The discount revolution for entertainment in major U.S. cities has arrived in the form of online discounts to exclusive services, exciting outings and fabulous restaurants. Sample the hottest venues for a lot less than the walk in customer: get a free bottle of your favorite wine at a swanky new restaurant, take sailing lessons for 50% off, snag a two for one deal at a salon, even get your teeth whitened for a steal. These are the types of offerings you’ll find in your in-box by subscribing to one of the free services below. Check out these popular sites that offer a slice of the good life at a fraction of the cost.
Groupon.com – There’s strength in numbers with this hip new company whose employees are all brain children under the age of thirty. Representing various metropolitan cities, their idea and their cause is that if enough people want to do something, a company will gladly give a group discount rate. And that is just what happens with Groupon. Each day, something “cool to do” is featured. If enough people join in and indicate their interest, the sale will be made. You don’t need to all go to the venue together, just purchase it together. The email offering goes out to some 200,000 current members and you can share with friends as well. According to the Groupon site, “You just need to click "BUY" before the offer ends at midnight. If the minimum number of people sign up, we'll charge your card and send you a link to print your Groupon. If not enough people join, no one gets it (and you won't be charged).” Some of their offerings have included: $95 cooking class for $45, $165 hot air balloon ride and picnic for $94, $70 Sorbet Sugar Mani-Pedi for $35. Spa treatments, rock climbing, hotel stays, bus trips, and elegant meals are just a start. Join today for free and get in on the savings. You’ll receive an email daily with the current deal. A recent deal in L.A. was: $45 for $100 Worth of Body Sugaring Natural Hair Removal at Studio Alexandria LA. Will wonders never cease?
Blackboardeats.com – This is the site for gourmet hounds. Now available all over the U.S. BlackboardEats features dramatic discounts to restaurants hand selected by food editors. All you need to do is sign up for their bi-weekly newsletter to get these deals sent right to your in-box. Savings are big, sometimes 30% off your whole bill or a free bottle of wine. All you’ll need is the discount code that BlackboardEats sends directly to you for the featured restaurant. You take that discount code and present it to your server, and they give you the deal. No coupon to carry, no discount card to dig out. Here’s the catch, you only have twenty four hours to access that code. You do have a whole month to use the code however. Signing up for this service is a great way to try new restaurants in the area, and some stalwarts that true gourmets are talking about. Some recent deals include 30% off lunch or dinner Mama Osteria in Hancock Park (LA), and 30% off dinner at Do Hwa Korean barbecue in New York. The BlackboardEats site also gives a full breakdown of each restaurant including “menu musts, sweet seats, and chew on this,” a little trivia tidbit on the restaurant, so that you are intimately acquainted before breezing through the door. Bon Appetit.
UPDATE: BLACKBOARDEATS, PREVIOUSLY ONLY AVAILABLE FOR RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK, IS NOW EVERYWHERE - CHECK FOR WEEKLY DEALS - NO PRE-PURCHASE REQUIRED - DISCOUNT CODE SENT RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX TO USE ANYTIME DURING THE MONTH.
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