PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Don’t have any plans this weekend? If a tight budget is preventing you and your family from having fun, we may have found a solution. From shows to tours, 3 On Your Side consumer reporter Jim Donovan shows the latest way to save on entertainment.

Whether you’re in the mood for music or interested in exploring the city, consider turning to Goldstar.

“We are all about answering what am I going to do this Friday night, this saturday night, whenever it is that I want to go do something more fun than sitting home?” said Jim McCarthy, CEO and co-founder of Goldstar.

Goldstar is a website designed to keep you entertained at prices that are hard to beat.

“About 85 to 90 percent of the tickets offers are 50 percent off,” said McCarthy.

Like half off a dinner cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia or 50% off show tickets, like the Santaland Diaries at the Adrienne theater.

“We’re very focused on live entertainment, theater, comedy, sports, walking tours,” said McCarthy.

Chef Joe Poon’s Wok n’ Walk tour of Chinatown normally costs $60.

“We have a lot of fun on my tour,” said Chef Poon.

Right now the tour and four course meal is offered through Goldstar for $36.

“$36, very good deal on the Goldstar,” said Poon.

You buy tickets directly on Goldstar. Unlike sites like Groupon and Living Social that often require you to act fast, Goldstar doesn’t rush you.

“Shows are typically available for a couple of weeks before the date of the show, so you have time to look at it. You have time to think whether you want to go, who you want to go with,” said McCarthy.

And while new to Philadelphia, Goldstar has been offering deals elsewhere for a decade.

“If you are going to New York for the weekend, your traveling to Las Vegas or San Francisco, LA, we’re all over the country. Once you are a member of Goldstar, you have access to all of it all across the country,” said McCarthy.

For example right now you can get 31 percent off tickets to see the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City.

Unlike ticket brokers, Goldstar works directly with the venue or producers of the event or show.

While there is no cost to join the Goldstar site, they do charge a service fee. It’s varies but averages around $4.50 for the total purchase.


Reported by Jim Donovan, CBS 3

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