How To Make the Most of Groupon

by How To Mommy on 03.09.11

$50 worth of something for $25?  I’m in.  Whatever it is, I don’t care, I’ll buy it.  A deal is a deal, right?

Not according to my husband.

“Fight your womanly urge to buy something you don’t need just because it’s on sale.”  I have nearly gotten myself banned from sites like Groupon because he thought I was “over-doing it.”

So it has now become my mission to learn how to make Groupon work for me and not buy something just for the sake of the deal (though it is still REALLY tempting)!

These are a few tips to get the most out of Groupon:

  1. Make Sure You’re USING the Groupon – It’s really important not to buy it and forget it.  Keep a list somewhere so you know what Groupons you have so you can make sure you get them used.  It’s definitely not a deal to spend $10 and get nothing!
  2. Download the App for Your iPhone/Smart Phone – A great way to keep track of your Groupons is by downloading their free app for your iPhone or Smart Phone.  The app allows you to view and purchase the deal of the day for any city, see your current deals, and show the merchants your coupons so you don’t have to go through the hassle of printing them.
  3. Promote Your Link on Facebook and Twitter and Save – By sharing the deal you got on social media sites you can earn more deals!  Usually if enough friends buy the deal from your link you can get another deal for free.  Right now Groupon is offering $10 for each new customer to buy a deal through your unique referral link.  The amount you earn is unlimited!
  4. Watch the Expiration Dates BEFORE You Buy – Most Groupons expire a few months from the purchase date.  If you’re buying the coupon now to use in the future, make sure it’s within the date allowed.
  5. Read the Fine Print – Some Groupons require a minimum purchase, or can only be used during non-peak times.  Others only allow you to buy one.  It’s important you read all the fine print before you buy so you don’t get burned.

As you can see, there’s a lot of ways to save and even more ways to make Groupon work for you!

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