Deb Morris: Fru-Gal

Fru-Gal Column Feb. 17


I am sure by now you've heard of group-buying or daily deal sites. These sites are great ways to save big on entertainment, gifts, restaurants, and more. I have been using these sites lately but remember sometimes a great deal may not be so great.  How do you get the most out of a deal?

 Many of these deals are for online stores. The deal sites usually always have a link to the stores actual website. Check these out first before purchase. A voucher for $100 worth of clothing for $50 might sound great but if the average cost of the product is $75 to $100 for a shirt you do need to ask yourself would I really pay that much for a shirt.

Are there any hidden fees? Some vouchers actually include the price of shipping. If you buy a $100 certificate for $50 part of the price can go towards the shipping cost. If not your voucher for $10 off a $20 purchase and shipping is $9.95, makes your deal not a deal at all. Check out shipping cost before purchase.

Another benefit of these sites is the voucher is usually good for a year. Just remember not to overbuy.

Almost every group buying site gives you incentives to get your friends and family on board by offering you referring credits. Some sites even offer you free credits that you can use right away when you sign up.

Daily Buying Sites

Groupon- This site offers an awesome new deal in more than 50 major U.S. cities. It could be get $75 worth of dinner at a local restaurant for only $35 or $40 for a massage that’s usually $110 at a nearby spa.

Living Social – This site offers negotiates great rates on sports, restaurants, and more. If you get three friends to buy, you go for free.

Buy With Me – This site arranges price breaks on kid-friendly activities, including aquarium visits, art classes, and music lessons.

Eversave- Sign up for this daily buying site and receive a $10 credit. They also have coupon codes for dollar off amounts to make your deal even lower.

Gaggle of Chicks- Geared for mom/family products and services. Mainly nationwide deals.

Mamapedia- Get advice from millions of moms along with family deals up to 50% off.

Wow- This site doesn’t have Lexington as one of their cities but they do have national deals that are available to everyone.

DealPulp- Each deal is delivered to you in the form of a promotional code, which you’ll use to redeem the deal on the corresponding merchant’s website.

Crowdsavings- This site assembles huge online crowds of people to generate the collective bargaining power for amazing daily deals.

Sharing Spree- It is a group buying site offering deals just for ladies.

Roozt- This site offers online discounts up to 80% off from socially responsible companies on items that make for excellent affordable green gift ideas.

Jasmere- This site features high-end merchandise from the nation’s top web merchants. As more people buy, the price gets lower. They won’t charge your credit card until the sale ends, and everyone pays the day’s lowest price.

Dealster- This large group buying site is now available in over 50 major cities. Lexington is not one of them yet but Louisville is. Remember these group coupons are also transferable and can be given to friends or family members as gifts.

No More Rack-This site offers you eight deals in one day starting at 12pm every day. Here you buy the item that are up to 90% off and shipping is a flat rate of $2 per item.

Many of the above deal sites offer deals in other cities not just Lexington. Here are some websites that will give you discounts to local merchants.

Lexington Herald Leader Reader Rewards Club offers savings up to 70% off at hundreds of local, regional and national retailers.

Local Great Deals offer you printable coupons to local businesses. Get savings from dining to car repairs.

Half Off Deals will feature a business of the week starting at 4pm each Thursday. There is a limited amount of certificates available per week.

MobiDeals find local coupons without printing. All you need is your mobile phone and access to the Internet. You can download the app, or use the browser in your mobile phone. I saw coupons for free ice skating to buy one get one free CPR classes.

Hey! It’s Half Off offers you half off deals for businesses where you live. Find deals for area restaurants, spas, stores and more.

Lexington Discount Deals has deals with some of the areas restaurants and businesses to give you half off gift certificates.

Smiley Pete Publications is now offering a local deal a day.

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