Sunday, August 21, 2011

Live your life, one daily deal at a time

Daily deal sites, such as Groupon and LivingSocial, and too many others to mention, are making it possible for the consumer to not have to pay full price for a wide variety of products and services common to their normal routine.  I provide a scenario to illustrate my point below:

1. It's about lunch time and you are hungry.  Check out LivingSocial's instant deals site where you can check to see what restaurants are having 50% or more off deals.  If you have a smartphone, you can download their app and see what offerings are nearby.  

2. It's now after work and your hair is looking a mess.  The solution: get a haircut, of course, but check to see if there is a Groupon Now deal so all you get is your hair cut and not your wallet.

3. While you are getting your hair cut, you realize that your car is not looking so good these days either and is in need of detailing.  But, since there wasn't a daily deal you can recall today, check out re-seller sites like Lifesta, or Dealsgoaround, to see if someone is offering their deal that they can't use.  Search by category and location and all of a sudden you don't have to clean your tires by yourself.

4. After a long day, nothing sounds better than watching a movie.  But, movies cost too much, so dial up Groupon again and see if there's a discounted movie ticket deal (there usually is). 

The bottom line is that if you know you are going to need specific items or services,spend a minute or to on these deal sites, or others I have discussed on my blog, and see if the "man" is offering you a bit of a break.  Not only will you save money, you might discover a new local retailer you hadn't tried out before, too.

Good luck with your plan.  And, tell me what you did by leaving a comment below.