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The August back-to-school season always brings out the coupon books and cards that serve as school and nonprofit fundraisers, and as a way for us to get valuable coupons to save money at restaurants, attractions and businesses.

One of the longtime players is the Nashville City Saver book, and there is big news on that front: Great American Opportunities, a member of the Southwestern Family of Companies, has acquired City Saver, and plans to take the concept nationwide.

Tom Beach, along with his wife, Kristin, launched City Saver with a Nashville coupon book 15 years ago in their home bonus room. They have grown the company into a four-city network (Nashville, Clarksville, Memphis and Louisville, Ky.) and now are adding 23 more cities this year.

The 2019 Nashville City Saver coupon book includes discounts from more than 300 area restaurants, attractions and shops. About 35,000 of the books will be sold in the Nashville area, by about 75 schools, school groups and nonprofits. The books sell for $25, and the school or nonprofit keeps $9 to $12.50, depending on how many books are sold.

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There are discounts to expensive attractions such as the Above All Extreme Air Sports, Madam Tussauds, and The Mansion at Fontanel, and deals on tickets to college games at Middle Tennessee State, Lipscomb and Belmont universities, as well as tickets to  Memphis Grizzlies games and a discount in the Predators Team Store. 

You’ll find a half-off coupon for Nashville Zoo admission; a deal on the Park ‘n Fly option near the airport; and some valuable buy one, get one free deals for cultural attractions such as Cheekwood, the Frist Art Museum, the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Children’s Theatre, the Nashville Ballet and the Nashville Opera.

There are tons of restaurants: Neighbors, Slick Pig BBQ, Café Lula, Newk’s, Green Hills Grille, Donut Den, Honey Baked Ham, Baskin Robbins, Cabana and more. There also are golf deals and plenty of coupons focused on saving on family fun, such as movies, bowling and birthday party venues.

There are some coupons for  retailers too — at Ace Hardware, Sport Seasons, Once Upon a Child and Phillips Toy Mart. 

A big plus for City Saver is its app, which doubles your couponing pleasure, since you can use the paper coupons from the City Saver book and also use the app on your phone for a digital version.

And even better with the Great American acquisition, your app will also get you deals in all of the other cities which have books, including Memphis, Atlanta and Knoxville.  Coupons are good through December 2019.

“When we first started this, we dreamed of taking it nationwide and now it is happening,” Tom Beach said, noting that Great American plans to have books in 200 or more cities within the next two or three years. “It’s exciting stuff.” 

To find out which area schools and groups are selling the City Savers, or for other information, email [email protected] or call 1-877-450-7283.

Smart Savings Card

Innovative Funding’s Smart Savings Card has been around for more than 25 years. The $20 cards, which offer discounts on food, fun and shopping in 27 midstate counties, including Davidson, Wilson, Sumner and Williamson, are good through Aug. 1, 2019. You can purchase a card specific to the county where you live. 

The handy cards, which are the size of a credit card, are being sold by more than 350 organizations, schools and athletic groups in the various counties. They also are sold at ThriftSmart and $12 of the card’s price goes to the school or nonprofit that sells it.

This year’s cards include several panels of one-time coupons, such as $10 off a $50 purchase at Ace Hardware, $5 off a $25 purchase at Family Dollar, $10 off a purchase of $65 or more at Off Broadway Shoes and a very popular $10 gift card with a new or renewed Sam’s Club membership.

The cards also have dozens of discounts that can be used repeatedly. For example, there are 10 percent off coupons for Cabana, Midtown Cafe, Anatolia, Hog Heaven and Sitar that you can use every time you eat at those restaurants. The same thing goes for a 99-cent drink offer at Exxon TigerMarket, Mapco and Twice Daily’s gas stations.

You can download the card on your smart phone so that you can access the discounts from your phone, even without the card.

Details: 615-254-1259 or www.smartsavingslink.com.

$aveAround

This $25 magazine-sized booklet is filled with buy-one-get-one-free pizza and fast food coupons and also has some other deals such as a buy one adult, get one child’s ticket free coupon for Nashville Children’s Theatre; a $10 off a $50 purchase or $20 off a $100 purchase at Sport Seasons; a free MVP hair cut for first-time customers at SportsClips, and an all day play deal for $10 (or a buy-one-get-one-free deal) at Monkey Joe’s Sunday through Friday. The booklet’s sales are being handled by Innovative Funding, which is offering it to the same schools that are selling the Smart Discount Cards. Schools and organizations that sell $ave Around get to keep $12.50 of the $25 sales price.

Details: 615-254-1259 or www.smartsavingslink.com.

Nashville Entertainment Book

If you are wondering about the Nashville Entertainment Book, which has been around for years as a school fundraiser, the company said the way to get the 2019 book is to order it at https://shop.entertainment.com. You can choose from a $19.99 digital/mobile product or a $35 book. To order, look for a drop-down menu in the upper left corner saying:  “View Savings. Select a Market of City.” You can scroll through the 112 available markets available to select the region that best matches your location. Each local edition allows you to preview cities in that Entertainment Book and a sample of merchants there.

Reach Ms. Cheap at 615-259-8282 or [email protected] Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/mscheap, and at Tennessean.com/mscheap, and on Twitter @Ms_Cheap, and catch her every Thursday at 11 a.m. on WTVF-Channel 5’s “Talk of the Town.”

 

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