Tips before buying groupons

Groupons or group buying sites became a hit this year, and the list of groupon sites or group buying sites are increasing. Who would resist a 50% off deal from a posh hotel, a fancy restaurant, a travel deal, etc.? I am registered with plenty of group buying sites too, CashCashPinoy, Ensogo,, Deal Dozen, Deal Grocer, even Ebay has Ebay Kuponan. I get pumped up just by receiving their emails in my inbox everyday and how much I can save if I availed of the deals. I got groupon crazy, I bought deals right away, sometimes buying two coupons for that deal. Blame it on my Gcash wallet and Paypal, I have enough “virtual” funds from both that it’s very easy to just buy online with a few clicks.

But can groupons really provide savings? Or it’s just a false economy? I’ve had my share of expired and unused groupons because I realized that it’s too far and I’m too lazy to find a hidden establishment in Makati. The 2 vouchers from Shui Hilot Spa also expired because they can only accommodate me during their off-peak hours, and that’s the time I’m at work. I learned my lesson and managed to keep my groupon buying at a minimum.

Here are some tips before buying those irresistible deals online:

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Groupon is love

Ever heard of groupons? In the US, they have this thing going on for quite some time but in the Philippines, it only started last year. Groupon or group coupons offers amazing deals giving 20% to 90% discounts to restaurants, clothing, services and spa deals. The groupon sites partners with different establishments to get deals at a wholesale/lower price. This is advantageous to business owners in promoting their businesses and also to groupon buyers like me. No need for a cash advance just to eat at a fine dining restaurant or get a massage. I always check out restaurant and spa deals in these groupon websites, but they also offer discounts on photography services, clothing, hotel rooms, etc…

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