buying local http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/17176/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://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.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 target="_blank" href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10817658">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 target="_blank" href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11399177?sid=981709">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 href="http://www.amazon.com/local/deals/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=amznlocal-20" target="_blank">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 target="_blank" href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.aspx?foid=46681427&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow">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 target="_blank" href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11036749">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 target="_blank" href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10917217">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 target="_blank" href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10829050">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 target="_blank" href="http://www.halfoffdepot.com/">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> <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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-sites-to-find-your-halloween-costume-cheap">13 Sites to Find Your Halloween Costume Cheap</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/go-tea-go-the-10-best-online-tea-merchants">Go, Tea, Go: The 10 Best Online Tea Merchants</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/hungry-20-popular-online-grocers-to-satisfy-every-craving">Hungry? 20 Popular Online Grocers to Satisfy Every Craving</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals and Coupons Shopping bargain deals buying local daily deals discount shopping online shopping product reviews Mon, 09 Sep 2013 09:37:19 +0000 Rebecca Leib 981709 at http://www.wisebread.com The Compact: Mindfulness and Frugality Through Buying Used http://www.wisebread.com/the-compact-mindfullness-and-frugality-through-buying-used <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-compact-mindfullness-and-frugality-through-buying-used" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/1811121162_0d74fea666_z.jpg" alt="yard sale" title="yard sale" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2007, I became a member of the environmental movement known as <a target="_blank" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Compact">The Compact</a>, mainly because everything in my life has to be a dare. The basic idea behind The Compact is to take as few new resources out of the planet as possible. The way that Compactors put this idea into practice is <a target="_blank" href="http://sfcompact.blogspot.com/2006/01/new-years-resolution.html">by pledging to only buy used</a> products for one calendar year, with obvious exceptions for things like food, heath care products, and services.</p> <p>I started The Compact because I like to test myself, but many people come to The Compact for the same reason people get involved in the voluntary simplicity movement &mdash; they are broke. And this is totally OK because frugality is often the way that people lower their carbon footprint. So the motive for pledging to buy nothing new isn&rsquo;t really important. Learning to be aware of the environmental costs of every purchase is. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-living-lessons-i-learned-from-hoarders">Simple-Living Lessons&nbsp;I Learned From&nbsp;&quot;Hoarders&quot;</a>)</p> <h2>Saving Money vs. Conserving Resources</h2> <p>While I have yet to hear of anyone who has joined The Compact and not saved thousands of dollars, The Compact is about environmental responsibility, NOT personal frugality. Depending on how you define frugality, how you spend money versus how you spend resources can be very different things.</p> <p><b>Is Couponing Bad for the Planet?</b></p> <p>For example, a long-running discussion on <a target="_blank" href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thecompact/">The Compact&rsquo;s message board</a> is on the subject of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extreme-couponing-5-reasons-why-i-ll-pass">how to use coupons responsibly</a>. While there are several Compactors who are black-belt coupon masters (one member uses her ninja couponing powers to save her local food bank thousands of dollars a year), a number of standard couponing maxims are terrible for the environment.</p> <p>One of the first lessons that most people learn about shopping with coupons is that you should use your largest denomination of coupon to buy the smallest size of an item in order to lower the cost per ounce. While this strategy, when used properly, can save the couponer money, alas, it&rsquo;s horrible for the planet. Buying ten small four ounce containers of say, lotion, not only generates more trash, it takes more resources (plastic, water, electricity, gasoline, etc.) to create ten small containers than it does to create one twenty ounce bottle.</p> <h2>Buying Local Is Not Always Buying Cheap</h2> <p>Another core principle of The Compact is &ldquo;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/choosing-local-businesses">buy local</a>.&rdquo; This is where The Compact can get complicated. Because it&rsquo;s really important to me to have a good used bookstore in my town (Los Angeles), it is worth it to me to spend, on average, $2.00 more per book at my brick and mortar bookstore than I would spend for the same book on Amazon.com.</p> <p>Because the 10,000 members of The Compact live all over the place, the principles of buying used and buying local often come into conflict with each other. For example:</p> <ul> <li>What happens if you live in a small, rural town, where the closest store is the Walmart the next town over?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Is it more environmentally responsible to buy the greenest possible new goods from a store that&rsquo;s become synonymous with exploitation or buy probably more expensive used items from eBay or Goodwill.com that will have to be shipped hundreds of miles to your doorstep?</li> </ul> <p>While frugality often has an immediate reward &mdash; more money in your pocket &mdash; automatically looking for the best deal might have long-term negative repercussions for the environment and for your neighbors.</p> <p>There are two selfish reasons why I go out of my way to try and buy locally even if it means spending more money up front:</p> <p><b>Supporting the Local Economy</b></p> <p>By buying used and buying local in my neighborhood, I am supporting the local economy, not some multinational corporation that doesn&rsquo;t care about maintaining a high quality of life. This positively impacts the value of my home. Target couldn't care less if their store results in traffic gridlock for my neighbors or makes our Main Street less attractive. By patronizing local establishments, I&rsquo;m helping to create and maintain a vibrant consumer experience that is tailored to the needs of local residents.</p> <p><b>Supporting the Health of Locals</b></p> <p>The sprawling ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the largest in the nation and basically serve as the mouth of America&rsquo;s consumerist habit. The combined ports are also the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.examiner.com/article/dealing-with-air-pollution-at-fast-growing-ports-of-la-and-long-beach">largest single contributor to air pollution in Southern California</a>. Because we cannot break our addiction to cheap goods from China, people who live in Long Beach and San Pedro suffer from elevated levels of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. They are literally subsidizing other people&rsquo;s purchases with their health.</p> <h2>The Compact Is a Journey</h2> <p>The Compact is about the journey and not the destination.</p> <p>The process is ultimately fun, which is why most Compactors tend to stay with their pledge long after the first twelve months. And while all Compactors not-so-secretly strive for perfection, every Compactor eventually has to buy something new. Not surprisingly, most Compactors end up subscribing to the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-for-expensive-shoes">you get what you pay for</a>&rdquo; school of thought. Socks and underwear are a Compact exemption and can be purchased new without breaking the pledge.</p> <p>But, even with exemptions, Compactors generally will pay top dollar in order to buy high quality undies that will stand the test of time over a multi-pack of cheap knickers that will fall apart after a few trips through the wash. Sometimes new really is better for the environment. And sometimes more expensive can be better for the budget.</p> <p><em>How do you define frugalness vs. mindfulness? Are they the same thing? Can one be truly mindful without being frugal? Do you think you could step away from the consumer grind for 12 months?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-compact-mindfullness-and-frugality-through-buying-used">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/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</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/6-ways-meditation-can-make-you-a-money-master">6 Ways Meditation Can Make You a Money Master</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/everything-you-need-to-know-about-cloth-diapers">Everything You Need to Know About Cloth Diapers</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/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</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/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living buying local environmentalism mindfulness The Compact Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:24:31 +0000 Max Wong 966270 at http://www.wisebread.com