If you’ve used the internet in the last fifteen years, you have probably seen, heard about, or used a group buying site. A group buying site is a website that sells below cost deals for restaurants, spas, vacations and much more. They do this through buying a large amount of these packages at a significant mark down and then selling them to the members of their websites. The most popular sites in this realm of wholesale are Groupon and LivingSocial.
There really is no limit to how much money you can save by using a group buying site to plan your adventures, excursions, or maybe just do a little shopping. For small gifts and gadgets, Groupon is by far the winning place holder. Before Christmas and birthdays come around, a quick trip to Groupon can give you some great ideas and even better pricing. You can save up to 95% on gifts and gadgets, including subscription services like Dollar Shave Club. Finding the latest trendy kitchen gadget or a new bedding set is an easy pick for a new home owner, or maybe you want to get a new tablet for your grandkids, niece or nephew. The possibilities are endless. Groupon is also pretty great for restaurant specials and spa getaways. You can get a $100 spa treatment for less than $50, and many restaurants offer something along the lines of spend $20, save $20, essentially giving you half off your bill.
For adventures, getaways, and other new experiences, the front runner here is LivingSocial. The proof is in the name. they specialize in getting you out of the house and hanging out in some of the best settings possible. From travel abroad to great activities right at home, like go-karts, LivingSocial is the hub for all entertainment. You can use a wide array of filters and categories to find just what you like. If you know you’re going to be visiting a new city, check out the listings and plan your adventure for way less than you could with a travel agent, or even with a company directly. LivingSocial takes a lot of the headache out of figuring out what to do and helps get you off the sofa and away from the TV. Whether you want to go to the zoo for half-off, try your hand at archery, or just open a Sam’s Club membership for almost 60% off, LivingSocial is sure to satisfy.
No matter what lifestyle you have, there is n shame in saving money. Along with the two group buying giants mentioned above, moms can checkout Juice in the City and Plum District, and the more universal Buy with Me offers deals for a whole week, instead of daily specials like some others. Either way, log on and find out how much you could be saving on all of the things you were already going to do.