Don’t you agree that today is another magnificent day in paradise?
Sometimes, I am amazed at how blessed we are to wake up each and every day on this wonderful planet with all of its beauty and stunning opportunities just waiting for us to take advantage of them.
So, let’s get something right out in the open first.
My friends think I am strange, my family thinks I’m a bit peculiar, people I do business with think I’m a little bit offbeat and the reaction of people on the street that I meet for the first time is: “this guy is a really unusual and weird.”
Why is this?
Because 90% of everything I do involves using a “discount” or “deal-of-the-day” coupon. I like to save money. I work hard for my money and really hate to waste any. So, I won’t eat out at a restaurant, book a trip, see a concert, watch a ball game, visit a museum or get a message without knowing that I am getting at least a 40% discount.
Does that sound cheap to you?
Let’s face it, everyone loves a great deal.
Thanks to the ability of the Internet to create the world’s most ultra-competitive marketplace, there are literally hundreds of websites offering deep discounts on everything from golf games and hot air balloon trips to wine and even hypnotherapy sessions.
A little research and time spent signing up for their emails will get you the best prices available.
Some of these websites like Groupon, Local Flavor, Living Social, etc. offer a “Deal of the Day” which sometimes runs for a specified period of time or until a certain amount of the discount coupon is purchased.
They are usually good to use for several months from the time you purchase them online.
An added benefit is, if you find you haven’t redeemed the coupon it is still worth what you paid for it when originally purchased.
Say you found a coupon for a $40 meal for only $20 at your favorite Mexican Restaurant. You didn’t notice that it expired April 1, 2015. Well, you can still bring the coupon to the restaurant at any time and redeem if for the original $20 you paid for it. You lose absolutely nothing by purchasing these discount coupons.
Can that be right?
What is this world coming to?
Pretty soon we will be seeing random acts of friendship and kindness of biblical proportions, people will be dancing in the streets, cats will be playing with dogs, complete mayhem, total anarchy…. you get the point if there is one.
Many of these website programs are national and offer national products but they can be targeted by you for your local city or even zip code.
Over the past couple of years here are some of the deals I have taken advantage of:
50% off or more at local restaurants
I’m talking good ones too like family restaurants, high end steak houses, bar-b-que places, pubs, bars and even fast food restaurants.
Folks living in the Phoenix metropolitan area will recognize names like The Wrigley Mansion, Dillon’s, Taps, Studio Movie Grill, Dickie’s Bar-B-Que, My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, Manny’s Mexican Restaurant, Rosati’s Pizza, Long Wong’s and Sal’s Tuscan Grill.
I’m sure that the list of restaurants that are utilizing discount coupon sites in your town is just as extensive.
I carry my coupons in my car wherever I go in a nice little black plastic pouch that sits snugly in the side of my seat so if we are trying to decide on a place to eat I have a handful of money saving suggestions at all times.
That’s not unusual or peculiar is it?
Even when I travel on vacation or for business, I stock up before leaving on coupons for the local restaurants in the areas I will be visiting.
Who says you can’t save a little money when traveling?
70% off on travel
This includes specials at hotels, resorts, wineries, etc.
In the last 12 month’s I have used discounts in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Key West, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami Beach, FL.
Locally, in Arizona, I have saved over 50% at resorts/hotels like the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott, the Biltmore Hotel, Talking Stick Resort and Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix and the Hotel La More in Bisbee.
I recently used a promotion from DealChicken.com to stay 2 nights at the Porto Vista Hotel in beautiful Little Italy in downtown San Diego. The street value of the stay was $482.00 but we stayed for $129.00.
50% or more off of entertainment
This includes incredible deals like a day at Dolce Spa or an hour session with Jonnata Mata at Mind Over Matter Hypnotherapy.
Nothing beats a lazy afternoon at the old ballpark watching Spring Training games. I saw a half dozen in March all at half price or better.
I will never again pay full price for tickets to see our major sports team in Phoenix like the Arizona games, Phoenix Suns NBA games, Phoenix Coyotes NHL games or even college games at Arizona State University.
I have seen the Phoenix Symphony and even the stage show of Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Comerica Theater.
So, it bears repeating…….get on board and start saving some money.
Keep those retirement funds where they belong…in those off-seas bank accounts we prefer not to talk about.
Use these “fun coupons” wherever you go.
Another popular money saving program that has grown in popularity recently is the internet shopping “Deal of the Day”. There are dedicated sites that are devoted to selling a single product at a highly reduced price for a 24-hour period. These include websites selling clothes, trips, wines, sporting goods, even appliances and home furnishings.
Many major retailers have adopted this strategy for their websites as well. Take a look at Woot, Amazon, Ebay, Overstock.com and even Big Lots.
The bottom line here is to spend a few minutes getting signed up to these programs. I can assure you that I have experienced absolutely no adverse consequences from supplying my personal information to these sites. They send you the emails with each new offer. They are absolutely free. You can stop the subscriptions at any time.
So, start saving tons of money and then start planning your fun.
Below is a list of the most popular programs I know of or have heard of. They are in no particular order and I’m sure there are hundreds’ more out there geared towards your neighborhood or tastes.
When looking them up either Google them or just add a .com after the primary name below.
Good hunting and have fun saving.
When you find yourself saving sooooo much money and if you truly feel the need to part with some of your savings, feel free to contact me and we’ll figure out an easy way (this is a shameless plug to use the PayPal donate buttons you find throughout my website pages) for you to send this money to me.
I hope you enjoyed my suggestions. If you have a second, please make sure to add your tips, ideas and suggestions in the “COMMENTS” section below.
I would love to hear about your “money saving” experiences, what coupon programs are your favorites and how you save money on restaurants, events and travel.
This blog is a two way street and I really do enjoy getting comments and suggestions from you.
MORE “MONEY SAVING” WEBSITES
CBS Local Offers
Woot (Including wine Woot, shirt Woot, kids Woot)