It’s a good time to be a budget shopper. This rise of group buying sites like Groupon and Living Social has made getting a pedicure, trying out a new resturaunt, or getting a coupon to your favorite store (aka Groupon’s Gap Coupon) as simple as registering your email address. The principle behind these sites is simple: if enough people agree to buy something, everybody gets a big discount. However, not all these sites are created equal. We’ve narrowed down the ones we love the most, to make your shopping experience even easier (as if 80% off a pedicure wasn’t good enough).
Our Favorite Group Buying Sites
This mega-site negotiates huge deals, typically between 50 and 90 percent off. We love the variety of offerings the site presents, like discounts on spa treatments, hotel rooms, restaurants and fashion. As with all the group buying sites, make sure to read the fine print as some deals have restrictions. Another plus: the site is super easy to navigate.
2. Living Social
As Groupon’s chief rival, Living Social offers amazing deals on experiences they’ve handpicked for you to share with your friends. The downside: it’s only available in 13 cities, but we expect that number to grow pretty rapidly this year.
3. KGB Deals
KGB Deals is a site which offers daily coupons on 50-90% off of things to do, eat, wear and enjoy in your city, and the deals last for a week (as opposed to 24 hours, like some of the other sites). So take your time, see how many friends you can get to join you, and pick and choose between the best of the best in deals.
This is the community-powered local deal site that enables neighbors to find and share deals – everything from the weekend-only sample sale and the too-good-to-be-true happy hour, to those hidden finds you hear only about when you’re in the know. Expect deals like $10 to your favorite lunch spot for $5, or 56% off of a haircut. There are a limited quantity of deals available, so once you buy, the voucher is immediately yours. The downside: it’s only available in 5 cities.
This site creates deals at local places in your area and they send them to your email once you subscribe. If you like a deal, you send it to your phone to use while in store or at the business. New deals are sent to your email everyday so you are encouraged to keep checking for better and better deals.
This site comes highly recommended by Wired, The New York Times, and Crunch. Different from the aforementioned sites, this one aggregates and recommends the best deals in your city. In simpler terms, it gathers the deals from Groupon, Living Social and other sites and recommends the best ones based on preferences you select. It’s available in 32 cities, but it will also show you the best deals available regardless of where you live.
7. Plum District
Moms have serious shopping power, so it’s no huge shock to us that the folks at Plum District created a buying site just for moms. Each day, Plum District sends members a deal that relates to them and their busy lives–everything from spa treatments and restaurants to family outings and kids’ activities. Hardworking moms deserve a break, and we applaud this effort to make their lives easier.
8. Buy with Me
The best things to see, do and get in your city are available on this miracle site, where you can get deals on tickets, massages, shoes, food and so much more. It’s not available everywhere, but it will probably do you good during your next big city trip. Not only does it bring attention to places you’d never know to visit, but it also gives you a great deal, so you can see, do and buy even more amazing things.
Have a favorite that we should try out? List them in the comment section.