Dealistas -- mount up!
Being a Deal Diva has created somewhat of a savings monster out of me. To put it plainly, I've become a cheapskate.
My husband and I joked recently that we used to be the couple that purchased socks at the bowling alley, ordered $15 shots of Johnny Walker Blue at the bar and added $2 of extra shrimp in our shrimp egg foo yung -- all true stories.
These days if a coupon ain't involved, more than likely we aren't either.
Case in point, this weekend we purchased shoes for the little one at Stride Rite with a 20 percent off coupon, a TV table we'd been eyeing for weeks on sale at Ikea for $50, then had dinner at Smokey Bones with a buy one get one free entree coupon. We felt so accomplished in being able to enjoy ourselves and get some things we needed without breaking the bank.
A few new websites are out there catering to the penny-pincher in all of us. Check it out...
Groupocity.com- Their motto is "get together and save." This Tampa based website offers deals on a plethora of things from restaurants to spa services. But a certain number of people have to buy the deal of the day before "the deal is sealed". For example, about a week ago Groupocity offered $10 for $20 worth of subs and pizza at Chubby's. At least five people had to purchase this deal before it became valid. The website relies on folks like me and you to send the deal around via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter to ensure the deals are "sealed." Deals in Atlanta and Orlando are also featured. Coupons are valid for a decent amount of time, so you don't usually have to rush out and use it.
Groupon.com- Same group concept here, but there is a lot more geography covered. Deals from more than 40 cities are featured on this Chicago-based site. That means if you're planning a trip to Baltimore to visit your granny you might want to check out Groupon for some Charm City deals. They recently featured a $20 for $40 toward a glass-blowing class at a Baltimore art studio. Whose granny wouldn't love a chance to exercise her lungs?
Edeals.com- This was the site "changing the way you shop online" until recently when they teamed up with Val-Pak (yes, the blue envelope people) and began offering printable coupons. Once online you plug in your zip code and the site pulls up coupons that match where you live. I give this site kudos for offering coupons to places you wouldn't ordinarily think of. For example, they recently had a 25 percent off coupon at the Salvation Army.
So, those are my deal haunts. What are yours?
Deal Diva Nicole