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daily dealsI recently wrote an article entitled 3 Interesting Websites That Help You Explore Your City 3 Websites to Locate Cool Happenings in Your City 3 Websites to Locate Cool Happenings in Your City Read More . It was meant to get you out exploring your town and hopefully discovering new and interesting places to hang out. Well, now that you’re more familiar with your surroundings, it’s time to capitalize on it.

I’m talking about daily deals. There are websites springing up all over the place that have a genius concept behind them – saving you money.

These websites work with local businesses to get them to host one-day deals in your area in exchange for promoting the deals with their popular services. The website gets a cut of the profits for that day, but the store walks away with dozens of new, loyal customers. It’s a win-win for everyone involved, including you!


In this article, I will point out a few of these services so you can start reaping the benefits immediately. I will also cite the features that make each of these services unique.

Groupon

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Groupon’s Deal of the Day: One ridiculously huge coupon each day, on the best things to eat, see, do and buy in your city.

Groupon (directory app) is the most popular of these services, making it the driving force behind the daily deal concept. With Groupon, you can choose from dozens of cities. Just select the city and enter in your email address and you will begin receiving daily emails of deals in your area.

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If you would prefer to receive deals another way, you can also check Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as access Groupon on your phone. There are apps for iPhone and Android, allowing you to present your phone at the store instead of printing out your coupon.

To find out more about how Groupon works, check out this video.

LivingSocial

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LivingSocial is another website that has deals for tons of different cities. You can find deals for all major US cities on this site, as well as some for the UK and Canada.

Sign in with your Facebook account or create an account on LivingSocial to get started. You’ll begin receiving daily deals for your area. You can also check deals on your iPhone. If you see something you like, click through to receive a link for your voucher.

Here’s the kicker. After you buy the deal, you get a unique link to share with others. Get three people to get in on the deal and your deal becomes free. Talk about a discount.

Urban Spoils

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Urban Spoils is just like Groupon and LivingSocial in theory, but I really like how customizable it is. You can use Foursquare Check In & Become Mayor of Your Favorite Venues With Foursquare Check In & Become Mayor of Your Favorite Venues With Foursquare Read More to find deals around you, as well as select your city from a drop-down list.

Also, customize deals according to your interests, like dining & nightlife, fitness, retail, activities & attractions, and more.

Conclusion

I’m quickly finding out that living in the city can be expensive. It’s still nice to be able to go out and do things, so I’m glad there are businesses out there taking the initiative to work with companies on promotional deals for their customers.

Sites like those mentioned above can be very beneficial for word-of-mouth marketing for businesses and it gets people in your store. Everybody likes a good deal! If you really like the concept of a daily deals site, you should also check out Woot for daily deals online.

What do you think of daily deal websites? Will you be utilizing any of these resources while navigating your city? Leave your thoughts, ideas, and comments below!

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  1. Abeona_Technologies
    December 16, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Anybody want the website like groupon or livingsocial can contact me, we have built similar websites too. Please check http://www.mrquib.com and http://www.dealitious.com

  2. Anonymous
    December 16, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Anybody want the website like groupon or livingsocial can contact me, we have built similar websites too. Please check http://www.mrquib.com and http://www.dealitious.com

  3. Zed
    October 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I found http://www.townfav.com so far they only have deals in San diego...

  4. Zed
    October 26, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I found http://www.townfav.com so far they only have deals in San diego...

  5. Jruss
    October 24, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Dbonchab,

    Take a look at http://www.charitablecoupons.com They are like groupon but they give back to charities, schools, churches etc. They are launching nationwide within the next 60 days. Interesting twist on groupon but they give back to local communities.

  6. Erap
    October 18, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Catch up with GroupOn and LivingSocial placed in one website that has different kinds of deal sites listed in one website: http://www.GroupBuyUnited.com!

  7. Erap
    October 18, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Catch up with GroupOn and LivingSocial placed in one website that has different kinds of deal sites listed in one website: http://www.GroupBuyUnited.com!

  8. Drone
    October 7, 2010 at 8:35 am

    All these sites harvest your real Email address before showing you anything, something that is absolutely not necessary for them to deliver paid content to you in the form of ads. Steer Clear I Say!

    • Steve Campbell
      October 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm

      They send you a daily newsletter, that is all. They can't expect you to visit the site every day for "daily deals".

  9. mjnichols
    October 6, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I go to MIT and use 'i am hungry'. They have lots of restaurants around campus.

    • Steve Campbell
      October 6, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      You're welcome. Sites like these definitely come in handy, especially when you're in school.

  10. Dbonchab
    October 6, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for sharing. I kinda been looking around for good coupon sites

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