- Personal Finance
Great Discount Sites for Food, Entertainment and More
This is a short Hub about three of my favorite websites for discounts on entertainment, food, health, beauty and many more. Who isn't looking for a deal out there in this slow paced economy. Many of us are always searching for that deal whether it's to cut down on the grocery bill or to save on some family fun. Even if you don't have a family quite yet, there are deals for the single person and for you and your date. Or maybe you want to go out with your girlfriends or have a manly night out. You may have already heard of these great websites, but for those of you who haven't, you are going to fall in love at first site.
The first two discount websites Groupon.com and LivingSocial.com gives discounts not only in entertainment, but in other areas such as stores, spas, shopping, dance lessons, movies, travel and even books and magazines. These two websites are very similar and I love to use them both. When you sign up, you will put in your location so you can find the best deals around your area. When you sign up with your email address, you will get daily emails with the best deals so you don’t have to remember to look them up. You will also get deals for traveling. Typically the deals you will receive will be for half off the regular price. For example, when you get a deal for lets say for a restaurant, you will pay $10 for a $20 voucher. I recently purchased a Ben and Jerry’s voucher for $6 to spend $12. I have seen deals for spas to get a mani/pedi for half the price. I have seen travel deals for hotels and fabulous resorts at half the price. I once bought two movie tickets for $5, that’s two for $5, not one. There are many entertainment options such as carnivals, amusement parks, horse back riding lessons, dance lessons, golf, tours and so much more. Some deals are for more than 50% off. The fine print for these is really not so bad. There is an expiration date typically and it doesn’t include gratuity or tax as expected but there really aren’t any other restrictions. Pretty straight forward which is the best kind of discount site you can ask for.
The third discount website Restaurant.com, caters to restaurants. Although I love this website, I don’t use it as often because there are more restrictions and they aren’t always as good of a deal as the other sites. When you sign up, you will be asked for your location so that the restaurants are specifically tailored to where you live, or close by. You can also search for restaurants where you will be traveling. You can literally get discounts everywhere you go. You will get emails that will give you more deals. Typically you will be able to buy a $25 gift certificate for $10, so you are saving $15. Or buy a $10 gift certificate for $5. Some restaurants also offer larger amounts such as a $50 card for $25, $75 for $30, and $100 for $40. These deals are going to be more worth it. Occasionally you will get an extreme deal such as paying $1 for a $10 or $2 for $25. Those are the deals to pay attention to. Now for the fine print. Sometimes the gift cards expire after 1 year which isn’t bad. Some don’t expire at all. You also want to make sure you check out if there is a spending limit. Sometimes you have to spend a certain amount to use the card. For example, my husband and I wanted to use a $10 gift card at a restaurant, we noticed that we had to spend at least $25 at the restaurant in order to use the gift card. And most places don’t include alcohol. This restriction is not so bad, for a couple, $25 is pretty easy to spend. Another restriction would be for example, The Melting Pot only allows you to use your $25 gift card if you purchase The Big Night Out, which is about $80 for a couple. So make sure you pay attention to these restrictions before you commit to purchasing. I have to say that it is worth it to give it a try. If you are going to these restaurants anyway, you might as well save a few bucks.