questionshave you ever bought a groupon deal?

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I haven't lately. I used to buy them occasionally - mostly for local restaurants. For a while I was pretty good at only going out to eat if we had a Groupon or some other significant discount. Plus, we tried some interesting restaurants that we normally wouldn't have gone to. However, I found myself not remembering to use them before they expired occasionally so I stopped getting them. Even though I still get what I paid for them out of it, it is a pain to make sure I go.

On the other hand, my salon puts up Groupons for services that I regularly use and they don't limit it to new customers. I always load up on those. It is extremely rare that I pay full price for anything at my salon.

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I have, but not a local one. Like one that's redeemable at a chain. It really depends on where you live, to my understanding. Places like NYC are probably going to get better deals than some place in Iowa.

Still, if something you like comes on Groupon, it's a good way to save some cash.

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I'm not interested in most of them although I have bought a few $5 movie theater tickets and tank tops for working out. Also a skydiving groupon since I've always wanted to try that... (it was fun but not worth the money imo). I've bought a lot more off Groupon Goods than on the regular site.

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I have bought two, one yesterday, in fact. But only for online deals, my local market sucks too. You are right about the weird food, they keep having a groupon for a local "restaurant" that is actually a skeezy dive bar, full of smelly, very old alcoholics. When they first opened, we poked our head in the door (At noon), and it was like watching light hit vampires. Shudder.

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I bought a deal for our local shooting range. It was a seamless transaction and easy to use. No problems with redeeming the deal, either.
(ag) Just be selective with who you buy one for. (/awkward grammar)

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I enjoy using them and livingsocial for meals we might not normally use. Also, I recently acquired 2 ecospheres for my office through groupon goods, and got my concealed carry permit. :)

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No, I live in BFE and have no use for them. :(

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I like the LivingSocial deals much better. I got 65% off a 12-lap "drive a real NASCAR" package (gave it for a Father's Day present). Groupon so far hasn't even come close to topping that one in my neck of the woods. Both LivingSocial and Groupon are geared to what's in your area, though there are "National" deals from time to time, the smaller stuff is local.

Just be sure to read the terms and note the expiration, also what happens after the expiration date occurs.

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over 20 groupons and over 20 livingsocial deals. I've lost count.

Still waiting to be used:
-$20 to spend at alley katz bar & grill in Sac
-family pack of tickets to the USS hornet museum in the East Bay
-bowling package consisting of 1.5 hour lane rental, shoes, $10 food credit, and $10 arcade credit
-Smashburger $12 cert
-Kiss n tell (adult store) cert for $45
-$10 starbucks e-giftcard

Would never have discovered several bars and restaurants without groupon and/or living social, and have saved money on family outings that we would have done anyway.

Recently, a groupon I went to use was for a restaurant that had changed ownership and name, so I emailed groupon and got the full $10 I paid refunded withing 48 hours.

A lot does depend on where you live, the bigger the population, the more businesses will be participating. Make sure you checkout other nearby cities if you have any available, I subscribe to 6 cities/areas.

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I've bought a wide variety of Groupons -- both goods and services. It's been a great opportunity to try new restaurants (including those that sell "weird" food) and activities that I wouldn't have otherwise, as well as a way to save money on places (particularly restaurants) I frequent. I'm also an avid Living Social buyer.

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I have indeed. Most for things I would have bought anyway, and was happy to save a few bucks. However in a few cases, the deal encouraged me to try a new restaurant, get a massage, and a couple of other things I wouldn't likely have tried otherwise. Haven't tried one of the travel groupons yet, but suspect I will at some point.