on her in the 'About' page. .

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