What is Groupon?
Groupon is one of my all-time favorite websites! Their goal is to connect customers with new activities to experience, food to eat, things to buy, and places to explore. While you are finding all of these new and wonderful things, Groupon is also partnering with these businesses, destinations, and products to provide you with additional savings for a limited time.
How Does It Work?
Typically, the deals seen on Groupon only last a few days, but many of their top-rated deals can sell out in minutes. For example, I have been slowly building myself up to purchase one of their trips to either Italy or Iceland that I see occasionally for $600-$800. These trips always sell out within a few hours of being posted and once their “hot” price is sold out, they offer the next rate which is usually a couple hundred more than their lowest sale price. Still a great deal, but not the $600 price you can potentially take advantage of.
What does Groupon Offer?
So you may be wondering what type of items can you purchase through Groupon? Basically everything! Groupon will also send you an email every day (if you subscribe and want to receive these emails) informing you of their latest and greatest deals. Here are some of their top categories:
- Things to Do
- Beauty & Spas
- Food & Drink
- Health & Fitness
Where Can I Find Groupon?
Groupon has deals in practically every large city in the US and even sometimes out of the country. Groupon does have a search bar at the top of their website that you can search for deals in your particular zip code. Once you’ve created an account, you can also use the “Local” tab to search for deals that are local to where you live. Or if you are like me, you can browse through their “Getaways” tab and maybe one day take advantage of one of their amazingly priced international trips.
How to Use Groupon
Now that you know what Groupon is, how it works, and where to find it, you may be wondering how to use Groupon to maximize your savings? Here are some tips and tricks on how to fully utilize everything Groupon has to offer!
- Sale/Promo Days
One of the things I always try to do when shopping on Groupon is to purchase when they are having an additional sale or promo day. Typically, they will have a special sale a few times every month that can be used for an additional discount on certain categories like spa items, restaurants, travel, etc.
- Coupon Codes
Groupon has a “Coupons” tab in their category bar. Now this isn’t coupons to be used on Groupon, as you can see, but is instead coupons and promotional codes that can be used while shopping at other stores. When you use these codes in collaboration with Ebates, you can possibly walk away with some incredible savings! Just know that many stores do not accept more than one discount code per order and some of these promo codes could be expired or not be valid.
- Clearance Section
This is the section where Groupon’s “Sales” go on an even bigger sale! These items range in price from $3 to $1,300. Items typically found in this section, are ones that are most likely going to be removed from the site rather soon. The fun part is you can easily search for items using the categories on the left side of the screen.
- Refer your friends
One of the reasons I started this blog was to share the many ways I save money in my everyday life. Groupon offers this great referral program that allows you to earn $10 in Groupon Bucks for every friend you refer who makes a purchase of $10 or more within 72 hours. To receive the reward you must have a credit card on file.
- “Best Of”
One tip that I didn’t learn until recently was to type “best of” into the search field of the Groupon site. This will take you to a page where they have listed all the most popular sales or items. This is just another way to fully take advantage of Groupon’s fantastic savings.
- Things to Know
There is a rule that I hope you all know. “What the bold print giveth, the fine print taketh away.” I’m not sure the name of the person who first said this, but it’s so very true. When you purchase anything, anywhere there is always going to be details and fine print involved. Before you make a purchase anywhere, please read the details, exclusions, and rules surrounding the deal or item you are purchasing. This is also true with Groupon. However, I make it a habit to read the fine print on all of my purchases so that I know exclusions, and expiration dates. I’ve never had an issue and I will be sure to update this if that changes.
Personally, I have purchased a hydro backpack as a Christmas present for my youngest brother, two Papa John’s coupons that got me 2 free large pizzas with my purchase of a $25 gift card, $15 for $30 worth of food at TGI Fridays, and half priced tickets to Water Country USA through Groupon. I don’t shop much right now, but I’m always browsing and taking advantage of deals I find for gifts and food at places I know we love to eat at. It always makes for a special treat and it’s a lot of fun!
Share below what awesome deals you have found on Groupon and any tips and tricks you find that are helpful in maximizing your savings! If you sign up for Groupon please use my referral link and then use yours to share with your friends!