Regularly using gift certificates is the second most dramatic way to save money, after rescuing an oversized novelty check from falling into a pit full of oversized novelty scissors. Keep cash out of harm's way with this Groupon.
$29 for a Book of Free: Dining Out Edition Certificate Book Including Shipping ($64.99 Value)
The Book of Free: Dining Out Edition compiles 38 total certificates from casual and fine-dining locations, such as Palenque Grill, EZ’s, Aldino’s, and Barn Door as well as chains such as Lenny’s Sub Shop, IHOP, and Arby’s. Certificates have varying expiration dates throughout 2012 and early 2013. A portion of each Groupon purchased will benefit the San Antonio Food Bank and Haven for Hope.
Book of Free
Bob Wills started putting together the Book of Free in 2011 with the mission of encouraging San Antonians to explore their city’s restaurants, events, and venues. Each Book of Free overflows with certificates that stick to a theme, such as the current Dining Out Edition or last year’s Holiday Charity Challenge that users can redeem without making any additional purchases or dissecting fine print in a high-school biology class. Partnering with local, regional, and national companies, Book of Free owners can frequent eateries ranging from mom-and-pop locations to larger chains. Wills and the Book of Free team also give back to the community by donating 10% of every Book of Free sold to charity. Early in 2012, the company divvied up more than $150,000 to worthy causes, such as Haven for Hope, the San Antonio Food Bank, and Returning Heroes Home.
The Book of Free
Most popular offering: Book of Free with Six Flags Fiesta Texas Tickets
Good for Kids: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Q&A with the Marketing Manager
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We have free offers that don't require an additional purchase in addition to buy one get one and discount savings.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
Bringing together national, regional, and local partners to create unique, high value savings offers for San Antonio merchants.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
Many customers are grateful to Book of Free for making a normally unaffordable theme park family outing possible.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Creating amazing deals that customers can't find elsewhere. Book of Free is the only merchant in our area offering theme park tickets and savings offers at such a great price.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Giving back to the community is part of our corporate culture—we have given over $300,000 to local charitable organizations in the last 6 years.