Nov 19 2009

Trying out Groupon to potentially save money on local attractions

Learn How Groupon Works! from The Point on Vimeo.

My friend told me about a site called Groupon*. From their FAQs: “Each day, Groupon features an unbeatable deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in your city. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, we get discounts you won’t find anywhere else. We call it “collective buying power!””

Interesting idea, right?

There’s a limited number of cities available right now, and they’re supposed to be growing.

There isn’t a daily deal for Pittsburgh up right now, so I checked out to see what it is in Indianapolis: $20 for $50 worth of food at Sushi on the Rocks. It expires in one year.

Today’s deal in Atlanta is $45 for 10 yoga or pilates classes. GREAT deal!

Check it out if you’re interested, and if you use my referral link and end up buying one of these deals at some point, I’ll get $10.

*referal link

Have you used Groupon? What sort of deal did you get?



9 Responses to “Trying out Groupon to potentially save money on local attractions”

  1. We’ve used Groupon a few times – being in Dallas we have a new deal every day! We bought a $10 gift card to a yogurt place for $5 and then a $30 chinese restaurant gift card for $15. It’s not quite as good of a deal as buying restaurant.com gift certficates – but it’s a cheaper way to try new places!

    This might also be something to watch if you know you’re going to visit another city soon – see if you can find a Groupon for restaurants or attractions you might have gone to anyways!

    Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Spreadsheets: Part 5 – Grocery Price Book =-.

  2. Yes, I love Groupon! I’ve used it several times in Atlanta. Once for a ritzy spa pedicure and manicure when I knew I would have to get my nails done before serving as a bridesmaid in a wedding. My groupon knocked the price down to $25, the same amount I would have spent at a no frills neighborhood place.

    Other times I’ve used it to try new restaurants that were a little out of my price range.

  3. Too bad they weren’t offering the yoga deal when I was pregnant!

  4. What a great idea! I wish it was available in Canada too. :(
    .-= Cassie´s last blog ..Can you go to the doctor for “spray paint finger”? =-.

  5. We’ve had it for Nashville for a few weeks. While I just don’t have any expendable income right now, the deals are GREAT! I would have jumped all over the spa one a few months ago!
    .-= Vanderbilt Wife´s last blog ..The One Where I Wax Poetic =-.

  6. Have you used restaurant.com? They do “gift certificates” at a discount price. I put it in quotes because it’s not really fair to call it a gift certificate … it is a coupon. For example, you’ll get a $25 “gift certificate” for $10, but the catch is your bill has to be at least $50. And you have to go Sunday-Thursday. But I had a coupon code so I got one for $2 instead of $10, and I figured for $2, I’d try it and see if it’s worth it to keep doing it. We had been planning to try that restaurant anyway, so I figure I’ll invite a few friends.

  7. Yeah! I tried it once. It does stink that you have to spend a minimum amount, but sometimes it can be a great deal, especially if you go out with a few people.

  8. hey! That’s pretty freakin’ cool…I had no idea such a thing existed. Thank you :)

  9. Yeah, I think other than when I got the thing for $2, it really only makes sense to use restaurant.com if you know you’re already going there with enough people, not really to make a special trip just because you have the coupon.

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