Amazon Local has serious discounts for savvy consumers who know how to take advantage of daily deal sites. For the unfamiliar or uninitiated, these sites can be a bit confusing and intimidating. Just what is a voucher and why do consumers have to go through an extra step to buy?

Stop fretting and start saving! Here's a primer on using Amazon Local and learning to harness the power of group buying to get great deals at home and around the country.

Pick the right deals and save up to 75% at restaurants, spas, date nights, gifts and more. Retailers are willing to offer the huge discounts to move product and get buyers in the front door. They win when consumers return again and again. Buyers win by getting deals up front.

Daily deal sites use a voucher system. Consumers buy a voucher for a cut-rate price to redeem for a full-price product. For example, a shopper may buy a $60 voucher for $120 worth of services at a particular salon. To use the voucher, the buyer must print it out and take it to the local salon and redeem for the full-priced services. That's a 50% discount for the buyer and a new customer for the business. Everyone wins!

So if you've been waiting or are reluctant to sign up, take advantage now to score great gifts for the upcoming holidays. Here's how:

  • The first step is to sign up. Click here and follow the instructions. (Hint: Existing Amazon.com customers can use that e-mail/password combo).
  • Choose your city or enter a zipcode to see local deals.
  • Click "Today's Deals" for the most current.
  • Scroll down for other deals.
  • Don't forget to check out the national deals (use the pull-down menu at the top of the page).
  • Local deals are delivered to your e-mail in box.
  • Most deals come with a deadline to purchase but a longer time span to use at the retailer.
  • Buy a voucher.
  • Print or save the voucher.
  • When ready to use the deal, just present the voucher at that retailer.

Simple as that! Now what are you waiting for? Go forth and save! Let us know in the comments if you have questions or need a clarification.

Browse through these great national deals and a few from major metro areas around the country (think about local vouchers for other cities when you travel. Smart, huh?).

National Deals

Get a custom printed photo calendar worth $19.99 for only $12.00 plus FREE shipping. For custom print newbies, the shipping is always the tricky part and is never free. So this is a fantastic deal. Click here.

 

Get custom canvas prints and collages plus free shipping. For example, a 16 X 20 custom gallery-wrap canvas with free shipping (a $120.00 value) is just $35. Larger prints are equally discounted. Click here.

 

Get $30 to spend on hand-dipped berries and more for just $15.00. This is a great gift idea for work colleagues or distant relatives. Click here.

Examples in Other Cities:

Philadelphia: BYOB Cupcake Class for Two or Kids’ Cupcake Class at Little Hands Art Studio from $12.

Los Angeles: Six-Course Dinner and Semi-Private Holiday Cruise at Corks Away Wine Adventures from $57.

New York: Adult or Child’s Admission to Discovery Times Square’s “Spy: The Exhibit” at Discovery Times Square from $13.

Chicago: Two or Four Movie Tickets at Bensenville Theater From $4.

Atlanta : All-Day Paintball Package with Equipment Rental at Wildfire Paintball from $19.

Miami:  Two-Hour Glass Bottom Boat Cruise for Two or Four with Key Largo Princess from $30.

Seattle: Haircut and Botanical Treatment or $50 to Spend at Gary Manuel Aveda Institute, from $20

New Orleans: $16 to Spend on Food and Drink at Fresh Bar $8.

Destinations:

Two-Night Stay in Las Vegas with In-Room Bottle of Premium Vodka and Mixer Package or Wine, Plus VIP Nightclub Passes and More from $199.00.