I decided to sleep in on Black Friday. I just couldn't get very revved about the "deals" this year. Three years into the Recession, I'm a much smarter (and pickier) shopper whose seen all the so-called "sales-of-a-lifetime" before. I know what cutting back and deprevation feels like--not in the food/shelter/clothing sense, but in the belt-tightened-only-buy-what's-needed-and-on-sale sense. This year I wanted to give the people on my list some little luxuries, because my personal philosphy about gift giving is that a gift should be something the recipient wants but won't get for themselves. The thing is, I don't have a luxury-gift-giving budget during the best of years, and I certainly don't have one this year. Tom gave me a bottom line this year that was challenging to say the very least. But I do love a challenge. And thanks to my friend Ruth, and the tips on her blog Living Well, Spending Less, I've come across some great deals this year that are sure to give the illusion that I spent a small fortune, when I stayed within budget. I thought I'd share the latest one with you, because it actually blew this cynical shopper's socks off.
And again, a disclaimer. I'm going to be purposefully vague about this deal because the recipient will most likely read this blog. If you're dying of curiousity to know the specifics, by all means, send me a message and I'll email you those details.
A while back, Ruth started to tout the glories of Groupon and I took notice. I'm not one to hop on a new bandwagon (you don't even want to know how long it took me to embrace Craigslist) but the deals she was highlighting sounded awesome. Note: The numbers I'm about to spout off are not accurate, but they will give you an idea of the amazing deal I scored. The deal was to spend $4 on $8 worth of merchandise at The Perfect Present Store. That was a great deal. But then, when I got the shipment from The Perfect Present Store, enclosed was a gift card for $1.50 off the recipient's next purchase. And then yesterday, I received another mailing from The Perfect Present Store with another $1.50 gift card for myself since my previous purchase was a gift. So for $4 out of pocket, I ended up with $11 worth of merchandise.
I can't imagine that every Groupon purchase is like this, but extra gift cards or not, it's an easy way to score a deal and something I'd encourage you to look into.