daily deals http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12266/all en-US All the Savings Under the Sun: 12 Essential Daily Deal Sites http://www.wisebread.com/all-the-savings-under-the-sun-12-essential-daily-deal-sites <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/all-the-savings-under-the-sun-12-essential-daily-deal-sites" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-5306104-small.jpg" alt="online shopping" title="online shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In recent years, daily deals and daily deal sites have been booming with opportunities for serious city-centric savings. More than ever, these sites make it easy for the savvy online shopper to get the price cuts and deals they so crave. Here are the essential sites that host the best and most exciting daily deals. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-the-most-out-of-daily-deal-sites">Get the Most Out of Daily Deal Sites</a>)</p> <h2>Groupon</h2> <p>The daily deal trailblazer, <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10817658" target="_blank">Groupon</a> corners the market on all-around deal coverage. Save on practically every service you can imagine with Groupon &mdash; from fixing your car to fixing your golf swing. And not only is Groupon super useful, it's easy to use and the descriptions are informative with a witty edge.</p> <h2>Living Social</h2> <p>The marketplace to share and buy at bargain prices, <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11399177?sid=981709" target="_blank">Living Social</a> seeks to share the best deals in every city. It's simple to use and easy to share, with referral discounts and lots of daily savings.</p> <h2>Eversave</h2> <p><a href="http://eversave.evyy.net/c/27771/18027/788">Eversave</a> not only boasts daily deals, but also includes printable coupons, an app, a blog, and a partnership program for writers and fellow online aficionados. Eversave is also great for people who like to patronize the same site for their deals. Stick with Eversave, and they'll gift you with priority on deals, specials, discounts, and loyalty benefits.</p> <h2>Plum District</h2> <p><a href="http://partner.plumdistrict.com/c/27771/61768/924">Plum District</a> offers daily deals for families, and specifically for moms who appreciate a great deal. From crafting to travel, Plum District is a community-conscious, chic, search-friendly site for active families in every area.</p> <h2>Amazon Local</h2> <p>The Amazon we know and love also does daily deals. Meet <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/local/deals/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=amznlocal-20">Amazon Local</a>, the friendliest deal site with exclusive deals for every city. With easy shipping and lots of ways to share daily deals, Amazon Local is truly a way to connect to your city's best deals and hidden treasures.</p> <h2>Gilt City</h2> <p><a rel="nofollow" href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.aspx?foid=46681427&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1" target="_blank">Gilt City</a> is an &quot;insider's&quot; daily deal site, and promises that you'll get the finest, most exclusive offers and memorable adventures that will make you fall in love with your city all over again. Sound good, especially paired with that $25 credit when you refer a friend. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discount-luxury-save-50-or-more-on-5-fabulous-substitutions">Discount Luxury</a>)</p> <h2>Dealchicken</h2> <p><a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11036749" target="_blank">Dealchicken</a> has deep savings on everything from electronics to golf. Dealchicken has an upbeat design and an interface that shows how much you've saved on each deal, and how to quickly redeem and share.</p> <h2>Ethicaldeal</h2> <p><a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10917217" target="_blank">Ethicaldeal</a> isn't your average daily deal site; it strives to bring you deals and help the earth. With &quot;making green mainstream&quot; as its slogan, Ethicaldeal assists buyers in making greener choices by offering discounts on lots of incredible, eco-friendly services. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/green-websites-that-save-and-make-you-money">26 Green Websites That Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>Mamasource by Mamapedia</h2> <p><a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10829050" target="_blank">Mamasource</a> is a network of moms from around the country who host daily deals to make parenthood easier on the wallet. With an emphasis on customer service, Mamasource offers lots of help and returns, plus unique deals up 90% off retail prices.</p> <h2>Groopdealz</h2> <p><a href="http://groopdealz.evyy.net/c/27771/22698/918">Groopdealz</a> functions a lot like Etsy with simple, readable deals every day, often from local and independent buyers. The site corners the market on crafty, featuring jewelry, clothes, and home goods with a unique flair. Free shipping on some items makes Groopdealz all the more buyer-friendly. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fine-art-makes-fine-gifts">Fine Art Makes Fine Gifts</a>)</p> <h2>Half Off Depot</h2> <p>With an emphasis on social, entertainment and adventure deals, <a href="http://www.halfoffdepot.com/" target="_blank">Half Off Depot</a> is the place to go if you want to explore your city! A friendly interface and searchable by city or activity, Half Off Depot will make any day more fun&hellip;on the cheap!</p> <h2>Moolala.com</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moolala.com/">Moolala</a> offers an exciting deal from a local or online merchants straight to your inbox, every day. Each deal saves 50%-90% off the product or service's retail price, which means you've got money to spend on the next day's awesome deal.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite daily deal sites?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-the-savings-under-the-sun-12-essential-daily-deal-sites" class="sharethis-link" title="All the Savings Under the Sun: 12 Essential Daily Deal Sites" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rebecca-leib">Rebecca Leib</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-the-savings-under-the-sun-12-essential-daily-deal-sites">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-online-stores-with-surprisingly-great-clothing-deals">8 Online Stores With Surprisingly Great Clothing Deals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-a-beginners-guide">How to Shop: A Beginner&#039;s Guide</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discount-designer-clothing-17-places-to-get-name-brands-for-less">Discount Designer Clothing: 17 Places to Get Name Brands for Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-stuff-at-homegoods">How to Find the Best Stuff at HomeGoods</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Deals and Coupons Shopping bargain deals buying local daily deals discount shopping online shopping Mon, 09 Sep 2013 09:37:19 +0000 Rebecca Leib 981709 at http://www.wisebread.com Big Bytes: Using Tech for Restaurant Discounts http://www.wisebread.com/big-bytes-using-tech-for-restaurant-discounts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/big-bytes-using-tech-for-restaurant-discounts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/phone_at_restaurant.jpg" alt="Man using his phone at a restaurant" title="Man using his phone at a restaurant" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="155" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the best things about technology &mdash; according to just about everybody but Congress &mdash; is the wealth of information that&rsquo;s available anytime and anywhere we need it.</p> <p>As the Internet and smartphones have evolved, so too has the way people use this technology. Our iPhones and Androids aren&rsquo;t just for looking up news and directions anymore, they&rsquo;re also an excellent way to save money on food and snacks on the go.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re a busy career person or just that guy or girl who&rsquo;d rather eat take out than turn on a burner, here are 10 tech-savvy apps and websites that will save you money when those hunger pangs hit, no matter where you are. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-cheapskates-guide-to-eating-out">A Cheapskate's Guide to Eating Out</a>)</p> <h2>Foursquare</h2> <p>You usually can&rsquo;t score full meals using <a href="https://foursquare.com/">Foursquare</a> specials, but there are probably good deals that you can take advantage of in your neighborhood. In my area, there are lots of restaurants that offer a free glass of wine just for stopping in &mdash; no purchase necessary. At a Ruby Tuesday once, my husband and I scored a free appetizer by asking for the manager as the special requested. We had already eaten our dinner and weren&rsquo;t hungry for the appetizer, which means that we got free dessert instead. Cake is much better than pot stickers anyway.</p> <h2>Restaurant.com</h2> <p>I live by gift certificates from <a href="http://www.restaurant.com/">Restaurant.com</a> for two reasons: 1) They&rsquo;re a great way to try a restaurant that you maybe you wouldn&rsquo;t have otherwise, and 2) they provide an excellent opportunity to save money on a restaurant that you frequent a lot. There&rsquo;s a place around the corner from my house that I visit at least four times a week to finish up my work or to simply connect with others since I work from home all day. I keep my gift certificates in my bag (which, by the way, I buy at the deepest discount available &mdash; mostly 80% but sometimes 90% off; do your Google search), so if I get hungry while I&rsquo;m there I can order dinner without feeling too guilty about it.</p> <h2>Scoutmob</h2> <p>I used <a href="http://scoutmob.com/">Scoutmob</a> for the very first time last week, and it was easy as pie. When I opened the app, I noticed that one of my favorite restaurants was offering 50% off meals with a max discount of $25 (other deals will vary more or less, however). When my husband and I were looking for someplace to eat on Friday, that&rsquo;s the first place that came to mind. Deals on Scoutmob don&rsquo;t cost the user any money, either. You just show up, check in, and hand your phone to your server so that he can verify the discount.</p> <h2>Groupon Now!</h2> <p>This app is similar to Scoutmob in that it shows the deals closest to you at any given time, but unlike Scoutmob, <a href="http://www.groupon.com/now">Groupon Now!</a> charges the users a discounted fee for whatever food item is offered. Personally, I would check Scoutmob first, but the deals are still very good here, too.</p> <h2>Papa John&rsquo;s App</h2> <p>I&rsquo;m singling this app out for a reason. Papa John&rsquo;s has a program called <a href="http://www.papajohns.com/rewards/index.shtm">Papa Rewards</a> that allows registered users to earn points based on the cost of their orders. You receive one point for every $5 spent. Once you receive 25 points &mdash; which to be honest, doesn&rsquo;t take too long depending on how often you order from the joint (we order from here way too much!) &mdash; you qualify for a free pizza. I&rsquo;m using Papa John&rsquo;s as an example here to let you know that these kinds of programs exist (with keychain and punch cards, too), and they&rsquo;re worth looking into if you frequent certain establishments.</p> <h2>GrubHub</h2> <p>When I originally chose <a href="http://www.grubhub.com/">GrubHub</a> to include in this post, I was under the impression that new registrants of the web- and app-based delivery service received a $10 credit to use when placing their first order. That was true at one point, but the deal expired this past November. Because I didn&rsquo;t want you to miss out on GrubHub if you haven&rsquo;t yet tried it &mdash; and I certainly didn&rsquo;t want to deprive you of a chance to save some dough &mdash; I called the GrubHub peeps yesterday, and they were totally excited to offer the first 50 Wise Bread readers (who are new GrubHub users) a $5 <a href="http://wisebread.com/coupons">coupon code</a> to use when checking out after ordering their meal. Just enter WISEBREAD5 before January 23 to redeem this exclusive offer.</p> <h2>LivingSocial Instant</h2> <p><a href="https://www.livingsocial.com/instant">LivingSocial Instant</a> is the exact same concept as Groupon Now! Like I said before, you might find a deal here that Groupon Now! or Scoutmob doesn&rsquo;t have. It only takes a few minutes to compare and save.</p> <h2>BlackboardEats</h2> <p>The <a href="http://blackboardeats.com/">BlackboardEats</a> website/app is a bit more exclusive than the others, with deals targeting only Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. But registered users will receive weekly e-mails good for a percentage off their meal, a free bottle of wine, exclusive prix fixes, secret menus, and more at some of the best restaurants in their respective cities.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Happy Hour Finder</h2> <p>The best part about happy hours is the discount booze and sometimes free food. In fact, I once stumbled upon a happy hour at the Jersey Shore that offered a smorgasbord of food including pastas, sausages, and cold cuts &mdash; enough to feed a crowd full of juice heads and me &mdash; for free. As soon as you open the <a href="http://thehappyhourfinder.com/">Happy Hour Finder</a> app, you&rsquo;ll find happy hours nearby plus their registered deals. There are 13 in my area right now. How many are in yours?</p> <h2>Restaurant-Specific Websites</h2> <p>Before a trip to Dallas two years ago, I did an Internet search for the best barbecue restaurants in the area &mdash; I mean, who goes to Dallas without getting sauce on their shirt? Anyway, the search told me that Sonny Bryan&rsquo;s Smokehouse was highly recommended, so I visited the website to see what it was all about. I&rsquo;m glad I did, too. Right there on the front page was a sign-up form for a buy one, get one free coupon. Total score! So many restaurants have these deals as part of their loyalty clubs and people overlook them &mdash; especially on birthdays when you can get a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-birthday-freebies">motherload of freebies</a>&hellip;and a few extra pounds.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-bytes-using-tech-for-restaurant-discounts" class="sharethis-link" title="Big Bytes: Using Tech for Restaurant Discounts" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-bytes-using-tech-for-restaurant-discounts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-great-beer-apps-to-kick-start-your-summer">5 Great Beer Apps to Kick-Start Your Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-cycling-apps-for-5-or-less">The 10 Best Cycling Apps for $5 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/six-great-tech-tools-for-planning-your-own-death-0">Six Great Tech Tools for Planning Your Own Death</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-birthday-freebies">Big List of Birthday Freebies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smartphone-apps-to-help-you-save-big">6 Smartphone Apps to Help you Save Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Food and Drink Technology customer rewards daily deals restaurant discounts smartphone apps Mon, 23 Jan 2012 11:24:27 +0000 Mikey Rox 871432 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Daily Deal Sites for Small Business http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/5-daily-deal-sites-for-small-business <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/5-daily-deal-sites-for-small-business" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/articles/5-daily-deal-sites-for-small-business</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/5-daily-deal-sites-for-small-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000002048191Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/5-daily-deal-sites-for-small-business" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Daily Deal Sites for Small Business" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><p>If you thought the daily deals sites were only for those interested in restaurants, gifts, or spa services, you may be surprised and delighted to learn that small business owners <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/4-ways-to-get-vendor-discounts-1" target="_blank">can also find applicable discounts</a> through these types of retailers. Here is a list of sites that offer exclusive bargains perfect for your home office or entrepreneurial dream.</p> <p><strong>Startups.com</strong></p> <p>If saving up to 90 percent on a hot web app is your thing, then <a href="http://startups.com/" target="_blank">Startups.com</a> may be for you. Each deal is tested prior to being advertised, and the offerings have quite a variety. Past deals include apps for gaining more Twitter followers, organizing tips for your cloud-based documentation, professional translating tools, and web-based hosting. Startups.com offers a 30 day money back guarantee for all purchases, as well is a $10 refer-a-friend program.</p> <p><strong>BizDeals.com</strong></p> <p>For those looking for more tangible savings, <a href="http://bizdeals.com/" target="_blank">BizDeals.com</a> can help you out. By using the power of group discounting, the site can offer significant savings on items like telephones, video cameras, and tradeshow printing services. The majority of the deals still seem to be service-based (web design, for example), but there but are definitely deals here that aren&rsquo;t posted elsewhere. [<i>Note: Like all deal sites, do some research before committing to a purchase. Some of the bargains we found here were widely available to anyone and weren&rsquo;t always the best price.</i>] There are usually no more than two deals running at a time on this site.</p> <p><strong>AppSumo</strong></p> <p>The new love of my life is <a href="http://www.appsumo.com/" target="_blank">AppSumo</a>, a highly addictive shopping site with everything from e-books to virtual seminars to design services. Perhaps the most valuable deals listed here are those that promise to educate. Techies will love the tutorials designed to up your programming skills or social media strategy. You don&rsquo;t have to be a hard-core IT buff to enjoy the deals, however. Some of the most popular bargains would be useful to anyone; a recent deal involved a deep discount on test prep software for the SAT, ACT, GRE, and more! AppSumo has a 100 percent money back guarantee and gives $10 credit per each referred sale.</p> <p><strong>GroupPrice</strong></p> <p>When you&rsquo;ve found yourself with a shrinking budget, but need some of the more traditional marketing and promotional services to fulfill your business plan, <a href="http://www.groupprice.com/" target="_blank">GroupPrice</a> may be able to help. This site offers quite a few deals at a time, and the offerings range wildly. Some of the more notable deals include items that mid-sized businesses would likely buy anyway: automated calling services, remote staffing, and even online video spokespeople! If you&rsquo;re still in the homegrown stages, however, you may find their venture capital pitch review or stock video footage services to be more your speed.</p> <p><strong>RapidBuyr</strong></p> <p>Looking for a decent price on a laptop, printer, or full-color ad in a major magazine? <a href="http://www.rapidbuyr.com/" target="_blank">RapidBuyr</a> strives to provide high-end goods and services to business owners with their competitive deals. Like more generalized deal sites, RapidBuyr offers a credit equal to the unused portion of a deal you purchase and are unable to redeem, and most deals run from 1-5 days (provided they don&rsquo;t sell out first!) One handy feature of the site is an embedded price comparison chart that shows major competitor&rsquo;s pricing and what they call &ldquo;street pricing.&rdquo; Our own searches found that they were, indeed, at least 10 percent lower than all outlets on the deals that were active at the time.</p> <p>Finding more deal sites can be dangerous (especially if you like to shop.) As a small business owner or purchasing manager, however, they can also provide the potential to stretch that buck in some hard economic times.</p> <p><em>Have you used a business deal site? Is there one you love that we missed?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/5-daily-deal-sites-for-small-business">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-big-expenses-you-can-easily-get-rid-of">10 Big Expenses You Can Easily Get Rid Of</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-around-the-house">101 Ways to Save Money Around the House</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-saving-new-years-goals-that-you-can-actually-keep">10 Money-Saving New Year&#039;s Goals That You Can Actually Keep</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/100-ways-to-make-more-money-this-year">100+ Ways to Make More Money This Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Small Business Resource Center business costs cost cutting costs daily deals online discounts saving money small business Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:43:09 +0000 Linsey Knerl 789073 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Ensure You Use Your Groupons and Other Daily Deals http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ensure-you-use-your-groupons-and-other-daily-deals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-ensure-you-use-your-groupons-and-other-daily-deals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/using_groupon.jpg" alt="Woman using a Groupon" title="Woman using a Groupon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="160" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have an embarrassing admission &mdash; when I moved across the country six month ago, I left a small wave of unused daily deals vouchers in my wake.</p> <p>I felt awful about it &mdash; I hate wasting money! But as my life got busy preparing for a cross-country move, I found myself forgetting expiration dates, meeting friends for goodbyes at non-coupon restaurants because they were more convenient, and in the end, leaving some vouchers because I simply ran out of time and couldn't find anyone else who wanted to use them.</p> <p>Granted, I did have a lot going on at the time. That said, no matter how calm or busy your life is, it can be easy to buy a <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10817658">Groupon</a>, Living Social, or other daily deal coupon on impulse and forget about it. If you're the sort of person who loves purchasing daily deals, but isn't always great at using them, follow these techniques to make sure you get the most out of your coupons. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-daily-deals-make-good-gifts">Do Daily Deals Make Good Gifts?</a>)</p> <h3>1. Put Deadlines on Your Calendar &mdash; More Than Once</h3> <p>For months I put the expiration dates of my daily deals on my Google calendar, thinking that would be enough to remind me to use them. And sure, I'd remember...two days before they expired. This left me scrambling to use the coupons. Now I also put a two-week warning on my calendar as well so I have plenty of time to plan.</p> <h3>2. Get Deals With a Buddy</h3> <p>My friend Chantal is my exercise buddy. When I see an interesting deal for dancing, spinning, or another type of exercise, I'll forward it to her. If we both decide to get it, we're able to keep on each other to make sure we use the deal. This technique works for just about any deal, too &mdash; before you buy, find an interested friend to check out a restaurant with you, do a spa day, or take a tour.</p> <h3>3. Use the Voucher Immediately</h3> <p>Why procrastinate? If you're a strike-while-the-iron-is-sizzling type (or a forget-that-the-iron-is-on type), use your deal as soon as you get it.</p> <h3>4. Keep an Entertainment Folder</h3> <p>If you don't want to use your voucher immediately, you can at least print it immediately. Keep your unused vouchers in a folder somewhere prominent in your home, and when you're trying to think of where you want to eat or what you want to do, flip through your entertainment folder, grab a voucher, and go. You can also keep vouchers in your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-items-city-dwelling-dudes-should-keep-in-their-bags">bag</a> or wallet if you want to impulsively use one when you're out and about &mdash; just make sure it's not one that requires a reservation.</p> <h3>5. Remember &mdash; You Can Use Your Vouchers After Their Expiration Dates</h3> <p>Even if you pass the deadline of the &quot;promotional value&quot; of your deal, you can still redeem the purchase value of it. For example, if you paid $15 for $45 of sushi and you forget to use the deal before it expires, you can still get your $15 with your voucher. It's always best to check the terms of your individual deal, but generally, this is the case.</p> <p><em>Do you have any techniques for making sure you use your daily deal vouchers? Share in the comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ensure-you-use-your-groupons-and-other-daily-deals" class="sharethis-link" title="How to Ensure You Use Your Groupons and Other Daily Deals" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ensure-you-use-your-groupons-and-other-daily-deals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-cheap-and-easy-formulas-for-homemade-windshield-de-icer-plus-bonus-tips">3 Cheap and Easy Formulas for Homemade Windshield De-Icer (Plus Bonus Tips)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-disposable-products-you-can-reuse">21 Disposable Products You Can Reuse</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Frugal Living Life Hacks calendar daily deals expire groupon Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:36:19 +0000 Meg Favreau 706961 at http://www.wisebread.com Do Daily Deals Make Good Gifts? http://www.wisebread.com/do-daily-deals-make-good-gifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/do-daily-deals-make-good-gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/several_gift_boxes.jpg" alt="Gift boxes" title="Gift boxes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Gift giving is never easy, especially on obligatory occasions like holidays and birthdays. Because I never know for sure what to get for anyone, unless someone has expressed interest in something specific, I am increasingly inclined to give gifts of experience. You know, tickets to a concert or a gift certificate to a nice restaurant, rather than just another THING that will collect dust in someone's attic or basement.</p> <p>With the advent of daily deals <a title="50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites" href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">coupon sites</a> like <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10817658">Groupon</a>, Tippr, and Living Social, you can get pretty good bargains delivered to your inbox every morning. And you've probably already bought one or two of these dealy-bobs for yourself &mdash; but can you give them as gifts? (See also: <a title="To Groupon or Not To Groupon" href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/to-groupon-or-not-to-groupon-the-cost-of-offering-deep-discounts">To Groupon or Not to Groupon</a>)</p> <h2>Yes! Gift a coupon gift when...</h2> <p>There are situations in which a daily deal coupon is a great idea for a gift, such as when...</p> <h4>...the recipient has asked for it.</h4> <p>Your recipient has expressed interest in this exact Groupon, and you're buying it for them. That's pretty straightforward, right? Easy-peasy.</p> <h4>...the recipient loves a good deal.</h4> <p>I have a friend who lives for coupons &mdash; she gets seriously excited when she gets the chance to save money. Whether it's Restaurants.com, Living Social, or consignment store shopping, I have never met anyone else who was so delighted by the opportunity to spend less than full price for something. Friends like this are excellent recipients for deals gifts, because they are usually excited on your behalf that you paid less than full price for their gift. Trust me, these people exist. That said, the coupon still has to be a <em>good deal</em>, not just for the sake of having saved some dough.</p> <h4>...you're going to share the gift (and they don't have to know you got a discount).</h4> <p>Somehow, saying &quot;I got us tickets to see Pearl Jam!&quot; is so much classier than saying, &quot;I bought you discounted tickets to see Pearl Jam!&quot; Not that your recipient should be looking a gift horse in the mouth, but if you are going to be attending the concert/museum exhibit/yoga class with someone else, it's easier to get away with making a covert discounted purchase. I personally think that using a coupon on a date is perfectly reasonable, but I am always right upfront about that kind of thing (&quot;I have a coupon to Nijo Sushi! Want to go stuff our faces of raw fish for cheap?&quot;)</p> <h2>No, don't give a coupon gift if...</h2> <p>OK, there are many more instances in which a daily deal a gift is not such a hot idea, like when...</p> <h4>...the deal expires sooner rather than later.</h4> <p>Some deals have more unreasonable timelines than others. Check to see that the deal doesn't expire before the year is out. In fact, read all of the fine print to be sure that your recipient won't get screwed over in some way.</p> <h4>...it's an out-of-town deal.</h4> <p>When planning a trip to a city that is served by one or more of the social coupon sites, it behooves you to sign up for that city's daily deals to see if you can score tickets to a game or a nice dinner at a hefty discount. But there's sort of a trick to buying a coupon for an out-of-town experience or business, and that is that you are more or less locking yourself into using it during your travels. It's even more complicated if you are buying the coupon for someone else who is visiting another city, or even your own city, because unless the coupon is for something that the travelers were already intent on doing/visiting/eating, such a gift dictates part of their plans.</p> <h4>...your recipient is uber-busy.</h4> <p>The catch with many daily deals, like gift certificates or VISA gift cards, is that they do expire, usually within a year. This makes them less-than-ideal gifts for busy people, or harried people who <em>believe</em> that they are busy. A gift that will expire is simply one more item to weigh heavily upon their minds, so save them the stress (self-imposed or not) of trying to find the time to redeem the gift.</p> <p>Legitimately busy people may love a daily deal coupon, but choose carefully &mdash; $50 off of dinner at a good steak house might be a smarter pick than a month of heated <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/half-moon-full-wallet-free-online-yoga-videos">yoga</a> classes for your cousin Jamie, who runs a busy marketing agency.</p> <h4>...your recipient is not tech-savvy.</h4> <p>My mother is not bad at technology, but she doesn't enjoy it as a rule. Cell phones annoy her, and while she does email, she checks into Facebook once every couple of months only to find that she still hates everything about it. My mom is NOT the ideal recipient for a daily deal gift, because the very act of having to download and print out the requisite barcode is enough to erase any joy she might receive from the actual gift itself. Of course, I can always print out the deal and mail it with a card, but those deals aren't very pretty when printed, are they?</p> <h4>...it's going to cost more than what you paid.</h4> <p>As a rule, a gift is really only a gift if it is fully paid for. Quite often, when you buy a daily deal, you're getting a significant discount off of goods or services, but the allotted number of coupons might not always cover the entire cost for your recipient.</p> <p>This past Christmas, I bought what seemed like a good deal for my parents &mdash; a coupon for the transfer of old media, like photos and reel-to-reel film, to DVD. My family had boxes of old 16mm home movies, and we weren't watching them at all because our old projector was broken. I thought that this would be a great opportunity to help my parents enjoy some fond memories, so I bought two coupons (this was the maximum allowed). The coupons weren't cheap, but I figured that they would help get the ball rolling.</p> <p>Well, it DID get the ball rolling, but unfortunately the ball rolled upwards of an additional $700 to get all of the old movie footage transferred to DVD. In addition, my parents weren't even particularly impressed. Like everyone else, their attention spans have shortened over the years, so now watching five to ten minutes of video of my sister and me as infants doesn't thrill them the way it did back in the 1980s.</p> <p>So much for nostalgia! Oh, well. At least I can upload some of the old videos of my sister running around naked as a baby to YouTube.</p> <p><em>Can you think of other situations that you can think of in which giving a coupon is a great idea, or a terrible one? Tell us in the comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-daily-deals-make-good-gifts" class="sharethis-link" title="Do Daily Deals Make Good Gifts?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-daily-deals-make-good-gifts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-gift-guide-gifts-that-save-money">25 Gifts That Save Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flower-power-a-guide-to-frugal-valentines-flowers">Flower Power - A Guide to Frugal Valentine&#039;s Flowers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-gifts-for-your-boss">10 Gifts for Your Boss</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Lifestyle Shopping bad purchases daily deals gifts Fri, 19 Aug 2011 10:36:11 +0000 Andrea Karim 638775 at http://www.wisebread.com Meet Brooke Kaelin, Our Daily Deals Editor http://www.wisebread.com/meet-brooke-kaelin-our-daily-deals-editor <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/meet-brooke-kaelin-our-daily-deals-editor" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/BrookeKaelin.jpg" alt="Brooke Kaelin" title="Brooke Kaelin" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="129" height="149" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hello, my name is Brooke Kaelin. I&rsquo;m the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bestdeals/today">Daily Deals</a> Editor here at Wise Bread. I&rsquo;m a wife, a mother, an author, and a total penny pincher. I don&rsquo;t purchase anything (with the exception of certain food items) unless I can get it at least 50% off. As I write, it&rsquo;s the beginning of November, and I am almost done with my Christmas shopping. I haven&rsquo;t paid full price for anything, and I haven&rsquo;t put anything on credit.</p> <p>Incidentally, almost everything I have purchased has been listed in the Daily Deals over the last few months.</p> <p>Sometimes deals can be a blessing. They let you save money on things you need, and you get to feel like (and possibly eventually have) a million bucks because you didn&rsquo;t toss your hard earned cash down the toilet. There&rsquo;s a dark side to deals too though, and I&rsquo;d be remiss if I didn&rsquo;t mention it.</p> <p>One of our writers, Phillip Brewer, posted an article titled &ldquo;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/who-has-the-time-or-money-for-deals">Who has the time (or money) for deals?</a>&rdquo; In it he made some amazing points &mdash; in fact I agreed with him on nearly everything.</p> <blockquote><p>Deals only save you money if they let you pay less for stuff you were going to buy anyway. Lists of random deals, though, don't provide that. In fact, I find a list of random deals is usually just a big waste of time &mdash; because it consists almost entirely of things that I had no plan to buy. In practice, it's even worse than that: a list of random deals is (and is intended to be) a temptation to buy stuff I don't need. After all, that's the whole point of deals.</p> </blockquote> <p>Well, as the editor of what is essentially a &ldquo;random deals list&rdquo; how do I respond to this? More importantly, how do I <em>avoid</em> this?</p> <p>When I took over the deals list, I decided that if such a thing is possible, I wanted it to be a true service to people. To the best of my ability, I would only list sales on things that I thought people might really need or want. After all, this is a frugal web site. I figure the readers here are smart enough to call me on any &ldquo;pork&rdquo; that finds its way into the list. More than that though, I realize that it isn&rsquo;t what I think that matters. It&rsquo;s what you think that matters.</p> <p>If you think the deals list needs some work, write me and tell me so. If you&rsquo;re having a hard time finding a great deal on something you need, please write to me and ask &ndash; I&rsquo;ll help. This list belongs to all of us. From the quotes and tips that have been submitted by so many readers, to all the smiles at Christmas this year; items given with love and purchased at a discount. More than anything as editor, I want to maximize the positive side of deals and minimize the negative. But I can only do that with your tips, suggestions and requests.</p> <p>My (virtual) door is always open. You can reach me at <a href="mailto:deals@wisebread.com">deals@wisebread.com</a>.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meet-brooke-kaelin-our-daily-deals-editor" class="sharethis-link" title="Meet Brooke Kaelin, Our Daily Deals Editor" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brooke-kaelin">Brooke Kaelin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meet-brooke-kaelin-our-daily-deals-editor">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-the-savings-under-the-sun-12-essential-daily-deal-sites">All the Savings Under the Sun: 12 Essential Daily Deal Sites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-50-or-more-on-local-stuff-with-groupon-and-others">Save 50% or More on Local Stuff with Groupon and Others</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-daily-deals-make-good-gifts">Do Daily Deals Make Good Gifts?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-mothers-day-gift-ideas-from-bargain-babe">Frugal Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Bargain Babe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Shopping Announcements brooke kaelin daily deals Wed, 03 Nov 2010 12:00:11 +0000 Brooke Kaelin 277458 at http://www.wisebread.com Save 50% or More on Local Stuff with Groupon and Others http://www.wisebread.com/save-50-or-more-on-local-stuff-with-groupon-and-others <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/save-50-or-more-on-local-stuff-with-groupon-and-others" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://cdn.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/groupon.png" alt="Groupon logo" title="Groupon " class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="160" height="126" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There has been an explosion of local deal-of-the-day sites in cities across the country, resulting in a windfall of 50% or more discounts on all kinds of goods and services.</p> <p>For all of these sites &mdash; the most well known are <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10817658">Groupon</a> and <a href="https://livingsocial.com/redeem_invite/5455492-carrie?ref=lnk">Living Social</a> &mdash; the drill is basically the same: a local business offers a voucher or service package at a steep discount for one day, or for a limited time only. Common offers are spa visits, salon treatments, restaurants, and sporting events. Sometimes you'll get a retail offering too. My favorite deals offer something totally crazy that you didn't even know existed, like <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/2009/03/psycho-donuts-doughnut-shop-art-gallery-campbell-california.html">Demented Donuts</a>.</p> <p>In a moment, a list of daily deal sites available in major cities. But first a few tips for buying and using Groupons and other discounted vouchers:</p> <ol> <li> <p><strong>Consider the location.</strong> If you live in a large metro area like I do (Chicago), many of the deals you see for your city will be a long drive from your home or work. I made the mistake of snapping up a massage package an hour's drive away. At $100 for three hour-long massages, I couldn't pass up the deal, but now the coupon is soon to expire and I've only managed to use one of the three massages.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Is it really an exceptional deal?</strong> The daily deal sites usually tell you up front the percent of the discount, but if you'll be going out of your way to patronize this business, you might want to check their Web site to see if they offer any similar deals on an everyday basis, or see how the one-day deal compares to specials available at the businesses you usually patronize.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>How much more will you have to spend?</strong> I like deals that charge a flat fee for the whole service, but some offers sell you a discount, meaning that you'll still have to pay money beyond the coupon value. If so, check the price before buying the voucher &mdash; I recently saw an offer for $60 off hair coloring, which I thought would pay for the whole service. But when I checked the Web site, I saw that salon's coloring services started at $180. Saved from a deal-of-the-day misstep!</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Is it better than Restaurant.com?</strong> I haven't gone for any restaurant deals because they usually offer a gift certificate or voucher for the restaurant at a 50% discount. I prefer to use a coupon code at <a href="http://www.restaurant.com">Restaurant.com</a> to pay $2 or $3 for a $25 certificate, a much better discount than paying $25 for a $50 voucher.</p> </li> <li> <p><strong>Don't forget to tip on the full amount.</strong> When visiting the restaurant, salon, or other business where tips are appropriate, you should tip 15-20% of the service's regular cost, not of your discounted cost.</p> </li> </ol> <h3>The Daily Deals Sites</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10817658">Groupon</a></strong> is now available in cities across the country and even in Vancouver. New York City, Los Angeles, Tulsa, Wichita, you name it. It has a twist: The deal is not officially available until enough people have signed up, but since it is so popular, the deal has been &ldquo;on&rdquo; every day I've looked. Groupon is a robust service that often has the companies offering the deal answer questions on the site, offers an iPhone app, and has regional meet-ups for fans. They're even paying a dude called <a href="http://liveoffgroupon.com/">the Groupawn</a> to travel for a year living on nothing but an unlimited supply of Groupons.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://livingsocial.com/redeem_invite/5455492-carrie?ref=lnk">Living Social</a></strong> lists 26 cities, including Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, New York, LA and Washington, DC.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.tippr.com">Tippr</a></strong> lists eight cities, including Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, DC, and San Francisco. Their twist is that the deal usually gets better after a certain number of people buy.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://reviews.angieslist.com/deals.aspx">Angie's List Big Deal</a></strong> is currently in a handful of cities including Chicago, New York, San Francisco, DC, and Cleveland. Coming soon to many more.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.youvegottagetit.com">You've Gotta Get It</a></strong> is just Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.youswoop.com/invite/carrie.purins">YouSwoop</a></strong> is Chicago-only.</p> <p>There are more sites out there &mdash; more are popping up almost literally every day. But these are the bigger ones. I list all of those daily, plus a few Chicago-only sites, on my blog, <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/frugalista/2010/06/chicago-deals-of-the-day.html">Frugalista</a>, every weekday.</p> <p>Although I've made a few mistakes getting overly excited about daily deals, I've also snagged some great bargains. Using Groupon and Living Social, I've gotten my laundry washed and folded at 60% off, gotten a spa mani-pedi, and tried out pre-cooked gourmet meals.</p> <p>I've also managed to get some free Groupons and made some cash by referring friends and readers to these sites. To refer friends to Groupon, follow the <a href="http://www.groupon.com/visitor_referral">instructions here</a> and you'll get a $10 credit when your referral makes his or her first purchase. Become a YouSwoop ambassador and you can <a href="http://www.youswoop.com/ainvite/carrie.purins">get 10% of your referrals' purchases</a> &mdash; in cash. Living Social will give you a <a href="http://livingsocial.com/affiliates">$5 credit for each referral</a>.</p> <p><em>This post contains affiliate links to help me fulfill my goal of papering my bedroom in Groupons &mdash; or greenbacks.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-50-or-more-on-local-stuff-with-groupon-and-others" class="sharethis-link" title="Save 50% or More on Local Stuff with Groupon and Others" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-50-or-more-on-local-stuff-with-groupon-and-others">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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