I’m sure by now pretty much everyone has heard of Groupon, Living Social, Eversave, and sites like that. And if you’ve been a follower of Dakota Savers for any amount of time you might also know that we have similar local daily deal sites as well:
Hop On It
Close to Home Deals
Keloland Spotlight Deals
Half Off Black Hills
Black Hills Best Deals
These sites offer local deals for at least 40 – 75% off. A company offers their product for a serious discount in an effort to get you in the doors in the hopes that you will purchase more or become a repeat customer, basically the same idea behind any kind of advertising special or coupon. But are they worth it?
Here’s some tips on buying local daily deal certificates:
1. It’s only worth it if you needed the item anyways. If you go out to eat alot you might want to watch for the restuarant deals to save. If you planned on making a purchase at a certain store, you will want to watch for that too. Don’t purchase a deal if you think it’s just a “good deal” and you aren’t sure if you will be able to use it or not. The certificates DO expire and chances are you will probably forget about it if you didn’t really need it.
2. It’s great to be able to support local businesses. Instead of finding a deal online you might be able to score an even better deal with the local vouchers and you get to keep the money in your local economy and support the mom and pop shops. Win win:)
3. Just like any special deal or discount…the store or company isn’t entitled to give deals, they are doing this as a special just for you. Make sure you thank them for participating in the deal and be courteous while shopping or eating at the restaurant. If the business has a good experience with offering the deal they are more likely to offer it again and then you will be able to save even more.
Check out my deals above, I paid $12.50 for a voucher worth $25 at Staple and Spice in Rapid City. We buy organics and even though they are a little higher priced than my normal co-op I bought the certificate to be able to buy local. My total was almost exactly $25 for the items in the picture so I actually only paid $12.50 for it. I got snacks for hubby and meal makers that I was planning on purchasing anyways. I also had a great friendly local shopping experience. At the end of my transaction I made sure to thank them for the deal, I hope they offer it again!
In short, I love daily deal sites, specifically the local ones! What have your experiences been with buying from local daily deal sites?
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