Good Day Wisconsin’s Thrifty Thursday: Daily Deal Sites

January 19, 2012 by
Filed under: Coupons, News 

In case you missed it this morning and are interested, you can check out my appearance on WLUK’s morning show Good Day Wisconsin.  I sat down with Rachel Manek for a few minutes to discuss the ins and outs of daily deal sites.

Groupon and websites like it work with local businesses and online stores to offer rock-bottom deals. They are almost 50% off or more. They only offer the deal for a limited time, too.

What sort of deals can you expect? You can frequently get ½ price deals to a restaurant or a salon or spa or even an event. My husband and I took our kids to see the Harlem Globetrotters because we got tickets ½ off on Groupon. Other deals that we’ve used includes a one-year membership to Heritage Hill, the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 75% off at furniture stores, etc.  The daily deal sites even run deals from big name stores like Coldwater Creek, Old Navy, even McDonalds.   There really is something for everyone!

  • First thing is to sign up at the daily deal website and choose your city.  After you sign up, you’ll get an email every day that they have a new local offer. You can choose if you want to purchase it or not.
  • Each deal has rules and restrictions and an expiration date so make sure you read and understand them before you buy the deal.  Most of the time you can not use your daily deal with any other discount.
  • After you purchase your deal, it will appear in your account. Depending upon the site, it could be instantaneous, or you might have to wait a few days.

You’re not just limited to the city you signed up for, either. If you’re going on vacation, you might want to subscribe to that city’s email for a while and score some discounted deals to use on your trip.

It’s tempting to purchase a ton of daily deals because of the great prices, but be realistic. How many can you actually use?

What happens if you decide you’re not going to use a deal or it expires before you can use it? You have a few choices with Groupon. You can request a refund on deals that have not expired by emailing them. If they have expired, you can still use the voucher but you’ll only get the paid value. But not all deal sites are like this so it really is important to read the terms.

Of the thousands of daily deal sites, there are a few that offer local-specific deals.  You’ll find those listed on Green Bay Consumer every day under Daily Deals:

There are also what I like to call Every Day deal sites where they just offer 50% off vouchers every day, and you can find a list of those on under Resources

Thanks again to Rachel Manek for having me on this morning.

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