I'm an early adopter of some things, and very late to the party with others, but as they say, better late than never!
Better late indeed as I'm saving money with an app called The Entertainer, which offers hundreds of Buy One Get One Free offers for dining, attractions, leisure activities, health & fitness and accommodation across South Africa (and 39 other countries – cool for when you're travelling).
How it works is you download the app, register, and pay. You then have access to more than 6 500 "buy one get one free" offers for restaurants, bars, attractions, leisure activities, hotels, spas, salons, gyms, fitness studios, retail, everyday services and more. Until now, the offering was available in book form, but from next year, The Entertainer will be digital only in SA.
Now, you're probably thinking "Eeeuw, the offers probably exist at dodgy dives, or places so far out you need a snack pack and a map (because there's no GPS coordinates)", which was my first thought too. But it's just the opposite – have a look at some of what's in Hyde Park or Melrose Arch, or Sea Point or Gardens for example (these are typically all places I'd go to anyway).
You might also be thinking that it's going to be awkward pulling out a piece of paper showing that you've bought an offer (remember Groupon?), or that there are ts and cs like you can only get a free margharita pizza on a Monday night between 7pm and 8pm, and with no extra toppings (a bit like Groupon). It's nothing like that, and admittedly we were quite nervous at trendy So Yum in Hyde Park when we had to show the app and qualify for the discount as we were expecting awkardness and maybe even a tale of how we couldn't use it on a Sunday.
In reality, no one balked when they saw our app and then typed in the code to get the offer redeemed, and it was smooth sailing. We left having saved R160, and with our dignity intact. In fact, it felt like I had stolen something, and kinda expected them to come after me.
It's good to know that "buy one get one for free" doesn't mean that you and your partner/bestie/family member need to order the exact same meal. Rather, it refers to the course or type: for example "get a complimentary milkshake when a milkshake of equal or greater value is purchased". This doesn't mean you both have to order the same flavour of milkshake. The same with mains – you don't each have to order spaghetti Bolognaise – you just need to order a main meal.
For kids, there are offers for AcroBranch, Adventure Golf, Bounce, Croc City and F1 Indoor Karting, just as a start in Gauteng. There are hundreds more children-friendly activites on Entertainer.
So there are no catches, no embarrassment, and just savings at places that people love to go to. There are also hot new offerings, according to The Entertainer team. These include:
- New category, Fashion & Retail2, will feature ‘Spend & Save’ offers from leading retailers, including ischu (Cape Town), Randpark Pro Shop (Johannesburg & Pretoria), So Whipped (Durban) and many more.
- Another new category, Everyday Services3, will feature 50% off popular service providers including Intaba Projects (Cape Town), Randlords (Johannesburg), Home Bru (Durban) and many more.
- With the purchase of any product in South Africa, Entertainer members will also enjoy exclusive access to Entertainer getaways – a brand new in-app booking engine, which has exclusive rates at over 550,000 hotels in 200+ countries.
The 2018 Entertainer products are available to purchase through the Entertainer website or the app and there's a special early bird price until 30 November 2017.
Here are prices and listings to give you a better idea of what you can expect:
Cape Town 2018 includes over 2 300 Buy One Get One Free and discount offers for dining, attractions, leisure activities, retail and services. Top brands include Mondiall, The Cape Wheel, Life Day Spa, Cattle Baron, Babylonstoren and hundreds more across Cape Town. Exciting new additions include Charango, Roast & Co and The Crazy Horse.
Early Bird Offer: R395 (RRP R495) with 2 FREE add-ons (Cheers Cape Town 2018 and More Africa 2018).
Cheers Cape Town 2018 features hundreds of Buy One Get One Free offers, exclusively redeemable on drinks at the city's hottest bars and restaurants, including The Salt Yard, The Station on Bree, The Odyssey, and many more. Customers must be of legal drinking age (18 years) to purchase.
Early Bird Offer: FREE with every purchase of Cape Town 2018 (RRP R195).
Johannesburg & Pretoria 2018 includes over 2 100 Buy One Get One Free and discount offers for dining, attractions, leisure activities, retail and services. Top brands include Haagen-Dazs, La Vie En Rose, Renaissance Spa, Piza e Vino, Adventure Golf and hundreds more. Exciting new additions include AGNI by Vikrams, Eish Kream, Rush SA and Bill Harrops Balloon Safaris.
Early Bird Offer: R295 (RRP R495) with 3 FREE add-ons (Cheers Johannesburg & Pretoria 2018, Durban 2018, More Africa 2018).
Cheers Johannesburg & Pretoria 2018 features hundreds of Buy One Get One Free offers, exclusively redeemable on drinks at the city's hottest bars and restaurants, including The Steamworks Bar, Billy The Bum’s Food & Cocktail Bar, The Sands, Jack Friday, Mavericks Corner, and many more. Customers must be of legal drinking age (18 years) to purchase.
Early Bird Offer: FREE with every purchase of Johannesburg & Pretoria 2018 (RRP R195).
Durban 2018 includes over 1 900 Buy One Get One Free and discount offers for dining, attractions, leisure activities, retail and services. Top brands include Sugarlicious, La Vita Spa, Lucky Shaker, El Toro, Xpression on the Beach, and hundreds more. Exciting new additions include Savior Café, Durban Burger Co, Stokers Arms and Adega.
Early Bird Offer: R295 (RRP R395) with 3 FREE add-ons (Cheers Durban 2018, Johannesburg & Pretoria 2018, More Africa 2018).
Cheers Durban 2018 features hundreds of Buy One Get One Free offers, exclusively redeemable on drinks at the city's hottest bars and restaurants, including Lucky Shaker, Barrio, Raffles Nightclub, Crush Nightclub and many more. Customers must be of legal drinking age (18 years) to use.
FREE with every purchase of Durban 2018.