50% off Badger Bouncers Playland

April 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Recreation 

Today you can get 50% off all day passes to Badger Bouncers Playland in Little Suamico.  Badger Bouncers is an indoor inflatable playground. They’ve got an inflatable obstacle course, inflatable slide, bounce house, inflatable combo unit, private event rooms, and a concession area with snacks and beverages. And free Wi-Fi so mom and dad can get some work done while the kids burn off some energy.

Normally you pay $16 for two day passes; right now they’re $8.00 and the voucher expires August 15, 2012.  Click here.

You can also get a similar deal if you have an Entertainment Book lying around.  Don’t have one?  Right now they’re $15 and you can get tons of coupons for family friendly places like Badger Bouncers.

As with any daily deal, make sure you read all rules and restrictions before you buy.

50% off Cold Stone Creamery in Appleton

April 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Dining 

Appleton readers (or those of us who visit Appleton frequently), check out this great Zingin Deal for Cold Stone Creamery:

50% Off Ice Cream at ColdStone Creamery: $5 will get you $10 worth of yummy goodness at either the Calumet Street store or the one inside the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute.

I don’t know about you, but I could be convinced to stop by the one in the mall. :-)

Some of the fine print:

  • Limit one per visit
  • Tax not included
  • Expires October 11, 2012.

As with any daily deal, make sure you read all rules and restrictions before you buy.

Hansen’s Dairy and Deli: $10 for a $20 certificate

March 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Dining 

Zingin Dealz is offering up a deal on Hansen’s Dairy and Deli today.  $10 will get you a $20 certificate to the two Hansen’s locations in the Green Bay area.

This is actually a “side” deal so when you go to the ZinginDealz website, it will be on the right hand side under “Other Great Zingers”.

Here are some of the details:

  • certificate expires 7/6/2012
  • Must be used in one visit
  • Not valid with any other coupons or offers

Zingin Dealz is just one of the many daily deal sites that features deals for locally-owned businesses.  And Zingin Dealz themselves are locally-owned, too.  So any purchases you make help support the locals.  The other deals they are featuring might be of interest to you, too:

As with any daily deal site, make sure you read all rules and restrictions before you buy.

Good Day Wisconsin’s Thrifty Thursday: Daily Deal Sites

January 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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 GreenBayConsumer.com under Resources

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

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