If you are not familiar with Living Social or Groupon, get familiar quick. Living Social has a deal that expires at 8AM this morning for a $20 Amazon Gift Card for $10. You can get an iPhone app (search livingsocial) or go to their website here.
For Living Social I actually find that their iPhone app is much more user friendly than their website. Particularly if you live in the Lehigh Valley because they have a page set up for the LV but do not have deals and it is a little difficult to navigate away from the LV page if you provided your zip code. The link above should take you directly to the Amazon deal.
Today’s Groupon deal is a $37 facial at Apotheca salon, which I featured in this MOB Recommends post. That’s a 50% savings as well (51% actually), which is typical of Living Social and Groupon. Both services generally offer AT LEAST a 50% discount. You can sign up for Groupon here, using this link will earn me a referral bonus. Like Living Social they also have an iPhone app and I’ve redeemed Groupons in store without printing them, just show your iPhone and let the person checking you out see you push the “redeem” button.
These deals generally cannot be used with other discounts unless the terms specifically say they can.
All of the deals are available for only a limited time, usually one day although Groupon will offer some previous deals as “side deals” for an extra day or two, but not all deals are extended this way so it is best to buy on the first day.
I particularly love Groupon because they usually offer deals for local merchants. You can also easily check out deals in other cities using the iPhone app. I regularly check the deals in Philadelphia and New York and then usually check a few others cities at random for two reasons.
1) To see if another city has a national deal that day (for example for an online store). It seems that if the local Groupon rep doesn’t have a local merchant set up that day they fill the slot with a national deal.
2) Sometimes the offerings in other cities make me chuckle. For example one day in the last week or so the deal for Anchorage Alaska was for tanning sessions. I’m easily amused sometimes.
So go check out these deals, hope you saw this in time for the Amazon gift card!