Movie tickets via Fandango, vacation packages through Expedia, cheap food at local restaurants — they’re all available on Groupon or LivingSocial. You can sign up at either site (or both) with an e-mail address to have featured deals show up in your inbox, and you can always browse the deals by category on Groupon.com and LivingSocial.com. Both services also offer mobile apps for smartphone users.
Taking Couponing to the Extreme
While Groupon and LivingSocial are great for shopping for special deals, good old fashioned coupons and sales can still save you big money if you pay attention. The Web site Slickdeals catalogs sales on everything from TVs to travel packages, and there’s even more to be found on the site’s forums. That’s where deal-hounds go to discuss and post hot deals, both for online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores.
Ferreting out deals online is just the first step, though. To really save money, look into extreme couponing. The TV show dedicated to this practice follows people who use loads of coupons to get products for free or even make money with their purchases. The trick is stacking or “layering” coupons to combine multiple deals into mega savings. Extreme couponing takes work, but mastering the basic skills will help you save loads of money on basics like groceries and household products.