Last June I featured Groupon as a Fantabulously Frugal Friday website to check out.
As a refresher, Groupon is a fab website that lists one deal per day per city. The peeps in charge have worked out deals with myriad companies to offer discounted products if and when enough people sign up to make it worthwhile. A new deal is posted every weekday, however, the deal only becomes available if enough people sign up to take advantage of it. Hence the name, which is a merger of the words “Group” and “Coupon.” If the required number of people don’t sign up, you don’t get charged anything (but you also don’t get the special deal.)
At the time of my original post last June, Groupon was only available in 5 cities. Today, a mere five and a half months later, the service is available in a shocking 45 cities! That’s pretty amazing growth, eh? They now have a presence in Detroit, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Nashville, Sacramento, etc.
I’ve now used Groupon twice to score some amazing deals. I purchased a $40 gift certificate to a Chicago restaurant (The 44th Ward Dinner Party) for $20. There aren’t any strings attached to the gift certificate. Last night I bought two Chicago Chocolate Tours for 45% off the list price. I wouldn’t have paid full price to try out the tour, but I couldn’t pass it up at 45% off! In short, these deals are GOOD.
So what does this have to do with holiday shopping? You can perhaps buy the offers that Groupon has available and give them away as gifts (each specific offer can be gifted to someone else). You can even buy Groupon gift certificates to give away so friends and family can log onto the site and “buy” whichever deal most interests them! If you’re not yet a member of Groupon, click here to sign up via my personal registration link.
You’ll receive just one email each day, letting you know what the deal of the day is for the city that you choose.
Groupon is such a wonderful idea, I wish I’d thought of it. As it is, I could totally use a career change. I wonder if they’re hiring?
Check Groupon out. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.
P.S. Groupon has been getting a lot of national press over the past few days! This morning the site was featured on The Today Show, and a couple of days ago it was featured on Good Morning America! Here’s the GMA clip, which probably explains the site much more succinctly than I ever could: