They are popping up everywhere and it’s great. They are the group discount sites that many have come to know and absolutely enjoy.
In this article, I aim to find as many as I can and give you a tidbit of what kinds of discounts they currently offer. In my experience, most of these sites are similar in concept, they’ve just chosen maybe a niche market to focus on. Also, you’ll note that as you view the site, they’ll generally want you to sign in your area right away. If it’s troublesome to get around the sign up page, just try and search the url name, then ‘about’ or ‘how it works’ and it should take you to a more general page that allows you to navigate the site before you sign up. Let’s get started.
If you have internet access, you’ve probably heard of Groupon…I take that back…if you at least know someone who has internet access, you’ve probably heard of Groupon. Read more about their origins here. Groupon is best known for its great deals on restaurants, sweet shops, and entertainment, but have come out with a new divisions, such as Groupon Now (where you can get instant deals on restaurants, etc to your smart phone device) and Groupon Getaways (which focuses on travel). Another great thing is I’ve found that there is no hidden junk about purchasing a groupon. And I mean, NO HIDDEN JUNK. Groupons, for me, have proven to be same as cash. Example: Purchased a $10 groupon for $20 worth of fare at a local restaurant I had been wanting to try. I show up, tell the cashier I have a $20 groupon, order about $18 worth of food. Get $2 back. I actually left the restaurant with $2. In essence, I paid $8 for 2 adult people to dinner. In 2011, how rich is that?!
Living Social has basically the same concept as Groupon, except it seems to focus more on experiences, rather than food. Indicative of its name, it seems to work with merchants that get you to hide the hermit and break for the social butterfly. With deals on family activities, getaways, adventures, etc; the savings are often steep. Need a break from a job search, check them out here
Same concept, different niche. While Eversave has similar offerings like some sweet shops or a massage, they seem to focus on subscriptions, catalogues, and lesser known internet merchants. Many of the items on Eversave, I personally have never heard of, so it’s nice to be pointed to a site that can offer very nice jewelry that is not as expensive as, say Blue Nile, and at an even further discount.
You’ll also note that on some of these sites, you can ‘gift’ a deal to someone else. Each has a different way of doing it, but may be worth it. Some sites offer to not allow the recipient to see how much you paid for the deal, so as to not alarm your loved ones that you may be on a budget. Gave up your USA Today subscription to tighten your budget, check them out here to see if they have one available.
More to come in the next edition.