Its been a while since I have posted an entry to my blog, so I thought I would start the new year off by introducing my readers to a cool new money saving website that I stumbled upon. Groupon.com is a website that allows retailers to offer consumers a special deal on their product. The “deal” is only given once enough consumers have agreed to participate. For example, one of my favorite bagel shops, Owen’s Bagel & Deli in Southend (very close to Uptown Charlotte) is featured as today’s special “groupon.” They are offering a 53% discount with a $15 coupon for the price of $7. After 20 people bought this coupon, the special became “active.” Now all of those 20 people will get the deal and any others that buy the groupon today. As I am writing this post, 175 people have already bought the coupon. As you can see, this is a win-win for both Owen’s and their customers. The customers get tasty bagels at a discount, and Owen’s gets additional business that they might not have otherwise had.
I’ve been watching the Groupon.com website for a couple of months now and have seen deals on things like:
- Driving 8 laps in a NASCAR Nextel Cup car at Lowe’s Motor Speedway
- New Years Eve Party Package at the Westin Uptown
- 1 Year membership to the Harvey B. Gantt Center
The deals are varied, but usually very good. Subscribe to their website and you will get an email each day with the newest “Groupon!”
For readers of my blog that don’t actually live in Charlotte, don’t worry, Groupon.com has these deals for other cities across the country. Check out their website to see if your city is included.