Here are my best tips for finding AND putting these deals to use:
Think Outside the Big Box Store: Daily deal site make the most sense for specialty and local stores. In the past 2 months I have picked up deals for Whole Foods, a local Italian market, a local deli, an organic produce service, and a home delivery service that works with my favorite grocery store.
Back to Basics: Often you’ll get deals somewhere you would normally think of as expensive. You may want to take the opportunity to treat yourself to some discounted gourmet goods, but if you want the most bang for your buck, stick to basics. For example, at a local market, instead of using a half off voucher on expensive prepared foods, I stock up on milk and other basics that are only marginally marked up.
Stack Em’ High: So you’ve mastered the art of combining manufacturers’ coupons with store sales. Maybe you’ve even stacked store coupons on top of that. Well, your Groupon may snag you an extra layer of savings. When I was at Whole Foods, the DeBoles pasta was on sale, down from $2.25 to $1.25. They had a coupon available in store for $1/1, and then I paid with a 50% off voucher from Living Social. Final price paid was just $.13 a box for organic pasta!
Up and Comers: The daily deals biz is the bandwagon of the moment, which means lots of new sites are popping up every day. Many sites feature sign on bonuses that may mean free or Krazy deals on your first purchases. Also, if you share a deal you love through your social network, most sites have reward programs for people who purchase the same deal through your link.
Daily deals sites may be heavy on the luxuries, but if you look carefully, you can find plenty of deals that will put real money in your pocket.
This has been a guest post by Arielle from Hatboro, PA
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