Thrifty Thursday: Online Deals

One of the things we do frequently is search for deals on deal-of-the-day websites. There are a number of these right now, including Groupon, Seize the Deal, Half Off Depot, Living Social, and numerous others. How it works is that once so many people purchase the deal, then the “deal is on.” This isn’t always the case, but a lot of times the consumer only pays half of what the deal is worth. For example, we recently purchased a deal on one of these sites for Smiling Moose Deli. We paid $5 for $10 worth of food. Once we purchase the deal and get the voucher, we just print out the voucher and show it to the cashier when we order. Then, we get to order $10 worth of food. Typically, the voucher must be used in full when it is used, and you cannot get cash back. It is also considered a discount, so you usually cannot use another coupon with this deal, as most coupons state that they cannot be used in conjunction with another discount.

These kinds of deals are super easy, though the only thing to watch is to make sure you use your voucher before it expires. The amount that you paid for the voucher never expires (if you pay $5 for $10 worth of food, you can always use the voucher and get the $5 you spent on it, but the $10 will eventually expire.) We have gotten everything from restaurant deals, exercise deals, massage deals, and even hotel deals. Here are some of the best ones we’ve gotten over the past couple of years:

  • Power Yoga (from Evansville Power Yoga)
  • Jazzercise classes
  • Hot Yoga classes (from Yoga 101)
  • Auto detailing
  • Old Navy
  • Deals from restaurants such as Smiling Moose Deli, Spudz n’ Stuff, Acropolis, Pita Pit, Fazoli’s, Sweet Cece’s
  • Sam’s Club Membership
  • Staplesgift card
  • Starbucks gift card
  • 5 nights at Chattanooga Choo Choo in Chattanooga, TN

Recently, we got a really great deal. For $25, we got a card for a “date night” that includes  1-night stay at a newly renovated Holiday Inn, an appetizer and 2 beverages at Delizio’s (an Italian restaurant in Henderson, KY), 2 1-scoop sundaes from Baskin Robbins, 24 cheesecake bites from Anthony’s Heavenly Cheesecake, 2 combo meals from Smiling Moose Deli, and 2 tickets to Joke Factory (a local comedy club). Not bad for $25! We are planning to use this when we celebrate our anniversary this year.

What other great deals have you gotten from these websites?

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