We all love a good deal. Some think of it as an art form, waiting and watching for that perfect deal, while others relish in the comparison. There are a million ways and ideas to get something for a bargain. But one of the best and most popular ways to scout for a great deal is through the always reliable and ever popular flash deal websites Living Social and Groupon. They contain an endless supply of opportunities at your fingertips, and not only do they provide powerful coupons on things you want, but they also offer you the ability to experience something you might not have the chance to otherwise.
The list of things I’ve gotten to do through these sites is endless, as are the deals that encompass them. Instead of one boring gym, I’ve tried a multitude of options from a month of unlimited yoga to dance classes, ballet barre, and jump life (think aerobics with a trampoline). I’ve furnished my home, from sheets to an amazing memory foam mattress and an ottoman.
Ski trips, yearly snow tubing trips, and a day at the outlets have all taken place. I’ve eaten well — two dozen oysters for half price, bottles of wine for next to nothing — and I’ve been pampered well, too, with ten-dollar blowouts, manicures, and even several facials.
Many of the people you know have, at one time or another, purchased from these sites to experience one of the above. One of my best friends has never paid full price for a keratin straightening treatment, instead going from deal to deal enjoying treatments throughout the city. Another swears by her monthly waxing.
No matter your preference, habits, or location, there is a Groupon and Living Social deal for you, if you know what to look for. Below, the five best things to buy and shop for on these sites to ensure you live life to the fullest, while still keeping your wallet mostly filled.
Depending on where you live, these sites work locally and are filtered to your neighborhood, so there’s always an abundance of choices. Local restaurants love to work with these websites, and it can usually save you the cost of a bottle of wine — or at least a good portion of your bill. Find your preferred city and genre and get a taste of what they have to offer in your neighborhood.
Men, women — we all require some form of maintenance no matter what our grooming habits, but the emergence of these sites in recent years has allowed us to partake in beauty pleasures we might not have engaged in otherwise. Maybe that hip salon is having a facial special or deal on mani/pedis. You can find literally everything you might want to beautify yourself, from highlights to waxing, pedicures, and massages. Make sure to check the customer reviews on your choices to ensure you’ve picked a top-rated spot.
Variety is the spice of life, so why not get out of your rut and try something else? When my gym membership was getting pricey and not equaling my time actually spent there, I decided to freeze my account and conduct a little experiment. For one month I tried all kinds of different classes. I would peruse Groupon like a hawk and when I found a new one, I’d swoop in. One month later I was feeling good and had tried five different types of workouts for less then the cost of one month’s gym membership.
Using Groupon or Living Social for your own needs is beneficial, but it works wonders on others as well. Last year my best friend bought her husband a sky diving experience, and another got hers a day driving fast cars. Sure, typical gifts are great and we all love them. But what better gift is there than treating someone to a real life experience? Next time it’s an anniversary or a birthday, leave the material items behind and find a present they’re sure to truly remember.
In recent years, both websites have expanded to offer vacations, including everything from European tours to cruises to overnight bed and breakfasts. Depending on what city you live in, you can scout for local overnight trips or maybe a night at your favorite local hotel. For a longer vacation, check out the getaways section where great deals on inclusive and weekend trips to beaches, mountains, and more await. Make sure to read carefully, as blackout dates and specific details will arise, but overall, this is a great way to book an amazing, affordable vacation.
Photo Credits: author, Kirti Poddar, Gary Dee, Jorge Royan, Dinanna1, and russavia.