Flash-sale sites and membership-only deal programs are available in almost all the major cities across the country, and many are bringing us deep discounts on local restaurants, spa treatments, home repair services, and even cupcakes. If you’re moving to a new city or just want to try some new activities and experiences in your current city, you can save big by signing up for daily deal alerts and exclusive offers from a few of these deal-dishing sites.
Most of these sites require you to pre-pay for a certificate or coupon that is redeemed when you book your services, appointment or when you pick up your goods. You can browse past discounts and stay up-to-date on some of the latest deals and special offers by submitting your email address.
Here are five high-tech ways to enjoy our city for less:
DailyDeelz promises to give you “social buying power” with deep discounts on teeth whitening services, boot camp fitness sessions, spa packages and local attraction admission tickets. A minimum number of people need to request the deal before it can “go live”, so referring friends is a top priority for deal scavengers. You’ll get a new deal in your inbox throughout the week, and can earn money for referring friends, family member sand coworkers.
#2: Foursquare Check-Ins
If you’re an avid Foursquare user, you can track down dozens of deals at local venues and “earn” your coupon or discount by checking in to the place a certain number of times. This geo location service can help you enjoy your city for less and encourage you to keep going back to certain locations – which can be a good, or bad thing, depending on the venue. From free coffee to a discount on your next meal, Foursquare check-ins could be your golden ticket to getting discounts throughout your city.
#3: Living Social
From fitness classes to cupcakes, LivingSocial.com offers savings to dozens of different locales in your city under the flash-sale concept. The sales rarely run for longer than a day so you have to be quick to the draw to snag the latest special offer. You do get an email alert about the latest local deal and can click right through to make your purchase. This site also makes it easy to share your latest find with friends and family via Facebook, Twitter or your own link.
One of the most popular flash-sale sites, Groupon is now available at over 150 cities around the country and offers deals based on popularity. As long as a certain number of people sign up for the deal during the flash-sale period, everyone gets the deal. This encourages people to share the deal with friends via Facebook, email and other social networking sites in a deal-sharing frenzy. Still, Groupon can be a fun and addictive way to get some great deals and enjoy your city for less.
#5: Gilt City
If you live in a major metro area, such as Chicago, New York City, Miami or Los Angeles, you can get up to 90% off during the weekly sales events through GiltCity.com. This site offers deep discounts on local spas, upscale restaurants and other luxe locales around the city. If you’re looking for a taste of the high life on a budget, sign up for the deal alerts and save big at some classy places in your neighborhood.